Picked up a new single action .40S&W

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    Picked up a new single action .40S&W

    A NIB 2004 Browning Hi-Power Practical in .40S&W. This is my first Hi-Power, though I have shot some of my friends' Hi-powers (in 9mm) in the past. I really like the looks of the two-tone Practical models a lot. I haven't gotten a chance to shoot it yet. I changed out the Pachmayr wrap-around signature grips out for Hogue finger groove wrap-arounds (I like how the Hogue Grips fell and look over the Pachmayr grips). I know the .40 version is going to have a little more recoil than the normal 9mm version, but I don't think I'm going to mind. I also now have four 10rd mags for it. I decided for now to keep the mag disconnect safety in, might change my mind after a while and get it removed (the trigger doesn't seem too bad (IMHO) with it in right now and maybe it will smooth out more after 500-1,000 rounds or so). I can't believe FN/Browning are not making/importing these Practical models anymore, what a shame (IMHO). Here are a few pics I took of it:






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    Say! That's pretty sweet! I wouldn't mind having one of those! Very nice indeed!

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    Two-tone is in! Very nice!


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    Very nice and almost as pretty as a S & W Model 10, Military & Police.

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    Interesante.
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    I had a 'practical' in 40, one of the most accurate pistols I've owned. I sold it because I couldn't find a holster for it, and there was only 10 rnd mags available for it. This was before I was 'internet wise', you can find good holsters now, and now I know it's not hard to 'convert' a 9mm mag into a 40 S&W. back then there was a good supply of Argentine 15rnd mags on the market that could've been modified to fit 13rnds of 40 (it's still to big for me as a 10rnd pistol). BTW, Mine was made/or assembled in Morgan, Utah.

    Still.. enjoy that great pistol, it is built to last more than a lifetime.
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    That's my idea of a proper .40 S&W.

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    Thanks for all the congrats. Ten round mags don't bother me too much for this Hi-power, since I'm going to just use it as a range gun only. Though, I might later toy with the idea of finding a good IWB holster for it after all.

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    Very NICE Practical

    I started with a bright blued .40 S&W BHP as the basis for a custom I always wanted to have. Mine has a ton of "tricks" (KKM .357 Sig barrel, C&S; thumb safety, wide trigger, forged hammer/sear, reduced-effort transfer bar, thin Micarta grips, Pachmyer extended slide release, etc., etc.) and is my favorite fight gun. Congratulations on your fine-looking Practical. Of all the things I've had done ($$$$!) to get it just the way I wanted, the one thing I would recommend for any/everyone with a BHP is the C&S thumb safety. When installed correctly, its ball-detend feature gives a real improvement over the small, sometimes-mushy factory safety. I have serious confidence in the now well-defined "click-click" that; the lever is going to stay where I put it & I can find it in a hurry. I also agree that the 10+1 mag isn't a handicap (after all, it's not like your carrying a derringer!). I'm happy to exchange the lack of 4-6 rounds of non-reload capacity for the handling, feel, shot recovery & accuracy I (personally) get when shooting a BHP. There's NO handgun ANY where that feels more welcoming to my grip.

    But you need to be careful. I hate to admit this but I'm now so fond (and have considerable investment) in my BHP that I've bought "lesser" handguns to keep in the truck & sometimes CARRY! The thought of someone stealing (or confiscating as evidence) my BHP has turned it into less of a tool & more of a jewel. That's just stupid!
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    Ghost tracker, Do you have any pics of your custom .40 BHP that you could post? Sounds like a sweet pistol. Thanks.

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    AZG13,
    Nice of you to ask. I'll see what I can do...but;
    * I've never posted a photo of any kind to anywhere, ever. (lazy, old guy)
    * This thread is about YOUR new BHP Practical, not my Custom.
    * The real goodies on my BHP are primarily internal.

    And if you weren't the OP who's asking, I would consider my posting a photo of MY BHP an act of aggressive thread piracy...but I guess, since it's you, and high time I learn at least how to DO it, I'll see if I can acquire a new skill! (now, where does Mrs. Ghost Tracker keep that new-fangled, fancy-schmancy digital doo-dad?)
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    Nice gun !!

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    Ghost tracker, Don't sweat it if it's going to be too much trouble.

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    In MHO the BHP is the best all around handgun ever built, the grip, the accuracy, the high-cap mags, the dependability of knowing it will always fire and fire again, plus the aftermarket add-ons make it almost unbeatable. I have both 9mm and .40 S&W and know full well that if called on it will deliver. Congrats on your new tool.
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    Ghost tracker, Don't sweat it if it's going to be too much trouble.
    Oh, now you're just being way too polite. Cut that crap out! I really WANT to learn how to do this ("Old Dog, New Tricks"). My teenage son recently shocked me by running the caller ID from the phone...as a scroll across the bottom of the TV show I was watching! I've really GOT to get up to speed on this stuff!
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