A Tale of Two Hi-Powers


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OneSevenDeuce
August 31, 2014, 02:09 PM
My love of the venerable P35 started long ago. I read an article as a young buck Sergeant about a hard core motivator on a PSD detail in Israel back in the 70s. His sidearm of choice, the Hi-Power. It wasn't issued, he chose it. When I got out of the military and started working PSD details overseas myself, I came to appreciate how much faith that stud from a previous generation put in his sidearm. Personally, I carried a GLOCK 19 when on a detail. I didn't have choice, it WAS issued. I came to regard the G19 as a world class working pistol and would depend on it without hesitation. After extensive experience with my own Hi-Powers I can understand how previous generations depended in their Hi-Powers. Last year my father in law got to shoot my T Series Hi-Power for the first time. He immediately decided he needed one of his own, and soon after a brand new MK III ended up in his safe. For my part, the T Series stays safely locked away until it makes one of its frequent visits to the range. For every day carry, I depend on a MK III with several Cylinder and Slide parts, as well as Mepro-Light night sights. The T series takes the cake in terms of aesthetics with a deep reflective blue, impeccable fit, and probably the best Hi-Power trigger I've ever felt. The MK III does not match up in either of those areas, but the metallurgy involved is said to provide a much stronger frame and slide than earlier models. Whatever the case, the MK III is as reliable out of the box as any full-size pistol I've ever shot. Despite having a factory trigger inferior to the T series (the magazine disconnect safety claims some, though not all, of the blame for that) it nonetheless breaks cleanly and ends up being lighter than many others out there.

Next on the list is a C series, and a FEG clone. The love of a Hi-Power is more than an obsession, it's a way of life.

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f62/runfuret/bhp3_zps8fe356fa.jpg

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f62/runfuret/1514624_10151992553596845_1294087946_n_zps72020975.jpg

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f62/runfuret/bhp2_zps75af5182.jpg

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GZOh
August 31, 2014, 02:31 PM
Beautiful pistolas!!...
The BHP is truly a classic and one of the best pistolas made. My BHP is probably one of the most accurate guns I own!
Have a couple of FEGs (PJK-9HP) that were bought NIB and they are also real nice pistolas, tho not quite a BHP....
But at less than half the price, they're definitely worth having... if you can get one close to NIB!
Enjoy your BHPs!

http://i439.photobucket.com/albums/qq112/geezeepix/3HPs011.jpg (http://s439.photobucket.com/user/geezeepix/media/3HPs011.jpg.html)

Pilot
August 31, 2014, 02:40 PM
My factory stock Browning Hi Power, MK III Silver Chrome is my most accurate center fire handgun. It could easily be in my carry rotation except it would be better suited if I swapped the target sights with Novaks or something more low profile. It has been 100% reliable, and accepts flush fit 15 round Mec-Gar magazines, so a definite equivalent to any more modern "wonder nine" out there.

bannockburn
August 31, 2014, 03:07 PM
Years ago I had a T series Hi-Power and while it had the most beautiful blued finish along with great looking walnut grips it possessed one of the worst trigger pulls on any pistol I have ever used. That combined with the tiny sights and difficult to operate thumb safety turned an otherwise great handling gun into something that produced side-of-the-barn accuracy. When they announced the new and improved MK.II version I knew I had to try one out because few other semi-autos fit my hand so well as the Hi-Power. Well it was definitely as advertised as the trigger was light and crisp even without removing the mag safety, the sights were quick to acquire and well regulated, and the thumb safety was at last large enough and easy to use. Only change I made was to add a full set of Pachmayr grips as they gave me a better overall feel than the factory stocks. Overall a great gun that is capable of some amazing accuracy and is totally dependable and reliable. If I had to choose just one 9mm. my Hi-Power would be the one.
http://i1184.photobucket.com/albums/z334/TailoAltera/guns2005_zps0021fd3e.jpg (http://s1184.photobucket.com/user/TailoAltera/media/guns2005_zps0021fd3e.jpg.html)

OneSevenDeuce
August 31, 2014, 03:18 PM
Great looking pistols, guys! FEGs certainly are available for a good price these days, and I'm sure one will soon be finding its way into my collection. Bannock, interesting that you say your T series had a bad trigger. I suppose variances in manufacturing are to be expected, but it's surprising to me that mine was so good while yours was so bad.

huntershooter
August 31, 2014, 05:13 PM
Great guns. My favorite platform in 9 mm and one of my favorite carry guns.

