The news going around the past few days is
that the legendary P35 Hi-Power pistol is dead. I heard the news
a few months ago the Browning would cease the importation of the
Hi-Power, that FNH had stopped production, and also found out
recently that FM in Argentina had stopped production of their
copy of the pistol. The news finally hit social media hard a few
days ago, and many shooters who are familiar with the qualities
of the Hi-Power are mourning the death of that fine pistol, but
they are doing so too soon. While it does look as though
Browning and FM are no longer interested in producing the
Hi-Power, it is certainly not dead. There have been many
variations of the Hi-Power manufactured in several countries,
both licensed and unlicensed, with distinguishing features on
each. Browning also imported a slightly beefed-up version for
use with the 40 S&W and 357 Sig cartridges. To detail the
history of the Browning Hi-Power pistol would take a
substantially-sized book, so I won’t attempt to do so here,
but the pistol has served in military and civilian service all
over the world for the past eight decades, and will continue to
do so for some time to come.
Elite Warrior Armament of Rio Rancho, New
Mexico has a Hi-Power in production. Limited production for now
at least, carving these pistols out of billet stainless steel,
but plans are to move to a higher production schedule using cast
stainless frames, which will lower the price of production
substantially, without sacrificing the integrity or strength of
Elite Warrior Armament is a full custom gun
shop, not just parts-changers. They build guns. Of great
interest to me is their resurrection of the Bren Ten pistol
design. It is in the works, but for here, we will focus upon
their rendition of a custom Hi-Power.
Not starting with a stock Browning and
modifying it, Elite Warrior Armament, by building the entire
pistol from the ground up, was able to make slight improvements
where Chuck Warner and his team thought necessary. They wanted
their Hi-Power to be able to handle a steady diet of +P and +P+
ammunition, so the frame, slide, and dust cover are slightly
beefed-up for extra strength. The beavertail is also slightly
lengthened, and the bosses around the trigger pin eliminated for
a smoother feel for prolonged shooting with high-performance
ammunition. Both the trigger guard and mag well openings are
slightly larger, and the barrel bushing on these first
production pistols are welded in, not soldered. They found that
soldering in the bushing was a weak spot, and future production
pistols will have threaded-in bushings. Problem solved.
are listed in the chart below. Weight is listed in ounces.
Trigger pull is listed in pounds of resistance. Linear
measurements are listed in inches.
||9x19mm (9mm Luger)
|Maximum Grip Width
||Black, Front Post /
|Firing Pin Safety
|Magazine Disconnect Safety
|MSRP as of February 2018
fired a variety of ammunition over the chronograph to check
velocities, with the results listed in the chart below.
Velocities are listed in feet-per-second. Bullet weights are
listed in grains. JHP is a jacketed hollowpoint bullet. DPX is a
hollow nose homogenous copper bullet. FMJ is a full metal jacket
roundnose bullet. FMJ-FN is a full metal jacket flat nose
Buffalo Bore Penetrator bullet. PB is Pow’RBall,
a specialty bullet from Cor-Bon. XP is a specialty homogenous
copper bullet from Lehigh Defense. Glaser is a pre-fragmented
bullet. Velocities were taken at an elevation of 541 feet above
sea level, with an air temperature of forty-eight degrees
Fahrenheit and humidity of sixty-nine percent. Velocities were
recorded at twelve feet from the muzzle.
|WCC NATO FMJ
|Buffalo Bore FMJ-FN
|Buffalo Bore JHP
|Buffalo Bore +P+ JHP
|Buffalo Bore +P JHP
|Buffalo Bore +P JHP
|Cor-Bon +P DPX
|Sig Sauer JHP
|Lehigh Defense JHP
|CCI Blazer Brass FMJ
really like this Hi-Power from Elite Warrior Armament. The price
ain’t cheap, but neither is the quality. I have handled and
fired some very, very nice custom Hi-Power pistols from some
quality gunsmiths, and this Elite pistol is superior. The
quality of the machining and fit is superb. The checkering is
very nicely done, and is much more than just a cosmetic touch.
Elite Warrior Armament was able to execute a superior Hi-Power
pistol with greater strength, while still maintaining the
wonderful handling, shooting, and feel of the original browning
pistols. Accuracy is outstanding, the trigger pull perfect, and
reliability was one hundred percent. The pistol fed, fired, and
ejected every cartridge fed to it.
Elite Warrior Armament has managed to improve
upon one of the best pistol designs the world has ever known,
strengthening its few weaknesses, without breaking the spirit of
the original Hi-Power.
out Elite Warrior Armament on Facebook here, or give them a
call at 505-227-7962.
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