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sig22018
10-21-2007, 7:04 PM
It's a .40 cal. used, very good condition, looks like less than 300 rds through it. I'm new to this gun...
Any feedback on this firearm from personal experience would be greatly appreciated...

Thanks

metalhead357
10-21-2007, 7:07 PM
:useless:

reputable guns. Very few complaints about them that I've ever stumbled across.......

sig22018
10-21-2007, 7:26 PM
Thanks for the quick reply. Any links you would recommend?

Paradiddle
10-21-2007, 7:41 PM
There is a couple good HP forums out there - one of the moderator has probably the most informative HP sight on the web.

Good site - http://forums.1911forum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=15

Mods site - this is a great place for info - http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/

IMO the HP is one of the best fitting and sweetest shooting autos out there - I absolutely love my 9mm.

Jeff

metalhead357
10-21-2007, 8:37 PM
Well, he beat me with http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/

You could also try Amback/Battlerifles.com there was a following of peeps there a while ago

Poohgyrr
10-21-2007, 9:59 PM
Definitely check out Camp's website.

And here is a MKIII .40 with thin Navridex grips from Brownell's & Trijicons. Awesome pistol, a favorite. More reliable than my Glocks.

http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/418/40MKIIIKramer.jpg

eckerph
10-21-2007, 10:22 PM
I have a BHP in 9mm and i have too say i think its one of the best pistol's ever made. The only bummer is the trigger, the mag dissconnect really hurts the trigger but this can be fixed in a few minutes. http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=133740

Enjoy youre HP!

-hanko
10-22-2007, 4:41 AM
Steve Camp's website is outstanding; he used to moderate an HP forum on pistolsmith.com...not sure if he still does.

My HP's are in 9mm; I never developed any lust for a .40 anything, other than the 10mm;)

You've got a great pistol, time to check out a CZ-75 in .40.

-hanko

dwtt
10-22-2007, 2:32 PM
I have a 9mm Hi-Power and came across this web site about magazines.
http://www.ont.com/users/kolya/bhpmagfaq.htm

RECCE556
10-22-2007, 3:23 PM
Browning Hi Powers (and FN ones) are one of the best double stack pistols out there. I own a few of them (Browning and FN, 9mm and .40) and love 'em. The mag disconnect is the only negative thing but trigger jobs are fairly inexpensive and the smiths will take that stupid feature out no problem.

After many, many years of collecting and owning practically every major modern day handgun (Glock, HK, Sig, etc.), I've sold off practically every "modern" pistol because honestly, there was nothing about them that made them any better than my 1911's and BHP's (and I was one of those "GLOCK RULEZ" type kids and owned the Glocks/HKs/SIGs/etc. before getting into 1911's and BHP's). Now I only own two polymer pistols...a Glock 23 and a Steyr M40A1 (which is a most excellent polymer pistol...better than the G23 for sure). Everything else in a 1911 or a BHP of some flavor (and several collectable type guns like P7's, PPKs, etc.) Not to say that Glocks/HKs/SIGs are bad, they're just not better and they have (for me), worse ergonmics or features I don't like (manual safeties that are positioned poorly, SA/DA which I found I seriously dislike, etc.)

Slowshooter
10-22-2007, 3:56 PM
It is indeed a very good gun. Fits in almost anyone's hand, and shoots nice even with the crappy thing called magazine disconnect. I have one and although I haven't shot it in years, it is very nice to have one.

calAWBsux
10-22-2007, 6:11 PM
As others have suggested, you really should check out Stephen Camp's site; it has everything you could possibly need in regards to information. I bought his disassembly guide, which helped me immensely in learning how to properly take my pistola apart.

By the way, your .40 cal BHP is one of the few pistols that was actually DESIGNED with the higher pressure of the .40 cal in mind. From what I understand, the .40 S&W has also been a very reliable and robust design, which was/is in use by the CHP (credit goes to DR. GARY ROBERTS for that tidbit of information). I'm sure there are other equally good .40 cal pistols, but from what *I* remember, these two stood out.

Here's my 9mm BHP:

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h113/urbankaos04/DSC01020.jpg


PS: The only thing down side to the BHP is that I can't add a DAWSON RAIL like I can to my COLT 1911, as the dust cover is way too thin to do so. If FN made an HP with an intergral light rail on the dust cover, I'D BUY IT IN A HEARTBEAT.

jdberger
10-22-2007, 6:33 PM
WooHoo! We get to show off our Hi-Powers!

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y32/jdberger/DSC01717.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y32/jdberger/DSC01718.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y32/jdberger/DSC01720.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y32/jdberger/DSC01721.jpg

IMHO - the Hi-Power is one of the most beautiful and ergonomic of the handguns.

Congrats on your purchase. :punk:

crs1
10-22-2007, 8:03 PM
It's a .40 cal. used, very good condition, looks like less than 300 rds through it. I'm new to this gun...
Any feedback on this firearm from personal experience would be greatly appreciated...

Thanks

Awesome...I have a 9mm HP, souped up, but it is the most accurate handgun I own...I also just got a .40 version, haven't shot it yet though!

