20 July, 2010

Browning Hi-Power

Caliber: 9mmP
Range: 12/24/48
Damage: 2d6
RoF: 1
Weight: 2lbs
Shots: 13rds
Cost: $470, 13rd magazine $17
Notes: AP1, Semi-Auto

Based on the classic Belgian design of 1935, this commercial model, the Mark I, was introduced in 1954.  The Hi-Power was long the service pistol of Britain and the Commonwealth – and a favored weapon of the SAS until replaced by the P226 in the 1990s.  Slight design improvements were made in 1973 that led to the Mark II of the early 1980s.  Early Mark IIs featured the walnut grips pictured above.  These were replaced in production with molded polyamide in 1986 and on all Mark IIIs in 1988.  The Hi-Power features a magazine disconnect, making the weapon unusable without a seated magazine – this feature is often removed in customized examples.
From 1993 .40S&W-chambered Hi-Powers Mark IIIs became available, with a 10rd magazine capacity.

Caliber: .40 S&W
Range: 12/24/48
Damage: 2d6+1
RoF: 1
Weight: 2lbs
Shots: 10rds
Cost: $460, 10rd magazine $15
Notes:AP1, Semi-Auto

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