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Heirloom Precision BHP [pics]

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by MattTheHat, Sep 8, 2010.

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  1. MattTheHat

    MattTheHat Member

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    My Browning Hi Power just came back from Heirloom Precision. Ted did a sweet job on this baby. Can't wait to sneak over to the range and try her out. Note the seemless weld-up on the beaver tail. He also remedied what I call the stock 12/12 trigger. Twelve inches of pull and 12 pounds. MUCH better, and darned near 1911 like in feel!

    He also fabbed up a thumb safety, serrated the rear of the slide, flat topped the slide, installed a gold wire front sight, installed their own rear sight, stippled the frame (expertly, I might add), installed the ring hammer I supplied, and worked all manner of magic I'm discovering each time I examine the pistol.

    It's raining too hard to fetch the tripod from the car, so these pics are a bit sloppy. They certainly don't do justice to the pistol.

    If your BHP needs some work, I can highly recommend the boys at Heirloom!


    -Matt


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  2. Skinsanity

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    That , my friend, is just about as pretty as they get...now...if I only had a HP....hmmmmmm
     
  3. MattTheHat

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    It's funny. The BHP has always felt "right" in my hands. I simply had no idea how much better it could get. I mainly shoot 1911s, so the feel is very different, but the BHP always seemed to fit my freakishly large hands better. That being said, I generally don't care for the feel of other double stack pistols.

    Between the beaver tail, the stippling, the shape of Ted's thumb safety and the new trigger feel, it's simply feels perfect. Maybe the grips help too, as they are a bit thinner than the stock grips.

    I'd say that I would reserve judgement until I could get some lead down the pipe, but having other pistols that Ted has massaged, I know she'll shoot nicely too.


    -Matt
     
  4. vaupet

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    seeing this beauty just makes me curious for some pics of the other masaged ladies​
     
  5. MattTheHat

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    Here are a couple of my Delta Elite I got back from Ted late last fall. I screwed up the tang cuts during a grip safety install. Ted welded her back up and then did quite a bit of other work to her. I literally can't see where the new stainless and the old stainless were welded together. The man is an artist.

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  6. docnyt

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    Beautiful. Wish I had somebody local that did that kind of work.
     
  7. HPJeep

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    Very nice! I would have had the backstrap stippling go all the way to the top though. Just my preference. Beautiful work.
     
  8. 1KPerDay

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    Lovely stuff, gents. Congrats.
     
  9. chunk

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    beautiful bhp
     
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    Congrats, those are some beauties!
    Regards,
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  11. Rittmeister

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    That BHP is gorgeous.
     
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    The man IS an artisan of the first order! The HP is perhaps the best I have ever seen. The Delta Elite is nice too.Thank you for sharing.
     
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    Very nice work on both guns; especially the beavertail design. Between the two, I would definitely opt for the Hi-Power if given a choice. I had to laugh at your description of the stock trigger pull on your BHP; 12 inches of pull and 12 pounds! That brought back memories of a '66 Hi-Power I had that was off the scale as far as trying to measure the trigger pull weight. We estimated it to be somewhere around 14 to 16 pounds. A beautiful gun, complete with its trademark Browning blue finish and round hammer; it couldn't keep 5 shots on paper with that terrible trigger and those tiny sights.
     
  14. John Wayne

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    Just curious, but why serrate the back of the slide? So that it matches the serrated sight, or so that it reduces glare?
     
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    Beautiful pistol, and I really like the safety!! Congrats.
     
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    not a BHP fan, but heirloom does do some nice work :)
     
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    Very nice! :)
     
  18. MattTheHat

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    I know what you mean bannock, I couldn't shoot this one worth a darned either. Before sending it off, I removed the magazine safety and installed C&S' trigger pull reduction kit. There was still lots of take-up, but the trigger weight become much more normal. I could instantly shoot the pistol more accurately, so I know with Ted's work it will shoot even better. I'll post again when I know for sure when I step out to go to the "bank" a little later this AM. :)

    John, you are correct on both counts. The serrations on the rear of the slide do reduce glare. It also looks cool, especially when it matches the frequency of the lines on the rear sight.

    Now, where's that darned bank bag?

    -Matt
     
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    Ducked into the local indoor range on the way home for work this afternoon. As I anticipated, she shoots as good as she looks. I'd only run about 50 rounds through the pistol before sending her off. I put 100 through her today, and was quite impressed for a pistol I'm not used to shooting.

    I saved 7 shots for last. Stuck one of those 1" black stickers in the middle of an NRA 25-yard slow fire pistol target and ran it out to 25 yards. Aimed at the dot and took 7 shots. I knew at the time that I yanked the 2nd and 4th shots. The others seemed okay, but I sure can't see those little 9mm holes at that distance. I was a bit surprised when I ran the target up to where I could see the holes...

    The two yanked shots were still on the paper. The other five shots were in the top 2/3rds of the red part of the scoring circle. I realize this isn't bullseye shooting by any means, but for me, it's pretty darned impressive. And that was using WWB ammo. Makes me want to pop the 9mm dies into the press and hand load a couple hundred rounds and go try again.

    I'm more than just a little pleased with the pistol!


    -Matt
     
  20. Dr.Rob

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    Looks a lot like the Novak's HRT pistol.
     
  21. TriTone

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    Beautiful work! That's definitely something to be proud of owning! *drool*
     
  22. FIVETWOSEVEN

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    How much did they charge?
     
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    Oooooo........that's such a delicate topic!:eek::what::eek::D
     
  24. MattTheHat

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    I'd never admit it in print. I *KNOW* that would come back to bite me.


    -Matt
     
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    Very nice P-35.
     
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