The Browning High Power is one of my favorite guns.
Not just because it was largely designed by John Moses Browning (PBUH), but because it’s not just a firearm, it’s a mechanical work-of-art.
I acquired my first 1911 in 1983, but had always lusted after a BHP, ever since I read about them in gun magazines, long before 1983.
I remember going to a gun store in East Phoenix in 1974-75(?). It was going out of business, and there were deals to be had! Unfortunately, these deals required cash, which I did NOT have!
I remember stock 1911s going for $225.00, and BHPs for 275.00!
So, I went on with unrequited gun lust. *sigh*
Years later, in 1995, I saw one for private sale at a gun show. With 6 spare factory 13 round magazines. And (of particular importance to me) an ambidextrous safety! For once, I had money, and she went home with me, magazines and all, for $625.00!
Beautiful blue, almost perfect (a slight, 1/4″ u-shaped scratch on top of the slide, rear of the ejection port) and Pachmayr rubber stocks. No offense to Mr. Pachmayr, but I prefer wood stocks, so I bought some factory ones and fitted then to take the ambi-safety. Viola’!
And, to shoot her! Mechanical precision of all elements working together, smoothly, putting the bullets where the sights aligned. Exactly as it’s supposed to. Something many other firearms I owned only did marginally, she did with aplomb!
Sadly, as with many others, she disappeared into the night, with the gun safe.
My solace is none of them (or any or the credit cards or personal documents) have ever turned up. I suspect the safe remains unopened, contents unmolested.
And the BHP has never been used by malicious hands.
That would be sacrelige.