Sunday, August 7, 2011

Deadly Browning High Power (P-35)

Army and Weapons | Deadly Browning High Power (P-35) | The Browning Hi-Power is a single-action, 9 mm semi-automatic pistol. It is based on a design by American firearms inventor John Browning, and supplemented by Dieudonné Saive by Fabrique Nationale (FN) of Herstal, Belgium. Browning died in 1926, several years before the design was completed. The Hi-Power is one of the most widely used military pistols of all time, used by the armed forces of more than 50 countries.
The Hi Power is one of the best and longest living 9mm Pistols out there. It has been in production since 1935 after being developed in the late 1920s and was drafted by both the Germans and British as frontline service pistols during WWII. Many countries and there is a standard for police and personal use for decades. You'd be hard pressed to anywhere in the world and not encounter examples of this fine gun.
This was the last work of true genius of the famous developer John Browning firearms. He had initially thought of a version of its industry-leading 1911 pistol, used by European powers to produce. This would rechambering the gun in 9mm. While busy with re-engineering of the gun, Browning several improvements in the mechanics of the design. The most important were the replacement of the old barrel in turn link with a cam, and the addition of an integral feed ramp, with a deletion of the cut in the room. The integral ramp eliminates much of the concern of jamming with some bullet types. This has plagued some versions of the older 1911 design. Also, the 9mm to have a higher chamber pressure than the 45. Some minor changes were also made, including removing the grip safety, adding a magazine safety, and many ergonomic changes. An additional feature, making this gun stand out among the rest, the new double column magazine. Although the term "miracle nine" came not exist until decades after the introduction of the great Browning, was the prototype of the breed.
The Browning feels good in the hand very well and looks great. The design, unchanged in decades, looks like it just came off the drawing board: timeless. The fit and finish are superb, and I rate the tractor as second only to that of the beloved 1911 model. The gun is accurate enough, and can be adapted to the level of competition, competitions were regularly shot at them. The 13 round magazine, but not impressive as it was decades ago, is still sufficient, even by today's standards. The gun is, if I dare say, elegantly.
The original P35, as noted earlier, featured an internal extractor. During World War II, was produced by Inglis of Canada for Allied use, by FN in occupied Belgium for the German use. Most Canadian P35S were manufactured with a parkerized finish, while most P35S manufactured in occupied Belgium had a blued finish. In 1962 the internal hood was replaced with a more durable and reliable external hood among other changes, including a 2-piece barrel and changes to the locking system for improved durability. Drums and later frames are not interchangeable with older generations.
After negotiations with FN officials, the British decided to produce the gun in Canada under license FN. The Inglis P35S were built for use by the Chinese Nationalists and the Commonwealth Forces (ie, British, Canadian and Australian). Production was stopped after the hostilities, FN's market to protect the world. While Inglis churned out its version of the P35 in Canada, the Germans were building their own version on the occupied Liege, Belgium plant. (Like a few other guns, the P35 had the distinction to be used by both Allied and Axis powers during World War 2). During the 1943 to the liberation, the Germans produced P35, no magazine disconnector. These guns are preceded by "A" for the serial number.
The Browning P35 is similar to the M1911, except that the physical size of the gun is smaller. The P35 has abandoned the swinging barrel link system of the M1911 for a cam-locking system. The hammer of the P35 has a different shape (like the "ring" hammer of the Colt .45 "Commander") and the P35 grip eliminates the safety and security of the separator M1911. The thumb safety of the P35 is similar to the M1911 in that it locks the slide, hammer and trigger when the hammer cocked and the safety involved. The P35 is different from the M1911 in the trigger and trigger a rotating bar at the ear and hammer to the gun fire control. The P35 also differs from the M1911 in that it can not fire her magazine removed, the P35 is equipped with a magazine disconnector.
The P35 pistol was in production by the FN and its licensees since the end of WW2. It is either used by the armed forces of at least 50 countries around the world. It is still the first line of service with the British Commonwealth countries, as well as police departments worldwide. P35 pistols have been produced with detachable shoulder stock and rifle sights, double-action versions for users of the current, fixed face combat models and adjustable sight completion models, specialized sport shooting versions, and the factory adjusted civilian clothes "police guns or smaller, lighter versions of the P35. There are few guns that have earned the title of a "go to war" gun. Among this elite fraternity, the U.S. M1911 Colt (and its clones), the Belgian Browning P35, and the German Walther P38 . These guns are a well-deserved reputation for reliability and performance of the Arctic wastes to desert sand, the dirtiest tropical jungle. Navy SEALs use limited P35 high output in Viet Nam. The P35 was much appreciated by them.
Specifications:Caliber: 9mm NATO (9x19mm)Length - 7.75 inches.Height - 5.0 inches.Barrel - 4.75 inches.Weight (empty) - 2.0 lbs.