Member Featured Firearm: FN Hi-Power in 40 S&W


This pistol is an FN Mark III Hi-Power chambered in 40 S&W.  Picked this up at a gun show a while back.  The Hi-Power, or P-35, has a rich history and is one of the greatest pistols ever designed.

John Browning began work on the Hi-Power but died before it’s completion.  It was completed by Dieudonné Joseph Saive.  Saive designed a double stack magazine from which the pistol gets its “Hi-Power” name.

Typically and traditionally, the Hi-Power is chambered in 9x19mm but this one is chambered in 40 S&W.  The 40 cal magazine holds 10 rounds.

This pistol also features the SFS  (Safe Fast System) designed by Cylinder & Slide.  Whereas a traditional hi-power is carried “Cocked and Locked”, the SFS safety functions differently.  To engage the safety, the hammer is pushed forward into the “down” position.  When the safety is disengaged with the lever, the hammer pops up into the ready position.   This allows one to carry his gun without the hammer being obviously cocked.

This is a fun gun to shoot.  It is certainly has heavier recoil than the 9mm but is manageable.

For more information, check out this article from the NRA Museum.

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