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Buying the First BHP

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What should I be looking for when I decide to buy a BHP?
Any particular Year, Model, and Manufacture to look for? What are some of the more desirable features?
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I bought a used Browning Mk. III last year, and I think it as good as any. Although I'm a big fan of forged, as opposed to cast guns, the cast HP frame is supposed to be better than the older forged ones. The cast frames have a serrated effect around the magwell opening, so they are easy to recognize. The matte black finish has proven to be durable and easy to maintain, and while I don't really care for the white-dot sights, the ambi safety is a necessity. "Belgian Brownings", made by FN are the most desireable collector/shooters, but the "Made in Belgium, assembled in Portugal" guns are great shooters, and are less expensive. The Hungarian clones are a great value, but I prefer the orginal.
 

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I have a BHP "Standard" with the blue finish, ambi-safeties and dovetailed sights. Nice features to have versus the older guns, which had tiny sights and a tiny single-sided safety. Get the forged frame with the ripples on the mag well. I slapped a pair of black Navidrex grips on mine. It's at my gunsmith now being re-crowned, mag. safety removed, and a stronger (pre-Mk III) trigger return spring installed. Someday I'm going to have a nightsight installed up front (maybe an Ashley Express?) and call it a day. Great gun.
 
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Mark III is nice. Try to get 1995 or later manufacture date. This almost ensures strong cast frame and slide with improved heat treatment.

BHP is very nice but I don't like how the white inserts go all the way to top of sights.

Then of course I only like custom BHP's (my pistol of choice)
 
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