Hi-Power Versions

Tips on disassembly and reassembly of different variations of the Browning Hi-Power.

by Charlie Briggs

I probably shouldn’t say this, but sometimes I think John Browning never finished the Hi-Power, his final pistol design, because maybe he had second thoughts about the way it was coming together. The design was finished by Belgian small arms designer Dieudonné Joseph Saive at Fabrique Nationale nearly nine years after Browning’s death. Many have complained about the trigger and magazine disconnect arrangements, but to be fair, Browning could not borrow much from his former, and in my opinion, superior, 1911 design as the patents had already been sold to Colt.

Anyway, my job here is to make it easier for you to work on the many versions of the Hi-Power, in use worldwide for over 80 years. It is my hope that I can correct errors I have found in publications dealing with this design, or at least clarify instructions therein.


To begin disassembly….

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