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Old 07-16-2011, 05:33 PM   #1
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Inglis Hi Power, Chinese Contract

Back in "the day", it was commonplace to see ads for Inglis, Canadian Hi Powers with tangent rear sights and slotted frames. They were manufactured by contract for the Chinese Military They appeared monthly in publications such as the "Shotgun News" and the "Gunlist". I always admired these pistols, but never purchased one. My reasons were (having carried a Colt 1911 in .45ACP daily since 1968) that I didn't care for the relatively anemic 9mm chambering, and the trigger of the one and only Hi Power that I ever shot was not as crisp and smooth IMHO as a 1911. A gunsmith friend of mine explained that it was due to different geometry of the working parts. In any event, these sleek pistols intrigue me to this day. I never see ads for them, nor did I ever see them offered or pictured with their stock installed. Recently, I ran across the following site which has excellent pics of this interesting weapon. Since the Hi Power has a huge following on the H&A Forum, I thought I'd post this thread for all the BHP fans. I hope you all enjoy it. (BTW, I am now VERY sorry that I never bought a Chinese Contract back in the day). http://warrelics.eu/forum/firearms-o...ontract-28576/
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Damn Joe, thanks a lot for your link to that site. I'm startin' to like you already!!!
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Damn Joe, thanks a lot for your link to that site. I'm startin' to like you already!!!
I gotcha rocked to sleep now, Tom...lol.
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In any event, these sleek pistols intrigue me to this day.
Hello Joe,

While I dearly love The M1911 - The High Power is simply the finest pistol this world will ever know!
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While I dearly love The M1911 - The High Power is simply the finest pistol this world will ever know!
Educate me, Bob. What causes you to draw that conclusion ? IMHO, the caliber is anemic and inherently less accurate than the .45ACP. The triggers are not as smooth and crisp outta the box, and I have no idea whether a tweaked BHP trigger can equal/surpass a tweaked 1911 trigger. I kinda doubt it, based on my 'smith friend's comments to me regarding the different geometry. KOOL factor is outstanding, I readily admit. Granted, I am biased because I have carried a Colt 1911 for many years, and I have only shot one BHP on only one occasion in my life. I would honestly like to know, what features/attributes of the BHP would make a person experienced with BOTH WEAPONS (like yourself) rank it higher than JMB's 1911. (BTW, I understand that JMB died before the intro of this pistol that bears his name. Is that true ? ?)
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Joe, simply put the High-Power has an asthectic, balance and pointability that the 1911, "Old Slabsides" doesn't.

The myth that the .45 is more powerful and more accurate than the 9mm is just that, myth supported by rumor and bias. Look at the logic. The 9X19mm originated in 1902. the .45ACP came along in 1910 or there abouts. Logically, the 9mm would have faded in to history if the .45 had been significantly better.
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Joe, simply put the High-Power has an asthectic, balance and pointability that the 1911, "Old Slabsides" doesn't.

The myth that the .45 is more powerful and more accurate than the 9mm is just that, myth supported by rumor and bias. Look at the logic. The 9X19mm originated in 1902. the .45ACP came along in 1910 or there abouts. Logically, the 9mm would have faded in to history if the .45 had been significantly better.
AIN'T no myth, brother. I can only tell you this--you will NOT read of a felon being shot 6 or 8 times w/ a .45ACP, who continues his attack on an LEO. (common occurrence with even feral animals on occasion with the 9mm) The few enemy combatants I saw shot w/ FMJ .45ACP, IMMEDIATELY gave up the fight if they were not already dead. NO "stopping power" rating system report that I have ever read in over 50 yrs of shooting has ever rated the 9mm above the .45ACP. The 9mm hasn't faded into history because of it's widespread use in Europe, and it's subsequent adoption as the NATO cartridge. Elite US military units who can "choose what they use" arm themselves in most instances with the .45ACP or the .40 BUT NOT the standard 9mm Beretta. The .40 Glocks are the most widely used sidearms of LEOs in the United States, because the 9mm lacks stopping power and the Glock holds more rounds of ammo than a 1911 in .45ACP. "Aesthetic balance and pointability" are attributes which exist in the eye of the beholder, w/o any scientific data to support any one weapon above another. Coincidentally, as I mentioned in my query to Bob Reed, I DO rate the BHP very high in KOOL factor. Once again, this is in the eye of the beholder.........
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Joe, you might want to read through this thread:From .40 back to 9mm!?!
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Joe, you might want to read through this thread:From .40 back to 9mm!?!
Thanks, I will read through it.....
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Hello Joe,

First, let me reword my statement above to read: The M1911 & The High Power are the finest pistols this world will ever know! And to me, The M1911 runs a very, very close second place to The HP - but if forced to pick just one, then I'd exclusively take The High Power over The M1911 (and I pretty much have) due to The HP's greater magazine capacity, feels slightly better in my hand, I can push the mag catch without breaking my grip and I actually like the faster to operate (less postive detented) safety on The HP, faster & easier to field strip and reassemble, and to me, The HP conceals and carries a little better than The M1911.

To me, The High Power is more refined than The M1911 and The High Power has a Mystique about it that's really hard for me to describe. (Note: Even though I say more refined than The M1911 - I still view The M1911 as being light years ahead of all the rest of 'em and The M1911 has quit a Mystique about it as well).

If I could only pick one thing that I like more about The High Power vs. The M1911 - it'd be The HP's greater magazine capacity.
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