A "T" series I rescued from a Pawn shop that was roached and has had several mods and HC finish.

http://i1043.photobucket.com/albums/b434/huntershooter/P-35/P-35008-1.jpg

http://i1043.photobucket.com/albums/b434/huntershooter/P-35/P-35004-1.jpg

Mk lll FN that has been worked over:

http://i1043.photobucket.com/albums/b434/huntershooter/P-35/004_zpsed57606d.jpg

http://i1043.photobucket.com/albums/b434/huntershooter/P-35/003_zps8429c7c4.jpg

http://i1043.photobucket.com/albums/b434/huntershooter/P-35/005_zps662d16c9.jpg

OneSevenDeuce
August 31, 2014, 05:16 PM
Those are lookers! Are those Spegel stocks?

huntershooter
August 31, 2014, 06:29 PM
Yes sir.

OneSevenDeuce
August 31, 2014, 06:48 PM
I'm waiting for him to start taking new orders. I'll definitely be getting a pair.

jhb
August 31, 2014, 08:39 PM
Now that is a bunch of pretty pistols. Thanks for sharing with us.

bannockburn
August 31, 2014, 10:29 PM
huntershooter

Some great looking Hi-Powers there! My brother had his Hi-Power hard chromed when it started to develop surface rust on the slide and frame. The plating has held up perfectly all these years and made his gun look like it was made out of stainless steel.

bannockburn
August 31, 2014, 11:25 PM
OneSevenDeuce

I would have to say my T series Hi-Power was the classic example of beauty just being skin deep. The metal was expertly polished and the finish was, well it was that incredibly deep bluing that was done to perfection, which of course FN did so well way back when. But beyond that the gun itself was a dreadful combination of a trigger pull that was off the charts (we estimated it to be around 12 pounds or more), tiny little sights that were incredibly difficult to see let alone shoot with, and a thumb safety that was so small and hard to use that it required a hit from a plastic mallett to get it to move on and off. Accuracy was so bad I started referring to the gun as producing minute-of-the-side-of-the-barn groups and that was being rather generous on my part.

Overall I was greatly disappointed in the performance of the gun and had no problem selling it to a collector who specialized in Hi-Powers as he was thrilled to find one in such beautiful condition. This was no doubt due to the fact that myself and any other previous owners probably gave up on the gun after actually putting just a few rounds through it. Maybe given more time and money I could have had someone work on the gun to make it at least halfway usable and accurate but I wasn't so inclined at the time. Once the MK.II came out, though nowhere as nicely finished as the T series gun, but totally functional and accurate as well, I knew that I had found my one true Hi-Power at last.

Comrade Mike
August 31, 2014, 11:35 PM
I only own two automatics, and only one automatic that I shoot regularly. My BHP. I don't plan on owning any more.

Dentite
September 1, 2014, 01:07 AM
I love BHPs.

The history, esthetics, feel of the frame in my hand (with the right grips), and the balance of size/slimness/capacity are the main reasons.

Here's is a couple of mine.

One for drooling on:

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n507/jschmiddy/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsb105bafb.jpg

One with a few mods for shooting the crap out of:

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n507/jschmiddy/BHP/IMG_6733cropped800_zps31a7ce90.jpg

RainDodger
September 1, 2014, 01:46 AM
Here's mine, which some of you have already seen. It's very custom inside, with all competition springs, modified feed ramp, Smith & Wesson adjustable sight (on one slide) and a bunch of other stuff. The extra slide is an additional complete top-end with the factory (read: TINY!) sights. I bought this one new, 30+ years ago. There's nothing as nice as a pretty Hi-Power! :)

http://www.hotelling.com/1911%20spread%202.jpg

(edited for picture size)

HorseSoldier
September 1, 2014, 04:33 AM
I've had as many as three High Powers at any given time through the years, but have down-sized to just one that I shipped off to Cylinder and Slide to have them work on it. It's one of the great pistol designs of the 20th century -- I just wish it was popular enough here in the US to fuel the sort of product improvement and aftermarket options the 1911 has backing it.

