Browning HP Question


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johnmcl
November 26, 2006, 10:27 AM
Hi all,

In my local gunstore I saw what might be the next thing I can't live without... :)

The NTICLW might be a Browning HP 'Practical'. The gun's of Belgian origin, two toned, with a set of fatter rubber grips. The gun looks cool, but I need advice on it's background. Is this a stock HP with a different set of grips, for example?

Thanks in advance for any thoughts,

John

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browningguy
November 26, 2006, 10:29 AM
The Practical model came with Hogue rubber grips, so it's probably a stock Practical.

BHPshooter
November 26, 2006, 10:34 AM
The Practical model came with Hogue rubber grips, so it's probably a stock Practical.

They come with Pachmayrs, actually.

The Practical is a BHP that has a 2-tone finish (chromed frame, matte black slide), and they usually have the ring-type hammer. Other than that, it's the same as your standard MkIII Hi Power.

Wes

10-Ring
November 26, 2006, 06:02 PM
Here is my Praactical that I picked up a few years ago....it took me a few rounds to get broken in, but now, I just love it!

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r208/10-Ring/P1030196.jpg

...I apologize for the photo quality :o

murph50
November 26, 2006, 07:32 PM
I ran across BHP Practical (same as in 10RINGS pic above--down to the grips)at a real good sale at Ganders just last week. I couldn't resist. Took it home and cleaned it and took it to the range that night. Shot about 350 rounds of several different factory rounds and about 125 rds of reloads. Every shot fired--no problems --no misfires--no FTE's. I will probably get some trigger work done at some point. The trigger is fine, however it could just be a little better.
Only possible downside I can see is that there could be a little more metal between the hammer and the web between my thumb and index finger. The hammer can come real close and probably did hit my hand a few times (didn't hurt or anything) but a little more metal would make me feel better.
Overall so far --good gun --accurate--likes to shoot.
I was actually in the store to get an XD45 tactical but I didn't like the color of the only one they had ( I wanted all black).
Really glad I got the BHP practicle--the XD will have to wait until my gun budget recovers but with the low cost of shooting 9mm that will probably just be a few weeks.
Hope this helps--I know I've only had it less than a week and only shot it one session but I'm real happy with it so far.

johnmcl
November 26, 2006, 07:51 PM
10-Ring,

That's the exact gun. I'm glad to hear you're happy with it.

Murph- That's cool that you nailed this gun from Gander. I've been in Aurora a few times but have only made it to Sportsman's Warehouse.

So can I ask all that are interested, this gun's on the used shelf at my dealer with a $485 tag on it. How excited should I be?

John

browningguy
November 26, 2006, 08:08 PM
$485 is a pretty decent price, particularly for a adjustable sight model, my practical is fixed sights and cost that much lightly used.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/jcm9371/Pistols/highpowerpractical.jpg

murph50
November 26, 2006, 08:32 PM
Gander had mine for $599 NIB with a 20% discount by way of a gift card. Basically I got $120 back as a gift card and already spent that. That deal ended on Nov 22--which is when I got mine. Sportsmans seems to have better prices in general than Ganders but this deal was too good. Got the wife a Ruger GP 100 too.

10-Ring
November 26, 2006, 09:58 PM
AS I recall, the adjustable sights were on the older models and for some unexplained reason, they went w/ fixed on newer one...great guns none the less.

cdsdss
November 26, 2006, 10:44 PM
Go for it. I ran across an HP Practical a couple months back and also questioned if I should buy it. I did, and it's now one of my favorite handguns.

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h288/cdsdss/DSC00532.jpg

kokapelli
November 27, 2006, 02:10 PM
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MMMike
November 27, 2006, 11:47 PM
I love my BHP too.:)
http://www.freespaces.com/laliqueinformation/Dump/bhp9z.jpg

James NM
November 30, 2006, 08:12 PM
What can you HP lovers tell me about the KBI/Charles Daily HP? My local dealer has em for $325.00 NIB, blue, 9mm, fixed sights. I'm looking for a full sized 9mm shooter, but don't know much about HP's. Thanks.

SouthpawShootr
November 30, 2006, 10:04 PM
What can you HP lovers tell me about the KBI/Charles Daily HP? My local dealer has em for $325.00 NIB, blue, 9mm, fixed sights. I'm looking for a full sized 9mm shooter, but don't know much about HP's. Thanks.

You're better off saving and getting the real thing. The CD HP is really a lackluster imitation. If you buy an imitation and you want a real HP, you'll still end up with the genuine article but you'll be $325 poorer. The CD HP does not have full parts interchangeability with the real thing. FEG did make an HP clone years ago that is very well executed copy of an earlier HP. I have one of these. IIRC, the model is PJK-9HP. It sports a high gloss blue finish complete with faithfully executed period crappy 60's era rudimentary sights. FM of Argentina makes a decent quality HP copy for around the same as the CD HP as well. These are (were?) made under license from FN. I still see them crop up now and again at local shows.

BHPshooter
November 30, 2006, 11:14 PM
IMO -- having owned both -- the FM Argentine HPs kick the FEG/Charles Daly's butt.

Still, there's nothing that compares to the real deal. Yeah, it costs more, but it's oh-so-worth-it.

Wes

Reed1911
December 1, 2006, 10:44 AM
We still have the .40 cal Hi-Powers for 400.00, not very many left in the SFS but the standard single action are available.

Vitamin G
December 1, 2006, 05:04 PM
Ditto on the FM. I have a practical AND an FM (I picked up the practical for $450 at the Harrisburg gunshow, and the FM for $299 at the Pittsburgh gunshow) and couldn't be happier. I can't really tell the difference with my eyes closed. The only real difference to me is the finish.

James NM
December 2, 2006, 12:01 PM
Thanks for the advice guys. I think I'll pass on the Charles Daily.

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