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bac1023
08-23-2012, 17:01
I know many of you saw my recent thread about vintage Hi-Powers. Here it is if you missed it.

http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1436998

Anyway, the first one arrived at my dealer today and I just picked it up. Its the 1960 version and its beautiful in every way. The quality of these pistols was incredible 50 years ago. The parts fitting, the bluing, and attention to detail is so much nicer than the 10 year old Portuguese model I own. As I've stated, the Hi Power has my vote as the 2nd best looking pistol ever built. I put the 1911 at the top, but the HP is a very close 2nd and I think it certainly looks better than many 1911 variations. It just a very sleek, elegant pistol and these early internal extractor models exemplify that.

The Browning Hi Power is my favorite 9mm of all time and I felt the need to add some examples of the best to my collection. :cool:

This one was listed as unfired and after inspection, but I believe that was accurate. :supergrin:

Thoughts?

Please enjoy the pics. I love the bluing on this model. Its one of the best looking pistols I've ever seen, let alone own. Look how perfect the 52 year old walnut grips are as well. Its an amazing specimen. It really is. As you can see, its got the original leather pouch and all.


http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/023-3.jpg

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/037-2.jpg

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/009-12.jpg

bac1023
08-23-2012, 17:02
http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/038-1.jpg

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/011-9.jpg

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/015-4.jpg

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/018-1.jpg


I know I bought some much higher end pistols this month and even one of my holy grail guns. However, this may be my personal favorite out of everything I bought this year.

I just love this gun. :)

Glock40man
08-23-2012, 17:07
That makes the one I looked at this week not so appealing.

Congrats on another beautiful pistol bac!:cool:

TxGun
08-23-2012, 17:15
Absolutely beautiful! I agree, best 9mm ever designed, IMO.

raven11
08-23-2012, 17:42
Beautiful,

You know you have seen too many BAC pictures when you find yourself going " did he change the color of his carpet?"

Bruce M
08-23-2012, 17:47
Another nice addition. Certainly a very gorgeous finish.

rgregoryb
08-23-2012, 18:00
it has a bad dent in the slide....................almost thumb shaped
:supergrin:

stopatrain
08-23-2012, 18:12
Very nice!

bobby_w
08-23-2012, 18:15
Beautiful firearm. Congratulation.

bac1023
08-23-2012, 18:23
Beautiful,

You know you have seen too many BAC pictures when you find yourself going " did he change the color of his carpet?"

:rofl;

Same carpet, my friend. :)

raven11
08-23-2012, 18:26
:rofl;

Same carpet, my friend. :)

I could have sworn its more pink? , well no use arguing with the expert:wavey:

bac1023
08-23-2012, 18:28
I could have sworn its more pink? , well no use arguing with the expert:wavey:

That carpet is ancient history. ;)

clancy
08-23-2012, 19:20
What a beautiful pistol. I came within a hair's breadth of buying one about 25 years ago, and regret not doing so to this day.

bac1023
08-23-2012, 19:27
What a beautiful pistol. I came within a hair's breadth of buying one about 25 years ago, and regret not doing so to this day.

Thanks.

Yeah, the old ones are worth good money these days. :)

APERS
08-23-2012, 19:44
Good work, very nice pistol!

bac1023
08-23-2012, 20:13
Guys, do any of you know what the markings are above the trigger and again right above the slide stop?

I'll have to take a closeup pic, but the markings are about the same in both spots.

RedsoxFan4Lyfe
08-23-2012, 21:04
Absolutely stunning! Congratulations!

My brother has two beautiful old Hi Powers that have Syrian crest on them. I think the HP is the best 9mm as well!

He also has a British marked Inglis HP. We love our Hi Powers!

The bluing on that one is superb. You sir have exceptional taste in firearms, and I am in the wrong line of work. :supergrin:

Hour13
08-23-2012, 21:11
Man, I hate you so much sometimes...

Lol, congrats friend! That is a seriously stunning vintage BHP.

:thumbsup:

steve1911
08-24-2012, 01:09
Very nice BHP.



1911club#410

bac1023
08-24-2012, 06:11
That is a seriously stunning vintage BHP.

:thumbsup:

Thanks! :cool:

SigFTW
08-24-2012, 07:58
Very nice Bac! :thumbsup:

FreeAmerican
08-24-2012, 08:03
Very nice purchase. I have a long love for Browning. I think you are mostly into handguns, but Browning's long arms are also works of art. My grandfather's 1939 A5 16 ga is a work of art. My grade 2 Belgium BAR in 270 is too pretty to carry into the field.