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j132/jboschma/HighPowerMkIIIS.jpg (http://s79.photobucket.com/user/jboschma/media/HighPowerMkIIIS.jpg.html)

Lucky Derby
September 1, 2014, 09:04 AM
Nice HPs everyone.
The HP is my favorite. I'm lucky enough to have two.
1. A beautiful blue C series. I changed out the thumb safety for one from a MKII/MKIII, but only did it single side, and swapped the spur hammer for a round one. I also got rid of the MDS. Currently wears a set of wood Hogues. Shoots great.
2. A MKIII "Practical" which is what Browning calls the two tone HP. Hard Chrome frame with the black epoxy finish on the slide. On this one I got rid of the MDS and changed nothing else. Currently wearing a set of Spegels that I originally bought for the C Series long before I go this MKIII.

Both get shot and both get carried.

OneSevenDeuce
September 1, 2014, 09:11 AM
Bannock, I'm sorry to hear that. What a shame that such a great looker couldn't deliver in the area that really counts, shootability. In any case, I'm glad you found someone who would take it off your hands. Glad to see the MK II worked so well for you!

Dentite, I too go the "one for shooting, one for drooling over route". Although I have to admit that I drool over my shooter a lot too. ;o)

Horse Soldier, I have been thinking of that too. I wish someone would step up and make an updated version. One thing I personally would improve upon, I'd beef up the extractor slightly and make it more along the dimensions of an M&P extractor.

Lucky Derby
September 2, 2014, 02:14 AM
Horse Soldier, I have been thinking of that too. I wish someone would step up and make an updated version. One thing I personally would improve upon, I'd beef up the extractor slightly and make it more along the dimensions of an M&P extractor.

Someone is.

www.EliteWarriorArmament.com

OneSevenDeuce
September 2, 2014, 09:46 AM
I don't see anything about HPs on that website other than a few replacement parts.

MK11
September 2, 2014, 12:23 PM
Dentite, what is that safety on the second Hi-Power you show? Thanks!

hso
September 2, 2014, 12:42 PM
I have a love affair with the BHP as well and a very customized Al-alloy with a Commander length slide/barrel is my EDC.

OneSevenDeuce
September 2, 2014, 12:51 PM
Awesome. Personally I experimented with smaller 9mms, a few compact 9mm 1911s, and settled on the HP after everything else showed itself deficient in some way to me.

johnmcl
September 2, 2014, 03:14 PM
Hi all,

A beautiful BHP came to me from a member here, which went through a transition with new Novak three dot sights, a single side C&S safety, and a wonderful trigger job. That little heater has worked its way into my In-A-Suit Carry (IASC).

That gun outshoots my G34 any day of the week.

OneSevenDeuce
September 2, 2014, 04:42 PM
They are remarkably accurate with a decent trigger. Thinking about a trigger job on my MK III too.

Sergei Mosin
September 2, 2014, 04:47 PM
Some beautiful Hi Powers on display here. Stephen Camp would be proud.

anothernewb
September 2, 2014, 05:35 PM
I feel I should chime in lol. I found this at an auction 2 years ago sitting all alone new in it's box. no one was ever looking at it. At the time I had never heard of a hi-power. (kinda new to firearms) but I loved the way it felt so I bid on it. Got it for $500 out the door. Choked a bit on the price since I didn't come prepared to buy anything and suffered some buyers remorse. only much later did I discover that it was a pretty good deal.

Ironically, it sparked a feverish interest in 2 tone firearms.

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee207/chase-aise/Browning/IMG_3210.jpg

peacebutready
September 2, 2014, 05:39 PM
You gentlemen have great taste.

I became curious of the Mec-Gar 15 round mags and started a thread asking about their reliability below:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=9601668#post9601668

OneSevenDeuce
September 2, 2014, 09:38 PM
anothernewb, you got a good deal indeed! I'd borrow money right away to get a hi power for $500!

peacebutready, thanks for that. I recently bought a 15 rounder and haven't had the chance to test it out yet.

Dentite
September 3, 2014, 01:01 AM
Dentite, what is that safety on the second Hi-Power you show? Thanks!

