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FEG PJK-9HP Opinions?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Dr.magnum, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. Dr.magnum

    Dr.magnum Active Member

    I traded for this recently. It is a high power clone. It has a raised vent rib, good bluing, fixed sight. It is marked as a Kassnar import.
    I have heard the older ones are better made, is this true? Hopefully I'll get out to shoot it today, I've got the day off but it's really cold right now.
    Can I use cheap ammo, like Wolf, Silver Bear, etc., or should I stick with Win. white box? Thanks.
  2. carolinaman

    carolinaman Well-Known Member

    Hi there Dr. Magnum,

    Back in September 2004, I got the HP itch and never having owned one searched for one high and low locally until I ran into a FEG PJK-9HP that had languished in a gunshop for 2 years NIB.

    The salesman made a great "got to get it out of inventory deal" and I purchased it. It has become one of my favorite handguns and I have since bought a BHP Mark III, a Argentine FM and a 76C HP classic!

    My only gripe is that there are some FN parts that need fitting to replace. However, it is a great shooter and I do carry it as my CWP handgun. It has been accurate and flawlessly reliable from day one.


    fegarmy has a long and historical lineage in European Firearms Manufacturing and Kassner, aka KBI now Charles Daly, has a lifetime warranty on their firearms. Feg also provided parts for the Isreali Mark I Kareem and most recently the Charles Daly HP.

    I shoot quite a bit of Winchester White Box/CCI Brass cased ammo in mine without any problems. I have not tried Wolf or Silver Bear.


  3. BryanP

    BryanP Well-Known Member

    I bought one used within the past year or so. It had a truly awful (extremely heavy) trigger. I have no idea if it was that way from the factory or if it was buggered by some home gunsmith, but a quick trip to my local smith fixed that problem. After that the only problem I've had with it can be traced to one of the magazines I bought. It's mainly a range toy and it's not the prettiest thing it in the world, but it's accurate and reliable.
  4. atblis

    atblis Well-Known Member

    I had one briefly

    It was absolutely beautiful. Some of the best blueing I've ever seen. I've been told the PJK-9HP is a true Hipower clone. The newer FEGs are not the same. This made it difficult to sell at the gunshow because everbody was like "I can go get a new one for xxx". Yes, but that's not the same gun.

    The trigger was truly awful. It needed a new sear and maybe a hammer. However for the $225 dollars I payed for, I would easily have dumped another hundred or two just to get it right. In the end I got rid of it because it bit the living crap out of my hand.

    I would definitely recommend buying one, just plan on doing some work on it.
  5. carolinaman

    carolinaman Well-Known Member

    Hi there,

    Yes, the FEG PJK-9HP is not renown for its silky smooth trigger pull.

    My fix for that was to remove the magazine safety, replace the trigger return spring with a C&S X-tra power trigger return spring and do some judious internal polishing with 600 grit emery cloth.

    Now, it has the best trigger pull rivaling more expensive guns in my collection.

    Here is an updated picture of my PJK-9HP:


    There isn't a "free lunch" when you buy an inexpensive handgun and the FEG was worthy of the effort.

    Last edited: Nov 29, 2005
  6. Dr.magnum

    Dr.magnum Active Member

    Well, I got out in the cold and tried it out. It shot great with Independence ammo and Brown Bear, both FMJ. It seemed to like the Brown Bear better. I was shooting at a 2x4 at about 12 yards and chewed it up.
    Next question, will aftermarket HP grips fit it? I've got dark walnuts, I was thinking about some exotic wood. Thanks.
  7. carolinaman

    carolinaman Well-Known Member

    Hi there,

    Some aftermarket grips will fit right out of the box and some will not particularly with custom wood.

    Since there were minute variations in the dimensions of HP frames Grip cut outs, some need a little fitting and others none at all.

  8. larryf1952

    larryf1952 Well-Known Member

    Very nice looking handgun, carolinaman. I'd be glad to have that one in my safe any day. I own a P9RK, and likewise have been pleased with it.
  9. HPJeep

    HPJeep Well-Known Member

    I've got one and a World War II Inglis Hi Power. I love them both. The FEG was NIB and it was cheap. It has worked without a hiccup for 2000 plus rounds. I shoot whatever I have on hand whether surplus or new stuff. Great gun for the money!
  10. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    FEG's varied greatly in fit and finish... while the 'early' PJK-9HP's were clones, later guns used cheaper machining of the slide cuts... but they remain a heck of a good pistol for the money.

    The current Charles Daly HP is a true clone.
  11. Dr.magnum

    Dr.magnum Active Member

    I hope I'm not asking too many questions here, but-----I was looking at auctions to compare my gun to others. One thing I noticed was that I didn't see any others with a raised vent rib on the slide. Mine has it. It doesn't look like an aftermarket, there's no name stamped on it anywhere. Was that just an odd variation? If I can get my daughter to show me how, maybe I can get a pic posted. Thanks.
  12. carolinaman

    carolinaman Well-Known Member

    Hi there,

    Yes, the earlier production FEG PJK-9HP's came with the raised rib and semi ramp front sights.

    FEG has change the design in small ways over the years according to the "percieved" market appeal of their products.

  13. Mad Magyar

    Mad Magyar Well-Known Member

    It's so refreshing to read nice comments on a Hungarian pistol w/o being called a POS, unlike my poor, maligned, & abused LLama..:uhoh: I've not seen a FEG in these parts for a long time except on the internet.
  14. Tropical Z

    Tropical Z Well-Known Member

    The only vent rib FEG's I've seen are the FP-9's.That's what I have and it's been a good gun.Trigger isn't as bad as most people claim.
  15. carolinaman

    carolinaman Well-Known Member

    Hi there,

    Yes, they are a well kept secret and I know I lot of Hi Power afficianados that own them:

    It's suprising, but the fit and finish on mine is better than my Browning Mark III.

  16. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    I'd agree the vent rib model was called the FP-9

    FEG made Hi-powers for Mauser called the SA-80... nobody caught on that they weren't made in Germany.

    I've about melted the bluing off the grip of mine, but the rest of the pistol is dark and shiny.
  17. Dave R

    Dave R Well-Known Member

    I have an older one. True clone, as far as I can tell. A BHP extractor fit it fine...

    I really like it.
  18. mbott

    mbott Well-Known Member

    Like carolinaman, my first HP itch was satisfied with the PHK-9HP. Still have it even after adding a .40 Browning and a 9mm FN to the collection. Solid, well made and accurate. Couldn't salvage the the trigger with the mag disconnect, so it's been removed. It's the only one where I've had to take the additional step of removing the disconnect to get a decent trigger.

  19. BHPshooter

    BHPshooter Well-Known Member

    Yep, if it has a raised vent rib, then it's an FP-9. I owned one until about 2 months ago. They're pretty good guns, especially for the money.

    Enjoy the heck out of it!
  20. res1b3uq

    res1b3uq Well-Known Member


    I was surprised when you said your pistol worked well on WWB. I have a PJK and a Charles Daly. They both have problems with WWB. I have used quite a few different brands of ammo, and that is the only brand I ever had any problems with.

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