A firearms forum rumor has finally come true—production of John Browning’s final design comes to an end. The Browning Hi-Power has been discontinued.
After an 82-year run and over one million sold, Browning is no longer going to make one of the most iconic and best service pistols in history. If what you can believe from forums is true, it is due to lessening demand and slow sales.
First patented in 1923, John Browning originally started the design of the Hi-Power to enter the French military pistol trials. He passed away before finishing. FN designer, Dieudonne Saive took over and the Browning Hi-Power began full production in 1935. At the time, no other semiauto handgun held as many rounds as the Hi-Power.
The Hi-Power borrows some of the classic design of the 1911, operating from a locked breech with a single-action trigger and has a solid steel frame. However, to meet the French military’s demands, a magazine disconnect safety was added, as well as a pivoting trigger, an integral barrel bushing and a double-stack magazine that holds 16 rounds of 9mm ammo. The Hi-Power has incredible balance due to the angle of the grip and it weighed less and was easier to field strip than the 1911.
It was issued to over 50 militaries around the world. Australia, India, Canada and the U.K. still carry the Hi-Power.
The Browning Hi-Power’s page says:
No longer in production. The Hi-Power is one of John Moses Browning’s finest designs. And although it is possible to still find a few Hi-Power pistols at dealers across the U.S., the Hi-Power is technically out of production. Current dealer inventories will be the last available from Browning for the foreseeable future. The Hi-Powers shown below were the last two models in production (and offered to dealers). General availability to dealers ended in 2017.
Hats off to The Firearm Blog for the tip.
We’re sad to see this legendary pistol go.