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 When did FN change the Hi Powers frame from forged to cast?
KnightofTheOldeCode  [Team Member]
5/1/2011 11:12:35 AM EST
I hope to buy one some day and prefer forged. thanks all.
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Toiyabe  [Life Member]
5/1/2011 11:15:37 AM EST
When they released the .40.

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silversport  [Member]
5/2/2011 2:34:11 AM EST
good news is Cast is stronger (...again...because of the 40S&W)...
Bill
Jonnysixguns  [Team Member]
5/2/2011 3:57:15 PM EST
Originally Posted By silversport:
good news is Cast is stronger (...again...because of the 40S&W)...
Bill


Explain? I'd love to know how they do it... better heat treating or something?
SSeric02  [Team Member]
5/2/2011 5:04:23 PM EST
I think Steve Camp talks about it on his site, but basically, the cast frames are harder than the forged frames which always had a rep for being a little on the soft side (one reason they never stay tight like a 1911 or so I've always read).
emmetf  [Member]
5/4/2011 2:09:42 PM EST
"When did FN change the Hi Powers frame from forged to cast?"

FN Herstal made the change at some point in 1993. All the earliest 1993-dated CAST frames were used for the "new" .40S&W Hi-Power introduced in late 1993. At that point, FN Herstal used all the leftover older forged-frames for 9mm Para production, until they too were exhausted.

The earliest production runs of the 1993 Hi-Power cast-frame in both 9mm Para and .40S&W DID NOT have the milled-grooves at the base of the mag-well. Look for the mold casting-number inside the top/magazine-well for an early cast-frame on either caliber Mk.III Hi-Power, 9mm or .40S&W.

Long story short, if your looking for a forged-frame MK.III Hi-Power, look for 1992-dated or earlier examples. Good luck.
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