Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by ExAgoradzo, Sep 9, 2016.
If you get hammer bite, why not install a loop hammer?
I carry 2 different BHPs currently. Both ride in a Milt Sparks VMII IWB holster.
First is a MKIII worked on by Jim Garthwaite.
The Second is a Lightweight Alloy Framed FN which was worked on for me by Don Williams of The Action Works. Weights the same as a Glock 19.
I have also carried a P228/CZP01/S&W 3914/Kahr CW9/Sphinx Compact/Sphinx Sub-compact/Multiple 1911s etc....
The Browning always finds its way back on to the belt because it is one of the guns I shoot the best. It simply fits my hand. If you get hammer bite I would swap the hammer with a C&S or Novak no bite hammer. If you want a ambi safety stick with the factory. If you want a single sided safety look at C&S or a smith like Williams or Garthwaite that will make a custom one for you. Sights are personal preference and there are night sights which fit the factory dovetails. If you want Novaks they can cut the slide to fit the sights. If you want other sights like Heine you have to have it milled.
They are not IMHO perfect carry guns right out of the box but can be made into a excellent carry gun with a few modifications. Don Williams offers a great carry package for a reasonable price.
I carried a BHP for a very long time in a CrossBreed IWB holster, and I like the gun much. And the fact that it is a SA gun is not a downside to it; it is one of its great assets.
But the older I get, the less inclined I am to carry daily a full-size gun, so I have gravitated to other smaller SA guns (also in CrossBreed holsters) such as the Springfield Armory EMP or the CZ RAMI. And even occasionally, beliefe it or not, a .22LR of similar action (e.g., Browning Black Label 1911-22 or M&P Compact 22).
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I have owned mine for around 25 years and used to carry it sometimes. It has nice balance and is a good shooter. I like BHP's and 1911's a lot, and I shoot them often. Over time, though, I have found that I am more comfortable with something DA for cc.
Good Lord yes, by all means.
Good enough for the SAS, good enough for a US citizen to carry concealed.
I use Mec Gar nickel plated magazines and Speer Gold Dots. I have had the mag safety removed; it improved the trigger tremendously. I put on an old pair of thin stocks (Spegels?) and it is good to go, nothing else needed IMO.
WVSig, you are a man of exquisite taste.
Since wvsig has to share...
My carry bhp, an inglis Chinese contract
Without the wood of course
Love my Hi-Power. Would never get rid of it. Never had a failure. A great range toy. Would I carry it? No. There are too many smaller carry guns out there with less weight.
In this state you can't carry a magazine that holds more than ten rounds. There are much smaller guns that can do that. My Glock 26 comes to mind.
capt.. if I had the same restriction, I would probably do the same, ok, maybe not a glock, but something smaller..
My favorite pistol by far.
Reliable, powerful if a bit heavy by today's standards. Remove the magazine disconnector, replace the safety if it's the small military type. 3 dot sights help. I've worn the bluing off the backstrap of my FEG clone carrying it, you might want to consider a cerakote type finish to modernize it for carry.
The evolution of the fighting pistol has come a long way since 1935.
Just something to consider.
Would you also consider that the evolution of the fighting pistol has come a long way since 1911???
Feel the same way about that gun???
I think everyone here has made the case for the BHP as a first-class carry gun.
Let me add this: I have owned three different Glock 19s, and one Glock 17. None were 100% reliable, and they were bone stock.
I have been shooting my BHP for over two years and it has NEVER failed to chamber, fire, or eject a round. It is accurate, a joy to carry, and brings pride of ownership.
Mine is the Mk III blued model, which comes with the extended safety and dovetailed three-dot sights (well, they are rectangles, more like Sig sights).
Not sure if you were talking to me, but I've considered it. I've actually got the back burner plan of buying a used surplus Hi Power and sending it off to Cylinder & Slide to get it all slicked up and perfect. I just don't have the $$ set aside for that yet.
That and I prefer to keep my carry guns stock except for night sights. Just my personal preference.
