A Brief History of the Browning High Power and Current Pricing Info

Discussion in 'Autoloaders' started by WVsig, Nov 24, 2019.

  1. WVsig

    WVsig Well-Known Member

    Mar 8, 2018
    It sounds like is might be a transitional gun? It would not surprise me on a 82. Does it have an ambi safety? Which sights? Is it a surplus gun? Pics would help.
  2. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 22, 2017
    Nicely done, although a few of the pictures dropped out.

    Loved mine but Mike Harries talked me into going series 70 and IPSC.
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  3. NIU2009

    NIU2009 Active Member

    Nov 6, 2018
    It doesn't have an ambi safety but it does have the "improved" sights. I don't believe it's surplus - no import marks.

    Edit to add: I'm just not sure about the marks, whether they'll come out with polishing before it's refinished.

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  4. WVsig

    WVsig Well-Known Member

    Mar 8, 2018
    Is it a Browning or FN rollmark?
  5. bladeandbarrel

    bladeandbarrel ISO The Very Best 1911's

    Apr 6, 2019
    Very nice thread. Thanks
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  6. NIU2009

    NIU2009 Active Member

    Nov 6, 2018
  7. WVsig

    WVsig Well-Known Member

    Mar 8, 2018
    It is a transitional gun. $550-$650 depending on your market and area. Most of what I see could be cleaned up. It would make a solid forged framed base gun IMHO.
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  8. seagiant

    seagiant Well-Known Member

    Nov 26, 2011
    Yep, JMB never lived long enough to even see a P35 Hi Power.

    Drives me nuts when some keep insisting he invented it, although some of his Patents were used in it.

    Nice info and correct for a change!
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  9. WVsig

    WVsig Well-Known Member

    Mar 8, 2018
    I updated some of the pics. This is the last handgun JMB designed.

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  10. Nick Rice

    Nick Rice Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2017
    Great thread for a great gun. I was so happy replacing my long gone 1985 BHP with a mint original 72C series a few years ago. Enjoy shooting it more than my 1911s and glad to say it's here to stay. Thanks for the wonderful info WVsig. . 20200427_202352.jpg

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  11. WVsig

    WVsig Well-Known Member

    Mar 8, 2018
    I love a nice C series!
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  12. Soundguy

    Soundguy High Power Fan

    Jan 18, 2018
    Where does this one live?

    BHSS just finished a very nice video blog series tracing the High Power back to the Grand Rendement, BHP part by part. The Grand Rendement had only 28 parts including the 2 grip panels and 2 grip screws. No holes. No pins. Only one tool required for complete disassembly and it was part of the pistol. Pretty amazing pistol.

    ... and thanks for the info contained in this thread!
  13. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    The amount of knowledge displayed by members here is often mind boggling.

    Well done Sir....thank you
  14. WVsig

    WVsig Well-Known Member

    Mar 8, 2018
    This one is in the Browning Museum in Utah. IIRC it is one of the prototypes delivered to the French for inspection.
  15. DWdude

    DWdude Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2019
    I will have to venture across the state line and maybe shoot a HP for the first time. This should be made a sticky so it's easy to find for all this great info. Thanks WVsig

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