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Old August 13, 2009, 01:04 PM   #1
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Browning Hi-Power or 9mm 1911

I'm really set on the 9mm round, in terms of availability and affordability. I have more fun the more i can shoot.

Now I wanted a historical handgun, and at first i was thinking 1911, but in 9mm, but the Hi-power is also somewhat of a historical handgun, being one of the grandfather wonder nines. and that was designed for the 9mm round

So what are your thoughts about this, sell me the idea of either.
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Old August 13, 2009, 02:03 PM   #2
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If you have to only go with one and in 9MM, I'd choose the Browning Hi-Power. The Hi-Power was designed for the 9MM while the 1911 was designed for the .45 ACP. I primarily shoot 9MM myself, but shoot .45 ACP out of my 1911's
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Old August 13, 2009, 02:11 PM   #3
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In my opinion the BHP is the single finest handgun ever built for 9mm. I love my 1911's, but they are for .45.
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Old August 13, 2009, 02:15 PM   #4
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Browning HP

+1 on the Browning HP. The finest 9mm around! I like the P-38, too.
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Old August 13, 2009, 02:34 PM   #5
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+1 to all the above. Bhp in 9mm. 1911 in 45.
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Old August 13, 2009, 02:44 PM   #6
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For 9 mm, I'd say go for BHP.
1911 is great. But in 9 mm form, I feel like it's a sheep in wolf clothing.
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Old August 13, 2009, 02:48 PM   #7
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Old August 13, 2009, 02:48 PM   #8
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Browning Hi Power, no doubt.
A true classic and still 13+1.

Plus, those Hi Powers just fit my hand like they were made for me.
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Old August 13, 2009, 03:00 PM   #9
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Both designed by the same master. I'd go with the one designed for the 9mm. It was excellent then and is excellent now.

If you wanted a "modern" 9mm, there are other choices - but in a classic, the hi-power is top notch.

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Another in favor of the Hi-Power. Get yer gun in the caliber it was designed for, IMO.
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Old August 13, 2009, 03:28 PM   #11
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BHP it's a classic must have
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Old August 13, 2009, 06:15 PM   #12
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Colt put out a "fast" nine in the 1911 frame. It's the 38 Super. I personally sold my Hi Power because the trigger in my 1911 9mm is far superior to the Hi Power's trigger. Unless you want to work your Hi Power over, it won't have that fantastic trigger that most 1911 design guns have right out of the box. I say pick both guns up, rack the slide and pull the trigger. The 1911 gun will have a better trigger. And since the gun is for fun, trigger pull over high capacity is more important.
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Old August 13, 2009, 06:16 PM   #13
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Which one?

Ditto on the Browning Hi-power 9mm.
Both have immense history (speaking also of the 1911 .45 Govt model).
Had to have one, so I actually traded one of my .45's for a 9mm. I know that verges on heresy in some circles, but to me, the Browning is sensual, the 1911 is heavyweight by comparison. Weird, I know, hard to put into words, these things.....
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Old August 13, 2009, 07:11 PM   #14
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I would go for the HP as well - if one can be found! If not, I would go with the cZ75.
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Old August 13, 2009, 07:28 PM   #15
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Both of them were designed by JMB, but each of them were designed for a specific caliber.

If you're looking for a 9mm handgun, I'd say Browning HP.

There's nothing wrong with a 9mm 1911 but shooting 9mm out of a gun designed for the 9mm just makes more sense.
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Old August 13, 2009, 07:51 PM   #16
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Another Vote for BHP

1911 is 45, (or sometimes 10mm, 38 Super, but in MHO your 1st should be 45)

Especially Considering:
Now I wanted a historical handgun
If, you're looking for a historical 1911, go with either M1911, or M1911A1, those will be 45ACP.

If you want a historical 9mm, then find a 9mm gun you like from the era you consider historical. And find a modern version.

Lots of choices in the WW2 era,

Browning High Power
Walther P-38
P-08 Luger

Are the 3 main ones you should be able to find if you look.

There are many others, such as the Radom Pistolet wz.35 from poland, but good luck finding one of those at a decent price.
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Old August 13, 2009, 08:14 PM   #17
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I really like the BHP, but I shot a friend's Springfield Armory 1911 in 9mm, recently. That's one great gun. Very accurate and great trigger. It's is a full size 5" barrel 1911. It's about $1100, so not as cheap as a BHP. I've got one on order.

Saying a 1911 only works with 45ACP is like saying a Colt SA only works with 45 Colt.
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Nothing wrong

Nothing wrong with a 9mm 1911. I have a Dan Wesson PM9 and I like it alot better than the Springfield Loaded .45 I sold to get it. That said, I'm using it strictly as a target pistol. For carry or defense I would go with .45 all the way in a 1911.
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Old August 13, 2009, 09:38 PM   #19
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Give me a HI power in 9mm anytime for a gun released in 1935, it still fits my hand like a glove! Never had any problems with jamming as long as i didn't use cheap junk clips! Buy a hi power and you'll have years of worry free fun and relability
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Old August 13, 2009, 09:46 PM   #20
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Tough choice. I haven't been able to make up my mind either. There is one other distraction for me on this issue, the S&W 952. Expensive, but possibly the most accurate pistol made by S&W outside of a model 41.
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Old August 13, 2009, 09:46 PM   #21
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+ another BHP.

I started shooting pistols with a borrowed BHP. I still want one, but don't have the budget right now. One day....
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Old August 13, 2009, 09:50 PM   #22
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I think the Hi Power is the better choice for 9mm.
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Old August 13, 2009, 09:52 PM   #23
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The Browning High Power was my first handgun-still have it. A 22 Conversion Unit is also a good investment. Plenty of history in the High Power-ollok how many nyions have used it.
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Old August 13, 2009, 10:05 PM   #24
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BHP for me.
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Add another vote to the BHP column...
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