ACP, Like you i shoot my High Powers, have six and just do not have malfunctions with any of them, i also cannot recall any failures with my Mk II and III pistols and any of the defensive loads stuffed into them. My earlier model pistols have the humped feed ramp so they are fed FMJ as a steady diet. But back to the original question, i am no longer young and spry so a light weight Kimber Micro or Sig P 238 is my daily companion.
I think the BHP is a great choice for carry due to it's slimness and relatively short grip. Flush fit 15 round mags are available from Mec Gar. I don't carry mine as it is the factory MK III Silver Chrome model with the adjustable rear sight, and tall front sight. All stock. It is a great shooter, and if I replaced the sights with something else, I'd certainly carry it, but I have a CZ-75D PCR that is already set up for that.
I still carry my BHP Practical at times, although my most common carry gun now is a stack Walther PPS just because it's so much smaller and lighter. For many years the BHP was the only gun I carried, incredibly reliable, I've put many thousands of rounds through them with zero issues. I also shot BHP's in .40 in IDPA.
I carry a relatively stock mkIII (hogue grips, deleted mag disconnect) every day in a Bianchi IWB 1911 holster, along with a spare mag in a safariland leather pouch weak side on my belt.
I have zero problems with hammer bite, the stock sights, or the weight of the thing.
And with my manner of dress (loose clothes) and my size (6'2", 200lbs) printing is not an issue.
I suppose there may be pistols out there that are more "modern" or whatever, but no other pistol has ever become an extension of my hand like the BHP does.
Just point it, even in haste, and she's right on target. That quality counts for A LOT.
The only time I deviate from it is when, for whatever reason, it's just too big.
Those times I go to a sig 238 (and feel under gunned the whole time)
The pistol has evolved? Different materials, for better or worse... Nylon 6 vs steel, nylon 6 doesnt rust, but it sure can be deformed a lot easier..
striker vs. hammer, same diff. They work differently but do the same thing, propel a spike forward with the power of a spring, where the spring is located is about the only difference. Not sure any are a clear winner, just different.
ONE big difference though is that most of the "modern fighting pistols", ok.. of the ones out there, militaries have adpoted the glock, the cz 75, .. any others I'm missing?
Glock - grip angle doesnt work for everyone.. so it may or may not be an improvement over the 80 year old design of the BHP.
Cz75 - plastic or steel, same diff and hammer fired, so its a matter of materials and a different design (that has its plusses and minuses as well)
jr24 - actually it was to anyone getting hammer bite. I've owned several bhps, from very early post war (47ish), to my inglis, to a couple produced in the 90's, an FM in there too... I wont own one without a loop hammer now. This inglis, by far, is my favorite.. followed by the 47ish one I stupidly sold...
I carried the HiPower for a couple decades...owned a few different ones.
But, after I shot the G26, which I shot as well or better as the P35, I got rid of them.
If you own one there is nothing wrong with carrying them, they are great guns and while they have a few minor issues, none of them prevent them from being quality CCW pieces. I've shot my buddies several times and shoot it as well as I shoot my 1911s but no better than I shoot my Glock 19.
OTOH, I wouldn't BUY one today with the intention of using it as a carry piece. There are far too many excellent choices for far less money like the Glock 19, HK VP 9C, Sig 320 or even a good Commander sized 1911. And for the MONEY a new HP goes for these days you could have one heck of a well equipped poly gun. To me the advantages of the poly gun especially in hot humid climates, weight, and reliability in less than ideal condition far out weigh the nostalgia of a well designed firearm from a century ago. Is it obsolete? Nope, but it's no longer a first choice.
For a moment there I thought the OP meant Hi Point instead of High Power. I was scratching my head thinking that if I was leaving California I'd be so excited I might treat myself to something a little more upscale.
I needed that laugh.
Polymer framed guns are just like Nike sneakers paired with a suit - they get the job done, but Hi-Powers are like a pair of dress oxfords - they get the job done with style!
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