Browning Hi Power (Inglis)
The Browning Hi Power is one of the greats in the industry. Used by both Allied and Axis Powers in WW2, the taken on by many armies of the world including Australia.
The Browning Hi Power is a single-action, semi-automatic handgun available in the 9mm and .40 S&W calibers. It is based on a design by American firearms inventor John Browning, and completed by Dieudonné Saive at Fabrique Nationale (FN) of Herstal, Belgium. Browning died in 1926, several years before the design was finalized. The Hi-Power is one of the most widely used military pistols in history, having been used by the armed forces of over 50 countries. After 82 years of continuous production, the Hi-Power was finally discontinued in 2017.
On November 26, 1926, Browning was in the workshop working on a 9mm autoloading pistol for FN when he suffered a heart attack and died.
The pistol he was working on was finished by a designer at FN and later released as the GP-35 (called the "Grande Puissance" or "Hi-Power" because it held 13 rounds, which was more than the M1911 and the German P-08) and was used by both sides during the Second World War.