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Old 03-02-2010, 2:07 AM
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Default Browning Hi-power MARK III

I was looking into this gun, and thinking about purchasing it as my first pistol. I went to ammo bro's last weekend and a clerk told me this pistol was illegal in CA...........can anyone confirm this? To my knowledge I don't think it is...
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http://certguns.doj.ca.gov/

Hi-Power MKIII Fixed Sights / Steel Pistol 4.66" .40 S&W 9/4/2010
Hi-Power MKIII Fixed Sights / Steel Pistol 4.66" 9mm 7/2/2010

It's on the list.

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It's on the list! You're good to go.
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Sweet thanks.
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So why would the ammo bros guy give bad info? Maybe he was thinking about older manufacture guns?
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:45 AM
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No clue. I stated the gun, and he said he thinks it was illegal.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:31 PM
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No clue. I stated the gun, and he said he thinks it was illegal.
There is a difference between illegal and not on the list. A handgun not on the list is still legal in CA. You just can't import it into CA as a regular Joe Citizen. Maybe he confused it with older Hipowers are not current models. Those are legal as well, just not on the list so must be PPTed.
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Some of the older, WWII-era High Powers are set up to accept a shoulder stock, which will trigger SBR or AOW status if the stock is attached. Owning the pistol alone would probably be okay, but the pistol and shoulder stock would most likely be a case of constructive possession in the making. The more knowledgeable folks here would be able to give you a better take on it.

The MkIII is a different breed, perfectly legal. I have one as my primary and it's a sweeeeet lady. Elegant and deadly.
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He probably said that because he didn't have one to sell you. did he try and steer you towards something they did have in stock?
Oh... and they're an incredible gun if you get one!
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haha agreed. no he didn't he was talking to my brother about the glock, and i popped that question up. the word " elegant " is how i describe it too, and i dont even own one YET. Looks like im purchasing one Monday...
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He probably said that because he didn't have one to sell you. did he try and steer you towards something they did have in stock?
Oh... and they're an incredible gun if you get one!
+1. Ammo bro usually have decent service. Hard to believe they would do tricks like this but you never know.

Back to the OP. BHP is a beautiful pistol, the original wonder 9.
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Try and get a Hi-Power Practical. It's a Mk III but in a two-tone finish, and on the approved list until July.
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Stockade in westminster has a few HP`s. Saw a nice blued one. A very sweet HP.
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Yes they are, I was thinking of the black mark 3.
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I just sold a like new Mark III to my buddy for $750. My local gun shop has a brand new one for $919.99. They are great pistols.
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What is the difference anyway between the regular, and mark III? Besides different finishes?
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Mark III really refers to the current family of BHPs, which have been in production since around the mid 80s. The main differences between the earlier MkIIs and IIIs are the ambi safety and firing pin safety in the III. Some other minor changes, like the sights and grips.

You should spend some time with http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/index.html. Great place to learn about HPs, not to mention many other types of handguns, ammo, holsters etc. Mr. Camp is hugely knowledgeable, with a healthy dose of humility. A truly wise man knows that he doesn't know everything.
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