JS-M1A
10-22-2007, 10:37 PM
I have a BHP in 9mm and i have too say i think its one of the best pistol's ever made. The only bummer is the trigger, the mag dissconnect really hurts the trigger but this can be fixed in a few minutes. http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=133740

Enjoy youre HP!
Thanks for the link. I just removed the magazine disconnect
On my FEG PJK 9HP. Trigger was gritty before. Now its great. :)
FM clone is next.

eckerph
10-22-2007, 11:23 PM
Thanks for the link. I just removed the magazine disconnect
On my FEG PJK 9HP. Trigger was gritty before. Now its great.
FM clone is next.
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Glad i could help, I hope everyone else on here as pulled out that stupid thing tonight. lol

bountyhunter
10-23-2007, 12:28 PM
It's a .40 cal. used, very good condition, looks like less than 300 rds through it. I'm new to this gun...
Any feedback on this firearm from personal experience would be greatly appreciated...

Thanks Reliable, simple design, used by many LE and military for decades. Short grip, narrow gun makes it ideal for CCW. Short trigger reach means small hands fit it well.

Stock trigger is typically awful. You need a good gunsmith to fix the trigger, and HP's are notorious for going into "hammer follow" after a few thousand rounds after the triggers are tweaked. You have to get the sear face cuts JUST right on them to get a good break and not have the hammer follow.

Their .40 version was beefed up to handle the higher punch of the .40. The only knock I have heard on the .40 is from the Browning factory guys who say that they will unlock too fast and do the "primer wipe" thing when the brass is extracted before the firing pin fully retracts. It's not a big problem, can be fixed by a stiffer hammer/recoil spring which delays unlock.

Wil-c
10-23-2007, 4:48 PM
I do love my HP, however it's not a MKlll, earlier version. I'd like to put tritium sights on it but so far all I've found are sights for the MKlll. I called Kings & they said not going to happen, front sight is silver soldered on.
Is this correct or are there tritium sights for the earlier versions of the HP?
Mine is original belgian, no mag disconnect. Although I don't think its WW2 vintage.
Anyone have any info on this?

Add edit: MKll BHP is what I have?

-hanko
10-23-2007, 5:08 PM
I do love my HP, however it's not a MKlll, earlier version. I'd like to put tritium sights on it but so far all I've found are sights for the MKlll. I called Kings & they said not going to happen, front sight is silver soldered on.
Is this correct or are there tritium sights for the earlier versions of the HP?
Mine is original belgian, no mag disconnect. Although I don't think its WW2 vintage.
Anyone have any info on this?

Add edit: MKll BHP is what I have?
I dunno what answers you'll get, but try Novak's and Cylinder & Slide. Post the ?? on one of Stephen Camp's forums.

Removing the sight can happen via a torch or milling machine. If you use the machine, you're just a setup away from cutting the fs dovetail;). Rear sight mounting area will probably need a dovetail cut for any newer sight. Check Brownell's to see what's available

-hanko

chsk9
10-23-2007, 11:31 PM
Back in the day (1980's) I was working as a armed guard in a gambling facility and I carried my BHP with confidence. Even though it rode in a level 3 security holster I felt the magazine safety was a good backup if I was wading into a fight.

eckerph
10-24-2007, 12:07 PM
I do love my HP, however it's not a MKlll, earlier version. I'd like to put tritium sights on it but so far all I've found are sights for the MKlll. I called Kings & they said not going to happen, front sight is silver soldered on.
Is this correct or are there tritium sights for the earlier versions of the HP?
Mine is original belgian, no mag disconnect. Although I don't think its WW2 vintage.
Anyone have any info on this?


I know midway sells adjustable rear sights that work with the factory fronts don't know if they have glow in the dark ones.

Pryde
10-24-2007, 5:51 PM
The only bummer is the trigger, the mag dissconnect really hurts the trigger but this can be fixed in a few minutes.

Not to mention the fact the the trigger reset is the absolute weakest and worst out of almost any other handgun in existence.

However I still love my all original 1971 C-series, most beautiful handgun I have ever had the pleasure to own.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v698/sickeness/bhp001.jpg

Can't buy anything here
10-24-2007, 8:23 PM
This HP was the first gun I ever bought (stock in 81) and will be the last one I part with....

http://www.parkcitiestactical.com/album/00000364/3IMG0001.JPG

Wil-c
10-25-2007, 2:23 PM
I know midway sells adjustable rear sights that work with the factory fronts don't know if they have glow in the dark ones.

I checked midway, all they list in tritium is for MKlll HP's.

Auto-5
10-25-2007, 8:47 PM
These guys will drill the front insert the tritium vial and replace the rear.

http://tooltechgunsight.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=22&Itemid=50

Wil-c
10-26-2007, 3:31 AM
These guys will drill the front insert the tritium vial and replace the rear.

http://tooltechgunsight.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=22&Itemid=50

Hot dang, just what I was looking for.
thanks.

c meikle
10-26-2007, 7:13 PM
I LOVE my 9mm HP. I bought mine used for $400 earlier this year. Ever since my first time shooting it I have been in love. This pistol makes me look good at the range. My shots go where I put them as long as I don't jerk the trigger. My first HP was an FEG I bought for $230 back in the mid 90's. I shot OK with it but never became hooked on this model of gun. Now I want more and am looking at a Charles Daly or other Browning's. Long live the Hi Power.