About the Handgun:
The Browning Hi-Power is a single-action, 9 mm semi-automatic handgun based on a design by American firearms inventor John Browning, and later improved by Dieudonné Saive at Fabrique Nationale (FN) of Herstal, Belgium. The pistol has undergone continuous refinement by FN since its introduction in 1935. Genuine Browning Hi-Power pistols are still manufactured by FN Herstal of Belgium and Portugal.
About the Manufacturer:
This US company is the descendant of the original Browning gunmaking business formed in 1880 as J.M. Browning & Bro.. The namesake designer, John Browning, is directly responsible for an estimated 80 separate firearms that evolved from his 128 patents. Around 1900 Browning established a business relationship with the arms manufacturer Fabrique Nationale (FN) of Belgium. Today the majority of Browning arms are manufactured by FN. Since 1976 Browning has also contracted Miroku of Japan and ATI in the US to manufacture both long arms and handguns with the Browning label.
About the Cartridge:
This cartridge was developed as a joint venture between Winchester and Smith & Wesson. It was an effort to to create a cartridge with the same power as the 10mm Norma round that the FBI had just started using, but in a shorter case. The shorter cartridge would facilitate accuracy and allow use of a smaller, more comfortable grip frame. The .40 S&W has become the cartridge of choice for many law enforcement agencies in the United States.