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Posted: 9/9/2009 10:09:47 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/11/2009 10:17:52 AM EST by theBUBBAMANcan]
Well, I just bought a BHP from the local FFL.

The downsides: No box/paperwork and no orig. grips...it has Pachmayrs on it.
The Upsides: Original Belgian made, about 97% cond on original blueing, looks good overall...still has mag safety but the trigger feels decent.

I traded a couple of pistols that I have $625 invested in. They were both pistols that didn't mean much to me anymore and I've always wanted a Belgian BHP.

In WI we have a 2-day wait, so when I pick it up I'll post pics to this thread.





Link Posted: 9/9/2009 10:15:12 AM EST
I don't see too many HiPowers around these days. The last one I saw, at the Indy1500 gunshow, was used with a price tag of $799. I thought that was a bit high, so I didn't buy it. But it was the only one in the whole show.

I paid $599 for one, and $659 for another, a few years ago. One used, one new.

I would guess $625 isn't all that bad of a price these days.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 10:15:52 AM EST
nice!!!!

Next to the 1911.....the HP is my personal second favorite.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 10:16:52 AM EST
Congratulations. Everyone needs at least one Hi Power. They are beautiful classics.

(You do realize we need pics of your new weapon don't you.)
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 10:18:13 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/9/2009 10:18:51 AM EST by TrojanMan]
Good jeorb.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 10:19:54 AM EST
This thread is worthless without pics.

But how much you paid seems pretty reasonable.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 10:19:57 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/9/2009 10:20:23 AM EST by arowneragain]
For something to shoot and use, it seems a bit high to me......the newer BHPs are (gasp!) better in terms of metallurgy, and dead-nuts reliable where some of the older Belgian ones wouldn't feed (then-new and novel) hollow-point ammo, and the newer ones are cheaper to boot.

As a collector piece, it's probably a great price.

I love the BHP. If I didn't carry a 1911.......
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 10:21:36 AM EST
I have a P35 Hi-Power GP, it is a target model with a 4.5" barrel and a barrel weight in the front.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 10:39:06 AM EST
In for BHP pictures.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 10:45:47 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/9/2009 10:48:46 AM EST by Fingerpicker]
Hipowers get snatched up quick around here. They sit for maybe two days before they are gone.

ETA - my last two were $550 for a well used, slightly loose 9mm and $650 for a 99% .40.

The HP is an incredible pistol. 2nd only to the 1911, IMO. Have a great time with it!
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 10:46:19 AM EST
Originally Posted By JBski:
In for BHP pictures.


Pics on FRI when I've put in my madatory "cooling-off" period.

Link Posted: 9/11/2009 10:18:54 AM EST
Pics up!

What can you BHP specialists tell me about this pistol...I'm no BHP expert!
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 10:21:07 AM EST
Originally Posted By theBUBBAMANcan:
Pics up!

What can you BHP specialists tell me about this pistol...I'm no BHP expert!


I can tell you it's not in 97% condition.


If the ringed hammer is original, it's from sometime back in the 1960's or so....hold on, will come back with link to browning serial number ranges....

Link Posted: 9/11/2009 10:22:54 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 10:25:26 AM EST
Very nice looking pistol!!!
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 10:25:56 AM EST

Originally Posted By theBUBBAMANcan:
Pics up!

What can you BHP specialists tell me about this pistol...I'm no BHP expert!


Just ask P08:


Originally Posted By P08:

Can't shoot them well, besides they should be called the Browning Low Power as they are in 9mm!




J/K. Nice pistol. Don't know much about them. Shot a lunchbox special a few times many many years ago, not bad.
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 10:28:39 AM EST
Very nice! I'll be grabbing an FN HP in the next couple weeks. Looking forward to it.
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 10:32:52 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/11/2009 10:33:34 AM EST by RayGunz2]
Originally Posted By theBUBBAMANcan:
Well, I just bought a BHP from the local FFL.

The downsides: No box/paperwork and no orig. grips...it has Pachmayrs on it.
The Upsides: Original Belgian made, about 97% cond on original blueing, looks good overall...still has mag safety but the trigger feels decent.

