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Old 01-01-2010, 02:11 AM
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75th Anniversary Browning Hi Power




I'm more than a little disappointed in FN/ Browning

. 75th birthday of the Hi Power and all they can do is a little extra engraving or laser etching on the slide of a MkIII? Heck...Colt came out with a 1918 version that is beautiful.

I would have liked a retro classic HP with round hammer, thumbprint, tangent sights, stock slot WITH stock (and C&R status). Basically what the HP looked like in 1935. If they didn't sell Browning could always paint them in Mossy Oak or Digital Camo.

Maybe that's in their marketing plans for the 100th
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Old 01-01-2010, 03:50 AM
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Really want a HP, but I want a customized HP.
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Old 01-01-2010, 07:08 PM
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If they had made it something neat, I'd have an order for one in already. I've always wanted a hi-power and a commemorative would have sent me over the edge, but to just do some laser etching on the top of the slide...there are other guns I rather have first.
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Old 01-01-2010, 08:50 PM
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Maybe they wanted to do something more but figured people would complain and moan about their prices even more than they do now.
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:18 PM
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The top-of-slide engraving looks restrained and dignified, not pimped out like some barbecue gun nor a work-of-art-never-to-be-fired safe queen. I could see owning and shooting one of these, though I suspect that I could not afford it. What was the price on it?
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:58 PM
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I always have room in the safe for another hipower, but just not that one.
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:22 PM
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The top-of-slide engraving looks restrained and dignified, not pimped out like some barbecue gun nor a work-of-art-never-to-be-fired safe queen. I could see owning and shooting one of these, though I suspect that I could not afford it. What was the price on it?
Same as a regular hi-power.
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:55 PM
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Does your camera enhance the appearance of bluing? That looks early Colt Python or pre-war Winchester. They did not get a blue finish like that at Earl's Discount House of Paint.

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Old 01-02-2010, 03:00 AM
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Does your camera enhance the appearance of bluing? That looks early Colt Python or pre-war Winchester. They did not get a blue finish like that at Earl's Discount House of Paint.
That's not my photo, it's off the Browning website. FN's bluing is everybit as nice as Colt or Winchester.
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Old 01-02-2010, 09:54 AM
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If it's priced the same it may be worth it.
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:48 AM
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Most agree the blue finish of Winchesters varied as to period of production. Most agree the earlier Pythons had better finish than the later. I do not think I have ever seen a colt slide that looked on par with a Python of the same era. Maybe all the rollmarks detract. The examples I spoke of are said to be the best of the best. I saw a Colt Sauer rifle once or twice and the blue on it was on par with a Python but it came from the other side of the big pond. My misfortune I guess is no exposure to NIB blue BHPs live and in person. They have all been in some state of well worn or some other finish. If they all looked like that when life began that is impressive. I hope that example is not just a poster boy with special care all along the way.
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Old 01-02-2010, 09:40 PM
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The top-of-slide engraving looks restrained and dignified, not pimped out like some barbecue gun nor a work-of-art-never-to-be-fired safe queen. I could see owning and shooting one of these, though I suspect that I could not afford it. What was the price on it?
Being a barbecue gun is exactly what I look for in a commemorative model. Who says you can't shoot barbecue guns?
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Old 01-03-2010, 05:08 PM
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marlinspike: very good point; there is no intrinsic reason not to shoot a barbecue gun, if one wishes. I guess that I find a gaudy barbecue gun so off-putting that I would not want to shoot it.... But that's my quirk. The 75th anniversary model is not gaudy, but beautiful and restrained like the NY Yankee pinstripe uniform. If I were buying a BHP new at MSRP or a little less, I would have no hesitation in getting it.
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:39 PM
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I agree with the retro approach dogtown put forth, maybe with a little engraving like a renaissance HP.

But that will never happen.
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Old 01-06-2010, 09:39 PM
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Does anyone have a guess at when these will be on the market? For the same price as a non-75th, I would consider one.

Ken

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Old 01-07-2010, 05:55 AM
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They now have five model pictures on the web insteAd of the former three pics. You gotta figure any day since the celebration is now underway. Cheers!
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Old 01-07-2010, 09:20 AM
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I'm looking forward to getting one as a main grab.

Sure blue wears easier, but is looks great and really lets good machining come thru! And good machining on an all-steel pistol is a work of art.
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:36 AM
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I second that machine, prep, blue art. It ain' cut it, dunk it then chunk it in the box if you want to admire yourself in the reflection.
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Old 01-07-2010, 05:43 PM
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The polishing and finishing on that pistol are definitely above and beyond the run-of-the-mill example.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:26 PM
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Custom Shop 75th Anniv Version

Or then again.. you could drop $10K for one of these SHOT show specials:

http://www.browning.com/products/cat...94&type_id=103
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:48 PM
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definitly not worth the $10,500 retail price, it looks more like one of the commerative high gloss gold plated war pistols and rifles you would seen offered by the ???? Mint companies in all the gun rags. I wouldn't pay more than $2k for it.
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:39 PM
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definitly not worth the $10,500 retail price, it looks more like one of the commerative high gloss gold plated war pistols and rifles you would seen offered by the ???? Mint companies in all the gun rags. I wouldn't pay more than $2k for it.
Respectfully disagree. The quality of the engraving and the overall finish are way above those on any ??? Mint guns that I've seen. The grip screws are indexed, again not something I've seen except on high quality custom work. Without actually handling it, this work looks very fine indeed.

Not that I would pay $10.5k for it even if I had it to spend. But still, it looks like an example of outstanding custom gunwork.
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:50 PM
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I'm with the thread starter, I don't really see the point of this gun. I'm not aware of any commemorative pistols that only have engraving on the top of the slide. I guess they want you to display it standing up.
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Old 01-20-2010, 12:59 AM
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Or then again.. you could drop $10K for one of these SHOT show specials:

http://www.browning.com/products/cat...94&type_id=103
only one involved in a lucrative rap career would own such a thing...I'm all for a classy gun, but 10k for a BHP is insane! although, if one was involved in a lucrative rap career, that could go well with these... http://www.keepandbeararms.com/infor...tem.asp?ID=340

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Old 01-28-2010, 03:46 PM
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I'm all for a classy gun, but 10k for a BHP is insane! although, if one was involved in a lucrative rap career, that could go well with these... http://www.keepandbeararms.com/infor...tem.asp?ID=340

But those are for right handed rappers! I am a lefty !!!!
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