Browning Hi Power MK 3

Browning Hi Power MK 3

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    Browning Hi Power MK 3

    After a year of deliberation, and research, I finally went to Gun Broker and started placing bids on a Browning. I noted that most of them currently available were Israeli former LEO Mk2, and all of them looks like they had seen many years of service. I found this one MK3, that had already had a C&S trigger job, and magazine release safety removed, who's owner had passed away, and his estate was being sold. After testing it with 100 rounds, it is now my Church sidearm.

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    Nice find and a beautiful handgun. I dig the wood grips!
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    Welcome to the Hi-Power club! It's the first pistol I purchased for myself at 21 and I still own my Mk II. Beautiful, accurate, and classic. Enjoy!
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    What kind of frontstrap checkering does it have? Beautiful firearm.

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    Beautiful.....

    The first 9mm I ever shot was a Hi-Power back in the early ‘70’s. Would love to actually own one some day.....
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    Beautiful gun!

    I'm a huge Hi Power fan. I have a Mk I lightweight, Mk II, and Mk III. All mine are finish challenged, especially the Mk I. I've been researching refinish options and I think the Mk I will end up hard chromed. The Mk II is my daily carry gun these days, though I still break out my revolvers a couple of times a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MillennialNorth View Post
    What kind of frontstrap checkering does it have? Beautiful firearm.

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    That's the serial number that is printed on the front of the grip. All Hi Powers I have seen have that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tns0038 View Post
    After a year of deliberation, and research, I finally went to Gun Broker and started placing bids on a Browning. I noted that most of them currently available were Israeli former LEO Mk2, and all of them looks like they had seen many years of service. I found this one MK3, that had already had a C&S trigger job, and magazine release safety removed, who's owner had passed away, and his estate was being sold. After testing it with 100 rounds, it is now my Church sidearm.

    Now that is the way to do high-capacity 9mm!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockymonster View Post
    Beautiful.....

    The first 9mm I ever shot was a Hi-Power back in the early ‘70’s. Would love to actually own one some day.....
    First 9mm I ever shot was also a Browning Hi-Power. That was in 1968. The owner carried it in Vietnam when he was in the Army.

    My first semi-auto centerfire handgun was a Browning Hi-Power Mark III-S I bought new in 1989. I still own it. Had a gunsmith do some tuning on it in the 90's; trigger work, comp hammer and spring, and some internal polishing. He also fixed so that the magazine would drop free even with the disconnect safety still installed in the gun. It looks like this...

    https://www.browning.com/products/fi...-mark-iii.html

    At one time I had this same gun in .40S&W but wound up selling that one.
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    A very nice find. The High Power was the pistol that opened my eyes to what a handgun could feel like in my hand. Hard to beat as a dependable and well-proven defensive piece.
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    Nice looking Hi Power they sure do feel well in the hand, picture of a FN marked one from 1980's



    Another Hi Power a vet bring back from the Battle of the Bulge WWII Nazi marked FN 1943

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    Its what I carry
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    They are all beauties!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tns0038 View Post
    After a year of deliberation, and research, I finally went to Gun Broker and started placing bids on a Browning. I noted that most of them currently available were Israeli former LEO Mk2, and all of them looks like they had seen many years of service. I found this one MK3, that had already had a C&S trigger job, and magazine release safety removed, who's owner had passed away, and his estate was being sold. After testing it with 100 rounds, it is now my Church sidearm. RS-pq7jmKpxXT3o_7wkGP322FwHBukOGwCDooyxAO9ejM&_nc_ht= scontent-mia3-2.xx&oh=d224342299eb9f9198e5a0d7d5bfcc4f&oe=5E2018 16[/IMG]
    Congrats. Like PPS1980 and SoutherBoyVA, my first was a BHP. And, if I could only have one handgun, it would likely be one of these:

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    I don’t shoot it often but I do enjoy my BHP, it is the only double stack that feels proper in my hand. Those butt ugly rubber grips have been replaced with proper wood grips.

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