Vale, Browning Hi-Power

Browning has announced that John Browning’s final handgun design, a pistol that at one time armed most of the militaries in the Free World, has been discontinued.

In a notice posted on their website, the company advised that “although it is possible to still find a few Hi-Power pistols at dealers across the U.S., the Hi-Power is technically out of production. Current dealer inventories will be the last available from Browning for the foreseeable future.”

The gun was a classic of the 20th Century and I have had several pass through my hands over the years.

The BHP is literally a work of art.

Pacific, by Alex Colville, 1967

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2 responses to “Vale, Browning Hi-Power”

  1. ErstO says :

    such a shame, yes I know compared to modern handguns the Browning is big and heavy, but it’s got such a nice feel to it. As an old Cowboy the Browning is one of the most modern handgun in my stable.

  2. Bob G. says :

    GREAT pistol. The BHP was always a standard against which service autopistols were measured. I’m glad so many were made, so that it will likely never be forgotten.

    Outstanding choice to include the classic Alex Colville painting. It’s one of my all-time favorites and was one of the inspirations for the film, “Heat.” I love the peaceful, calm ocean with the BHP reminding us that the world is not as placid as the Pacific coast on a calm day.

    Colville was an interesting artist, and much more can be learned with a Google search. Here’s my favorite Colville quote, and it seems related to the painting:

    ““I see life as inherently dangerous. I have an essentially dark view of the world and human affairs. “Anxiety is the normality of our age.”’

    The Hi-Power was — and is — a fine choice for those who recognize the world as a dangerous place.

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