29 April 2014

Thousand Dollar Nine Millimeter

A brand new Browning Hi Power Mk III, blue, runs about $1,000.

"Made in Belgium, Assembled in Portugal" is rolled on the slide.

Why is it $1,000 when a S&W M&P runs about $550 and is lighter and holds more shots?

It's all finish and labor.

It's also why it's not completely made in Belgium, Portuguese labor is cheaper.  Even so, there's a lot of cost involved in the finishing.

The M&P, being a much newer design, is made without much fitting or finishing needed with human involvement stripped to the bare necessities.

I'd think this was obvious, common, knowledge; but some people genuinely don't know it.  They agree it makes sense once you explain it, of course.

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