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Old 01-03-2008, 10:21 PM   #1
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Please Help Me With Some Hi-Power Basics

Can anyone help me by answering some of the following questions:



I have always thought the Browning Hi-Power to be the most beautiful of handguns, just behind my beloved 92FS. But, I'm not well informed on the pistols, and need advice. I now have a chance to buy a gently used Mk III.



1. Are all Hi-Powers actually manufactured in Belgium? Do I need to be on the lookout for a HP made in Argentina? Can a HP made in Argentina still be (legally) called a HP?



2. The particular gun I am looking at is an FN pistol, 9mm, and has been fed about 450 rounds total, by the single previous owner. The pistol is original from FN, and has not been altered in any way.



3. What should I look for in evaluating this particular pistol? The owner is asking $500, w 2 mags, factory box, lock and owners manual. A good deal?



Thanks all. The help is really appreciated.
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:08 AM   #2
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Hello. (I copied and pasted part of your original post to make it easier to answer.)



I have always thought the Browning Hi-Power to be the most beautiful of handguns, just behind my beloved 92FS. But, I'm not well informed on the pistols, and need advice. I now have a chance to buy a gently used Mk III.



1. Are all Hi-Powers actually manufactured in Belgium? Do I need to be on the lookout for a HP made in Argentina? Can a HP made in Argentina still be (legally) called a HP?All FN or Hi Powers marked "Browning" are made in Belgium in the same factory using the same machines, parts etc. Some generations of the Browning-marked pistols will also say "Assembled in Portugal." The pistols made in Argentina are licensed copies of the Hi Power and authorized by FN. I would assume that they could be called "Hi Powers" if so desired because of this but do not know that for a fact.



2. The particular gun I am looking at is an FN pistol, 9mm, and has been fed about 450 rounds total, by the single previous owner. The pistol is original from FN, and has not been altered in any way.



3. What should I look for in evaluating this particular pistol? The owner is asking $500, w 2 mags, factory box, lock and owners manual. A good deal? If it is a Hi Power in near new condition, this is not an unreasonable price in my opinion.



Other folks may be able to add suggestions for buying a used Hi Power but the link below will provide some ideas on this for you:



http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/UsedHiPower.htm



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Old 08-10-2009, 02:54 PM   #3
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I have several Hi Powers including 1 FM. It shoots as well as the others and parts interchange. The finish looks like it was painted on, but the pistol is as good as any Belgian made I have seen. I paid $439 for a new one fron CDNN about 5 years ago. So I'd say the deal looks good.
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