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Old 02-17-2024, 03:05 PM
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Shoot this mint NOS Browning Hi-Power Mk III 9mm?



I know these are becoming quite collectible. I wonder if putting wear and tear on it by shooting it would be wise.

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I shot all my safe queens on my birthday several years ago as my son was in town on leave along with some friends. It was an awesome day.

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Otherwise whoever inherits it or buys it from your estate will enjoy it.
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I wouldn't, but that is because I have three others to shoot.
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Depends, as others have posted its entirely up to you. Only revolvers I don’t shoot are the few mint “early” S&W revolvers that are in their boxes.
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I wouldn't, but that is because I have three others to shoot.
Exactly, if you have another "Grande Puissance" this one will shoot just like it. And you might not be asking the question if you weren't one of those collector types.
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Don't shoot it. Let your heirs sell it for good money.
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I agree that it’s your choice. If it was mine, no way would I shoot it.

If you choose not to decide — you’ll still have made a choice!
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I’m not an unfired gun kinda guy. The only unfired guns I have are the ones I haven’t gotten to yet, like waiting for a scope or something.
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Shoot this mint NOS Browning Hi-Power Mk III 9mm?



I know these are becoming quite collectible. I wonder if putting wear and tear on it by shooting it would be wise.

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Unless you've opened a museum. Nothing wrong, really, with keeping something unfired an admiring it from time to time. But, to me, unless you think it's going to double or triple in value, I'd shoot it.

EDIT: Let me add this - it might be worth keeping unfired if you think you may want to trade it off in the next few years. I kept a Glock 26 unfired for 5 or 6 years for that reason. I didn't really need another 9mm to shoot anyway.
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YUPS, there were plenty of them available in-the-era. No reason not to shoot and enjoy that one.
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You spent your hard earned, good money. Save the gun so someone else can have the fun. Shoot it!
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Old 02-17-2024, 08:29 PM
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I would shoot it also. Just a run of the mill Mk III.
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If there is something you want more, then sell it ANIB to get max bux and buy whatever it is you want more. If you like the gun, and would rather keep it long term, sure, shoot it.
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I bought an as new S&W model 18-3 a while back. I bought it to enjoy, not just look at and hold. I shoot it a lot. I do take very good care of it, like all my guns.
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My question would be, why did you buy it? If it was as an investment for resale or trade, and nothing else has changed, stick with your original intent. If you bought it because you want a hi power to shoot, then I would say there is your answer. It is a good looking gun, so what ever your choice, enjoy it.
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EDIT: Let me add this - it might be worth keeping unfired if you think you may want to trade it off in the next few years. I kept a Glock 26 unfired for 5 or 6 years for that reason. I didn't really need another 9mm to shoot anyway.
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Bought a Mk-III just like yours several years ago in an estate auction. I removed the magazine safety and have been shooting it some ever since. Gave my old Hi-Power that I bought new back in 1977 a break after putting lots of rounds through it over the years.
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My question would be, why did you buy it? If it was as an investment for resale or trade, and nothing else has changed, stick with your original intent. If you bought it because you want a hi power to shoot, then I would say there is your answer. It is a good looking gun, so what ever your choice, enjoy it.
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I can't speak to the value of this particular pistol, but if it is something that has shown significant appreciation (whatever that may mean to you) it might serve to keep it unfired. What is or is not a "collectible" changes with the passage of time, and a new in the box vintage S&W, Colt, etc. (as we all know) currently commands a premium. Does, or will, your Hi Power fall into such a "collectible" category. I don't know.
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Read what it says on the slide. Made in Belgium, assembled in Portugal. Not likely to ever appreciate like the early ones simply made in Belgium.
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They don't make 'em any more and prices on good original Brownings are going up considerably. Even a nice MK III like yours is worth north of a grand now.
Normally, I'd say shoot it. I don't believe in safe queens. However, there are plenty of good clones available these days at very good prices. Buy one of those and shoot the snot outta it.
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Shoot it. Why keep it in a box for your wife to sell for peenies on the dollar after you are dead.
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Glenn R., I've owned a number and variety of Hi Powers over the last 50+years. I have an '89 forged frame MKIII, that I didn't fire for a long time. I did not buy it as an investment, and never had plans to sell it. At some point it occurred to me that, what the heck, I was saving this pristine HP for someone else to enjoy after my demise? I have since shot mine, and do not regret it one bit. I have other Hi Powers, but this MKIII is probably the last one I'd want to part with.

