Talk:Browning Hi-Power

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Other Browning Hi Power Variants


Browning Hi-Power - 9x19mm. This is the screen used Hero Gun held and fired by Eddie Murphy in the Beverly Hills Cop film series.
FEG Browning HP clone. The gun pictured here is the screen-used gun carried by Denzel Washington in American Gangster.
Browning Hi-Power used by John Wayne in the film McQ.
World IMFDB Exclusive: Screen used FEG R9 - 9x19mm. This blank firing weapon is verified as screen used by actor Tony Sirico in The Sopranos. This specific gun was the one fired onscreen when he and Christopher kill Mikey Palmice in I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano (1.13). (IMFDB thanks The Golden Closet for providing this image.)
Commercial Browning Hi-Power Mark III - 9x19mm. This is the screen-used firearm carried by Stephen Baldwin in the film The Usual Suspects
Browning Hi-Power as carried by Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark. From "The Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The Definitive Story Behind All Four Films" by J.W. Rinzler, p. 78

Additional Images

Browning Hi-Power fitted with a reproduction stock. The original stocks produced for Chinese contract pistols had a much sturdier hinge - 9x19mm Parabellum
FN Browning Hi-Power with rear adjustable sight, regular front sight and spare magazine - 9x19mm
Browning Hi-Power fitted with suppressor - 9x19mm Parabellum
West German Police Version of the Browning Hi-Power - 9x19mm Parabellum
FN Hi-Power with satin nickel finish - 9x19mm Parabellum
Browning Hi-Power with stainless finish - 9x19mm Parabellum
British L9A1 and licensed FN Hi-Power - 9x19mm Parabellum
British L9A1 DS - 9x19mm Parabellum
A Type 73 Belgian made Browning Hi-Power - 9x19mm Parabellum
Browning Hi-Power Mark III with wooden grips - 9mm.
Pre-war FN P35 with adjustable sights and holster stock - 9x19mm Parabellum
Gold High Power with ivory grip - 9x19mm Parabellum

Other Hi-Power-based models

FÉG Model 45 ACK/GKK - 9x19mm Parabellum
Arcus 98 DA - 9x19mm Parabellum. Arcus 94 and Arcus 98DA are Bulgarian versions of the Hi-Power.


The Inglis Hi-Power is a canadian produced variant of this pistol from ww2 and is recognised for its distinctive 'Hump' rear sight.

Sure it makes sense to add the FEG Hi-Power to the Hi-Power page. Less clutter.


FEG: R9 same as P9R?

Can anybody tell if there's a difference between above two guns? I am curious because apart from the trigger guard, the FEG R9 used in The Sopranos looks very much like a ‘regular’ FEG P9R. Thanks for a short feedback, --PeeWee055 10:20, 21 November 2011 (CST)

.357 SIG conversion

I read somewhere that most pistols chambered for the .40 S&W can be converted to .357 SIG by replacing the barrel and the recoil spring. Is the Hi-Power Practical capable of such conversion, or is it an exception to the rule? - User: 2wingo

As long as it's originally chambered in .40 S&W, you'll be okay. The .40 HP's have a slightly beefier slide and additional locking lug on the barrel. Three instead of two. You'll most likely have to have the .357 SIG barrel fitted. Go to the 1911 forum, there's a BHP section. Or a BHP forum even. I don't know why there's even a separate section for the Practical, the only difference is the finish. --Predator20 (talk) 10:39, 3 December 2012 (EST)
There are several conversion barrels available, and as long as you pistol has the heavier .40 S&W slide (the one with the groove for the slide release) it will be fine. You can physically put a .40 and by extension .357 SIG barrel on a 9mm gun, but this will damage the pistol in the long term. When Browning first made the .40 Browning it originally used the standard 9mm light slide during testing, but it was too light meaning it recoiled fast enough to warp the frame hence the change. --commando552 (talk) 19:13, 3 December 2012 (EST)

