The Browning Hi Power: Rest in peace, friend

The Browning Hi Power is no more.

According to some terse language on the Browning website, production of the legendary handgun has ceased.

No longer in production. The Hi-Power is one of John Moses Browning’s finest designs. And although it is possible to still find a few Hi-Power pistols at dealers across the U.S., the Hi-Power is technically out of production. Current dealer inventories will be the last available from Browning for the foreseeable future.  The Hi-Powers shown below were the last two models in production (and offered to dealers). General availability to dealers ended in 2017.

The Hi Power was the first truly defensive pistol I ever purchased — or I should say my dad purchased for me since I was too young.

I de-tasseled corn — it’s a Midwest thing — for an entire summer in order to save up enough money to purchase the pistol.

It later became my first carry gun.

I learned how to fight a handgun using the Hi Power.

Ceasing production is a business decision I don’t understand, but it’s Browning’s call.

It truly is one of John Moses Browning’s best designs.


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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


  1. Probably another victim of the times, FN just could not stand up to the polymer onslaught. Of my two favorite handguns, one is a BHP. It just fits in my hand better, points better, has more positive controls, and with its reassuring 32 ounce all steel frame, is very comfortable to shoot. …Perhaps some savy investor group will buy the rights and tooling to this masterpiece away from FN, or maybe FN will in the future do a few limited production runs of this classic. I hope so.

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