Browning Hi-Power Handgun
|Country of Origin||Belgium|
|Barrel Length||118.000 mm|
|Muzzle Velocity||350 m/s|
Contributor: C. Peter Chenww2dbaseThe Browning Hi-Power single action semi-automatic pistols were built upon ideas envisioned by John Browning for the Belgian firm Fabrique Nationale, but he was unable to complete it before his death in 1926. Fabrique Nationale's designer Dieudonne Saive completed the design in 1928 by incorporating design elements from the Colt Model 1911 pistols, which patent had just expired. The design was completed in 1935, leading to the alternate designation of Browning P-35.
Browning Hi-Power pistols were used during WW2 by both sides. Under German occupation, Fabrique Nationale produced them as Pistole 640(b) pistols for the German Army. On the Allies side, these pistols were made in Canada by John Inglis and Company; these Canadian-made pistols were popular with American and British covert operatives and commandos for their power and ammunition capacity despite the compact size.
During the pre-WW2 period, some pistols came with a wooden shoulder stock. These wooden shoulder stocks were discontinued during WW2.
Today, Browning Hi-Power pistols are still the standard sidearm of various armies around the world, including Belgium, United Kingdom (L9A1), Ireland (Browning Automatic Pistol or BAP), Australia, Singapore, Argentina (Rosario, FM90, and FM95), and others.
Source: Wikipedia. ww2dbase
Last Major Revision: Dec 2007
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