Bought a BHP MK III today


December 28, 2002, 12:31 PM
This is my first HI-Power, in fact it's my first single action.

I traded off a gun that I didn't really like shooting and was just sitting in the safe. My G23. Add $100 and I got a NIB MK III.

Any thoughts on the new HI-powers? Is there any thing I should consider doing to it? (I can't pick it up until 1-30-03 with that gun a month law. I haven't picked up my new Sig 239 yet either, gotta wait until Monday the 30th for it. ) Are there absolut upgrades that I should do to it. I was told to put a combat hammer and Novak sights on it as soon as I get it.

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Neal Bloom
December 28, 2002, 12:37 PM
Congrats! Another member of the Hi-Power club. Shoot a few hundred rounds through it before you consider doing anything to it. The only complaint I have is the trigger on the BHP, other than that it is a great gun. Check out for more info on the BHP.

Stephen A. Camp
December 28, 2002, 12:52 PM
Hello and congratulations. As the previous gentleman suggested, shoot it as it for a while. After that you might want/need a trigger job or to bob the hammer spur or replace with a C&S abbreviated Type I ring hammer IF the pistol "bites" your hand.

I do prefer and use a Wolff ( conventional 18.5lb recoil spring rather than the factory 17lb as I shoot the HP quite a lot and often with warmer loads. I like the Buffer Techology shock buffer as well to prevent battering,, but others do not.

Most will change the black nylon, thumbrest grips that come on the pistol. If you like the factory stocks, they should last; if not you might look at the "Uncle Mike's" checkered rubber copy of the Spegel grip. The former is a bit thicker than the latter.

Shoot it a while and let us know how you like it and if you really think any changes are needed.

Best and good luck.

December 28, 2002, 03:11 PM
I agree with Mr Camp as to the spring and fact I just started using the buffer and finds that it decreases recoil (subjectively)..

Get rid of the mag safety right away!

For sights I like Novak and the C&S parts are fantastic..

OK I cant stand it heres a pic of my baby (Mr. Camp has seen this one before)....make sure you visit the HP board...

December 28, 2002, 04:41 PM
I feel certain that you will really enjoy your Browning. They are very user friendly.

December 28, 2002, 05:23 PM
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspYou made a good choice by buying a High Power, and I'm sure after you shoot it for a while you'll come to love it. High Powers tend to grow on you the longer you associate with them, and after a while just picking one up is like slipping on a comfortable old shoe.

&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspI second the advice already given here to not make any mods to the pistol until you've shot at least a couple of boxes through it. They work good out of the box, and there's no sense taking it apart right away.

&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspEventually you'll probably want to polish the feed ramp, because if yours is like mine was it will sometimes fail to feed some types of hollow points when you rack the slide to chamber the first round. I never had a FTF while fireing, but that hanging up when chambering the first round got irritating after a while. Now it chambers anything I put in it slick as you please. You'll also probably want to remove the mag safety so the pistol may be fired with the mag removed. Doing that also lightens the trigger pull by about half, because with the mag safety installed when you squeeze the trigger you're working against the trigger spring and the mag safety spring.

Good shooting! :cool:

December 28, 2002, 06:04 PM
I recently purchased a NIB 1994 Hi Power and have only managed to put about 200 rds. through it so far. It appears to shoot about 2" left at 15 yds. but I haven't had any bench time with it yet, so it may just be me.

Bob C
December 28, 2002, 06:25 PM
My current Mk III has Ahrends stocks, and no longer has a magazine safety.

It's otherwise stock. It is also 100% reliable, and fairly accurate with each of the six load I've tried in it.

December 28, 2002, 07:27 PM
Warning! Hi-Power's are highly addictive and somehow multiply when put in a gunsafe for the night. In fact, studies show the chemical changes to the pleasure section of the human brain are the same when eating chocolate, having sex, drinking alcohol and holding a Hi-Power. Be careful, life will never be the same.

December 28, 2002, 07:53 PM
Originally posted by Ninj500
Warning! Hi-Power's are highly addictive and somehow multiply when put in a gunsafe for the night.

Well the non-gun friendly state I live in (Maryland) has the internal gun lock law going into affect on 1-1-03. Any gun made after 1-1-03 must have an internal gun lock. Unfortunatly this was my last chance to get a NIB Hi-Power. I wish I was able to buy more. I only wish I could have afforded the Sig 226 and 228 with the Hi-Power !!!

December 29, 2002, 02:19 AM
I have one of the Israeli/FN Mk IIIs which is a pretty good pistol in stock format. It had the old style small safety, which I changed to a C&S unit. I also removed the mag safety and put on a set of Spegel delrins. I see no need to change the sights and all I did on mine was to blacken the distracting (to me) white bars.

I toy with the idea of changing the recoil spring and a buffer as per Steven Camp, but thus far have not done so. I have no problems with the spurred hammer. The trigger is usable as is, and while I might prefer some tuning the hassle and cost of shipping the gun off to a good smith is daunting.

The BHP in its current configuration doesn't need much in the way of mods, which is refreshing.

December 29, 2002, 02:02 PM
Check CDNN for inexpensive reliable 17 round SA mags. 13 rounders are getting expensive.

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