February 13th, 2009 05:31 PM
New Toy, Hi-Power practical
Had a new toy awaiting my return home.
I had agreed to buy this Hi-Power Practical in 9mm before I went away, it's is in excellent shape with very few rounds down the barrel and Pachmayer grips on it. I prefer Hogues, but will try these grips out first. Haven't had it out to the range yet, but will report back when I do. Need to get more mags for it now. The holster shown is for a 1911 Commander but it fits the HP nicely with a few turns on the tension screw. DO NOT try to use a Serpa Holster for the 1911 on the HP, it will jam up. So I will have to find a another holster for it to use in IPSC or other.
I have always had a soft spot for the HP as these were our issue pistols in the army. Although ours were all made in the 40's by Inglis for the Chinese, never delivered. To bad the practical does not have the slot for the shoulder stock.......hmmmmm
I certainly wished I could have carried this on my trip.
February 13th, 2009 08:17 PM
Congrats! The Practical Hi-Power is an awesome shooter...I'm pretty sure mine is the most accurate pistola in my collection.
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February 13th, 2009 10:16 PM
That's a good lookin' blaster...I've always wanted a Hi-Power
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February 14th, 2009 01:59 AM
I have a Practical in .40 that I'm setting up to be my EDC off duty. I just put a set of Crimson Trace Laser Grips on it last night and will dial them in at the Range on Monday.
I love the Hi Power and the more I learn about it, the more I realize what geniuses John Moses Browning and Dieudonne Saive were. It was way ahead of it's time.
Congrats on your new Practical. I think you've made an excellent choice. As far as the grips, until I put the laser grips on, all I did was take the rubber backstrap off the Pac's, as they had a tendency to "catch" the cover garment.
February 14th, 2009 04:02 PM
I keep reading this thread as Hi-Point practical, and i'm like UGH! why would u buy a hi-point!!! :D
February 14th, 2009 05:44 PM
I sure do like your new pistol! Hi-Powers are great!
February 22nd, 2009 03:09 PM
Well I got out to shoot this pistol. Took a it of time to get used to the gun. Put 150rds of homebrew 124gr FMJ through it without a hiccup. At 7 yards this gun will put a whole mag into the same hole fairly easily. (We were doing the dot torture drills) However next day when I went to clean it, I found that the extension on the righthand side of the safety had broken off. A look under a magnifing glass indicated a bad forging or cast at the break. The gun was never dropped, spent all it's time in a holster, locked carrying case. Not highly impressed with Browning right now and I suspect that I will have to deal with their dealer here that is not well regarded for customer service. The gun still works fine.
February 22nd, 2009 03:42 PM
Big HP fan here & never heard of that.
Some good advice would be to ask the advice of Stephen A. Camp (one of the BHP experts). He's a great guy, personal and you'll find him all over the net. The information he's given me over the past few years has been priceless.
I too have the Practical but in .40....(over 2.5k rounds with out a problem).
He's one of the moderators of the high road.
also check out Hi Powers and Handguns
Despite the minor set back, you still made a great choice.
I know everybody's seen it before, but here's mine
Last edited by bluez4u; February 22nd, 2009 at 03:48 PM.
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February 22nd, 2009 09:18 PM
That's a cool gun. Congrats!
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February 23rd, 2009 01:02 AM
Thanks for the link, been there. The HP is the first pistol I used, mind you they were Mk 1's and II's made by Inglis. The safety on mine busted right where the finger grooves start where it thins out to go pass the step in the frame. Looking at the metal at the break, i can see corrison, which leads me to believe it was a flaw in the casting/forging process. I got the gun slightly used but I inspected it and saw nothing and don't have any blame for the previous owner. It's just one of those things. Sadly the dealer here in Canada has a rep for being one of the worst in the nation.
Originally Posted by bluez4u
February 23rd, 2009 04:36 PM
Congratulations. Nice looking gun.
February 23rd, 2009 07:04 PM
Congrats, gotta love the hi-powers.
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