I traded a couple of pistols that I have $625 invested in. They were both pistols that didn't mean much to me anymore and I've always wanted a Belgian BHP.

In WI we have a 2-day wait, so when I pick it up I'll post pics to this thread.



Be sure to use those 2 days to calm yourself down and talk yourself out of whatever heinous thing you were going to do with that bhp today.
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 10:34:56 AM EST
Originally Posted By arowneragain:
Serial number ranges:

http://www.midwestgunworks.com/page/mgwi/ctgy/browning-hi-power-history


Thanks! It was made in 1970.
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 10:36:20 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/11/2009 10:38:36 AM EST by Rockdoc]
It appears to be a T series, the T in front of the serial number will confirm. If so, you did all right. The T series is better than the new ones. The only problem I ever had with my T-series was shooting the front sight off. After an unsuccessful attempt to put a FN front sight on it (and shooting that one loose) I went with Trijicon sights with a dove tailed front sight.

The pistol probably had 6-7000 rounds though it when the sight flew off. All 124 or 147 gr factory or reloaded to duplicate factory velocity. Very reliable pistol, carry 147 gr Ranger in mine now. Both BHPs I have owned (both pre 1980's vintage) fed HP just fine, Federal red box, Winchester Silver tip, and now Ranger T. Just removed the un-necessary magazine safety.
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 10:36:39 AM EST
Beautiful
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 10:38:38 AM EST
The pistol I shoot better than any other. Looks like a nice one too. Congratulations.
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 10:41:44 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 10:44:33 AM EST
The USA's nato solution before NATO existed

JMB was thinking ahead
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 10:46:32 AM EST
I love my 1911-Improved.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 8:41:52 PM EST
Does anybody know where I can find some factory "mousetrap" mags for this?
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 9:25:02 PM EST
I bought one almost exactly like that in the early 1970's. Mine has the wooden grip panels. I paid either $80 or $90 for it.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 9:33:19 PM EST

Originally Posted By theBUBBAMANcan:
Does anybody know where I can find some factory "mousetrap" mags for this?

Ditch the mag safety and you won't need the mousetrap mags.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 9:47:03 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/17/2009 9:53:28 PM EST by GunnyG]

Originally Posted By theBUBBAMANcan:
Does anybody know where I can find some factory "mousetrap" mags for this?

10 rounders, right? I've never seen a 13rd mousetrap magazine. ETA: Wow! they do make 13rd mousetrap mags now! http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=140260947

I'd ask if the ban state guys could check their local stores. I've seen the 10 rd mags at Gander Mtn stores when I was stationed in NY. I've got a couple stashed away too, in addition to the regular 13rd'rs I've got.

Once you have a "launch-itself-out-of-the-gun-from-any-angle" magazine, those that just "drop-free" seem lacking. When I carry my BHP, I'll carry with a mousetrap 10rd mag in the well + 1 in the chamber, and then a 13 rd spare.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 10:24:15 PM EST
I dig it.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 10:29:08 PM EST
Originally Posted By JoshAston:

Originally Posted By theBUBBAMANcan:
Does anybody know where I can find some factory "mousetrap" mags for this?

Ditch the mag safety and you won't need the mousetrap mags.


+1
Ditch the mag safey & buy Mec-gar 13 rounders.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 10:34:50 PM EST
Nice HP, my everyday carry is a 1969 that looks like the twin to yours except mine still has
the red backed wallnut grips. Get you some MEC-GAR flush fit 15rd. mags and you'll be
good to go. Cope's distributing has the mags pretty cheap. You will probably want to remove
the magazine safety, the trigger feels good now because the face of the old mag is worn
in and polished by the mag safety plunger. When you get new mags the trigger feels gritty untill
they get broken in too, and I've never been a fan of the mag safety anyways. And if you
plan on running many rounds of +P ammo through it you should get a heavier pound recoil
spring. Welcome to the BHP club!!!
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 11:59:57 PM EST
Don't forget to put that pic in the BHP forum. I love to check out the photos of hardware and what people have done to personalize it.
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