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.