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Who has shot the Browning HP-SFS?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Zerstoerer, Oct 14, 2006.

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  1. Zerstoerer

    Zerstoerer Member

    Dec 5, 2005
    Desert Southwest
    Anybody have any experience with the Browning HP-SFS (Safe-Fast-Shooting) version?
    Always hoped for a DA HP, how does that 'press hammer forward - push on safety to recock' play out in the real world?
  2. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 19, 2006
    Buddy was stationed in Nebraska when C&S first started importing the SFS from RDIH, and he had C&S do the install on his. The system works exactly as advertised. Push the hammer in and the safety goes up, push the safety down and the hammer goes back. There was no discenable difference to me between shooting my standard Hi-Power and his that had the SFS. The extended slide stop is also a nice touch and functions quite well.
  3. dogtown tom

    dogtown tom Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    Plano, Texas
    -Hammer down looks "safer" to general public
    -Single action trigger pull same as any other HiPower
    -no falling hammer scaring the #$@# out of me when I decock
    -teenie weenie hammer is just about snagproof
    -teenie weenie hammer doesn't bite your hand

    What would I change about SFS?

    -a bigger hammer, preferably a ring hammer- the SFS hammer doesn't have the ease of thumbcocking other HP hammers do.
  4. Janos Dracwlya

    Janos Dracwlya Member

    Dec 25, 2005
    +1 to DogtownTom for the suggestion of changing the SFS hammer to one with a ring.

    I bought one this last spring and I love it - it's my first HiPower. The trigger pull was great (and with the magazine disconnect removed, it's marginally better). I have had no problems with it (other than one light strike in the first 50 rounds) and now have three or four hundred rounds through it (haven't been getting to the range as often as I would like). It is a little disconcerting that you can't do anything with the safety unless the hammer is cocked and pushed down (and then you can only thumb it down to disengage) but that's the nature of the thing.
  5. Shear_stress

    Shear_stress Member

    Apr 27, 2005
    I've rarely been accused of living in the real world, but I do own an FN High-power SFS. It is a wonderful gun that retains the grace, accuracy, and reliability of the classic Browning/Saive design. As dogtown Tom mentioned, the bobbed SFS hammer has the additional benefit of completely eliminating hammer bite.

    I do have two complaints about the system. First, the starboard-side "re-cocker" lever is plastic, which I don't care for. Second, the use of the lever scratches the pretty finish. In other words: non-issues.
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