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View Poll Results: Am I the only one who thinks BHP's are ugly?
I think they are ugly! 43 17.41%
I think they're a beautiful gun! 183 74.09%
It's a tool, I don't care one way or the other. 21 8.50%
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Old December 3, 2009, 02:23 PM   #1
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Am I the only one that thinks High Powers are ugly?

Everyone talks about what an awesome weapon the Browning high Power is. While I understand it was an engineering marvel for its time and most pistols today borrow many ideas from it's design; overall I find the BHP to be an extremely ugly gun. People talk about Glock's being ugly but I think that they look pretty good with their basic, blocky design. SIG, H&K, 1911's, etc.. are all aesthetically pleasing(to me). When it comes to the High Power, I rank their looks right up there with Hi-Point.

Please note: this has NOTHING to do with the function or reliability of the gun. I just think it's ugly.
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Old December 3, 2009, 02:25 PM   #2
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Old December 3, 2009, 02:37 PM   #3
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While I generally believe in "beauty is as beauty does", "form follows function", etc., I'd have to say the original Hi-Power is one of the most beautifully styled handguns of all time.
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Old December 3, 2009, 02:40 PM   #4
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You are certainly entitled to your "Opinion" but by my measure, John Browning never designed an ugly firearm and the BPH is a classic just like the 1911. Glocks are not a work of art as compared to the BPH. "JMHO" ...


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Old December 3, 2009, 02:44 PM   #5
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You can't mean a Browning High Power P-35 like this:



You must have it confused with a High Point maybe

I think the P-35 is one of the best looking Autoloaders out there. The Luger running right alongside it.
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Old December 3, 2009, 02:49 PM   #6
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Am I the only one that thinks High Powers are ugly?
Yes. You are the only one.
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Old December 3, 2009, 02:52 PM   #7
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Quote:
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Am I the only one that thinks High Powers are ugly?

Yes. You are the only one.
What he said.
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Old December 3, 2009, 02:56 PM   #8
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I love the looks but wish they were in a larger caliber
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I think a nice 1911 is prettier, but BHPs look good also.
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Old December 3, 2009, 02:58 PM   #10
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gotta have somthing to do with the Sun/heat in Phoenix that is impairing your ability to process visualy.
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Old December 3, 2009, 03:09 PM   #11
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UGLY, ugly ugly ugly. I still want one though!
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Old December 3, 2009, 03:10 PM   #12
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I've never owned one, but I think they are less aesthetically pleasing than the 1911 by a notch. Other than that, I find them one of the more beautiful handguns. I certainly wouldn't mind having one, it just wasn't high on my list as it would be probably be mostly a range gun.
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Old December 3, 2009, 03:16 PM   #13
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Have to disagree with you on this one Uncle Malice, I think the Hi Power is absolutely one of the most beautiful handguns ever produced.
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Old December 3, 2009, 03:25 PM   #14
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A Hi Power is a really beautiful gun- the only thing that counts against it (in my opinion, anyway) is the big grip/small slide look. It's just crying out for a lightweight single-stack version.
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Old December 3, 2009, 03:28 PM   #15
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I dunno guys...

I love the classic look of the 1911... the High power looks like a weird Frankenstein version of a 1911... with a bulging lump on the back-strap just like a Glock.

I think the part I find most unattractive is the front end past the dust cover where the slide tapers and bevels. I think it looks like an afterthought that wasn't very well planned.

Lop off the slide at the end of the dust cover, remove the hump on the back-strap and put on a nicer looking hammer and beavertail and it would look a lot better, I think... then again, I think I just described a 1911.

Please note this is all in good fun, I'm not knocking High Powers as a weapon or trying to offend anyone. Just stating my opinion which I already thought was not the norm.

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Old December 3, 2009, 03:45 PM   #16
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Today I just so happened to bring the brand new HP I purchased yesterday to the range. I bought it because I love beautiful firearms (1911s; S&W revolvers, Colt SAA, 1866 Winchester). I fired 300 rounds and it performed perfectly, as expected. What seperates it from almost every other pistol in the world is the pleasure you get holding and looking at it when reloading. As others have said, I do think you're the only one in the world who doesn't think it's beautiful.
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Old December 3, 2009, 04:19 PM   #17
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People are gonna throw rocks at me,,,

I'm not overly fond of the Hi Power either,,,

To me it looks like the homely sister of a model 1911.

~~~Ducking the thrown coke bottles & hiding under my desk~~~

Now having said that:

When I found out that my grandfather gave his Hi Power to one of the "other grandkids" I almost cried,,,
I got the P-38 which I think is the ugliest "sister" of the semi auto family,,,
I know it shoots like a dream but it compares with the first ruger .22 pistols,,,
Functional as all get-out,,,
Ugly as sin.

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Old December 3, 2009, 04:38 PM   #18
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The BHP is one of the most attractive guns, to view and hold, ever made. And those classic models, with deep blue steel and walnut grips - - oh my!
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Old December 3, 2009, 04:50 PM   #19
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Look at a Terry Tussey Custom BHP and say that. I dare you.
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Old December 3, 2009, 05:40 PM   #20
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I went to Tussey Customs but saw no pictures or even mentioning of a High Power... mostly 1911's..
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Old December 3, 2009, 05:50 PM   #21
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I can't quite put my finger on it, but I just think they look ugly. I thought I was the only one!
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Old December 3, 2009, 05:56 PM   #22
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Let me check and see. Be back in a minute.
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Old December 3, 2009, 06:02 PM   #23
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Check this one out -

http://www.americanhandgunner.com/Ftrs/MA09/03.jpg

and these -

http://www.americanhandgunner.com/Ftrs/MA09/01.jpg

One is a true Tussey original. He fabbed a long slide out of two standards. Kids, can you say awe-some.
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Old December 3, 2009, 06:19 PM   #24
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Old December 3, 2009, 06:44 PM   #25
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Whew!! A BHP UGLY!?!?!?!

I think not, my good man. That's akin to calling Halle Berry ugly. Some things are perfectly proportioned and have all the right lines and should NEVAH be referred to as uglay. Hi powers and Ms. Berry are certainly on that list. As is the Tanfoglio and Demi Moore. If you find GLOCKs to be purty, then beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder. Just my .02
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