It's a current MKIII ambi safety with the right side lever removed, the shaft shortened and rounded. A small paddle was silver soldered to the factory left side lever. I subsequently reduced the thickness of the rear of the safety, bent the paddle portion to fit my thumb a little better, rounded some edges, etc.

If I could do it all over again, I would slightly tweak a couple things but it would end up pretty close to where it is now.

I can grip pretty high on the BHP because my hands are skinny enough I never get hammer bite...although I did bob this hammer just a bit. But when I do take a nice high grip, the thick rear portions of the safety dig into my hand. Removing the right side paddle and shortening the shaft takes care of the right side. On the left side, any BHP I'm going to shoot a lot and try to shoot at a high level, I'm going to need to reduce the size of the rear part of the safety like I did in the picture. That reduction in thickness is more important than the paddle extension, but the extension does make it easier to flip it on and off.

Lucky Derby
September 3, 2014, 02:13 AM
I don't see anything about HPs on that website other than a few replacement parts.
The site isn't up to date on the HPs. Big discussion on it on the 1911 forum in the hi power section. I'm "Andy Taylor" on that forum.

http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=464329

OneSevenDeuce
September 3, 2014, 09:33 AM
Dentite, that's some fine work!

Lucky, thanks for the link!

Pilot
September 3, 2014, 07:58 PM
I feel I should chime in lol. I found this at an auction 2 years ago sitting all alone new in it's box. no one was ever looking at it. At the time I had never heard of a hi-power. (kinda new to firearms) but I loved the way it felt so I bid on it. Got it for $500 out the door. Choked a bit on the price since I didn't come prepared to buy anything and suffered some buyers remorse. only much later did I discover that it was a pretty good deal.

Ironically, it sparked a feverish interest in 2 tone firearms.

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee207/chase-aise/Browning/IMG_3210.jpg
You scored a nice, adjustable sight BHP "Practical". They were out in numbers when I bought by "Silver Chrome" model in 1994. Very, very nice, and a great find!

OneSevenDeuce
September 5, 2014, 12:37 PM
Slight update: I added Navidrex stocks to my Hi-Power. The Altamonts were thinner than the factory stocks, but I wanted just a bit thinner than that. These fit the bill marvelously. If it were possible for a Hi-Power to feel even better in my hand, this is it.

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f62/runfuret/ND1_zpsaf79f93c.jpg

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f62/runfuret/ND2_zps59064a51.jpg

Rock185
September 5, 2014, 04:23 PM
OneSeven, nice guns there sir. I'm a Hi Power fan too and have owned probably more than my share since the 1960s,i.e., pre-T, "T"s, "C"s, MkII, MKIIIs, GP Comps, INGLIS, etc. The T and C-series are nicely blued, have a lighter main/hammer spring (generally makes for slighty lighter trigger pull) but is hampered by the tiny sights, safety,etc. I've found slide/frame fit of the MKIIIs to be superior to the T and C series guns I've owned. For actual shooting, I much prefer the MKIIIs with the better sights, larger/usable ambi safety,etc. The Ts and Cs are real pretty though, and collectors seem to love them;-)

BTW, I have the thin Navidrex grips on my current GP, Spegels, Nills, Hogues on some of the others. The Navidrex are the thinest I've used, but I haven't tried the thin VZs yet.

anothernewb
September 5, 2014, 04:29 PM
okay not to derail the posts here, but since there seems to be a few hipower owners looking, I have a question. My saftey is tight. as in tight enough that if it were a PD situation, I'd never be able to thumb it off in time. It takes a concentrated effort to move. Any suggestions as to where to look to see where it's binding?

OneSevenDeuce
September 5, 2014, 04:37 PM
Rock185, I got a pair of the VZs at about the same time I got the Navidrex. Measuring with calipers, they are slightly wider than the Navidrex. That is the reason the Navidrex are on my MK III rather than the VZs.

Anothernewb, My T series used to be that way. Just took a little repetition to get it to smooth out a bit.

OneSevenDeuce
September 5, 2014, 04:39 PM
BTW, Rock, that's a nice collection you have there!

