Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by davidh5000, Nov 12, 2016.
You might be able to gently wear the cosmetic finish of the new hammer to make it match.
As best I can tell, by reading here, various histories from the period, and the comments of various WWII Arms experts, the story of guns that were sabotaged by Belgian workers (or by "slave" workers) is more likely myth than fact and something that occurred very infrequently. All weapons had to pass inspections by German military inspectors (and the gun shown in the photos has those inspection marks, Waffenamt). The gun in question has been modified (mag safety removed) and it may just be normal wear that caused the problem.
Any guns that were sabotaged, if such weapons exist (or existed), would have been found pretty quickly, and the people doing the work would also be found pretty quickly, too.
Fitting a sear might be tough for someone who hasn't done much home gunsmithing ... but installing the mag safety is within the range of abilities of anyone competent to change a spark plug in their lawnmower .
There are plenty of demos on line on YouTube, and you can pick up Stephen A. Camp's Hi Power Disassembly guide, which is invaluable for most Hi Power owners. It's still available from the old website and very reasonably priced. It's printed on heavy paper and each page is inclosed in a heavy clear plastic that seems impervious to gun solvents, etc.
Let me know if you think it is going to be too much, I've been interested in getting one of those for a while now.
And one more thing - the hammer on this gun is NOT original, it's not even an FN part. You need this: https://www.gunpartscorp.com/Products/1462360.htm
New style ring hammer will work also, but it won't be historically correct to the gun.
And if those parts alone can't fix the condition, what's next - a new barrel?!? You have a problem with safety to sear engagement - fix that first, keeping in mind that the safety is the prime suspect here. If you want a period correct hammer that is fine - get it first and then work on the safety. But if you only suspect that hammer and sear are damaged, without checking first, changing them will do nothing. Furthermore, if one of them is damaged you will witness a hammer follow right away.
A good gunsmith may be able to salvage the parts with a little work on the sear and hammer engagement or may have to replace the parts for safety. The job shouldn't require a specialist so if your lucky you can find someone local to do the work.
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