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Browning Hi-Power Grips

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Wisco, Nov 3, 2017.

  1. Wisco

    Wisco Member

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    I found some Hogue wood grips for $35 - open package discount. Hopefully they’ll work well for me.

    Once the Hi-Power comes back from Novak I’ll post a photo.
     
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  2. RainDodger

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    Those rosewood grips look like Herrett grips. Not sure if they're still available or not, but I have a set and like them a lot. They're quite thin. I think I got them from Brownell's years ago.
     
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    Yep, tipoc's link to the Herret picture... I have a set of those rosewood grips. They're quite thin. I rotate them around... I get tired of one set of grips and move to another for a while. Anything but the factory grips! Since I don't carry the Hi-Power, I have the "kind-of-ugly-Pachmayrs-but-feel-great" grips on mine. :)
     
  6. bannockburn

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    Agreed...almost anything but those awful factory grips that came with my Mk.II. The design of those grips was horrible and I swapped them out immediately with a full set of Pachmayrs. Have toyed with the idea of getting a nice checkered pair of wood grips (a pair of Craig Spegel's black walnut grips would be nice!); just because me and the old Hi-Power deserve them! Maybe some day...
     
  7. Wisco

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    F34058CC-A2B8-45A3-A35A-17D39EA2E1DF.jpeg 9C47CC21-42FD-498B-B31D-3D0FF1C99773.jpeg I got my grips. Different checkering and coloring than I ordered, so I’m going to be asking for a further discount or for the retailer to ship the ones I wanted. I was supposed to get the wood Hogue grips pictured earlier in this thread - solid color, not the striped treatment.

    Maybe it’ll look better with the whole pistol...

    I’ll probably make a new thread about this Hi-power when my slide is back from Novak on Monday. It was a lucky find and funny story.
     
  8. Mizar

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    I didn't know that Hogue makes/made full checkered grips - those look rather nice (despite being somewhat too colorful)!
     
  9. Wisco

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    No idea what I got here. I have a feeling I got a much more expensive set than I wanted.
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  10. WVsig

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    Those are not Hogue grips. Look at their site they do not have a full checkered grip. https://www.hogueinc.com/grips/browning?cat=595

    Any name on the inside of the stocks. They look Spegel like but the wood is not a high grade. Could be Navidrex Dymandwood rosewood.
     
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  11. Dr.Rob

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    These are Herret cocobolo grips. bbq2.JPG
     
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    Wisco,

    There is something different about your stocks. All of the Hogue stocks are not checkered all the way to the top. You can see that on the website. This means that Hogue has changed their design, or somehow back filled their inventory with another manufacturer.

    Neither one makes a lot of sense.

    I'm looking forward to seeing your slide work.
     
  14. WVsig

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    They are not Hogues. The profile is all wrong. They have no palmswell so my guess is they are Navidrex.
     
  15. Wisco

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    No markings at all.

    The fit is also a bit loose for my pistol.

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  16. WVsig

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    The BHP is known to be a hard fit for grips. Someone most likely "trimmed" the grips to "fit" their pistol which makes it not fit yours. If they were Spegels they would have his signature on the inside. I would get your money back if you can. You paid for Hogues that is not what you got.
     
  17. Wisco

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    Here’s the whole pistol. I’ve ordered some VZ grips and these “hogues” will be going back.

    One week from shipping to Novak and back to my doorstep. Monday to Monday. Brass bead front. Black rear.

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    Nice, very nice! Really like the brass bead front sight.
     
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    Installation looks perfect! I really like the way the rear sight lines up with the curve at the rear of the slide.
     
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    A beautiful gun. Those Novak boys know what they are doing.
     
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  21. Wisco

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    Thanks! I can’t say enough how pleased I am with the sights. I was hesitant to have such a clean pistol cut into for dovetails, but it turned out really well.

    I’ll be using Novak again when I need something done right and timely.
     
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    They did a great job. Even the bluing touchup around the dovetail milling is decent.

    It’s my first brass or gold front sight and injave to say I’m a big fan of the sights. Feels more intuitive than 3-dots.
     
  23. Wisco

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    Rather than post another thread and tell a long story, I’ll just put it here and try to condense it:

    A recent widow, maybe 45 years old, came into a local gun shop to sell this. Her husband bought it in 1973 after returning from Vietnam - he was an Army aviator and this was the only pistol he had, and only shot it the day he bought it she said. The shop ignored her and treated her rudely and when I had a chance out of earshot from the clerk to tell her the value, I told her she had a 95%ish condition pistol with an original Browning pouch and to not take a penny less than $700 cash. The shop would’ve priced it at $900-1000.

    We talked a bit about a lot of stuff while waiting on the clerk to finally assist either of us - turns out she needed some advice I was qualified to give and we exchanged info.

    I left the store without being helped and told her good luck. Not 15 minutes later she called me asked if I wanted to grab a cup of coffee and talk about her husband’s burial, veterans benefits, etc.

    She started off by telling me the gunshop offered her $200 for her “old browning 9mm” in maybe “80% condition.” She called them on their BS and walked. They tried to tell her they would reconsider, but she didn’t even turn around.

    I referred her to a better shop to sell it and then referred her to some Federal and State veterans affairs contacts for all the end of life, burial, etc, stuff she needed.

    We chatted over coffee for another 20 minutes or so and I had to take off. Before I stood up, she took the Browning case out of her purse and set it on the table (in the middle of the most liberal hangout coffee shop in the city, which I found highly amusing) and told me originally she just wanted it gone legally to a FFL, but she had no concerns about me and wanted me to have it and laughed about how it’s “only $200 anyway!”

    Seriously?

    She accepted another coffee another morning as partial payment, and then a dinner, but that’s where she stopped letting me pay for the pistol. Still under $200...

    So with the sights, grips, coffee and dinner, I’m into this Hi-Power for around $400
     
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    You did well!!
    Good for you looking out for the widow!
     
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    Doing good is it's own reward, and I encourage your good deed.

    And sometimes, doing good has tangible rewards. That's always nice, too.
     

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