Addicted to Hi Powers

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Nature Boy, Jun 12, 2021.

  1. a2x4bbl

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    Nice !!!! I’m looking for another one , what are they selling for ?
     
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    It is one of the most prolific pistols of all time. Its usage around the world dwarfs our beloved 1911. It was always a niche pistol in the US but for a decades it was the Glock in the rest of the world. Recently Ken Hackathorn and Mas Ayoob were talking about their favorite designs and Mas mentioned when he traveled and did training around the world at one time he always picked up in country or brought a BHP because they were everywhere and mags, replacement parts and 9mm ammo were easy to find.
     
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  3. bannockburn

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    Sounds exactly like my first Hi-Power, only you forgot to mention the 10+ lb. trigger pull to go along with all of the other little quirks of my T Series gun. I waited for a new and improved version to debut, which it did in the form of the MkII. Gone was the beautiful deep blue finish and finely checkered walnut stocks, replaced with an extremely matte (I hesitate to even call it "bluing"), blued finish and some truly awkward feeling plastic grips (which were immediately replaced with a complete set of Pachmayrs). What it lacked in appearance it more than made up for in performance with an ambi safety that was easy to use, sights that I could actually see, and a trigger pull that didn't need any work to be done on it; yes, it was that good, right out of the box!
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  4. tark

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    Wouldn't know about the trigger pull, I've never fired my gun and neither has anyone else save for the person who proof tested it. It is a 99% gun. I haven't even dry fired it...don't know if that is injurious to gun or not. It has the tiniest bit of edge wear at the front of the slide. Probably from pulling it out of the case too often to drool on it. But I think i will dry fire it now, just once, to see how that trigger feels. One time can't hurt.
     
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  5. tark

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    Well, bannockburn, you're right. It sucks. 11 pounds on my trigger pill gauge.
     
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  6. Ed4032

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    Everyone should have three. You did great!!
     
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    Yeah, seems like if you have a BHP and a FAL you're probably gonna be OK in the third world.
     
  8. bannockburn

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    Well at least I had no problem selling it at a gun show and made considerable profit on the transaction too! Used some of the money to buy a MAB PA-15. Now that all steel gun was kind of heavy but it had a decent trigger and sights on it and could handle just about any 9mm. ammo, from mild to wild, that you could load in the magazine. Had a neat rotary barrel locking system that handled everything from light powder puff loads to full throttle rounds without even batting an eye at them. Certainly not as svelte or as comfortable in your hand as a Hi-Power was but definitely a very decent gun in it's own way.
     
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  9. tark

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    And guess who had a huge hand in designing both of those guns! You guessed it, Dieudonne Saive. While maybe not in the same class as JMB, Saive was a prolific weapons designer, who deserves far more credit than he gets.
     
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  10. tark

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    I had a chance to examine and fire one of those years ago. It was a fantastic gun! I could hit a orange sized target @ 25 yards, every shot. It seemed to have a "soft recoil" and the trigger was decent. I was very impressed.
     
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  11. mokin

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    So maybe not quite as photogenic as some of the others displayed here but I love it. It'll hold it's own when up against any plastic striker fired pistol. Plus, a BHP has class!
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    Thanks Nature Boy for starting this thread. Let's see more pics.
     
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    The PA-15 I had was also very accurate too and felt recoil was also rather soft with just about any ammo you ran through it. But it didn't have quite the ergonomics of a Hi-Power; kind of seemed a little wide and squared off in the grip frame. Sights could have been a little larger too. All in all though it was a very solid and reliable service pistol.
     
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  13. GeoDudeFlorida

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    At least until the next one. ;)

    You can't have too many and you can never have them all so you might as well enjoy what you can get. :)

    Nice find!
     
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    In my humble opinion that honor goes to the BAR, or M1918. For its time, it was remarkably efficient.
     
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    An elegant weapon for a more civilized age.

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    Only one for me!!! but it is a practical! hi power2.jpg
     
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    The one I've got, which is actually my dad's, has a very nice trigger breaking it about three or three and a half pounds... I can't remember.
    I'd actually take the range and shoot it more regularly except it chews on the web of my hand and the sights really do suck....
    Also wish it was just a little bit larger.


    Still they're such pretty guns and I could see collecting them just because of that.
     
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    Those grips are drop dead beautiful. Who makes them? I want, I want, I want... My "T" series has the single side safety. Do they make grips for my gun?
     
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    Hi Powers tend to be more accurate for me, even with unmodified, mag disconnect safety triggers intact and tiny sights. It must be because they fit my hand so well.
     
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    Dieudonne Saive had a knack for ergonomics.
     
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    I got these Hogue grips for Christmas a couple of years ago. They're just marked "Browning Hi-Power", no other designation given. These are Rosewood; they also have ones made from Pau Ferro, Goncalo Alves, Kingwood, and Cocobolo, both uncheckered and checkered.
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  23. tark

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    Thanks, johnmcl. Im going to their website now.
    Thank you also bannockburn...
     
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  24. Nature Boy
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    more than they were a year ago ;)
     
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    The first step to recovery is recognizing you have a problem. And what a wonderful problem you have. I always take time to look at the nice High Power Pictures you post. My dad has two of them.
     
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