Hi-Power Barrel


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andrewdl007
February 27, 2010, 06:38 PM
This may be a dumb question but Im going to ask it anyway. Today I was at a gun show and there was a nice Hi-Power at a booth. The slide was essentially closed except for the zip tie that went through the handle. It appeared as though the barrel was cracked through where the serial numbers are stamped on the chamber. I saw a Hi-Power that looked like it was cracked in the same place as well at a pawn shop several months ago. The one at the show today, the dealer claimed was circa 1970. Is that just what Hi-Power barrels look like? I only thought to ask about the crack after I left the show, but I thought I would ask. I looked on Google Image and couldn't find a good enough picture to check. Thanks.

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W L Johnson
February 27, 2010, 06:52 PM
If it's what I think it is, it's normal.
check this link
http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/TwoPieceBarrels.htm

andrewdl007
February 27, 2010, 07:43 PM
I think thats exactly what it was as both the guns were post 1960 as the website suggests.

Rock185
February 28, 2010, 12:09 AM
The Browning/Fn HiPowers have used a two piece barrel since about 1962 or so. The line you see is where the parts are joined, Not a crack. Current BarSto barrels for the HiPower are also two piece. I've owned quite a few HiPowers since about 1966 or 1967 with factory and BarSto barrels and have never experienced, seen or heard of a problem with this barrel design.

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