Unfortunately, a mid-level all steel gun isn’t that affordable to make. Hell ask Sig. They lowered quality and still stayed in the same price bracket for their all steel guns when they brought the bulk of their production to the US. That’s why the polymer frames became so popular.All the reason to keep making them and lower the price to affordable.
The patent isn’t really an issue anymore. It’s been ~80 years. I’m not sure about international patents, but I believe American patents are only good for 25~ years.Its popularity has waned because of the steep price. Hell look at 1911's another extremely dated design that keeps on ticking because there are brands out there that don't break the bank. Otherwise there would be a heck of allot less 1911 fans out there. A good bit of them aren't going to pay over about $500 for there first 1911.
Browning needs to sell their design and patent to RIA. Then we could have a affordable HP with quality and not loose one of the greatest handgun designs out there. Even Tri-star would be a great company to sell the design and patent to. Both these companies make all steel handguns that are good quality and have prices that don't break the bank.
Later models came from the factory with a magazine with a spring on the back that gets around that problem. I’d rather have the mag disconnect deleted but whatever. The spring loaded mag work great, but only hold 13rds, are more expensive than the non-browning marked MecGar mags(manufacturer for browning mags) and they rattle a LOT when fully loaded.I wish I still had my parkerized HP, "made in Portugal" IIRC. Super accurate, but wouldn't drop the magazine...I believe in hindsight that was due to the magazine safety. If anyone comes across it in the Starkville area, let me know, I sold it in a pawn shop up there when I taught at MSU.
Do you already have it ? What is the quality like and do you like it? Accuracy? I'd love to have another HP clone.TISAS Hi Power. I bought a stainless version. Haven't shot it much yet, maybe 200 rounds, but so far, I like it.
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