Browning HP better caliber

Hey,fellas!I have a question especially for those who are familiary with both Browning HP and newer FN Five seveN: How do you think that the 5.7x28mm ammo would work on a HP? I mean that,the 9x19mm dosen't seems bad but the 5.7x28mm FN cartridge seems so powerfull and accurate compared to the 9mm Luger.--VLAD M (talk) 07:48, 24 October 2015 (EDT)

FN Browning Hi-Power silver chrome with adjustable sights - 9x19mm
FN Five SeveN Flat Dark Earth-5.7x28mm
It wouldn't really work at all. The 5.7x28mm cartridge is more than a centimetre longer than the 9x19mm one so you wouldn't physically be able to fit it inside the grip. There are other options for the Browning though, it was factory made in 9x19mm, .40 S&W and 7.65x21mm. There are also a few caliber conversions available, like .22 LR, .357 SIG and .41 AE. --commando552 (talk) 08:12, 24 October 2015 (EDT)

I was actually talking about conversion....Shortly:Which one is better:9x19mm Luger or 5.7x28mm FN? --VLAD M (talk) 12:19, 24 October 2015 (EDT)

As was just explained, it's physically impossible to convert a Hi-Power to chamber the 5.7mm round. The Wierd It (talk) 15:29, 24 October 2015 (EDT)

Excuse my poor eprimasion.What I exactly wanna know is WHICH CALIBER IS BETTER:9mm Luger or 5.7x28mm?😐--VLAD M (talk) 16:12, 24 October 2015 (EDT)

Better for what? As a civilian, 9mm is better due to price, availability, and choice in firearms. --Funkychinaman (talk) 16:21, 24 October 2015 (EDT)
Ok.So,for the price:9mm wins.but what'bout accuracy and power--VLAD M (talk) 03:22, 25 October 2015 (EDT)
Yeah you're better off with 9mm, they're cheap and widely proliferated than 5.7. You could get revolvers in .17hmr which is a slightly similar caliber. But go with 9mm, plenty of great options for that.-The Gunslinger 3 (talk) 13:36, 20 March 2016 (EDT)


Guys,I know and I see that the first variants of the pistol had a capacity of 13 rounds(9x19mm).But,can't a HP also be fitted with 16 round mags?--VLAD M (talk) 12:41, 3 January 2016 (EST)

No, it cannot, as the grip length allows to place only 13-round magazine (or 10 .40 rounds). An experimental version with double-column 16-round magazine was designed in 1920s, and it was not the Hi-Power that we all know and love, it was its very distant predecessor. Greg-Z (talk) 13:03, 3 January 2016 (EST)
You mean the M1911?--VLAD M (talk) 18:12, 3 January 2016 (EST)
No, there were a few early prototypes of the Hi power which had a longer grip with a 16 round magazine, like this one. You can actually get magazine for the Hi Power now that hold up to 15 rounds in a flush fitting magazine. This is mainly because of improved materials these days where you can have better springs, and the follower is actually totally hollow (yet still strong enough) and telescopes down over the compressed spring. You still can't fit 16 rounds in a standard length flush fitting magazine, I do not think it would phsically fit. There were also the factory extended 20 round magazines (these can be seen used by the British SAS during operation Nimrod), and you can also find after-market extended mags that go up to 32 rounds. --commando552 (talk) 18:56, 3 January 2016 (EST)
Thanks a lot!--VLAD M (talk) 12:28, 4 January 2016 (EST)

No pre-Type 73 images?

I notice we don't have any images of T-Series/pre-73 Hi-Powers (external extractor with ring hammer). --Maxman (talk) 18:29, 15 July 2016 (EDT)

Divot on older Hi-Powers

Can anyone tell me anything about the divot on the slides of older models, in front of the ejection port? --Maxman (talk) 19:07, 15 July 2016 (EDT)

Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian Mfg) - 9x19mm
It's there to facilitate disassembly. When you lock the slide back, the divot lines up with the slide release pin so that you can push it more easily.--Flavio (talk) 16:32, 16 December 2016 (EST)

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