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Nice. My magazine disconnect has been out since day one. Deciding I was probably planning to keep it, last year I splurged on a high-quality trigger job, and a couple of months ago I put those Spegal (kingwood) grips on it. I thought about having the humped feed ramp re-profiled, but I've had no issues with the standard-velocity hollowpoints I run, so have put that off. Also put off has been a new safety, as I don't consider it necessary for a house pistol - that'd be different if I carry it, though.Sportsterguy: Heres mine with Spegals and a C&S sear and thumb safety. Disconnected the mag safety and she's a shooter!
I was concerned about the hammer spur when cocked for carrying, but John Ralston of FiveShotLeather says his body shield covers it. Now I just have to decide whether or not to carry it.
One thing in favor of carrying it is the hundred or thousands of rounds I've put through it - lots of confidence it'll work, first time, every time. To get any other similar piece to the same confidence level I'd have to spend a lot of money shooting it. That ammunition money would tend to cut into the collector value I'd be protecting...
I think I'll keep it in the drawer, though, and carry something else.
guns are meant to be carried and not put in a sealed glass box. I get one to carry everyday, use the othe as the nightstand gun. I am not going to worry about bluing wear on my carry.
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Good decision Jaywalk. My P7 plum slide PSP is butt ugly but 100% reliable and the most accurate pistol out of the box I've ever shot. I don't worry about the finish on it as long as it performs. My HP has great sentimental value to it and I want to keep her looking good.
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That Browning is more than a gun, it's a piece of history. I know guns were meant to be shot, but an example like yours is a reflection of craftsmanship no longer seen. I would definitely find a suitable fine wood, velvet lined case and preserve it. Then buy a current production, stainless steel piece and carry IT. If it's stainless, the finish will never wear off and nicks and dings can be easily buffed away.
If you're really intent on carrying it, check out brigadegunleather.com. They make some top of the line holsters. They do numerous things to the interior to protect the guns finish. The only drawback is the long wait time of about 17 months.
Any holster, no matter how well made, is going to wear off your guns finish.
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I am with Sportsterguy. Good decision Jaywalk.