Browning High Power Magazine


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planetmobius
December 6, 2012, 08:01 PM
Just picked up a never fired 1975 vintage Browning High Power. My first High Power. I noticed that when I press the magazine release, the magazine pops out about 1/4 inch but remains in the magazine well. There is a little resistance when I pull it out and does not seem to simply be stiff from being NOS. Is this normal and what can I do about it?

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W.E.G.
December 6, 2012, 08:13 PM
Normal.

Goes away only if you remove the magazine disconnect.

This thing is pushing against the magazine at all times.

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/pistol%20pics/Browning%20HiPower/foot.jpg

Like this.

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/pistol%20pics/Browning%20HiPower/footandmag.jpg

Leaves marks on the mags like this.

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/pistol%20pics/Browning%20HiPower/footdragmark.jpg

If you don't like it, you can get out the toolz.

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/pistol%20pics/Browning%20HiPower/tools.jpg

Be careful not to scratch.

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/pistol%20pics/Browning%20HiPower/punchmark.jpg

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/WECSOG/WECSOG-jetermethod.jpg

sirgilligan
December 6, 2012, 08:21 PM
My factory BHP mags have a spring, sometimes called the mouse trap mags. I do not know what year they started providing those, mine is relatively new.

planetmobius
December 6, 2012, 09:28 PM
Thanks. At least I know now that its not a defect.

jake_yer_booty
December 6, 2012, 09:32 PM
Great work, W.E.G.!

BTW, planetmobius: once you do this, you have also completed the first major segment of a HP trigger job. The movement of the trigger gets much smoother when you delete this silly feature.

omcf
December 6, 2012, 10:09 PM
Stephen Camp, for many years a well-respected regular member here, has a website that addresses the magazine disconnect as well as many other issues for a new BHP owner:

http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/HiPowerComments.html

Dentite
December 7, 2012, 01:11 AM
W.E.G.: Dang! You got it out but it looks like your BHP picked up some scars in the process.

Here's the technique I've used when removing the mag disconnect from my two BHPs. Support frame, tape off frame, tap with punch and hammer. Tap harder. HARDER.

Okay, take it over to the press.

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n507/jschmiddy/BHP/DSC06347800.jpg

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n507/jschmiddy/BHP/DSC06346800.jpg

After re-installing the trigger:

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n507/jschmiddy/BHP/DSC06350800.jpg

johnmcl
December 7, 2012, 09:01 AM
Dentite,

You positively give me a heart attack seeing a 12 ton press applied against a BHP. :)

ku4hx
December 7, 2012, 09:07 AM
If you don't have a manual, you can get one here. It'll tell you all about your "new" gun.

http://www.stevespages.com/page7b.htm

And there are BHP resources all over the web.

W.E.G.
December 7, 2012, 10:06 AM
W.E.G.: Dang! You got it out but it looks like your BHP picked up some scars in the process.

I figured it needed an "American mark" since it already had a French mark.

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/pistol%20pics/Browning%20HiPower/BHPmuzzleding1.jpg

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/pistol%20pics/Browning%20HiPower/BHPmuzzleding2.jpg

Certaindeaf
December 7, 2012, 10:44 AM
It's pretty easy to familiarize yourself with your gun, whatever it is.
To see what's going on with that Hi-Power, take off the slide and insert the magazine. Note what happens when you pull the trigger (don't worry, the hammer won't fall) with and without the magazine. look down the hole

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