Tisas Regent BR9 9mm Luger

Though we would prefer a good-quality 1911 for most uses, the Hi-Power is a viable defensive firearm. We really like this Tisas rendition. Downside: The cocking effort is severe, which may disqualify it for some shooters.


Gun Tests Grade: A-


We understand why FN/Browning discontinued the famous Hi-Power handgun: It simply became too expensive to compete in the current market. The Hi-Power, like the 1911, requires considerable handfitting. Its price could not be cut because of expensive handwork and fitting in the 1935 design. Since it has been decataloged, the price of used Hi-Power 9mm handguns has risen steadily. Enter Tisas of Turkey with the Regent version of the Browning Hi-Power. The popularity of the 1911 has resulted in a race to produce a less-expensive 1911 — not so with the High Power. Tisas chose a mix of features in its Hi-Power clone. While the pistol is fitted with modern Novak-type sights, the safety is the original smaller type later replaced by a larger ambidextrous safety on MKII versions. (We also had on hand a transitional Browning Hi-Power with high-visibility sights but the standard smaller non-ambidextrous safety.) While each handgun must stand on its own merits and only be compared to the other handguns in the shoot out, we could not help but compare the Regent to the original Hi-Power. Our resident gunsmith felt the Regent is comparable in quality of manufacture to the FN product, with some internal parts slightly larger and perhaps stronger. In particular, the pistol features a rowel-type hammer, the standard Hi-Power slide lock, and nicely finished and checkered grips. The finish is very nice, even beautiful, as one rater noted. This is as nice a blued finish as we have encountered on any test gun from any maker in memory. Perhaps a high-end 1911 or the original blued Python would best the Regent’s finish, but not by a great margin.

Action TypeShort recoil-operated locked breech, single action
Overall Length7.7 in.
Overall Height5.0 in.
Maximum Width1.4 in.
Weight Unloaded32.0 oz.
Weight Loaded38.0 oz.
Barrel4.7 in.
MagazinesTwo 13 round
SlideForged Steel
Slide Retraction Effort24.0 lbs.
Frame MaterialSteel
Frame FinishBlued
Frame Front Strap Height2.3 in.
Frame Back Strap Height3.4 in.
Grip Thickness1.4 in.
Grip Circumference5.6 in.
Rear SightNovak type
Front SightPost, dovetail base
Sight Radius5.3 in.
Trigger Pull Weight5.5 lbs.
Trigger Span3.2 in.
SafetySlide lock
Warranty5 year
Telephone(800) 741-0015
Made InTurkey

The Hi-Power is a single-action handgun with a straight-to-the-rear trigger compression. The Hi-Power may be carried cocked and locked, hammer to the rear and safety on. The Hi-Power does not lend itself to hammer-down carry, as some prefer with the 1911. The Hi-Power uses a very heavy hammer spring, and the hammer is difficult to cock. The intent is to allow the hammer fall to address the many differences in 9mm Luger ammunition world wide. About half the raters could not cock the hammer with one hand, needing both hands, one to hold the handgun and one for force on the hammer to full cock. Also, the hammer spring makes the slide difficult to rack. The hammer is difficult to lower safely in the approved manner to make the pistol safe for home ready. This isn’t a criticism of the Tisas Hi-Power, but is instead a description of every Hi-Power handgun.

The Tisas Regent is a clone of earlier Hi-Power pistols. We liked the fit and finish of the Regent. The pistol had no tool marks to speak of and presented an excellent finish.

The pistol uses a 13-round magazine. The magazine is tapered and makes for easy insertion into the magazine well. Two Mec-Gar magazines are supplied in a plastic locking case along with instructions, a gun lock, and a cleaning rod. We ordered two additional Mec-Gar magazines prior to the test.

The Hi-Power, like the other single-action pistols tested, was lubricated prior to the test program. The pistol was fully loaded and the hammer cocked and the pistol placed on Safe prior to drawing and firing at man-sized targets at 5, 7, and 10 yards. The pistol is fast on target and controllable. The trigger was useful for fast work. While it is a longer press than the 1911, its 5.5-pound trigger action was controllable. The safety lever of the original Hi-Power has been criticized for its small size. We found the safety on the Regent wasn’t as fast as the 1911s to manipulate. For all our shooters, the Hi-Power safety was more difficult to quickly manipulate than the 1911 type. All agreed the pistol was behind the 1911 handgun in speed to an accurate first shot, largely due to the safety’s size and leverage. In rapid fire, the Hi-Power was as controllable as the 1911s, and in the hands of some raters, the Regent outperformed the 1911 handguns. There were no failures to feed, chamber, fire, or eject.

In bench accuracy, the Tisas Regent Hi-Power gave excellent results. With attention to the trigger press and sight picture and using the Brownells Bullshooter’s pistol rest, our team found the Hornady load in the Hi-Power was more accurate than the 1911s, and at least comparable with the other loads.

