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Old 08-20-2020, 09:44 PM   #1
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There is something special about the BHP.

I知 not the biggest fan of them, but it was the last gun designed by Browning. I知 not sure how much of his protege had influence in the design, I知 sure Browning would have been proud that he finished his work. My only complaint is the complex trigger linkage, although it was genius for his time.
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Old 08-21-2020, 12:00 AM   #2
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I’ve never shot one.
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Old 08-21-2020, 05:41 AM   #3
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For decades it was THE standard for military and security forces around the world who were looking for a high capacity service pistol. I concealed carried one for almost a decade, but by the late 1990s it was far outclassed by better designs and lighter materials. That said, the magazine disconnect was never popular, and that disconnect mechanism also contributed to the very gritty trigger pull that the P35 was known for. The early manual safety lever design also left a lot to be desired. I have medium sized hands and quite often, and under stress my thumb would sometimes skip right past that small safety lever. Later models with the enhanced (larger) safety lever design were much more useful.

My P35 is a safe queen, and although I shoot it once in a while, I surely don't miss it one bit. I much prefer my SP2022, P250, P226, and Glock 19 over the old Hi-Power.
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Old 08-21-2020, 06:12 AM   #4
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I have had and sold several BHP over the years. The short beaver tail always gave me hammer bite, so I shortened the hammer. But what I never liked was the thumb safety. Wilson makes a great thumb safety that you can install or have installed. Frankly i don’t think they’re great guns and yes I dislike the magazine disconnect. I think I’ve had around 6 of them over the years and they stick around for a while then get traded off. I would rather carry a full size 1911 or Sig Sauer P226 or even a USP.
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I positively love the FN Pistolet Browning Grand Puissance; it's slim and sexy!

It feels brilliant in my smallish hands. In fact, it fits me like a glove and it's probably the only double stack that I can comfortably fire, without any mods to either my grip, or to the pistol.

I'm not a fan of the magazine disconnect, but that is easily remedied. With that sorted, the factory trigger, while not quite on the same level as a 1911, is very good for a duty pistol.

I've had them with spurred, ringed and skeletonized hammers and I have never been bitten once. If you have big paws, though, your mileage may vary.

The Mark III was the second pistol that I purchased for myself (the first was a Ruger Single-Six) and I still have, love and shoot it.
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I looked at one some years back from a collection going up for sale. It was a good looking specimen but the one thing that went through my mind was the $$$$ that would be needed to improve it trigger pull. It sold for a pretty penny and I turned towards 2nd and 3rd Gen S&W痴.
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The Hi-Power and its various clones are my favorite 9mm pistol. Of course, I'm an old 1911 kinda guy anyway, so the Hi-Power falls right in there for me.
Mag safety is easy to remove, trigger isn't as bad as many make out. In fact the trigger is quite good compared to many pistols. The grip shape is perfect for many of us. Its just a great all around pistol.
I currently own three. I love 'em!



Top: Browning MK III
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Still probably my favorite pistol to shoot. The first the I bought for myself when of age, and still IMO the most comfortable grip of any pistol. An elegant weapon.....from a more civilized time.
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An elegant weapon.....from a more civilized time.
Yeah, it isn't no light saber, Sir
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Yeah, it isn't no light saber, Sir
LOL!!! I caught that Star Wars inference too.
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But it's a nice blaster.
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I didn't get one in the 60's/70's, however, I did get Nighthawk's rendition a year or so ago .
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No other double stack pistol feels as good in my hand as a BHP. JMB was genius on ergonomics.
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I didn't get one in the 60's/70's, however, I did get Nighthawk's rendition a year or so ago .



I've never seen Nighthawk's version in person. Please share a sentence, or two about it.
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I've never seen Nighthawk's version in person. Please share a sentence, or two about it.
Not wanting to hijack but since you asked. Easier to give the link right now . . .


https://www.nighthawkcustom.com/browning-hi-power


. . . some pics of mine. It feels and looks great. Love it . . .























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