Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Browning Hi-Power

The Browning Hi-Power is likely the most common semi-automatic in the world. Found in the holster and waist bands of career soldiers, national police and criminals all over.

Interestingly enough most non-American handgun users rarely carry it with a round in the chamber or cocked and locked.

Chambered in 9mm though it's techincal name can vary:
Since it is a single action semi-automatic pistol the hammer must be cocked before the first round can be fired. The hammer is normally cocked in the loading process (e.g., the act of inserting the magazine and operating the slide to chamber the first round also cocks the hammer). Once the first round is fired, the automatic movement (recoil) of the slide cocks the hammer for each subsequent shot. The pistol once cocked, can be fired by pulling the trigger once for each shot until the magazine is empty.

Engaging the thumb-safety allows the pistol to be safely carried cocked and locked.

To safely lower the hammer with a round in the chamber keep the gun pointed in a down and safe direction not allowing the muzzle to be pointed towards any body parts or other individuals. Securely hold the hammer in the cocked position with your thumb and slowly squeeze the trigger until you feel give in the hammer.

Slowly (s-l-o-w-l-y) lower the hammer while maintaining control of it with your thumb until the hammer is FULLY lowered and feels nestled against the slide.

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