The Tisas Regent closely tracks the original Hi-Power’s design. This Hi-Power is a transitional model with high-visibility sights but the original-size safety, similar in many ways to the Regent.

Our Team Said: This is a good performer worth its price. While we like the 1911, the Hi-Power has a greater magazine capacity and dispenses with the grip safety some do not care for. It is a viable choice for personal defense. We rated it down a half grade on the heavy hammer and difficulty in racking the slide. For some, this would be a deal breaker. The Ruger SR1911 Commander is the easiest of the four handguns tested to rack and make ready.  A 9mm-strength recoil spring and fairly modest hammer spring made this possible.

If you like the Browning Hi-Power, then the Regent is a modern equivalent we believe is as well made as the original and it has a larger sear pin. While the Regent frame is cast rather than forged, so are later-model FN Hi-Power handguns.

For personal defense and concealed carry, the choice really came down to the Ruger SR1911 Commander and the Citadel M1911A1-CS. The Citadel always worked, and you may purchase a lot of ammunition for the nearly $300 difference in price between the Ruger SR1911 Commander and the Citadel 9mm Officers Model.

9mm Luger Range Data

We fired groups at 25 yards from a solid benchrest position using a Bullshooters pistol rest. To record velocities, we placed a Competition Electronics Pro Chrony chronograph 10 feet from the muzzle of the firearm.
Hornady Critical Defense 115-grain FTX 90250Zenith Tisas ZiG PCS9Citadel M1911A1-CRuger SR1911Tisas Regent BR9
Average Velocity1164 fps1112 fps1150 fps1171 fps
Muzzle Energy346 ft.-lbs.316 ft.-lbs.338 ft.-lbs.350 ft.-lbs.
Small Group2.1 in.2.9 in.2.2 in.1.8 in.
Average Group2.6 in.3.5 in.2.6 in.2.5 in.
Winchester PDX1 Defender 124-grain Bonded JHP +P Zenith Tisas ZiG PCS9Citadel M1911A1-CRuger SR1911Tisas Regent BR9
Average Velocity1184 fps1170 fps1191 fps1217 fps
Muzzle Energy386 ft.-lbs.377 ft.-lbs.391 ft.-lbs.408 ft.-lbs.
Small Group2.4 in.2.8 in.2.2 in.2.4 in.
Average Group2.7 in.3.5 in.2.4 in.2.7 in.
Federal HST 147-grain P9HST2 Zenith Tisas ZiG PCS9Citadel M1911A1-CRuger SR1911Tisas Regent BR9
Average Velocity938 fps922 fps967 fps999 fps
Muzzle Energy287 ft.-lbs.277 ft.-lbs.305 ft.-lbs.326 ft.-lbs.
Small Group2.0 in.2.7 in.2.1 in.2.3 in.
Average Group2.5 in.3.6 in.2.6 in.2.8 in.

