BROWN­ING HI-POWER

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The Brown­ing Hi-Power’s de­sign is of­ten at­trib­uted to John Brown­ing. In ac­tu­al­ity, he didn’t com­plete the de­sign be­fore his death, and the gun was com­pleted by Bel­gian gun de­signer Dieudonné Saive of FN in the 1930s. It fea­tured an all-steel, sin­gle­ac­tion de­sign with a dou­ble-stack 9mm mag­a­zine (thus, the rather con­fus­ing name. It would ac­tu­ally make more sense if it were called the Hi-Ca­pac­ity, although that moniker is less catchy, and the change will never oc­cur). It uti­lizes a short re­coil­op­er­ated sys­tem that Brown­ing per­fected. These guns have been used in con­flicts around the world, from Latin Amer­ica to Zim­babwe, and there are still a num­ber of old Hi-Pow­ers float­ing around the most re­mote cor­ners of the globe. There’s a great deal to love about this gun: It’s ac­cu­rate, de­pend­able and hear­kens back to an era be­fore the use of the word, “poly­mer,” was syn­ony­mous with hand­gun de­sign. It’s also eas­ier to break down and main­tain than a 1911, if that sort of thing mat­ters to you. Part of the rea­son the Hi-Power hasn’t re­ceived the undy­ing love ush­ered upon Brown­ing’s more fa­mous auto pis­tol de­sign is that at its in­cep­tion, the 9mm ammo was not nearly as ef­fec­tive as the stuff avail­able to­day. With mod­ern loads, though, the Hi-Power is a de­fen­sive weapon par ex­cel­lence.

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