Rejuvenated IZZY BHP


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kentucky_smith
October 2, 2011, 09:46 AM
Ran across this 1990 mk III transitional yesterday at the local gun store. They had gotten it in on trade at a recent gun show. Tennessee Guns import marks on the bottom of the front dustcover. Someone had already duracoated it. I'm not a Duracoat fan, nor what I guess would be fde or coyote tan. Trading in a Marlin .22, I've got around $400 in it.

No pits anywhere, mechanically it is fine, just an ugly color. Lettering is sharp. I bought it with the intention of removing the duracoat and either getting it blued or Ceracoating it myself.

The BHP has a few features that are distinctive. The muzzle is extended like the Mk II. The bottom of the frame has a bit of a rib. I've seen this before on Israeli contract guns, can't remember what the story was there. It's a forged frame, and does not have the firing pin block. Sights and safety are Mk III. The magazine disconnect is still installed, yet the trigger is very good. Frame to slide fit is fair, it is a bit loose. Much like most T and C series HP's I own.

Duracoat was well done. Not too thick and someone did a good job. I'm not a fan of the color. The small parts were left in black and show what wear was probably on the pistol when it was imported. My only complaint is they left the sights on when painting it, but that's easily remedied. I think I'm going to leave it alone for awhile until the duracoat starts wearing off. I'm going to remove the lanyard ring and leave the stud.

Got home and had to try it out. Ran 2 boxes of flawless ammo through it and my Novak T––another rejuvenated BHP that I got from the same store about 6 months ago and sent to Novak's for sight and reblue.




A note about why FN changed from the rowel hammer to the spur. Even though I have a Cylinder and Slide No-Bite hammer on another BHP, I don't have a problem with the spur hammer. The old style rowel hammer pinches the web of my hand. Nothing major that would bring blood, just a little bit of discomfort.

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Tried both sets of factory plastic grips, Can't decide which I like better. Would really like a set of VZ's in Black Cherry. http://www.ar15.com/images/smilies/icon_smile_tongue.gif

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I would have no problem carrying either of these as a CCW. When new BHP's are bringing $900, the Izzy imports, while cosmetically flawed, can represent a good value. The mk III will probably do duty in my truck console and the occasional 4wheeler or tractor ride.


Parts interchange readily between the Mk III and the T. Pair of two-tones anyone?

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https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Lxzp66rIdNc/TohtvCOajbI/AAAAAAAAAmI/GkmzpIB9XF0/s800/2011-10-02%25252009.52.02.jpg

No firing pin block
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Here's the 71 T. I had Novak's put night sights on it and do a matte blue. It was pretty rough before the refinish.



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*In memory of Stephen A. Camp. A true gentleman.

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scramasax
October 2, 2011, 10:13 AM
I like my pistold blue but have quite a few ss(lazy cleaner). The slide swap for two tone is kind of cool. of course you can always get the duracoat stripped and refinished. Either way Enjoy them both.

Cheers,

ts

johnnydollar
October 2, 2011, 10:49 AM
Nice looking BHPs you have there. I do like the two-tone combination as well. I have a pair of Izzies, one a Mk II, the other a Mk III. They both look like nine miles of bad road, but shoot well and they are, as you noted, quite a bit cheaper than the commercial BHP these days. Great guns! Enjoy them....
JD

Jason_G
October 2, 2011, 10:58 AM
*In memory of Stephen A. Camp. A true gentleman.

I think of Mr. Camp every time I see a BHP thread.


I have to say, I agree with you on the Duracoat. It looks well done, but I would eventually refinish it too. It looks like a great find though. I had seen and admired the one you sent to Novak's before. Can't wait to see what this one looks like when you get done with it.

Jason

czhen
October 2, 2011, 06:07 PM
Me too about Mr. Camps gents. Nice finding Kentucky tell us how shoots.

czhen
FL

Doubting Thomas
October 2, 2011, 07:29 PM
Picked up one of the Israeli Mk. IIIs some years back. The enamel finish had carry wear but it had a very low round count. Mine had the old small safety so I fitted up the C&S, removed the mag safety, and put on a set of Spegel delrins--plus some skateboard tape on the frontstrap. Trigger is typical BHP but I can live with it. It chambers and fires everything.

Got the pistol, IWB holster, and 3 banged up mags for $289. Should have bought about 10 of them.

tekarra
October 2, 2011, 07:57 PM
Those are a fine pair of pistols and great photos.

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