M1911 vs. Browning Hi-Power

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M1911 vs. Browning Hi-Power

Postby Ron71 » Sun, 07 Jun 2015 17:29:57

I'm now contemplating the next item on my wish list. I understand that the 1911 wins the nationality popularity contest hands down. But there's just something about the Browning Hi-Power that has always attracted me. Even so, I understand that they are no longer offering it in .40 S&W, that sours me a little.

Interested in any thoughts from the forum, especially those who own or have owned Brownings in the past...


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Re: M1911 vs. Browning Hi-Power

Postby CPO15 » Mon, 08 Jun 2015 11:34:54

I've traded my two HPs (9s); they were fine guns and a lot of fun to shoot. I always felt I was handling a work of art when at the range with them.

But, as I got back into 1911s, I grew to dislike the HP trigger and the became rather bland to me.

So, now as a 1911 nut, I just bought a 1911 in 9mm. While still in the honeymoon period with the new gun I have to admit the thrill is back: the ammo is cheaper, trigger is what you'd expect and all the fun of the HP at the range (though not the ammo capacity, need more mags).

Unless you're wedded to the 1911 like me, you'll enjoy the HP. My newest one had the epoxy finish which was much nicer than my Parkerized model.

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Re: M1911 vs. Browning Hi-Power

Postby CPO15 » Mon, 08 Jun 2015 11:35:32

I've traded my two HPs (9s); they were fine guns and a lot of fun to shoot. I always felt I was handling a work of art when at the range with them.

But, as I got back into 1911s, I grew to dislike the HP trigger and they became rather bland to me.

So, now as a 1911 nut, I just bought a 1911 in 9mm. While still in the honeymoon period with the new gun I have to admit the thrill is back: the ammo is cheaper, trigger is what you'd expect and all the fun of the HP at the range (though not the ammo capacity, need more mags).

Unless you're wedded to the 1911 like me, you'll enjoy the HP. My newest one had the epoxy finish which was much nicer than my Parkerized model.

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Re: M1911 vs. Browning Hi-Power

Postby Ironbear » Mon, 08 Jun 2015 13:23:04

IMHO, the HP is made for 9mm and chambering it up for .40 S&W is silly. Kind of like trying to stuff a big block in a Porsche. More power, but you destroy the balance.

In general, both the 1911 and the HP are fine arms. Both have been battle proven designs, the HP on both sides of WWII.

Personally I find the HP more ergonomic then the 1911 and cheaper and easier to shoot well. I like that the HP has such a slender slide. Never understood why so many 9mm's have such "fat" slides. The 1911 has a thinner butt, and will conceal more easily.

I like both. I would take either one if the price was right (or both!), but I think that for day-to-day carry... technology has moved on.
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I told him, "I want to pound nails!"
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Re: M1911 vs. Browning Hi-Power

Postby Ron71 » Mon, 08 Jun 2015 21:44:13

Thanks Ironbear...I was attracted to the .40 S&W clambering simply for convenience. I currently have 2 firearms in .40 and none in 9MM. I was trying to reduce the need to buy yet more boxes to my already considerable stockpile. ;)

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