If you’ve read our recent article on the best 9mm handguns out there, you’ve probably heard of the venerated Browning Hi Power. It is a truly legendary design, supposedly one of John Browning’s last. And he may have saved the best for last. It has a few features that made it a gun well ahead of its 1920’s vintage. Many firearms historians point to the Hi Power as the first wonder nine- this weapon went a long way towards legitimizing and making popular the 9mm round, as well as the concept of the duty-sized auto loading handgun more generally. There is a very good reason that these have been carried by people in police and military services all over the planet for over half a century. You’d be doing well to add one to your collection, either has a historical piece or as a more practical choice. Dont forget to read below to find the ultimate Browning Hi Power accessories.
First, it was chambered in the new 9mm parabellum, which has since become the world standard in pistol rounds. Second, it comes standard with 15 round magazines. Those two things sound standard now, and they are. But, this was in a firearm that was contemporary with revolvers and such fossils as the broom-handle Mauser. For the 1920’s, this gun was effectively from the future, and it’s still a fantastic firearm today. So, if you’ve picked one up, we’re here to help you use it as a competent carry pistol.
- 1. Bulldog Belt Automatic Slide Holster
- 2. Real Avid Gun Boss Pro Universal Cleaning Kit
- 3. Gunvault MiniVault Gun Safe
- 4. Walkers Game Ear Passive EXT Safety Combo
- 5. Sig Sauer Elite Performance V-Crown Ammunition
- 6. Hogue Browning Hi-Power
- 7. ProMag Browning Hi-Power
- 8. Mec-Gar Browning Replacement Magazine
- 9. Allen Cloth Handgun Case
- 10. Blackhawk Compact Light Carrier
- Parting Shots…
1. Bulldog Belt Automatic Slide Holster
In terms of age, the Hi Power counts as an antique. But in terms of performance, it is absolutely a viable option for concealed carry. It’s a little heavy to be sure, but 15 rounds of 9mm is nothing to laugh at, and that extra weight makes shooting the Hi Power a truly pleasant experience. With that in mind, should you choose to carry it, a sturdy holster is a must.
We recommend the Bulldog belt automatic slide holster in medium. This sturdy leather holster threads through your belt instead of clipping onto it: this makes carrying heavier firearms like the HI Power a lot more doable, and moves them closer to your body. This one is also made out of leather, which will avoid scratching up the finish on this gorgeous firearm. People have been carrying Hi Powers for over half a century, and you’d do well to follow their lead if you own one.
2. Real Avid Gun Boss Pro Universal Cleaning Kit
As we just mentioned, the Hi Power is one seriously nice 9mm pistol. It’s hard to hold one in your hand and not appreciate the craftsmanship, not to mention the fantastic trigger that shares a lot of design similarities from the 1911, making it a common choice among Colt fans as well. With a firearm this nice, you’re going to want to keep it clean with a Browning Hi Power accessory like this.
We recognize that the disease of gun collecting afflicts many of us, and one of the best treatments for our particular condition is trying to make purchases that are useful for more than one thing. That’s where a good universal kit like the Real Avid Gun Boss cleaning kit comes in handy. Basically, the kit is a brass rod, a patch puller, a handle, and a collection of brushes from .22 to 12 gauge, all in a nice container that keeps everything handy. Picking one of these up and keeping it in your range bag, or wherever you clean your guns, is a great way to keep things organized. The 9mm brush works just fine for the Hi Power, and you still have a ton of other useful tools as well.
3. Gunvault MiniVault Gun Safe
Being a responsible gun owner is part of the deal when it comes to concealed carry. If we want to be able to keep our firearms and our rights, as well as prevent senseless tragedies and thefts, we all need to do our bit. Thus, we recommend every single gun owner think carefully about safety and storage.
Of course, we all have to take our guns off sometimes. We don’t recommend taking the Hi Power in the shower, as sustained moisture isn’t great for springs, ammo, or surfaces that have had the finish worn off. Similarly, wearing a gun to bed is kind of uncomfortable. SO, instead of laying your HI Power on a table, think about the Gunvault Minivault. This safe is about big enough for any full size 9mm pistol and a few magazines. I’s opened by a combination of buttons mapped to your fingers, so you can get to your gun in a hurry if need be. This safe is an excellent bedside table option.
4. Walkers Game Ear Passive EXT Safety Combo
With your nice, new Hi Power, you’re going to want to do some shooting, obviously. Keeping with the theme of the safety pics, it’s important to keep yourself safe at the range as well. We’re sure that you have heard this particular advice before, but it’s great to repeat for the sake of coverage. Wear eye and ear protection with every single shot you take.
Here, we recommend the Walker’s Game Ear combination. These are well built and simple earphones that go over your year and have a nicely padded headband to make sure that you don’t mind wearing them. TO double up on earpro, which we do recommend, a pair of foam ear plugs are also included. Finally, a pair of yellow shooting glasses are also included. For the price, a one-stop solution to ear and eye protection is a no-brainer that will make it so that you don’t have to sleep with a fan on for the rest of your days thanks to tinnitus.
