Tisas Regent BR9 from LKCI – A New Production Browning High Power?

YouTube personality, Graham Baates, gives us a video breakdown and review of the Regent BR9 from LKCI, LLC.

Tisas Regent BR9 from LKCI: A New Production Browning High Power?
Tisas Regent BR9 from LKCI: A New Production Browning High Power?

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- The Browning High Power is one of those classics that I've always wanted to try.  Regarded as one of Browning's last designs, the pistol wasn't produced until after his death.  Despite being in service since 1935 used guns aren't common and can cost $800 or more.  Thanks to LKCI, LLC of Ohio and Tisas we now have an excellent modern production variant, the Regent BR9.

How well is the Regent BR9 built? 

Take a look at the tabletop video below.

If you're not familiar with this historical design, the name “High power”, or “Hi-Power” for the friendly types came from the higher capacity.  The High power name refers to the fact that with 13+1 capacity the pistol.  This was nearly doubled the capacity of other models of the time like the 1911 and Luger.

Specifications of the Regent BR9:

  • BARREL LENGTH 118,5mm / 4.6″
  • HEIGHT 127,5mm / 5″
  • TRIGGER PULL 2500gr / 88 oz
  • CAPACITY – 13rd
  • LENGTH 197mm / 7.75″
  • WIDTH 35mm / 1.37″
  • WEIGHT(WITHOUT MAG) 835gr / 29.5 oz

More information can be found on LKCI's product page.

I've shot and reviewed Tisas-made handguns before when Zenith was importing them.  I have to say the fit and finish of the pieces I've seen brought in by LKCI seems to be a bit nicer.  It could simply be my excitement over getting to try a new-production piece of history, but the Regent BR9 impresses me greatly.  With history on my mind I wondered how the design would function with modern hollow-point rounds.  With a magazine and feed ramp designed for military ball ammunition nearly a century ago how would it run today's loads?  115gr and 124gr have been the norm in 9mm, but now loads from 65gr to 165gr and beyond are available.

I hit the range for my standard battery of tests.  Full-magazine plus one, “What's for Dinner”, and of course a quick grouping of five shots from seven yards using Nosler 115gr Match.

See the results in the video below

Overall I'm very impressed with the Regent BR9 from LKCI, LLC.  On the range the gun is very manageable and comfortable to shoot so long as you keep the web of your hand free from the hammer.  I guess folks in the 1930s had less-fleshy hands than I do.  Regardless, a slight shift in the grip and now we can enjoy a piece of history.  The cerakote finish may not be historically accurate, but will provide years of good looks and protection.  In the end the Regent BR9 gives us a new option for those wanting to own a High Power.

LCKI, LLC just got these in, so if you want one you'll have to contact them directly and have your FFL order one.

About Graham BaatesG B Guns

“Graham Baates” is a pen name used by a 15-year active Army veteran who spent most of his time in the tactical side of the Intelligence community including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Post-Army Graham spent some time in the 3-Gun circuit before becoming a full-time NRA Certified defensive handgun instructor and now works as an industry writer while curating a YouTube channel on the side. Visit Graham on Youtube .

  • 22 thoughts on “Tisas Regent BR9 from LKCI – A New Production Browning High Power?

    1. I am impressed it looks good fit and finish on par with the “Made in Belgium Assembled in Portugal” marked guns which have an outstanding finish.
      The barrel lacks the tiny alignment hood that would engage in the breach of the slide on the Original BHP’s. This tiny alignment hood is a throw-back to the original design which almost every licensed copy and unlicensed copy of the BHP was carried forward except this Turkish model, I have to say it doesn’t seem to effect reliability or functioning. When CZ copied some of the design elements of the BHP for the 75 barrel this was copied, but was eliminated on the Tanfagilo copies or the 75.
      Graham it pained me to watch you take the pistol apart, it’s obvious that you were not familar at all with the BHP no offense intended we all have our favorites. The Magazine safety is what holds or prevents the magazine from falling free. This was a French Government requirement when the pistol was in Prototype final stage when the French were looking for a suitable pistol to replace there revolvers in the early 1930’s. The French bailed at the last minute and went with a pistole of their own design but designer and the FN leadership decided to keep the magazine safety and put the gun in production with it. During German occupation and production it was eliminated but brought back in 1945 by FN when they took over production again.
      • Next time look on the slide there are two small slots in the slide for the safety to engage one when the gun is in battery and cocked or half-cocked (you should be able to engage the safety at half or full cock (that’s the safety slot)
      • The second small slot is the (take down slot) when the slide is locked to the rear with the slide stop. You should be able to engage the safety lever into the “take down slot” if not just push the slide a little farther 1-2mm and it will engage. This allows you to safely remove the slide stop and the slide is locked in place while you do it.
      Then slowly while holding the slide tightly release the safety for the take down slot and milk the slide forward off the frame, reassemble in reverse order.

