Used Browning HP


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Yo Mama
February 15, 2011, 08:35 PM
My buddy is buying a used Browning HP, what does he need to check for? Thanks.

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SSN Vet
February 15, 2011, 10:04 PM
That will tell you whether any one has been "modifying" it.


Insist on dry firing it at least once, as they are somewhat notorious for a heavy and creepy trigger pull.

See if you have 15 round, 13 round or 10 round mags...

Sight the bore and inspect the rifling.

rellascout
February 15, 2011, 10:12 PM
First check the barrel lock up. Is it tight? The slide to frame can rattle a bit but the barrel should be tight in lock up.

Check the locking lugs. If it has been abused the lugs will show wear.

Take the mag out of the gun. Try to dry fire the pistol. If is fires the mag disconnect has been removed. If it does not drop the hammer than the disconnect is still in place. This is good or bad depending on your viewpoint on such things. If it is intact the pull will improve once it is removed.

Is it a MKII or MKIII? Check the manufacture date here. http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/Hi%20Power%20Dates%20of%20Manufacture.htm

MKIII guns will hold up to +P or +P+ ammo better than MKII or pre MK guns. Not that you cannot shoot +P it will just excellorate wear.

Check the rifling. Look for signs of bubba gunsmithing.

This is a great resource. http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/HiPowerComments.html

Yo Mama
February 16, 2011, 07:27 PM
Thanks guys. My buddy will be reading this one. He's trying to sell for 600 plus, and I think he should have no problem getting this, or more.

I just didn't want him getting a paper weight, but the BHP I would figure is pretty solid.

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