Tisas Regent (Browning Hi-Power Clone)

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I've been reading nothing but good about this pistol since it came out. Brownell's has them in stock in both black, as well as Stainless Steel. It's not hard Chrome plated like the FN Browning's, but rather a full Stainless Steel pistol. As you know Browning has discontinued the Hi-Power. So this Turkish clone by Tisas is the only one of it's kind in current production in Stainless Steel. (They also offer a model in black Cerakote for slightly less). https://www.brownells.com/firearms/handguns/semi-auto/regent-br9-9mm-4-6-13-1-prod118691.aspx?avs%7cCartridge_1=APP_9%2bmm%2bLuger&avs%7cMake_3=Tisas It arrived yesterday at my FFL, and I immediately drove over to pick it up. This is a beautiful gun! Especially for it's modest price of only $569.00. (Brownell's charged a $10.00 handling fee, and my FFL charged $30.00 for the transfer). So the grand total was $609.00 to get it from Brownell's to my kitchen table. Not too bad for a Stainless Steel Hi-Power. Overall I'm very impressed. The machining and workmanship is impeccable. Very few tool marks on the inside of the slide and frame, and a nice slide to frame fit. The overall fit and finish on the pistol is beautiful! The gun field stripped very easily. It comes with 2, 13 round, polished blue Mec-Gar magazines. They interchanged with all of the other magazines I have for my other 2 Hi-Powers. I gave everything a good cleaning and oiling. Except for the slide rails, which I greased with Weapon Shield Lithium Grease. It went back together without a hitch. I'm hoping to get it out to the range next week, assuming everything dries out. (It's been raining cats and dogs here for the last several days). I ordered the Tisas BR9 Hi-Power Essential Reliability Kit from BH Springs Solutions. It gives you an extra extractor, and firing pin face plate. The kit also contains new springs and various roll pins required for installation. It's a good kit with quality parts that's nice to have on hand. I intend to shoot the [censored] out of this thing, so having a few extra parts for it in stock can't hurt. They could also come in handy for my other 2 Hi-Powers, should any small parts go south. Some of the very early production models of these guns had some issues with extractor breakage. But those were supposedly corrected, and these newer models are good to go. https://bhspringsolutions.com/tisas-br9-hi-power-/358-tisas-br9-hi-power-essential-kit.html If any of you guys are wanting a Hi-Power, but waited too long, and don't want to pay the high prices being asked for the used one's, don't be afraid to grab one of these. Quite honestly, for the price, I just don't see how you can go wrong. If this thing shoots half as good as it looks, I'll be a happy camper. Here are a few quick and dirty phone pics.

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Originally Posted by AZjeff
You have a CZ or 3 already?
Yes, I have several. I really like the CZ platform, and have the 75 in both polished and matte Stainless, as well as several of the P-01 models.
 
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Always loved the High Power. This looks like a great gun but there are a lot of folks claiming reliability issues out of the box.
 

