A Special Gift

My history with the Hi-Power started in 1978 when my parents let me pick a pistol for a high school graduation gift. I was already familiar with 1911s, so I researched “Small Arms of The World” for other options. At the gun shop I handled various models before proclaiming the Hi-Power as “the one.” When Dad – a special forces veteran – and the shop owner exchanged knowing smiles, I knew the Browning was the right choice.

For the next thirty plus years I carried, shot and trained with my 1911 Colt until a couple years ago when I rediscovered the Browning. But, like any military pistol it needed a few modifications for carry. I still have my graduation Browning and an engraved Hi-Power presented to dad by the 20th Group S.F. during his change of command ceremony, but for sentimental reasons didn’t want to do anything to those pistols. I found a good used Browning and modified it. That’s what I carry now. But we all need a spare, right? I resumed my search and ended up with the Tisas BR9 Hi-Power clone.

Turkey has become a hotbed of firearms production for clones and original designs, now ranking fourth on the list of companies importing firearms into the US. Tisas (Trabzon Silah Sanayi A.Ş.) was founded in 1993, producing their first pistol – the 7.65mm caliber Faith 13 in 1994. They currently build a variety of 1911’s in .45 ACP and 9mm, the Zigana, a 9mm polymer double/single-action handgun and select fire semi/full-auto rifles in 5.56x45 and 7.62x51mm. The Regent BR9 Hi-Power clone is a newer offering, available in carbon or stainless steel. Selling for about $500 retail, there’re plenty of reasons to buy a BR9.