    2. I’m impressed. I have owned two original Hi-Powers by Browning and one FEG copy. I love the design and how it fits my hand, Very dependable and accurate. It appears this new clone is every bit as the original.

    3. The description of the action is very vague in the article, the Browning High Power action is DA/SA , you can charge the weapon, hold the hammer with your thumb, pull the trigger and allow the hammer to drop to half cock, the heavy trigger pull is the first shot and would feel basically the same as the trigger pull on a revolver, the second shot would be the same as any semi-auto pistol, a lite trigger pull with the hammer at full cock.

      1. I don’t see the description of the action that is referred to in the article; I must be missing something.

        The HP is single action only. Variants Browning marketed that were otherwise were the BDA, BDAO and BDM. The firearm reviewed is not one of those designs. If the reviewer (or anyone else) is getting the firearm to discharge with a heavy pull from the half-cock, there is something wrong with the pistol.

        I have two BHP’s. One is the “Classic” model from the early ’80’s, the other is a Mark III from the ’90’s. Neither of them will do what is described concerning the half-cock (which is as it should be).

    4. appears to be a nicely made original design Browning HP. hopefully the metalurgy is up to high standard and if it is I must have one. It looks identical to my original Browning. very nice

      1. I suspect most of it is cast. Cerakoting it is easier. Cast usually/always has pits and pores.
        Even if it is forged or billet, not likely, it is cheaper to Cerakote it. Maximizing the profitability i the goal.
        And it assembled, the new standard, not fitted most likely.
        Hate to be so negative but I’m tired of the cheaper made it is means more profits.
        Give me hard forged chrome moly, polished and no sharp corners or burrs, with a deep blue like the old Colt Pythons, Troopers etc, or polished Stainless.

        1. It’s not easy to pay for all that, much less for a gun that is not the primary defensive gun for the home. You can still by premium, but anlot of us can’t afford it.

    5. 88oz is one heck of a trigger pull…:-)

      Is it just me, or is anyone else getting emails notifying new comments but the comment doesn’t show here?

      1. Hey, ‘Doc’… Yes, TISAS is a Turkish manufacturer of FINE firearms and has done so for many years for several well regarded other foreign country military arms. It would serve you well to read and educate yourself about TISAS manufactured firearms. I have owned (2) TISAS 1911’s for quite a few years and they have proven to be sturdy, well designed & manufactured handguns and are very accurate shooting weapons, and compare most favorably to my COLT & BROWNING examples.

      2. Turkey has a reputation as the top manufacturer of firearms in the world. TheTurkish Mauser, the Mod. 70 (that compares favorably to the Winchester model pre-64), and now the Hi-Power.
        I’d buy one. A single action, all steel, high capacity pistol with that “crisp like a Browning trigger”.
        You’ll love the trigger. Even at 88oz!

        1. appears to be a nicely made original design Browning HP. hopefully the metalurgy is up to high standard and if it is I must have one. It looks identical to my original Browning. very nice

      3. I will never buy another Turkish product. Might as well cut your own throat. I think they are falling into the Muslim Brotherhood and the Christians will be slaughtered like the Armenians were before them. I’d rather just buy a FEG from Hungary ( who tossed Soros and his liberal university out. )

          1. I’m with Dsal. The world has 2 billion too many ragheads already. I wouldn’t buy from them either. I learned from dailystormer.name. 14/88

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