Browning High Power Comedy of Errors
As some of you know, I'm "breaking in" a new Hi Power Practical that I recently purchased.
First, let me say that I love the gun. It's more than I expected in some ways, and not quite what I expected in others. It's not the gun's fault, nor the manufacturers. I attribute what I am expiriencing to "growing pains" for lack of a better term.
I called C & S and ordered a Wide Combat Trigger. When my Gunsmith went to put it in, he said found out that the Trigger doesn't fit, and can't be fitted wiTh the judicious use of a file. It has something to do with the Sear and how the Trigger fits in the Frame.
Since the Wide Combat Trigger was my way of getting around the Magazine Disconnect, I'm stuck with having the disconnect in the gun. I could take it out, but I refuse to, for potential legal issues that could arise from this. So, I'm stuck with the regular Trigger and Magazine Disconnect. That's not too big of a deal for me, as I can live with it and work around it.
When he put the Magazine Disconnect and "stock" Trigger back in the gun, he used a replacement Magazine Disconnect Pin, that I ordered from Brownell's. That fell out when I was cleaning the gun last night. I took it back to him today and he put another one in, and staked it or something, and said that he would play heck getting it out in the future. So, that "issue" is fixed.
When I had him attempt to put in the C & S Trigger I also had him install some Trijicon Night Sights. I love the Yellow Rear/Green Front combo I ordered, and generally favor Trijicon. Two days of shooting, approximately 120 rounds later, the Front Sight goes flying off. I found it easily enough, as when it came off the gun it hit my glasses. I'm lucky that the Gunsmith works at the Range. I took him the Front Sight and he remedied that "issue" as well. He used a combination of LokTite and staking, as well as "roughing up the underside of the Sight" to put it in place.
About this time one of the employees at the Range, who was there when I dropped the gun off to have this work done, and knows me, commented that maybe this gun was "jinxed". The funny thing is, warts and all, I'm loving this gun. After I got these "issued" remedied today I put another fifty rounds through it and even noticed that I could get rounds to load using the "slingshot" method. If you recall, I had an earlier post where I was unable to do that with this pistol.
I'm thinking that this pistol is just "breaking in" and all that I'm expiriencing are just "growing pains". I also had him move the Rear Sight over, just a hair, because I'm left eye dominant, but shooting right handed. Besides the loading issue, this gun has fed rounds with consistancy, and seems to like any ammo I put through it. The only malfunctions, once loaded, have been shooter induced due to my grip. That is being rectified, as I am altering where I place my support hand, especially the thumb.
I think I may have found the one and only platform for me, unless I go back to Revolvers. I like my 1911, but I love the feel and consistancy of the Hi Power. What I don't like is the little things going wrong, but that can be fixed, IMHO.
I called this post a, "Comedy of Errors" because today at the Range it seems that the Gunsmith had to "fix" something on my gun every time he turned around. I even told him that I was going to have him come home with me, so he could fix my gun after I cleaned it tonight.
I'm not knocking his work, and stuff can go wrong that is nobody's fault. When I got done shooting, 175 Rounds toatal tonight, I think I saw him breath a sigh of relief that I was leaving. He darn sure earned his money with me, and I'd use him again in a heartbeat. Talking with him, I feel that he knows what he's doing, I just happened to have that "One gun that you can never get right no matter what you do."
Take care and stay safe,