Value Guide: 9mm Luger Handgun Rankings

Shadow Systems MR920 9mm Luger, $799April 2021AOur Pick. The Shadow Systems Multi Role (MR) pistol is basically an improved Glock 19. Excellent buy.
Sarsilmaz SAR9 9mm Luger, $400April 2021A-Best Buy. Many good features. We would have liked a lighter trigger action.
Tisas Zigana PX-9 9mm Luger, $330April 2021BReliable. Will appeal to those who like the Springfield XD-9. The primary drawback is a heavy trigger.
Ruger American Pro Duty 10 08607 9mm Luger, $579Feb 2021AOur Pick. $100 more than the others, but it was the most accurate pistol and had surprisingly light recoil.
Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield EZ NTS 12437 9mm Luger, $479Feb 2021A-The Shield EZ9 was easy to manipulate and soft to shoot, but the sights needed to be calibrated better.
KelTec PF9 Blued-Black 9mm Luger, $358Feb 2021B+An inexpensive pistol that functioned flawlessly. It reminded us of a good 38 Special snubbie.
Taurus G3C 1-G3C931 9mm Luger, $306Feb 2021B+Best Buy. The Taurus G3C pistol is an inexpensive offering that functioned flawlessly and shot well.
Walther P38 9mm Luger, $800 to $1200Dec 2020AHeavy trigger and heel-type magazine release. Still an outstanding combat handgun.
Radom (Polish) VIZ 35 9mm Luger, $995Dec 2020B-Well-made handgun. A hardy, robust, and reliable handgun that never failed to function.
FN Browning Hi-Power 9mm Luger, $1200Dec 2020B-In its original form, it wasn’t the best of the dufflebag guns in a personal-defense role.
German Luger P-08 9mm Luger, $995Dec 2020DWe had problems with our test gun. It’s undoubtedly interesting, but its cost and 11 misfires soured us.
Ruger SR1911 LW Commander 06722 9mm Luger, $775May 2020AOur Pick. Relative newcomers to the 1911 world, Ruger has learned its craft in a hurry.
Springfield RO LW Compact PI9125L 9mm Luger, $730May 2020B+Best Buy. Good accuracy, most concealable profile. Sights were very visible but poorly calibrated.
Taurus 1911 Commander 1-191101COM-9MM 9mm, $470May 2020B-Impressive list of features for the price. The grade comes from poorer-than-expected accuracy.
Colt Lightweight Commander 04842XE 9mm Luger, $895May 2020CMost expensive pistol in our test. Disappointing poor performance and malfunctions.
Springfield Armory Hellcat HC9319BOSP 9mm Luger, $550March 2020AOur Pick. An 11+1 pistol, this small Springfield might be the most versatile pistol in the group.
Smith & Wesson PC Shield 2.0 11786 9mm Luger, $735March 2020AThe longest in this group, the Shield was the softest-shooting handgun and just missed being a Best Buy.
SIG Sauer P365XL 365XL9BXR3 9mm Luger, $579March 2020ALacks a rear sight when the optic is installed but hasa great trigger and overall performance.
Walther PPS M2 2805961 9mm Luger, $649March 2020ABest Buy. A smaller pistol with grips that will not abrade tender hands.
Arex Rex Delta REXDELTA-01 9mm Luger, $425Feb 2020ABest Buy. Reliability and practical accuracy are good, and the pistol is the right size for concealed carry.
Stoeger Industries STR-9 31721 9mm Luger, $350Feb 2020BIf you like the Glock 17, you will like the STR-9. Worth the money, but it is not our favorite.
Ruger Security-9 Compact Model 3818 9mm Luger, $309Feb 2020BThe pistol is adequate for the task and will not break the bank.
SIG P365 Nitron Micro-Compact 9mm Luger, $465Feb 2020BThe SIG costs more than the Ruger Security-9 without overwhelming advantages.
S&W M2.0 PC Shield 11787 9mm Luger, $430Jan 2020ABest Buy. Smooth and accurate, great sights and trigger. Costs a lot less than the SIG.
SIG Sauer P365XL P365XL-9-BXR3 9mm Luger, $580Jan 2020AOur Pick. The SIG P365XL was the most accurate of the four pistols tested.
Springfield Armory XDE9 XDE9389B 9mm Luger, $460Jan 2020ASlide is easier to retract, hammer-fired, DA/SA trigger set the XDE apart in this test.
Springfield Hellcat Micro-Compact 9mm Luger, $500Jan 2020F/AHellcat #1 failed when the trigger wouldn’t reset (F). Hellcat #2 worked perfectly (A). Best accuracy.
Glock 43X Ameriglo Night Sights PX435SL301AB 9mm Luger, $542July 2019AOur Pick. Firing grip is superior to the G43 and allows better shooting with little compromise.
Glock 48 PA485SL301AB 9mm Luger, $488July 2019ABest-shooting pistol in the test and the most powerful. Minimally more difficult to conceal.
Mossberg MC1sc 89001 9mm Luger, $365July 2019A-Best Buy. The Mossberg 9mm gave up little to the Glock designs. Reliability was never a question.
Springfield XD(M) 4.5 9mm Luger XDMT9459FDEHCE TB, $505April 2019AOur Pick as a personal-defense, home-defense, and tactical pistol.
Glock G34 Gen5 MOS PA3430103MOS 9mm Luger, $710April 2019AThe Gen5 guns are the best yet, with superior accuracy and features over earlier Glocks.
CZ-USA CZ P0-9 91620 9mm Luger, $402April 2019BBest Buy. CZ has managed to pack a lot of value into the P0-9. 19-round magazine.
FNH FNS-9L Longslide 66725 9mm Luger, $570April 2019BHeavier trigger than the other pistols. Accuracy wasn’t as good.
Glock 45 9mm Luger, $546April 2019AFast from concealed carry. The action allows a trained shooter to make fast hits. Reliable.
Beretta APX Compact JAXC921 9mm Luger, $449Jan 2019BMagazines were difficult to load. Slide was difficult to rack. Takedown button too tight.
SIG P320-M17 320F-9-M17-MS 9mm Luger, $770Jan 2019BThe grip fits most hands well and the sights are excellent. The DAO trigger was too heavy.
Beretta 92 FS JS92F300M 9mm Luger, $562Jan 2019BShows the age of its design with a slide-mounted decocker and long DA trigger pull.
Taurus G2S 1-G2S931 9mm Luger, $204Nov 2018ABest Buy. The Taurus pistol was reliable and controllable in rapid fire.
Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield SW180021BW 9mm Luger, $400Nov 2018AThe Battleworn Shield is reliable, accurate enough, and compact enough for EDC.



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