View Full Version : New (for me) 9mm High Power

September 9, 2005, 05:28 PM
My first post and hi all from a newbie. I decided to get another semi-auto and looked around since it has been a while since I bought a hand gun. After the recommendations on several friends who carry a gun, I found a Belgian made Browning (my third one) at a good price and got it yesterday. It has not been fired very much, real clean. It came with 3 reg clips and one extra capacity clip plus two grips and a nice case. I also got a mixed box of self defense loads, black Talons and some tipped with a blue substance I am not familiar with. Maybe someone can explain these to me. =) amaverick

September 9, 2005, 05:35 PM
Welcome. I owned and carried a Browning Hi Power as a duty weapon a while back and found the Browning to be an awsome weapon.

September 9, 2005, 07:51 PM
Thanks, the only oddity of this gun is an additional 'left' hand safety so it is ambidextrous. It took a while to get the wood grip hogged out a little to accommodate the safety but now is finished and looks great. I want to keep it as thin as possible because I am getting a CW permit. =) amaverick

September 9, 2005, 07:57 PM
I love my BHP

September 9, 2005, 08:10 PM
Congratulations on your third(!--I'm envious) Hi-Power; I sure enjoy mine. Also, welcome to TFL!

As to your ammo with the blue substance on the tips, the only ammo I know of fitting that description is Glaser Safety Slug Blue. Can you post some pictures of it?

chris in va
September 9, 2005, 08:21 PM
Look kinda like this? Those are Glasers.


September 9, 2005, 09:06 PM
I wondered what I was carrying in my .380. They say Win .380 on the back. I just figured they were something Winchester had played with. They look like PowRball in a different color.

September 9, 2005, 09:13 PM
Hav you looked at Steve Camp's website? It can help the Id of whaat model you have, Classic, MkII or MkIII, etc.

Recommend you look at the Hornady Custom Pistol using the 124gr XTP's, thye seem to group nicely and function flawlessly in mine, (Have Classic)

September 9, 2005, 09:17 PM
The Glasers are a shot filled round that when they open the shot fans out ward and does a lot of damage. Back in the 80's when they came out they were said to be one of the only one kill rounds made, and for years were sold only to poliece officers.
They reasion that they worked so well is the very rapid rotation of the bullet when the round opens the shot will travel many inches in flesh.
VERY nasty, if they function.

September 10, 2005, 02:14 PM
Congrats on the new Hi-power, can't think of a better handgun out there.

September 10, 2005, 08:29 PM
I hope I am not breaking any rules with these pics. This is the Browning and the one odd load. I reworked the grip to fit, notice the left handed safety. Is this totally made in Belgium or are just the parts made there and assembled somewhere else? It looks just like my older ones did. It says, "Made in Belgium by Fabrique Nationale Herstal." Thanks, =) amaverick



September 10, 2005, 08:56 PM
Very nice! I just own a Hi-Power, so I'm not expert on their manufacture. I'd check the High Powers and Handguns website for details. As for the cartridge, it sure looks like a Glaser to me.

Have fun!

September 10, 2005, 10:44 PM
I've never seen that kind of thumb safety on one. It is unusual.

September 10, 2005, 11:13 PM
The original owner wanted one on both sides. Maybe he could shot good with either hand or maybe he was left handed. I kind of like it and it is not in the way or that noticeable. =) maverick

September 10, 2005, 11:14 PM
Nice un..........

I love my BHP too

ambi safety?

September 11, 2005, 12:40 PM
Thanks for the responses. I have dated this HP to 1980. I plan on putting some rounds thorough it today. =) maverick

September 13, 2005, 01:43 AM
The place where I bought it sold me a box of mostly Black Talons. He seemed to think they are an excellent round. The gunsmith I took it to today to have the hammer cut down did not like them. He recommended a 115gr but I cannot remember the name, something Con? I will write down the names tomorrow when I pick it up. It was a high velocity round. Where can I get more info on loads and the 124gr XTP's? Thanks, =) amaverick

September 13, 2005, 04:21 AM
The Hi-Power is one of the most reliable and finest-feeling in-the-hand semi-autos on the market! You did well indeed choosing such a superb pistol!

September 13, 2005, 08:54 PM
Welcome to the Club, I have had mine since 1969. Have 2 spare barrels for it, may try the Bar Sto. Have a spare military slide, looking for one with adjustable sights, just got the Ciener conversion unit for low cost practice. One great virtue of the Hi-Power is that it is the easiest pistol I know of to field strip and clean. Surprising no one has made a .45ACP version, though since the Hi-Power was designed around the 9MM, a .45 version would require
a larger frame. Incidentally, mine shoots lead bullets very well.

September 14, 2005, 12:20 AM
Got the ole' hammer bobbed huh? I did that too after several undershirts came off with holes in them......it was hammer bob or loose weight. The hammer bob was quicker.

September 24, 2005, 11:13 AM