My heirs will just have to deal with the heartbreak of possibly selling one of Dad's old Hi Powers for a few dollars less
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Heck, I am not leaving any of them un-shot for any of you folks. But if you want to leave it un-shot for me, by all means……..


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It's remarkable how every variation of a phrase can be so consistently wrong...

Guns are meant to be shot, it's their whole intended purpose.

Otherwise, you might as well just save money and time by purchasing a nonfunctional replica.
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Guns are meant to be shot, it's their whole intended purpose.
This was incorrect the last time someone said it. This is the simpleton’s take.

At best you could faithfully argue that government contract guns for military or LE service were “made to be shot.” All commercial guns were made quite specifically for one purpose — to be sold, for profit. And there are countless guns that we discuss on this forum constantly that are not being shot.

There’s nothing sacrilegious about shooting any handgun you own, as long as it’s safe to do so, but it’s nonsense that all guns should be shot and were born to be shot. Plenty were not.

You cannot unring a bell. If you have other similar guns or if the OP happened to own an unfired commercial Hi-Power and doesn’t have any particular love for a Hi-Power, it’s definitely nothing that he NEEDS to shoot, or must be shot.

It’s also ludicrous to attach some human-like emotion to a handgun, as if somehow this Hi-Power never gets to live out it’s own personal dream of shooting 50 rounds of CCI Blazer Brass on a balmy February afternoon.
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My story, bought LNIB Model 39. Too nice to shoot, so I bought a second one so I could shoot a model 39. After about six years, I decided to offer the LNIB gun for sale. A former police officer bought it and told me he intended to shoot it, did I care? No, your gun, do as you please. I hav not had one second of regret selling that gun. I was not going to shoot it, but I'm glad someone will.
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Similarly, I have a 39 no-dash, likely from 1962. It's almost surely been fired. I have never shot this pistol. It's in high condition, but not dead mint.

I have two other 39-2 pistols that I do love and I do shoot! There is no reason I can possibly think of to shoot my no-dash 39, and it isn't even unfired.

So it shall stay. And right now, I have no intention to sell it either. Owning it and handling it pleases me. I've got lots of other fun guns to shoot whenever I like.
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Shooting it won’t hurt the value. Most buyers want something they’re gonna shoot.
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My answer is always "yes".

Why? Because those that own unfired long discontinued firearms are far more common than those that own one and fire said firearm. Be one of the elite. Shoot it. It's about the experience.
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Hmm! Is it an art object, something to just admire and hope that in time may appreciate in value, or is it purely an investment designed to show a profit. Or, did you buy it to just have the pleasure of using it? That is the question...
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Guns have more than one purpose, shooting is hands down the best. But investment is another, and it's not a bad one either. You pick.
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It depends on what other guns you have. If you have other nice shooters, I would say no. If all you have are Taurus', then I would say shoot it.

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Should….you gotta make sure it works before you sell it. How much will running a box or two through it hurt the value anyway…it’s not an uber collectible.

Now I’ve got a nickel 586 unfired. (Well every other hole fired). I won’t shoot it because I have other 586s. Love seeing the unscored cylinder holes. But an auto…i wouldn’t worry about.

Funny, the gun show guys with their “unfired” stainless guns….you can see the scour marks on the cylinder face, and they can’t get all the carbon removed between the bbl & frame. I always look at the cylinder face and tell them…”you know, S&W used to test fire their guns” then hand ‘‘em back.
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