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    Another Hi Power Thread

    Another forum which I frequent has several lovers of Hi Powers on it, and they managed to get me on a Hi Power rotation for today's carry. I thought there might be some BHP aficionados here. This is one of my MkIII guns, with mods by Wilson and yours truly. I don't recall exactly when, but Bill Wilson's shop used to do a nice beavertail addition on BHPs. I got this one done just before they quit doing them, in the early 90s, I think. I installed the C&S trigger and hammer, did a trigger job (about 5 lbs.), lightly beveled the mag well opening, stippled the frontstrap, triggerguard and backstrap, stuck on a tritium front sight, and put in a Wolff 18.5 lb. recoil spring. The "black parkerizing" is by Texas Armament Company in Brownwood. Grips are by Navidrex. The holster is a Brommeland Max-Con V.




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    That is a beautiful weapon.

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    Thanks, AZ! It carries and shoots just like it looks, too!

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    Sweet Hi-Power you have there sir. That beavertail is outragious.

    Mine sees a little time in the EDC rotation but now that I am retired and not bound to follow departmental policy for off duty carry I think I will slip it in a bit more.

    I just got a Garitty Changling holster so no reason not to start carrying the P-35 more.


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    Great looking BHP! Thank you for posting the photo.

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    Love the beavertail. I bobbed the hammer spur on mine because it bit.
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    Like the beavertail. That looks like a fighting handgun. very nice. i will step into the Hi-power market some day. Thanks for the pictures.
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    About a year ago I had the itch for a Hi Power. I looked at many but didn't like the fit and finish of the current Mk. III production models. The ambi safety also wasn't to my liking. I was then fortunate enough to come upon a vintage piece at a gun show in like new condition. Based on it's serial number it had been manufactured in '69. It still had it's original Browning leather zippered carrying case and factory manual. It's a safe queen and the only thing I did to it was add a set of smooth Cocobolo grips from Herretts. Of course I kept the originals.
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    Nice gun, and a timely post for me, my wife is looking for another gun. I think I will sugest a Hi Power

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    It looks comfy-cozy, all business, and deadly practical to me, John. I'm a Hi-Power lover and think it is the very best way to do 9mm of all. What is your favorite flavor of ammunition for concealed carry with the 9mm? Do you use the same ammo in all your concealed carry 9mms?

    I don't take 9mm along often and have been using some now-ancient Winchester 147 grain Black Talons for years. The 124 grain Gold Dots look appealing but never remember to grab some when I'm at the ammo-sellin' place.





    This one has appeared here on the Forum before. It's an older Hi-Power but sure shoots well. My wife was incensed however that she had to use it for her last concealed carry qualification rather than the 1911 .45 that she calls her favorite. The .45 was in for front sight replacement.
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    Wow, You guys are making me miss my Hi Power. BTW you guys have some nice Hi Powers
    Have Fun and Shoot Straight !!

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    Glad folks are enjoying the thread. After I had Wilson do my beavertail, C&S came out with a relieved hammer that pretty much eliminates hammer bite for me. I've cut down both spurred, stock BHP hammers and an earlier C&S rowel hammer to get the same effect, but the new C&S design is nicer looking. I'm one of those fortunate shooters who is both "stabbed" by the spur on spurred hammers, and pinched between the hammer and frame by both types of hammer. The FN/Browning rowel hammers are the very worst; one shot with one of those, and I'm bleeding. (Bryan, while your FN is beautiful, I nearly bleed, just looking at it.) The C&S relieved, rowel hammer has both a much smaller rowel and a shank that is relieved on the back, such that a space is left between hammer and frame when the hammer is fully rearward in recoil. I like the beavertail the best, but cheaper alternatives are available now.

    As to carry ammo in 9x19, I do not carry the same ammo all the time, but all the loads I carry are ones with which I am comfortable. In Glocks, it is usually WW RA9TA, the 127gr. +P+ load. In BHPs and several others, I usually either carry +P 124gr. Gold Dots or Cor-Bon 115gr. +P. which runs 1425fps. from the HP pictured above. I also like Federal 9BPLE 115gr. +P. I load the standard pressure 124gr. Gold Dot in my Kel-Tec PF9s, but sometimes standard pressure Federal 9BP 115s.
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    Neat beavertail on your gun there. Very interesting.
    I carry both 9mm and 40 BHP in the same holster you show. What a great carry combo!

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