Charles Daly Hi Power


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April 12, 2008, 10:05 PM
What's the story on these? I missed the boat on the FN HP's, the Brownings are a bit high. Are the Daly's good enough for a range shooter? Is the frame/slide forged?

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Ash
April 12, 2008, 10:57 PM
CD's are made by FEG from Hungary if I'm right. I might not be right, they could be Argentine-made. Check out the FM (Fabrica Militar, I think) from Sarco for another option.

Ash

rbernie
April 12, 2008, 11:46 PM
I bought a Daly (now discontinued) from CDNN, and for my limited range shooting has been flawless.

The president of KDI/Daly is on the board; look him up and shoot him a PM for technical details.

Limey46
April 13, 2008, 12:29 AM
Yes, they are FEG-made guns, and yes, slide and frame are forged. I've read about FEG's High Power clones being inferior, low-quality products, but my experience doesn't support that view. The ones that have passed through my hands over the past twenty years or so have all been pretty good, often on a par with the Belgian and Belgian/Portugese Brownings and usually better than the Argentine (FM) guns. I particularly like the Charles Daly variant of the FEG gun because they have big safeties, Ashley Express-style sights, thin grips, and decent triggers. Mine shoots just as well and functions just as reliably as my Browning and feels better in my hand. I trust it enough to use it as my car gun. To put all this in context, I should say that I've owned/shot/used just about every High Power type ever made.

Monkeybear
April 13, 2008, 04:32 AM
I tried to take a look at one over at Gander Mountain. They have them for $300. Long story short the slide was stuck and would not move for the sales person to "clear" it. It took a few minutes for him to figure it out, said something about an "out of spec pin", and with a little prying on the slide stop the slide came loose. He then placed it behind the counter.

bigmike45
April 13, 2008, 11:03 AM
Go here for some great answers from some very knowledgeable folks....especially Mr. Camp himself.

http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/

bannockburn
April 13, 2008, 12:40 PM
A friend of mine has an FEG marked Hi-Power clone, the PJK-9HP. It has a nicely polished blued slide on top of a matte chrome frame. Overall quality is very good; better than most Argentine Hi-Power copies I've seen. After he removed the mag safety, the trigger pull improved considerably, and coupled with the high visibility fixed sights, it has turned into a very accurate shooter.

steak-knife
April 13, 2008, 10:37 PM
Have had a CD Hi-Power for about the past 18 months, and about 800 rounds through it without any malfunctions. It's been fed a variety ammo ranging from +P Speer Gold Dots, to bulk ammo from Wally World. It is capable of getting head shots at the 25 yard line (after removing the magazine safety), also, when not using the factory mag, I've been using it with Mec-Gar mags.

The only issue I have had with the CD Hi-Power was with an FM Detective kit from SARCO. I bought it on a whim, and quickly discovered that it was not a "drop-in." The kit mounted okay, but the barrel would not tilt and disengage from the slide, making it useless. SARCO was good about it and refunded my purchase.

If you can get the CD at a decent price, I'd say go for it.

Mac45
April 13, 2008, 11:20 PM
Picked up one on sale a couple weeks ago and so far really like it.
The only thing I don't like are the XS Express sights.
Having a real hard time getting used to 'em and will probably swap them out at some point.
BTW, if you get one with these sights, check the set screws on the rear sight. Mine were loose and the sight moved on my last trip to the range.
Even with the silly sights, I really like this one. I'd say go for it.

BHPshooter
April 14, 2008, 01:34 AM
A friend of mine has an FEG marked Hi-Power clone, the PJK-9HP. It has a nicely polished blued slide on top of a matte chrome frame. Overall quality is very good; better than most Argentine Hi-Power copies I've seen. After he removed the mag safety, the trigger pull improved considerably, and coupled with the high visibility fixed sights, it has turned into a very accurate shooter.

I've had a few of both the FEGs and FM-Argentines. Yes, the finish is nicer on the FEGs, but not the fit, and certainly not the function. I wish I still had my FMs back, but I don't miss my FEGs.

As for the Charles Dalys, I've played with a couple. The early ones had some "early production niggles," but the later ones seem nice. I intended to get one from CDNN, but missed the ball.

Wes

rbernie
April 14, 2008, 09:56 AM
My initial shooting review is here:
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=344437

Rex B
April 14, 2008, 05:10 PM
I bought one last year for $319 at CTD. Fit and finish is as good as anything else I own, and the blue is better than most. Function is flawless, though i haven't shot it much. It was reliable and accurate, and that gets boring pretty quick ;)
the sights are love 'em/hate 'em. I really like them as combat sights, they align very quickly and naturally for me. I can see where they'd be less than ideal for target shooting.
It's become my bedside gun. 15 rounds and combat sights.

And as for where they come from CD imported most of the parts from FEG and built the guns at their plant in NJ. I think that accounts for the better finish of the CD guns.

esq_stu
April 14, 2008, 05:25 PM
I have an FEG. Seems to have a decent finish, and has been reliable.

I do not like the trigger, but suspect that would be true of any HiPower or clone. I took out the magazine disconnect, but it's still a nasty trigger.

Oh, and watch out for hammer bite and cutting a groove between thumb and forefinger. Ouch!

It's a safe queen. Gonna sell it when I get a chance.

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