Who's got a Browning Hi Power?

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  1. hogy

    hogy Member

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    Found a really clean (99%) 1972 Belgium made Hi Power today. Seriously tempted to get it. That's one of the classic 9mms I haven't owned.

    A Browning Hi Power kinda belongs in any gun collection, no? I basically have this style covered with a CZ75, but a Hi Power is iconic. It would strictly be a babied range toy for me, not something I'd carry.

    Talk me into or out of it, I guess?
     
  2. BarkingTree

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    Get it and sell off the CZ. Especially if its a nice deal.
    Ive always admired them..course they DA only right? Who cares..
     
  3. fish78

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    The Belgian HiPowers of the 50s-early 70s were some of the best built...grab it, shoot it and enjoy it. Best natural pointing auto handgun I have ever used.
     
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    I used to and am sorry I sold it. It's a very well made piece and extremely accurate. Just get it and get it now before someone else does. You won't be sorry.
     
  5. hogy

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    Hi Powers are single action, not DA.

    The CZ isn't going anywhere in this lifetime. Thankfully, this isn't an either/or situation.
     
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    You are correct. Just get it and put the CZ away for a bit. You may not be able to put it down once you get it to the range and it's not like they're going to go down in value.
     
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    IMO, not JMB's best design, but no collection is complete without one.

    Go for it!
     
  8. urizen

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    No need nor desire to talk you out of it, and once you've handled it and shot it, you'll see why---that pistol speaks very convincingly for itself.

    I'm envious that you've got (reading the tea-leaves) a Belgian in such good shape---- I've had two Mk IIIs (one was stolen in a burglary two weeks before we moved in '99, so I had to replace it once we moved, got settled and got a more comprehensive security system).

    Please post pix and share what you think, especially once you've actually compared it to the CZ (albeit I understand that the CZ is supposed to be an update/improvement, there's just something about a Hi Power).
     
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    What's a nice deal for a Belgian Hi Power these days? Real world, not gunbroker asking prices. How does $800 sound? I thought it was on the high end, but now I'm not so sure. It's near mint, but one mag only and no box/paperwork.
     
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    Been away from it for a while, but that seems high to me, but as I say, not up to date with the market currently.
     
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    Ahh That sounds top dollar to me..but condition is everything...
    You could walk into one for the 500s..in..average shape..IMO.
    Its all about the hunt..Belgians in mint shape? Theyre very nice.
     
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    I have owned three real nice High Powers, one of the British Englis model with the ladder sight and buttstock slots, one alloy frame and one late 50's blued. My problem is that I cannot shoot them without eventually snagging and ripping the the skin between my thumb and trigger finger when the slide cycles. I have the same problem with Walther PPK & PPKS, Fat hand, just don't work with Highpowers & little Walthers, but they are mechanical works of art and a damn nice 9mm to carry
     
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    Quick check tells me that price is in line with current market.
     
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    Yeah, skimming sites it looks like the low for a BHP is $650/700, and high is sometimes north of $1200 (depending on appts and condition)---- btw, does that '72 have wooden grips?
     
  16. hogy

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    Yeah, I look around as well and found comparable guns anywhere from 800 up to 1200. This one's local, no transfer fees, no shipping, and I took it apart and know what I'm getting.

    Hmmm...


    I think I know where this is going.
     
  17. hogy

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    Yes, it does. All stock.
     
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    I knew I should have bought that captain model back in the 90s.
     
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    And you're still thinking about it? Go get it, now! You can thank me later.
     
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    The CZ is probably the better daily shooter, but a Belgian HP is very special. I foolishly sold mine in the mid 90's, the Portuguese built Hi-Power I bought to 'replace' it was ....well it didn't stay long. My .02.
     

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