Monac
September 5, 2014, 04:56 PM
A High Power is one of those guns you have to shoot in order to understand why it is so popular. My High Power has kind of a rough finish (it's one of the Inglis copies made in India) but it handles beautifully and, to me, is one of the most pleasant 9mms to shoot. I was surprised at how good the trigger was, too.

OneSevenDeuce
September 5, 2014, 05:17 PM
Yup. That's all you hear about it. Everyone who picks it up seems to love it, regardless of hand size.

JRH6856
September 5, 2014, 05:53 PM
The BHP had always been my "grail" gun. In 1981, I traded a S&W 28 for this C series (72C). I added the ambi safety and Bomar sights.
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=202389&stc=1&d=1409950273

OneSevenDeuce
September 5, 2014, 06:00 PM
Your picture doesn't seem to be working.

OCM
September 5, 2014, 06:06 PM
Since everyone is showing off their "New" BHP's I thought an "Oldie But Goodie" would be in order. Pre war 1938 Eastonian contract, tanget sights, EV on backstrap with shoulder stock slot. Has German holster, 2 wa104 magizines.

OneSevenDeuce
September 5, 2014, 06:08 PM
No picture there either.

OCM
September 5, 2014, 06:31 PM
Maybe the picture will work now

OneSevenDeuce
September 5, 2014, 06:33 PM
Yup! Looks great! Even the "history" marks (what I call pitting). That's one to cherish.

RainDodger
September 5, 2014, 11:02 PM
I gotta say, anothernewb, that is one gorgeous handgun you have there. I've never been a real fan of the two-tone, but yours just hits the right note with me. I hope you enjoy it. If you don't, just shoot me an IM and I'll take care of it for you just based on the picture. :)

Mosin Bubba
September 6, 2014, 03:50 PM
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f62/runfuret/1514624_10151992553596845_1294087946_n_zps72020975.jpg

Now THAT is a good-looking pistol

OneSevenDeuce
September 6, 2014, 04:12 PM
Thanks, it's one of my faves!

damienph
September 6, 2014, 06:20 PM
This is a great thread! You guys have some beautiful Hi-Powers and some good photographt skills as well.

My only Hi-Power is a Belgian 1969C. It's seen a lot of use and apparently hasn't always been stored properly. I am more of a 1911 shooter (5) but I can certainly see a couple more Hi-Powers in my future.

http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee484/damienph/pistols/HiPowerR_zps7b0b5f45.jpg

Photography lessons wouldn't hurt either...

OneSevenDeuce
September 6, 2014, 06:46 PM
There is something about a Hi Power with some usage marks. It's like a scuffed up old 1911. Just screams "history". If you ask me you are taking fine pictures. Then again, the Hi Power is a looker anyway!

VINTAGE-SLOTCARS
September 6, 2014, 07:42 PM
I just put a M-III, in jail yesterday!!!!! I've wanted one for over 35 years, can't wait !!!

OneSevenDeuce
September 7, 2014, 09:15 AM
Waiting periods suck! But glad you are getting a great gun!

dogmush
September 7, 2014, 10:51 AM
I love shooting my Hi-Power's.

I have two. A mid-to-late 50's FN and a newer FN MkII. Both are great guns.

Here's a pic of the older one. It came to me with Pachmeyer grips, but I just felt wood was more appropriate. Those are Houge wood panels. It still shoots great.

My MkII is in the midst of a tear down and customize project, so no pictures. It's also FN marked. It's getting a C&S ignition kit, ambi safety, all new springs, new sights and a refinish. Then after testing it'll take a spot in my CCW lineup. Great old guns that shoot very well.

FWIW, I got both of mine from Sarco for ~$400/ea. just wait on the deals.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a199/dogmush/Weapons/BHPCover1.jpg (http://s11.photobucket.com/user/dogmush/media/Weapons/BHPCover1.jpg.html)

OneSevenDeuce
September 7, 2014, 12:22 PM
Wow, those are spectacular deals! Can't wait to see the MK III. What kind of finish are you putting on it?

dogmush
September 7, 2014, 12:39 PM
Matte Hard chrome. Thinking of having the slide flats polished, similar to huntershooter's on page 1. Depends on how deep the rust goes.

