Replacements Sought for Canada's WWII-era Browning Hi-Powers
The Canadian government is reportedly moving forward with a plan to replace its military's everlasting Browning Hi-Power pistols.
Local media in Ottawa, the country's capital, are advising that a contract for as many as 20,000 "modular pistols" will be issued later this year for the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force, and military police. The guns will replace Canadian-produced Inglis Brownings made during World War II.
As previously reported by Guns.com, the country has been trying to replace the aging classics since at least 2007 with the government and military officials running hot and cold on the process numerous times since then.
What is an Inglis Browning?
While the Hi-Power was placed in production in Belgium before WWII, with initial "oval port" trails guns being ordered by that country as early as 1933. The German occupation of the FN factory in 1940 clipped further international deliveries – except to the Germans –until after liberation in 1944. With that, the wartime ordnance wing of the huge John Inglis Company in Toronto soon put the 13-shot parabellum pistol into production to fill a Chinese Nationalist Army contract for 180,000 guns.
By 1943, backed by Allied war loans, the Inglis-made Hi-Powers started going not only to the Chinese – who were busy fighting the Japanese – but also to the Canadian and British militaries, who ordered another 50,000 pistols. The production was aided by FN's exiled staff, with the BHP's co-designer, Dieudonné Saive, helping with the technical package, making these unofficial clones.