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Tisas Regent Range Report, (400 Rounds) I got to the range early this morning with the new Stainless Tisas Regent, and gave it a good workout with a total of 400 rounds of various ammunition fed through no less than 6 different magazines. I am happy to report the pistol performed flawlessly. Not a single FTF or FTE, or any type of hiccup of any kind! Needless to say I was extremely pleased. The 6 magazines that were used were as follows. 2 original Browning Phosphate coated 13 round magazines, with the, "springy thingy" at the bottom, to assist in kicking the magazine clear of the gun. 2 gloss blued 13 round Mec-Gar magazines that were shipped with the pistol. And 2 gloss blued 15 round Mec-Gar magazines that were new in the box. The magazines were all filled to capacity, and all fed flawlessly in the pistol, regardless of the type of ammunition they contained. With the exception of the Phosphate coated Browning magazines with the spring assist, they did not drop free when released. But all were very easily removed from the pistol when empty. All 6 magazines locked the slide back when the last round was fired. The ammunition used was as follows. 100 rounds of CCI 115 gr. FMJ Blazer Brass. 100 rounds of Remington brown boxed 115 grain law enforcement training ammunition. (This ammo was the hottest 115 gr. FMJ Ball I've ever shot). 100 rounds of Federal 124 gr. FMJ. And finally 100 rounds of Federal 115 gr. 9BPLE +P+ Hollow Points. All 400 rounds cycled the pistol perfectly. 4 magazines, (2, 13 round Browning's, and 2, 13 round Mec-Gar's), were shot rapid fire as fast as the trigger could be pulled. "Mag dumps", if you will. This was with the Federal 9BPLE, and was done to test rapid fire functioning. All 4 magazines fed perfectly. The brass was ejected cleanly and about 6 to 7 feet to the right, and 3 feet to the rear, in a nice neat 3 to 4 foot circle. I examined the cases as I gathered them and returned them to the box, and none showed any signs if denting or damage. I would call the extractor on this gun perfect. No problems with it what so ever. All shooting was done at 25 yards. The sights were adjusted perfectly, printing dead center with a 6 O'clock hold. The gun was warm, but was allowed a substantial amount of time to cool as all 6 magazines were reloaded. The trigger was slightly gritty for the first 100 rounds or so. But it smoothed out nicely as the shooting progressed. And after the last box of ammo went through the gun, it was breaking cleanly and very crisp after a minimum amount of take up. Overall I couldn't be more pleased with this pistol. It ran with 100% reliability for 400 rounds. With a good variety of different types of 9 MM ammunition. As you can tell from the picture, the gun got quite filthy after 400 rounds. But after a field stripping, and a good cleaning in Kerosene, followed by a good blow drying and re lubrication, it was as clean as when removed from the box. I'm going to pick up another one of these pistols. I just don't think for the price you can beat them. They are well made, reliable, accurate, and very nice looking pistols. And with Browning ending Hi-Power production, these are as nice of a clone as you're likely to come across.

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Originally Posted by billt460
Yes, it will not fire with the magazine removed.
I removed (and saved) the mag disc safety from my 2014 Hi Power. It did improve the trigger pull. Still feels pretty heavy, even though I measured it at just under 6 lbs (average of 5 pulls with the Lyman digital gauge), but very crisp. Will you do that with yours?
 

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For now I'm just going to shoot it as is. The trigger is pretty good, so I'm not seeing any advantage to try and fix what isn't broke. If the trigger was heavy, then I might remove it. I haven't studied it, but it doesn't appear too complex to remove.
 
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Originally Posted by billt460
For now I'm just going to shoot it as is. The trigger is pretty good, so I'm not seeing any advantage to try and fix what isn't broke. If the trigger was heavy, then I might remove it. I haven't studied it, but it doesn't appear too complex to remove.
Yeah, it's not. There was a good, detailed YouTube video on how to do it, and I just followed that. If I remember right, I had to remove the trigger pin, and he stressed the fact that it only comes out and goes in one way, as it's flared on one end (can't remember which end right now). But, I didn't see any downside to taking it out, as it can easily be re-installed. Like you, I didn't think the trigger pull was bad, in factory configuration. But, it did improve it, in my opinion. And, the more I've shot it, the better it gets. You always hear that Hi Powers don't have the greatest triggers, but I have no complaint with mine. No creep, no grit, just a wall, then a clean, smooth break. The only thing I will say about the trigger is that the reset is definitely not audible or tactile, and if you try to rapid-fire too fast, you can "outrun" the trigger.
 

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Very nice, I stumbled across a left over NIB FEG Hi Power clone a few years back, and it is a very nice shooter. Is the Tisas a real Hi Power action? I know FEG made one gun with a Smith and Wesson action, and another with the actual Hi Power action. I have a Practical in .40, and meant to get a 9 mm when I heard the Hi Power was going away, but never got around to it, since I had the FEG. I hated the Pachmyar ( sp ? ) rubber grips that came on the Practical, so stuck those on the FEG ( they look okay on it ), and got some Cocobolo grips for the Browning. I am okay with the Turkish guns; I have a Stoeger clone of the Beretta Cougar, and a couple of the Sarsilmaz clones of the ( I think ) Tangfolio ( sp? ) CZ clone. Nice guns, good value for the money.
 
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Thanks for the report on this. I don't "do" plastic guns, and the options on the market in 9mm are few and far between vs. their plastic counterparts. I've always liked the Hi Power, both for how it shot(a friends FN feels very natural to me) and the history behind it. This might be just the ticket for me.
 
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I bought the stainless version a while back and really like it. First thing to do is remove the magazine disconnect as that will allow the mags to freely drop. It also smooths out the trigger a touch.
 
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