It was the best until its designer came out with the updated and improved model.
Yes he did and the Hi-Power was the second pistol I purchased and it did replace my 1911. It's interesting to note that John Browning was only marginally content with the 1911 design and thought the Hi-Power was superior. I think he would be surprised at the following the 1911 still has over all these years here in the US. It amazes me as the 1911 and the Ford Model T vehicle are of the same vintage and having seen the Model T in depth as I had a relative that had one I can appreciate old vintage items like that but to say that they are still viable today it quite a stretch but yes you can still drive the Model T out and around town if you really want to.