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Hi Power - FN vs FEG

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Waveski, Dec 5, 2019.

  1. WVsig

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    This is who I recommend for surplus BHPs. They are out of KY. The guy who runs it used to work for CDI AKA as Cole Distribution. There are three reasons I recommend them.

    https://www.gunbroker.com/Semi-Auto...4&Sort=13&View=1&Ch-manufacturerName=Browning

    1. The gun pictured in the auction is the one you get and the description and grading is accurate.
    2. They put the import mark on the barrel where it is only seen when you disassemble the gun.
    3. Their pricing is as good if not better than anyone else.
    For example this MKIII for currently $532 https://www.gunbroker.com/item/847234079

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  2. Waveski

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    That is a very clean example. I wonder why that vendor sells the HPs sans magazine?
     
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    a guess but....opens up more states to sell to without a headache of more email questions and mag capacity swapping, etc......in other words just easier for the seller, but I'm guessing.
     
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  4. WVsig

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    Also a lot of surplus mags are beat to hell so they have very little value. Mecgars are cheap. $20 or less from people like Greg Cote.
     
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    So, he doesn't have to ask about, or deal with, State magazine restrictions.
     
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  6. Waveski

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    Perhaps I should contact that outfit to see if they have correct magazines to sell.
     
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    What is incorrect about the Inglis HP mag?
     
  11. Waveski

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    So , for clarification , the Inglis magazines are correct for the Browning Hi Power?
     
  12. Sovblocgunfan

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    Inglis magazines are more appropriate for the Canadian-made Inglis HP. You’ll see these with collectors, really, more than heavy-duty shooting. Will they work in a FEG or Belgian HP? Yes, but you don’t NEED them.

    Mec-Gar runs fine in these guns. Don’t overthink it.
     
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  13. Waveski

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    I am thinking in terms of practicality. The Inglis mags seem to be of proper construction , and are attractively priced at $19.99 .
    If there is an advantage to the MecGar , which costs slightly more , I am interested to know.
     
  14. WVsig

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    I am not sure how many times I can say it. Mecgar makes the OEM mags for FN/Browning. If you bought a FN manufactured gun made in the last 30 years it came with Mecgar mags. FN stopped using alum followers because they offer ZERO advantage over modern plastic. With Mecgars you can also get 100% reliable 15 round mags. It is not that the Inglis mags are bad but unless you have a Inglis and are a collector these new old stock mags are nothing special. They are being sold by people like Classic as if they are valuable or rare but really they are neither. There is no practicality to them.
     
  15. Sovblocgunfan

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    Mec-Gar is nearly universally regarded as a decent quality magazine in just about about any gun. They are often discovered to be the makers behind many OEM mags that are shipped with the gun. There’s probably nothing wrong with the inglis units, but I can’t tell you anything about better/worse. Who knows who made the Inglis mags? Maybe Mec-Gar!
     
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    Considering that the Inglis pistols were Canadian-made during WW2, and that Mec-Gar is an Italian company, I’m thinking that’s probably not the case. ;)
     
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  18. WVsig

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    Those mags are new old stock which were not made during WW2. They were contract mags made for the Brits post WW2 in Toronto which is validated by the "RA" rollmark stamp on the mags. Again they are not bad mags but they are really collectors mags. They are certainly not what shipped with the OPs MKII.

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    Ah , MecGar is OEM for FM. For some reason Idid not catch that in your earlier post...
    Asked and answered.
     
  20. Waveski

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    While I have the attention of some HP guys , let me ask - how much is there to be gained by removing the mag safety in a Hi Power?
     
  21. WVsig

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    Everyone will tell you that it lowers the weight of the trigger pull. IMHO it does but not as much as people think it does. Take MKII or MKIII which has a 32lb mainspring/hammer spring and you put it on a trigger scale. It will give you a 7-8 lb trigger pull depending on the gun. Yank the mag disconnect out and you will see it drop 1-1.5lbs. Many people report it drops lower but if you dig deep you will find that they did not put it on a scale. It smooths the trigger out. It takes out some resistance and some drag which lot of people mistake for lower weight. It certainly feels better.

    Now this improvement does not come free. There is a cost. The BHPs rest is not super positive from the factory. It is not as distinct as say a Glock. When you remove the mag disconnect the reset gets even more vague. Some think it becomes mushy. If you yank the mag disconnect which I recommend you need to replace the trigger return spring as well. Get a Wolff 2 coil trigger return spring. It will make a more positive return spring.

    For me the gains out weight the negatives. I do it on every single BHP I own except the one which is the pre T internal extractor and is more of a collector than shooter. I still shoot it but not as much as others.
     
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    Reset ... That had not occurred to me but it makes sense. The magazine safety spring is compressed when the trigger is drawn back , so that spring plays a roll in reset.
    What is the degree of difficulty in swapping an HP trigger return spring?
     
  23. WVsig

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    Refer to my first post in this thread. LOL
     
  24. Waveski

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    Refer also to my response to that post.

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  25. Sovblocgunfan

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    If you can disassemble the trigger assembly and pull the disconnect out, you can swap the trigger return spring. I removed mine and put the same spring back in. It improved the trigger a great deal. Smoother, not gritty. Also added a certain tactile quality to the reset that wasnt there before.

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