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    1st gun..Browing HP vs Colt series 80....need help choosing betwen 2 options

    Hi All,

    Newbie here and having a hard time choosing a first handgun to purchase...visited 2 local dealers and each presented a nice used handgun..can't get both right now so need some advice...gun will be used for range as I become more familiar with shooting, etc...1st is a circa 1980's Belgium made Browning Hi Power in 9mm. In nice overall condition with original Browning magazine. Price is $500. 2nd option is a Colt MKIV series 80 in .45acp. Gun is in very good condition with replaced grips. The gun is silver so I think it is made of SS or nickel plated??? I beleive everything else is original. Best price on this one is $675..... Both guns feel really good to handle..I'm looking for a gun that is going to hold it's value, shoot well and be available for home defense if necessary....So what are your thoughts? Like I said, a newbie here and like both..leaning toward the colt...should I be?

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    Having both a Hi Power and several 1911s, I would opt for the Colt, the Hi Power can have a tendency to "bite" the web of the hand, until you have an opportunity try one out, go with the Colt.

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    Thanks VA...I mentioned that "bite" to the owner cause Ive read that others have said the same thing..owner laughed and said yep it happens.. but you'll only do it once....http://www.handgunforum.net/images/s.../icon_eyes.gif

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    Both will hold thier valvue, the browning will cost less at the range but the Colt will hit the target harder. I like the 45 acp better.

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    Thanks for your input... I know hard to tell without seeing them but is the pricing right for these two guns?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sammi View Post
    Thanks for your input... I know hard to tell without seeing them but is the pricing right for these two guns?
    If they're in great shape, I'd say yes.
    As a new shooter you might find the 9mm a bit more gentle and a lot more cheaper to shoot. YMMV. Would like to see photos when you make your choice.

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    I'd spend the extra $$ and go for the colt. Every collection should have a nice Colt 1911 in it. IMO

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    Definitely purchase the colt 1911a1 series 80 for the following reasons:
    1. The .45 acp is a proven cartridge for stopping "zombies"
    2. It is the easiest to modify or hot-rod to your personal tastes.
    3. Brownell's prints & distributes for free a "1911 catalog" just for this pistol & not for the hp.

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    I have several of both, caliber not withstanding I prefer the 1911 design most so would opt for the 1911 first then get the BHP later

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    Both are excellent guns an will hold their value.

    Right now I personally own a Kimber and a Colt Mark IV officers model in .45 acp.

    My Colt



    I have not owned, but have shot a lot the Browning HP that my friend owns.

    I am prejudiced toward the Colts.


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    I vote for the Colt.

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