The Canadian government is reportedly moving forward with a plan to replace its military’s downright vintage Browning Hi-Power pistols.
Local media in Ottawa, the country’s capital, are advising that a contract for as many as 20,000 “modular pistols” will be issued later this year for the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force, and military police. The guns will replace Canadian-produced Inglis Brownings made during World War II.
Yup, as in 1944-45 production.
Canadian-made No. 2 Mk1* Inglis Hi-Powers, produced between 1944 and 1945, are distinctive period BHP clones with the “thumbprint” slide, high rear sight, and internal extractor, features that FN discontinued by the early 1950s. (Photo: Canadian Forces Combat Camera)
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The Browning Hi-Power was a first (and has remained a constant) love. I mean all the good parts of John Moses Browning’s 1911– single action/light trigger, all-steel construction, the simplicity of maintenance, long sight radius contributing to accuracy– while ditching the goofy barrel bushing, thinning the profile, and nearly doubling the capacity from 7+1 to 13+1.
At one time or another, more than 50 countries had adopted the BHP during WWII and the Cold War. However, as lighter (polymer) and more modern (accessory rails, night sights, modular ergonomics) combat handguns have come to market since the 1980s, the old warhorse has been increasingly put to pasture.
Except in Commonwealth countries like India, Australia, and Canada, where they are still seeing regular use, even if they are a bit long in the tooth.
Canadian Browning Inglis Task Force Mali conducted small arms training near Gao, Mali Feb 2019
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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
I’ve always had a soft spot for the Browning Hi-Power GP35 and have written about them extensively.
With that in mind, as a departure from the popular polymer and plastics of today, I give you the new and beautiful Browning Hi-Power family from Nighthawk Custom Firearms of Berryville, Arkansas….
I really hated handling these guns at SHOT.
These custom makeovers come with :
Hand Textured(Stippled) Frame and Trigger Guard
Hand Textured Slide Top and Rear of the Slide
Custom Extended Beavertail
Heinie Slant Pro Black Rear Sight
Nighthawk (14K) Gold Bead Front Sight
25 LPI Serrated Mag Release
Competition Steel Hammer, Improved Sear Lever, and Trigger
Custom 4# Crisp Trigger Job
Cera Kote Satin Rust Resistant Finish
Custom Select Cocobolo Checkered Grips or Combat Rubbers grips with NH Logo
Two 13 round Capacity Magazines
One question: Is it possible to fire them with an erection?