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1962 Browning Hi Power - Check it out! :):)

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by bac1023, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. bac1023

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    Well, I just picked up the second Hi-Power from this thread. :supergrin:

    http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1436998#13459034443411&ifh=44

    This model is two years newer than the model in my last thread. In those two years, the Hi Power lost the thumbprint and the serial number on the slide.

    Just like the 1960 model, I don't believe it was ever fired. The gun and grips are absolutely mint and it certainly doesn't look like the mag was ever loaded. The bluing is amazing.

    As many know, the Hi Power is my all time favorite 9mm and I feel its one of the best looking pistols ever produced. Its just a true classic in every way. :cool:

    Any thoughts on my new addition from all you Hi Power fans? Its not quite a collectable as my 1960 version, as it doesn't have the slide dent and it also didn't come with the original pouch. However, its an incredibly sleek and sexy example of an early Belgian HP. :)

    Please enjoy the pics...


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  2. bac1023

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    Here's a couple quick pics of it with my 1960 model. What's interesting is how the shade and color of the walnut grips differ from batch to batch. In the second pic, you can see the differences.

    These two pistols are really the highlights of my year. They're the two nicest vintage Hi Powers I've ever seen. :cool:


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  3. bac1023

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    Here they are with a couple of my other HPs.

    From left to right: 1999, 2003, 1960, and 1962

    The 2003 model is one of those Portugese assembled models. The other three are all Belgian. :)

    Note the internal extractors of the older models. The external extractor started in the mid 1960's.


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  4. Paul7

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    Brian, do you see much difference with the Portugese model?
     
  5. bac1023

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    Not really in comparing it to my later model Belgian. The older models seem tighter though.

    It just sucks having the Portuguese stamp on the slide. The Portugese model isn't blued either. Its a black coating of some sort.
     
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  6. bac1023

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    Thanks Cody :cool:
     
  7. Cole125

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    Another nice one, congrats! :cool:

    BHP have to be some of the best looking handguns ever made.
     
  8. bac1023

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    Oh, no doubt.

    I put it right behind the 1911 as the best looking two pistols ever built.
     
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  10. your HP family is growing. congrats! I love the grips on the second HP from the left
     
  11. bac1023

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    Thanks

    That's the Portuguese asembled model. The grips do show the nicest grain pattern.

    I have a couple other HPs that I didn't picture here too.
     
  12. doolyd

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    How do you always find such mint firearms? Do you pay top dollar or do you also get fairly good deals? I never seem to come across anything as nice as a lot of what you post and if I do they want hundreds more than fair price.

    Please enlighten.
     
  13. raven11

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    I don't mean to hijack your thread. But is there a quality difference between the newly made BHP compared to the older ones?
     
  14. bac1023

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    I do find a lot of very good deals. However, I pretty much paid top dollar for those two recent HPs.

    I got them on Gunbroker.
     
  15. bac1023

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    They do have a tighter build and I like the bluing much better on the older models.

    There's definitely more hand craftsmanship in the older models.
     
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  16. bac1023

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    That's a nice looking pistol :)