A lot of history behind this WWII pistol.
Designed by John Moses Browning (that icon
) and originally built in Belgium. But when Belgium knew it was going to fall to the Germans in the beginning of WWII the blueprints were gotten into British hands, who then got them into Canadian hands. And if it wasn't for the Chinese contracting them for their own problems with Japan probably would not have been made in Canada. But the John Inglis factory outside Toronto, Canada made them and most ended up being used by the Canadians and British. Some Americans, too. Mostly special operations guys. I think Inglis' factory makes Whirlpools now
They were dubbed "Hi-Powers" because they were the first pistols with double-stack magazines, holding a lot of firepower for their time.
I should add it was the only gun used by both side of the war, as the Germans also kept production going in the Belgium plant and issued them.