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Inglis High Power: How a Chinese Whim Became A British Service Pistol

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This Forgotten Weapons video features the Inglis High Power pistol originally made in Canada and then later sent to China. It has a very interesting and tumultuous background set in World War II.

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During the Second World War (1939-1945), the Canadian government offered to help Chinese companies provide all kinds of equipment to aid Canadian allies. John Inglis and Company (now Whirlpool Canada) acquired a license from FH representatives plus a complete technical package through the British government to manufacture more than 180,000 Browning High Power pistols as requested by Chinese representatives. Laloux and Saive from FN personally assisted in this operation.

Delivery was difficult feat because only about 4,000 guns could be shipped to Karachi, then flown over The Hump in cargo planes, along with a huge amount of more prioritized relief goods. By the fall of 1944, the contract was cancelled because it was deemed that the guns were unnecessary in the war against the Japanese. American General Stilwell insisted that the Chinese forces are better off armed with more accessible weapons from the American logistic network instead.

When Germany was defeated, production of the Inglis High Power pistol was restarted. Another 40,000 or so guns were made and delivered before it was once again ceased because the Nationalist Chinese forces were losing the fight against their Communist opponents.

Each pistol was supplied with a combination shoulder stock and holster. Among other guns, the Inglis High Power pistol was exempted from being registered as a Short Barreled Rifle even though it had a stock attached to it. They are, in fact, one of the least expensive and most modern guns to be exempted in this way.

If you’re looking for something that has cool historical value and is a really practical gun to shoot, then the Inglis High Power pistol is a great choice for you.

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