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Browning hi-power in 40 or 9mm

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by LEAD, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. LEAD

    LEAD

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    My dads about to get a BHP he plans to keep it, not sell it down the road. This is for a nightstand gun.

    What do you think, I've always associated the BHP with 9mm, so thats what I initially suggested, even though it terms of general caliber preference I prefer larger.

    Any reason why he should not get the 40 are they jsut as reliable nice shooting etc?
     
  2. mixflip

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    I think the BHP's were specifically designed for the 9mm so for me I'd personally stick with the original just because I like Cor-Bon Pw'rball 9mm anyway.
     

  3. Stephen A. Camp

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    Hello. My suggestion would be for the 9mm version. Subjective to be sure, I find it more comfortable to handle and shoot than the 40-caliber version...but that's probably due to 4 decades of using the 9mm Hi Power. As you know, current Mk III pistols have a heavy 32-lb mainspring. The 9mm has a 17-lb recoil spring while the .40's is 20-lbs. The 3-lb difference doesn't sound like much, but it quite noticeable and many folks find it difficult to rack the slide on the forty-caliber pistol. I am not sure of your father's age or physical condition so this might ...or might not be worth considering.

    With the choices in 9mm ammunition available today, I have no "stopping power" concerns using the 9mm for self-protection.

    Best.
     
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  4. Andrewsky

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    :notworthy::notworthy::notworthy::notworthy:

    Big fan of your website sir.
     
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  5. Stephen A. Camp

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    Hello, sir and thanks. I am glad that the site is of service.

    Best.
     
  6. Road Dog

    Road Dog Senior Member Millennium Member

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    I agree with Mr. Camp the .40 is pretty stiff on racking the slide. A few reasons why I would go with a BHP in 9mil:

    capacity
    ammunition cost is cheaper, more practice/plinking
    more magazine selection factory/Argentine etc...

    I have BHPs in 40 and in 9, and if I had to pick one I would go with the 9 mil.

    RD
     
  7. ranger88

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    I currently have an FN-Herstal Hi-Power in .40 S&W and had a Browning MkIII Hi-Power in 9mm. No question that I would go with the 9mm version everyday and twice on Sunday. The .40 S&W has been flawless and is a good gun, but the 9mm was flawless as well and is a great gun. Only reason that I don't have the 9mm anymore is that it was given to someone as a gift. Just my thoughts, the experts have already spoken.
     
  8. Indy_Guy_77

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    A BHP in .40S&W just seems.... wrong.

    .30 Luger would be fun...

    But 9mm is where it's at.
     
  9. oldnoob

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    Can't say it better than Mr. Camp himself.

    :patriot:

    I have long been wanting to get a 40 HP. Just to convert it into a 9mm. Take advantage of that heavier slide and 3 lugs lock barrel to build a uber BHP in 9mm.

    Have the choice, I will choose the 9mm any day. But 40 HP has been on my list for a while now.
     
  10. fnfalman

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    This is like asking if you should choose between a 9mm or a .45ACP chamber for the M1911 family. Ridiculous question - P-35 (aka Hi-Power) should be in 9mm. No questions asked.
     
  11. one_fast_ls1

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    +1 for 9mm.

    It just belongs to the Hi Power.

    Same reason I have 2 .45 caliber 1911's.
     
  12. CarlosC

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    The 9mm is a classic that has proven itself in combat for 75 years and has served some of the best Hostage Rescue Teams in the world like the SAS. Nothing wrong with it as a nightstand gun.
    The .40 version was specifically designed to handle the .40 round, so there isn't a reliability issue. As has been pointed out however, racking the slide is not as easy as the 9mm version. On the plus side, if you run out of ammo with the .40 BHP, you can quickly disassemble the gun and let the recoil sprint slip out. I guarantee it will impale your attacker, if not go clean through him. I believe FN makes them out of auto suspension springs. They are that stiff.

    My 9mm BHP
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    My .40 BHP Practical
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    I love the 40sw round but BHP was built for looks and 9mm.
     
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    ...for looks? :dunno:
     
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    9mm all the way.

    That's the only BHP I'd ever buy.

    In fact, its my favorite 9mm and I wouldn't even consider it inb 40S&W.
     
  16. LEAD

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    Thanks for the suggestions, I wanted to make sure I did'nt steer him in the wrong direction. He's completely healthy and racking the slide isn't a concern, however, I agree that BHP and 9mm go together like rap and crack. It seems more classical that way.

    Oh and I forgot to add this will be a 75 anniversary edition, so this should make it more nastalgic.
     
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    the Classic Browning or FN (or other) Hi Power should be in the Classic 9MM...Luger, Parabellum, NATO...whatever...the only way to fly...
    Bill
     
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    I'm not sure it was built for looks, but it just so happens to be one of the sexiest pistols of all time. :supergrin:


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  19. CharlestonG26

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    This is one of those things that almost has to be experienced to believe. I had one of the FN HPs in .40s&w and was really surprised by the difficulty of racking the slide. It was MUCH HARDER than my MK III to rack.
     
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  20. mixflip

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    Bac's collection is one of the reasons I decided I want a BHP. When I have some extra cash I'm getting a plane jane BHP in 9mm.