I was fortunate enough to be given a NIB .40 S&W Browning hi-power over the weekend. I love the hi-power more than any other pistol and have believed for some time that the .40 S&W version is a blasphemous abomination, so I accepted the gift with some misgivings. What would I do with it? I couldn't sell it and disappoint the giver. I couldn't keep it in good conscience with the ghosts of so many 9mm hi-powers of the past looking at me...and John Browning's shade sadly shaking his head in the misted distance. I thought that I should at least shoot it, though, since I had never messed with one. I had never even touched the unclean things with their ugly little cut on the left side of the slide to accomodate the slide stop and their heavy, bulky construction...they seemed to be mocking my sweet, sleek 9mm hi-powers. Well...I shot the thing and I am ashamed to say that I actually liked it. It doesn't even look as ugly to me as it used to. It will never replace my 9mm hi-powers (I am not a caliber freak) in my heart, but it is a viable alternative. I'll probably even get a little bit of customizing done to it to make it suit me a hair better.