FN Herstal HiPower Police Model


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axeman_g
May 17, 2003, 04:39 PM
I just saw one of these at the gun show in Gwinnett Co, Ga. I was so tempted, but not knowing nottin bout them, I figured to get some advice and then move.

It is a deep blue, almost black finish. Has cheap platic grips, comes with three mags, cleaning kit and case for$479. The gun was 9mm, and had the most interesting mechanism. When you racked the slide and cocked the gun, you then uncocked it by just pushing the hammer forward. To cock again you thumbed the saftey down and it would cock the hammer back. I guess that would be condistion two for ccw, maybe?????

Anyway, I was thinking of a new nine with hi cap availability. A BHP would be great, ambi saftey great ergonomics and accesories galore.

Any info on the FN HPs and this model in general?

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pytron
May 17, 2003, 05:17 PM
I saw a similar model in the CDNN catalog, let me grab the text:
(CDNN catalog volume 2003-1, page 12):

Pre-cock the hammer into single action mode. Push the hammer forward to lock-in the safety. Drop the safety, the hammer cocks, ready to fire

Belgian Hi-Power 9mm Mark III
4.6" Barrel
3-dot sights
Only 31ozs
Matte black
Black checkered grips
1-17rd & 2-10rd mags
Safety fast shooting
$549.99

I don't know if that will help or not, but it sounds like the same mechanism.

Wildalaska
May 17, 2003, 06:01 PM
Buy it...its a HP with a factory SFS kit....
WildHPsruleAlaska

axeman_g
May 17, 2003, 07:33 PM
I have always respected your opinions. You seem to know what you speak of. But, please, can you give me some reasons for your thinking?

Todd
May 17, 2003, 09:15 PM
I will second WildAlaska. That is a good deal. Since it was a show you could probably talk them down even more.

1. It will take any Hi Power mag so there are no issues getting quality hi cap mags.

2. It is an FN Hi Power.

3. You could turn around and get your money right back and then some if you didn't like it.

4. It is an FN Hi Power.

5. CDNN is selling new ones for $589.99. So you are getting a good deal.

6. It is an FN Hi Power.

7. I just bought (Got it Wednesday) one of the full size FN SA/DAs from CDNN and I love it. I shot it for the first time today. No problems at all. I love it.

8. IT IS AN FN HI POWER!
:D

Wildalaska
May 18, 2003, 01:26 AM
What Todd said...

WilditsahighpowerAlaska

axeman_g
May 18, 2003, 06:48 PM
so I went back and bought it. Funny, because an older gentleman that was looking at them when I was Sat morning was there also to buy one. I almost bought a compat he had for $430, but I think the standard would serve me better.

The hard platic grip panels suck on this model. So I picked up a wrap around set of Pachmayrs. I might start looking for a pretty set of rosewood or some other wood. This gun just screams to be prettied up.

Anyway, I was shocked at how easy it was to field strip. I thought a CZ 75 was easy, the HP made it look like calculus (which I sucked at 20 years ago).

Anyway, I think I got a good deal. It is a weapon I can hand down to my son eventually (maybe), it is ambi friendly and has accesories galore. The SFS (Saftey Fast Shooting) system is sort of neat, I will need to get used to it. I keep trying to use it as a decocker. Nice white sights also.

I will give you all a range report tomorrow night or tuesday.

DerRottweiler
May 19, 2003, 12:37 AM
Do the FN SFS Hi Powers have the Magazine Disconnects in them. If they do can they be removed like in the Standard Models?

PCRCCW
May 19, 2003, 10:18 AM
Good buy....The SFS systems is another 200$ installed if thats what you wanted. What Compact did you almost buy? An FN?
Shoot well...

axeman_g
May 19, 2003, 11:21 AM
Yes,
The compact was an FN Hi Power with two mags for $449.

Almost did it cause it would be good for ccw, but I have a Colt Commander for carry already. I think I will dedicate myself to the Colt for ccw usage. The HP will become a range and sometime carry gun.

I believe I am becoming a John Browning fan without really intending to. I currently own a 1911, the HP and two Ithaca 37s, a Browing design. I might have to continue the collection.

Handy
May 19, 2003, 07:34 PM
From the factory, the SFS option adds another $100, usually. Good deal, even if it had been a regular FN.

I like the remodeled slide release on this model.


Some find the SFS offensive. It doesn't really make the gun any easier to use, and is more complicated. But it doesn't really hurt, and takes all the potential energy out of the hammer. As long as the SFS components hold up (they should), this may be the best Hipower.

Enjoy.

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