It's a funny story, I actually bought the first one planning to rip it down and do a "Modern CCW" conversion. But when I picked it up it was in too nice a shape to do that to. Internal extractor, mostly complete original finish, thumb print. I liked it too much as is.

So I ordered another. The MkII is much more what I needed. FN marked, but nasty, painted (ish) finish, that is like 30% gone, nothing really cool, but a solid frame, slide and barrel. Great base for a build. I spent this morning polishing the sear lever. I've been dry firing it for a couple hours, trying to decide if I want to stone a secondary angle on the sear to get rid of that last bit of creep in the trigger.

rodinal220
September 7, 2014, 01:18 PM
Those are both really sweet pieces. The P35 is my preferred 9mm next to my HK P7. The Browning has always felt really good in my hands over "modern" nines that hold a few more rounds. I like Glocks and SIGs too,but I always go for the BHP first.

OneSevenDeuce
September 7, 2014, 04:30 PM
Dogmush, that sounds like an interesting project. I hope you post pictures and your thoughts after you've gotten a chance to shoot it.

anothernewb
September 9, 2014, 01:04 PM
I gotta say, anothernewb, that is one gorgeous handgun you have there. I've never been a real fan of the two-tone, but yours just hits the right note with me. I hope you enjoy it. If you don't, just shoot me an IM and I'll take care of it for you just based on the picture. :)
a fine offer, and thanks for your service. I can guarantee it will be available for sale upon shortly after the event of my passing.:D

Although I should note that I have no plans for that soon.

johnnydollar
September 9, 2014, 10:57 PM
The P35 is my preferred 9mm next to my HK P7.
I'm with you there. I loved the BHP more than any gun I'd ever shot--until I shot a P7. I've never been the same since....BTW, some really nice HP's in this thread.

saemetric
September 9, 2014, 11:32 PM
My only one with tangent sights and Esmeralda grips. From about 1994

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn147/saemetric/AE06037E-56FD-4E78-808C-52046AE803EE_zpsdyvnxabd.jpg (http://s303.photobucket.com/user/saemetric/media/AE06037E-56FD-4E78-808C-52046AE803EE_zpsdyvnxabd.jpg.html)

sub-moa
September 10, 2014, 01:13 AM
245NWxxxxx ?

OneSevenDeuce
September 10, 2014, 09:46 AM
Saemetric, that is awesome! Now I want one with tangent sights.

bannockburn
September 10, 2014, 10:03 AM
saemetric

Love those grips and the tangent rear sight is very retro looking!

Comrade Mike
September 10, 2014, 10:12 AM
May I add my hi power to the circle?


202609

OneSevenDeuce
September 10, 2014, 01:16 PM
Looks great Comrade. Hi-Power and "ugly" hardly ever mix. Of course, THIS might has been an exception. Yuck!

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f62/runfuret/58967_1_zps38f35fa6.jpg

JRH6856
September 10, 2014, 05:55 PM
#66 And I was wondering why you didn't post a higher resolution pic. :uh-oh:

tarosean
September 10, 2014, 08:47 PM
Here is my favorite.....

http://i1265.photobucket.com/albums/jj507/tarosean/IMG_0276_zps895fcd56.jpg (http://s1265.photobucket.com/user/tarosean/media/IMG_0276_zps895fcd56.jpg.html)

OneSevenDeuce
September 10, 2014, 10:32 PM
tarosean, where does that slide stop come from?

tarosean
September 10, 2014, 11:39 PM
^ Cylinder and Slide, It was their extended slide stop. Although its stamped RDIH from a company in Germany (If I recall Correctly)

The gun also sports their (C&S) trigger and internals...

OneSevenDeuce
September 11, 2014, 04:57 AM
Interesting. I don't ever recall seeing one like that from C&S.

mattk
September 11, 2014, 09:02 AM
My house has two bhps. One is my night stand gun and the other is my wife's.

tarosean
September 11, 2014, 09:14 AM
^

Here it is..

http://www.cylinder-slide.com/index.php?app=ccp0&ns=prodshow&ref=CS0036HC

sirgilligan
September 11, 2014, 10:02 AM
If it was not for the Browning Hi-Power I would have stopped shooting for pleasure and practice a about four years ago. I thought I had got to where I couldn't shoot well anymore and had accepted it. Then after a fit with a gun jamming all the time I traded it for a Browning Hi-Power. I choose it simple because it was a Browning. My Dad preferred Browning and gave me a Browning 22 Semi-Auto when I was around 8 years old. So I was just happy to have a nice looking gun. Then I shot it. No lie, first shot was exactly, and I mean exactly where I aimed. The following shots came in a nice close group. I was smiling. Soon I traded for another and got completely rid of brand X.

