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      Pistol Browning 9mm Hi Power

      Can anyone answer this question for me? On some 9mm Browning pistols, during manufacture, a section on the right hand side of the slide, (viewed from the rear), is machined into what appears to be a thumb rest/finger grip shape. However, it is positioned in such a place as to have no useful function. Does anyone know why it is there?

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      I've owned two Hi-Powers and still own one of them (Mark III-S, 1989 version in 9mm). I have seen and held many of these classics and have never seen what you're reporting here. Might you have a picture to show us this?

      And welcome aboard the site. We're pleased to have you with us.

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      Hi SouthernBoy,
      Thanks for the welcome.
      I don't personally have any photos but if you search online for photos of 9mm browning hi power, there are lots of them there.
      It's odd really because I was a military armourer by trade and all of our brownings had this recess. The model we used was designated Pistol Browning 9mm, L9A1 Model2.
      Hope This helps.
      Chris.

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      Hi again,
      I have found and saved an image, (.jpg) but dont know how to attach it to my reply.
      Can you help please?

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      My Browning looks virtually identical to this one;

      File:HiPowerMk3.jpg - Internet Movie Firearms Database - Guns in Movies, TV and Video Games

      If the image you found has a link, then just copy the link into a your dialogue box.

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      I realize the pistol is a bit different, but is the dished-out area similar to the one visible on this pistol?



      If so, I believe when the slide is locked-back in the disassembly notch using the thumb safety, the dished-out area on the slide lines-up with the end of the slide stop, making it easier to use fingertip (thumb-tip?) pressure to push the slide stop out of the frame. Because the slide is slightly wider than the frame, without the dished area, finger-only disassembly would be more difficult. If you use a tool to tap/press the slide stop out, it doesn't really make much of a difference at all.
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      Quote Originally Posted by SouthernBoy View Post
      My Browning looks virtually identical to this one;

      File:HiPowerMk3.jpg - Internet Movie Firearms Database - Guns in Movies, TV and Video Games

      If the image you found has a link, then just copy the link into a your dialogue box.
      Like this. Just add [img] at the front and [/img] after the link and Viola!

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      Quote Originally Posted by DJ Niner View Post
      I realize the pistol is a bit different, but is the dished-out area similar to the one visible on this pistol?



      If so, I believe when the slide is locked-back in the disassembly notch using the thumb safety, the dished-out area on the slide lines-up with the end of the slide stop, making it easier to use fingertip (thumb-tip?) pressure to push the slide stop out of the frame. Because the slide is slightly wider than the frame, without the dished area, finger-only disassembly would be more difficult. If you use a tool to tap/press the slide stop out, it doesn't really make much of a difference at all.
      Thanks for that explanation! I asked my local gun store this question recently on a rather nice BHP, and they had no clue what it was for. Makes perfect sense now! Thanks again!

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      Thank you very much. Now you've explained it, I can see the relevance.

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      That's exactly it. Without the thumb-cut, when you pushed out the slide-stop to takedown the pistol you would be fighting against the raised edge of the slide. The thumb-relief (or finger relief) gives you a shallow spot that will be flat-equal with the frame so you can push the slide-stop out her. It really is an elegant, simple solution.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion8 View Post
      That's exactly it. Without the thumb-cut, when you pushed out the slide-stop to takedown the pistol you would be fighting against the raised edge of the slide. The thumb-relief (or finger relief) gives you a shallow spot that will be flat-equal with the frame so you can push the slide-stop out her. It really is an elegant, simple solution.
      According to Anthony Vanderlinden's excellend book on the FN/Browning pistols (FN Herstal makes Browning guns), the thumbprint on the right side of the slide was removed about 1960.

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      Now that's a handy thing to know, for rough-figuring production-dating purposes; thanks for posting!

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