5. Sig Sauer Elite Performance V-Crown Ammunition
Carrying a 9mm pistol means that you have tons of ammo options on the market. Here, we’re focusing mostly on the Hi Power as an option for a daily CCW gun. With that in mind, hollow point rounds will be the way that a lot of people choose to go with. Hollow points tend to cause lots of damage and not over-penetrate, both of which are great reasons to use them.
Here, we’re recommending the SIG Ammo 365 series hollow points. These exceptionally well-made rounds are designed for being fired from short barrels, and thus will perform very well with the Ho Power. They’re 115 grain hollow point projectiles meant to lower recoil. Pairing the low recoiling design of the round with the weight of a Hi Power will yield an exceptionally easy to shoot platform, so all 15 of those rounds have a better chance at going exactly where you want them.
The Hi Power is an absolutely gorgeous pistol. We really like how it looks: it might well be one of the most elegant handguns ever designed. With that said, if we’re being really, really practical, those wooden grips might be a tiny bit of a hinderance. Wood can get awfully slick when wet which makes this a must have Browning Hi Power accessory.
Thus, we’re recommending a change to the grips made by Hogue. Its an easy enough switch to make with a hex key set and five minutes of your time. What you get for your small investment is a set of slightly more ergonomic grips that are made out of a solid rubber. That rubber is well textured to allow for a better fit in the hand, as well as ad extra grip in adverse conditions. If you’re thinking of carrying a Hi Power, a new set of grips is a decent idea, and these are simple enough in appearance to not ruin the aesthetics of the first wonder nine.
7. ProMag Browning Hi-Power
One thing you are, for sure, going to need with your Hi Power, is magazines. Trying to track down surplus or original ones is about like trying to find a needle in a haystack, though.
With that said, Promag makes Hi power magazines. These flush fitting magazines hold 13 rounds and are finished to match most Hi Power’s that have been made. We recommend getting a few, given that you’ll probably want to keep shooting and shooting once you take this truly smooth 9mm pistol to the range.
8. Mec-Gar Browning Replacement Magazine
We had mentioned before that the standard capacity for the Hi Power is 15 rounds, not 13. So, what gives? Both have actually been produced for several decades. The difference between the two types is basically spring geometry.
If you absolutely must have all 15 rounds, Mec-Gar makes magazines that have a good reputation for reliability and will give you the two extra rounds over the Promags that we recommend above. Both are decent options for the Hi Power, and keeping fresh magazines around will keep the gun cycling reliably for years to come.
9. Allen Cloth Handgun Case
As we’ve mentioned a few times in this article, the Hi Power is a really, really nice gun. You likely will not be finding one cheap. They’re well made, well designed, and beautifully finished pieces of firearm history that also make awesome carry guns. That means that taking care of one well deserves some consideration making this truly a great Browning Hi Power accessory.
One such consideration is to keep your HI Power’s finish as nice as you possibly can. Of course, refinishing is always an option if you like a clean appearance, but not much beats a patina that has been earned over decades of use, but not abuse. Contact surfaces wear down, getting slicker with time, making the Hi Power look even better with age. To preserve yours, think about a good case like the Allen case we recommend here. Even for safe or cabinet storage, this one extra layer of protection will help. Why scratch such a nice gun when you can avoid it? For this price, this is an obvious choice.
10. Blackhawk Compact Light Carrier
The Hi Power is a fantastic carry gun. It fires 9mm, takes high capacity magazines, and has a trigger that will put any of your plastic framed guns to absolute shame. That fit, finish, and generally great construction to come with one small downside, though. Back in 1920, not many folks were slapping lasers and flashlights onto handguns.
With that said, defensive gun uses are seldom in situations of our choosing. If you’re already having a day bad enough to require drawing your weapon, are you willing to bet it will be in good lighting conditions that make 100 year old, all black sights workable? We didn’t think so. With a Hi Power, you may want to consider a separate light, like the Blackhawk Compact Light. This small light has a pocket clip, so you’ll always have it handy. And, if you’ve taken our advice and paired this excellent gun with lighter shooting ammo, one handed fire is more than possible with the Hi Power.
So, there you have it, ten excellent accessories to the Browner Hi Power. This firearm is a truly excellent one. If you have the chance, at least shoot one. John Browning really knew what he was doing when it came to the design of handguns. We can improve on that design with some great Browning Hi Power accessories.
Now, it’s standard to have 9mm handguns that are ergonomic, easy to shoot, and reliable. That standard has not always been the case, and did not come from nowhere. In 1920, many men at arms around the world went into bad situations with a revolver, or, at about the best, a 1911 with 8 rounds in the magazine. The Hi Power was a technological revolution at the time, the first wonder-nine pistol. Now, bordering on a century since its design, it still stands up with its great-grandchildren, the contemporary polymer guns with all of their bells and whistles.
With just a few sensible purchases, such as magazines, holsters, and a light, the Hi Power still more than does the job as a carry gun. If worse comes to worse, you want a gun that has been at the sides of people on their worst days since the end of the Second World War. Polymer may be light and fast, but it is still very hard to beat the feel of an all steel handgun. This one in particular set the gold standard for 9mm pistols that inspired the designs for more than a century to come.