Of the HP's yours is an awesome example of the old school Ser 1 (I think). But don't discount the newer HP's for a good working gun. My Practical is a serious work horse. With the upgrade to the safety, and the stronger cast frame, it is very viable as a carry weapon, once you ditch the mag safety. LOl

Good purchase! Now you will have to hunt down the elusive sport model, a light weight, a Nazi proofed. They are fun weapons

bac1023
08-24-2012, 09:24
Very nice purchase. I have a long love for Browning. I think you are mostly into handguns, but Browning's long arms are also works of art. My grandfather's 1939 A5 16 ga is a work of art. My grade 2 Belgium BAR in 270 is too pretty to carry into the field.



Yeah, the Browning rifles are very nice indeed.

38 Super Fan
08-24-2012, 09:34
Congrats! Great looking piece. :thumbsup:

bac1023
08-24-2012, 09:36
Thanks Cody :)

Breadman03
08-24-2012, 10:46
Pardon my ignorance, but what is the purpose of the "thumb" dent? How was it I tended to enhance using the weapon?

Bac, your acquisitions are quite impressive and this one is no different.

bac1023
08-24-2012, 12:48
Pardon my ignorance, but what is the purpose of the "thumb" dent? How was it I tended to enhance using the weapon?

Bac, your acquisitions are quite impressive and this one is no different.

Thanks.

The dent is there to make the gun easier to field strip. When the slide is back and the safety is in the notch, the dent lines up perfectly with the slide stop pin. It does make it easier to push on.

bac1023
08-24-2012, 16:18
Absolutely beautiful! I agree, best 9mm ever designed, IMO.

No doubt :)

Glockdude1
08-24-2012, 16:33
Very nice Hi-Power.

:thumbsup:

fnfalman
08-24-2012, 16:34
Even though I'm not a fan of Hi-Power, I can definitely dig a vintage FN.

wjv
08-24-2012, 16:37
Give you $50 for it!!!

At one time I had a Capitan version that had that beautiful deep blue finish. Almost flawless. . . Then I traded it for something else. . :brickwall:

bac1023
08-24-2012, 16:37
Thanks guys.

I picked up my 1962 model tonight and will post pics tomorrow.

This thing is beautiful. :cool:

Raven1967
08-24-2012, 19:41
That is a very nice HP!

pennlineman
08-24-2012, 21:38
:thumbsup:

dnuggett
08-24-2012, 21:53
Congrats, that's a prime example.

PzGren
08-24-2012, 22:03
This is definitely one of the nicer FN 35s out there.

A HP is on my list since a long time.

bac1023
08-24-2012, 22:05
This is definitely one of the nicer FN 35s out there.

A HP is on my list since a long time.

I'm surprised you don't have one already, Andy. :)

PzGren
08-25-2012, 03:55
I actually do not have a SIG Sauer P220 series, either. I have shot the HP pistols when I was into accuracy and they did not intrigue me. Prices turned me off.

I am mainly a shooter but a remark from my sons has started me to build up a collection of classic guns that will eventually go to them. An early FN GP is so important in the development of handguns that no collections of classic guns should miss at least one.

It took me too long to realize it. I already got a Browning rug like yours, Brian:cool:.

bac1023
08-25-2012, 06:31
I actually do not have a SIG Sauer P220 series, either. I have shot the HP pistols when I was into accuracy and they did not intrigue me. Prices turned me off.



Yeah, they aren't known for great accuracy out of the box.

glock2619
08-25-2012, 08:01
Beautiful piece-especially for 52 years old. Wow...

You're on a roll lately.

bac1023
08-25-2012, 08:42
An early FN GP is so important in the development of handguns that no collections of classic guns should miss at least one.




:agree:

Whether you're a Browning HP fan or not, that statement is true. :)

bac1023
08-25-2012, 08:52
Beautiful piece-especially for 52 years old. Wow...

You're on a roll lately.

Thanks :)

bac1023
08-25-2012, 15:36
Thanks to everyone for their kind words. :wavey:

Aceman
08-25-2012, 16:28
Beautiful,

You know you have seen too many BAC pictures when you find yourself going " did he change the color of his carpet?"

:rofl:

I swear to God and the NRA I thought the very same thing...

Aceman
08-25-2012, 16:30
That beats my junky 1976. I get bonus points for a Patriotic years though...

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p76/Aceman_photos/Guns/IMG_0499.jpg

bac1023
08-25-2012, 16:31
:rofl:

I swear to God and the NRA I thought the very same thing...

:rofl:

The carpet tone changes depending on the time of day the pics are taken, I think. :)

bac1023
08-25-2012, 16:32
That beats my junky 1976. I get bonus points for a Patriotic years though...

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p76/Aceman_photos/Guns/IMG_0499.jpg

Very nice indeed :thumbsup:

CajunBass
08-25-2012, 16:40
That thing is so pretty it should have been a revolver. :whistling: :supergrin:

bac1023
08-25-2012, 16:55
That thing is so pretty it should have been a revolver. :whistling: :supergrin:

:rofl: