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Browning High Power Magazine

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by planetmobius, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. planetmobius

    planetmobius Well-Known Member

    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?
  2. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Well-Known Member


    Goes away only if you remove the magazine disconnect.

    This thing is pushing against the magazine at all times.


    Like this.


    Leaves marks on the mags like this.


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


    Be careful not to scratch.


    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012
  3. sirgilligan

    sirgilligan Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. planetmobius

    planetmobius Well-Known Member

    Thanks. At least I know now that its not a defect.
  5. 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.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012
  6. omcf

    omcf Well-Known Member

  7. Dentite

    Dentite Well-Known Member

    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.



    After re-installing the trigger:

  8. johnmcl

    johnmcl Well-Known Member


    You positively give me a heart attack seeing a 12 ton press applied against a BHP. :)
  9. ku4hx

    ku4hx Well-Known Member

  10. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Well-Known Member

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


  11. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    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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