Designed by John Browning in 1898 and patented in 1900, it was produced continually for almost 100 years by several makers with production ending in 1998. It features a distinctive high rear end, earning it the nickname Humpback.
When did Browning start making the A5 in Japan?
1975 History of the Browning Auto 5 FN produced the A5 in Belgium until 1975, with a brief break during World War II when production shifted to Remington from 1940-46, and lastly to Miroku in Japan starting in 1975 until the traditional A5 ceased production in 1999.
Why did Browning stop making the Hi-Power?
In February 2018, Browning announced its Hi-Power pistols are no longer in production. When Browning was commissioned by Belgiums FN to create a new military sidearm, the design required an all new approach because hed sold the 1911 patents to Colt.
Is the CZ 75 a Hi-Power clone?
The CZ 75 is a short recoil operated, locked breech pistol. It uses the Browning linkless cam locking system similar to that used in the Browning Hi-Power pistol, where the barrel and slide are locked together on firing, using locking lugs milled into the barrel mating with recesses in the roof of the slide.