Nighthawk Custom has teamed up with Turnbull Restoration and Manufacturing to celebrate the last of the Browning Hi-Powers. Late last year Browning announced that the company was halting production of the iconic handguns.
Because of this Nighthawk is sending off the Hi-Power right. By working with Turnbull they are able to deliver a final batch with hand-stippled burl grips, case-hardened frames and deep blued slide and controls.
Nighthawk has been building top-quality custom Hi-Powers for a long time and these sendoff pistols come with the works. Everything from a complete action job with a light, 4-pound trigger to the Heinie target sights including a 14-carat gold front bead and French borders for detail.
These are target pistols with crowned barrels and hand-stippled frames. Each one comes with Nighthawk’s cocobolo checkered medallion grips, a contoured magwell and extended beavertail.
For a final touch, every pistol comes with a display case, even though they are hard-use service pistols. They look great and can do both jobs for a lifetime.
Gun enthusiasts and historians around the world were surprised by Browning’s Hi-Power announcement. The pistol, while not as successful in the U.S. as other Browning designs, is the true successor to the 1911.
The design, started by John Browning more than 90 years ago, was completed by his assistant Dieudonne Saive in 1926. It is the first great double-stack pistol chambered for 9mm Luger, starting production in 1935.
After the Hi-Power was adopted for service by France in the ’30s the design would see adoption in dozens of countries around the world. No handguns would see more success until much more recently when Glock’s pistols took the global stage.
Like the original Hi-Power the Nighthawk pistols are 9mm handguns with a 13+1 capacity. Each comes with two magazines where available.
Nighthawk is taking orders for these guns over the phone. They have not listed any price for these celebratory handguns but their standard Hi-Power builds run over $3,000. It’s likely that these cost more.
If you’re interested in owning one of the last, greatest examples of one of the best service pistols ever made, head over to the Nighthawk Custom website and give them a call.
It will only be a matter of time before another company starts producing new Hi-Powers again, but this is the only chance to get one of these very limited-edition handguns by Nighthawk and Turnbull.