Now, I know the T series holds a special place because of its finish, but I don't think it has anything on the model I own.


http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uDXl1_-r4DY/Trl0fu2f4mI/AAAAAAAAAjY/QaRcHcIg2sM/s1600/B2.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VHKaZ1sdDNQ/Trl0fgE9lJI/AAAAAAAAAjg/JCZC3ZlN4qw/s1600/B3.jpg


Here are the results of the first shots. We all know the first shots are a bit tricky, trying to control an unfamiliar trigger. I have shaky hands anyway.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DGU21KNEyC4/Us13bbzWhKI/AAAAAAAAD6A/reFVGBJDE9o/s1600/bhp_first_shots.png

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uXT10f6azFQ/UprAg-29-qI/AAAAAAAADy4/JY1zbTUkxC4/s640/bhp_7_1.jpg

OneSevenDeuce
September 11, 2014, 10:10 AM
sirgilligan,

That's a BHP success story if I ever heard one! Is that the factory finish on yours?

sirgilligan
September 11, 2014, 10:35 AM
sirgilligan,

That's a BHP success story if I ever heard one! Is that the factory finish on yours?
Absolutely a factory finish. The photo was taken outside on our deck with the Browning Safari .30-06 and two BHP's on top of our Kentucky Wildcats blanket. It was a nice day and the photos do the BHP's justice.

OneSevenDeuce
September 11, 2014, 10:40 AM
Wildcats eh? Here's all I have to say about that!

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f62/runfuret/dropdown_athletics_zps5f122d35.png

Louisville is my alma mater. lol

sirgilligan
September 11, 2014, 10:55 AM
BHP's, Wildcats, Cards, they are all good in my opinion.

Born and raised in Kentucky. My Aunt's house was about two miles for Churchill Downs. I grew up on a farm near Glasgow.

OneSevenDeuce
September 11, 2014, 10:57 AM
The love of Hi-Powers spans all sorts of divides. Apparently even Nazis liked them. Although I can't get behind them anymore than I can the Wildcats. ;)

sub-moa
September 11, 2014, 12:50 PM
^ Cylinder and Slide, It was their extended slide stop. Although its stamped RDIH from a company in Germany (If I recall Correctly)

The gun also sports their (C&S) trigger and internals...

FWIW, that Slide Stop/Release sold/installed by C&S here in the US originated with R.D.I.H./SPRL...of Liege, Belgium, as a component of their SFS (Safe Fast Shooting) Kit for the FN BHP. An SFS Kit was developed...and sold/installed by C&S, for the 1911 as well. The SFS mechanism itself is an outgrowth of FN's HP-FA (Fast Action) design of the mid-'70s, just installed in a regular BHP.

Tarosean: I assume C&S did a trigger job when they installed their Wide Trigger? Have you ever had the opportunity to put it on a scale?

tarosean
September 11, 2014, 04:10 PM
Tarosean: I assume C&S did a trigger job when they installed their Wide Trigger? Have you ever had the opportunity to put it on a scale?

Yes they did a trigger job, Its been a few years since I put a scale on it, so Id hate to blurt out a number. Since my mind is somewhat like swiss cheese now-a-days.

Seat of the pants, only my semi-custom 1911's have superior lighter triggers and most of those are in the 2-3lb range.

Currently the kids have destroyed my scale and I keep forgetting to order another.. :banghead:

sub-moa
September 11, 2014, 06:32 PM
Just wondered...thank you Sir :D

ApacheCoTodd
September 17, 2014, 08:20 PM
I've let a "NATO" and a very pretty Portuguese build go in the past but these two remain.
A '58 30-06 High Power and '61 Hi Power.

I do kinda miss that NATO pistol.

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