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Old 03-02-2019, 07:41 AM   #1
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Customizing new BHP

I recently purchased a brand new commercial BHP made in 2014. The gentleman behind the counter warned that I should treat this as an investment, shoot it sparingly and leave it stock. I’ve came across some pretty awesome builds but they were all on beat up surplus or trade in BHP’s. Just looking for some opinions. I would love to do a trigger job and maybe a few other mods but will refrain if this will kill the value of such a classic pistol years and years down the road.
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Old 03-03-2019, 02:11 PM   #2
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If you modify it in any way, it is no longer brand new NOS. On the other hand, it you want to make it a shooter for you and yours to enjoy, and use it for years to come, then modify it to please yourself......your choice. I shoot all of my HPs and don't plan on changing that.
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Old 03-04-2019, 12:52 PM   #3
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Aaron, the counter guy was one of what I call the 'collector crowd'. These are people who see guns as a work of art. For them, an original gun, with its original box, original finish, and in an unaltered or un-customized state, particularly if it is no longer made, is their holy grail. Think of them as 'car guys' who have a fully-restored classic car that the keep garaged, and only drive to car shows.
There are others amongst us who see function and form as paramount. These are people who buy a gun for its usefulness. These are people who, while they respect, the craftsmanship, and asthetics of what they buy, are going to use what they have as and when they want. Think of them as the 'car guys' with the full-race custom Mustangs.

The point is, it is your gun. You paid for it. So, you get to decide what you want to do with it. If you want it to be a collectible 'safe queen', and preserve its value as a collector piece, then do it. Keep it original, and buy a 'beater' BHP - one that has been abused or surplused - to customize. If you want to customize you NIB (new in the box) BHP, then do it.

Your money, your gun, your choice.
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Old 03-11-2019, 03:20 PM   #4
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Done properly a modest trigger job shouldn't adversely affect value down the road. Beware some who do trigger jobs modify the slide noticeably. If you have the magazine disconnect removed then keep the pieces so it can be re-installed.

However I can't own a pistol that is nothing but a safe queen and I don't buy them for investments.

It's yours. Do with it as you want to.
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Old 03-11-2019, 05:04 PM   #5
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...However I can't own a pistol that is nothing but a safe queen and I don't buy them for investments. ...
My only 'safe queens' are the guns I haven't had time to shoot recently. The same principle applies for power tools, kitchen appliances, and raincoats. They are there to be used, and get used as time and opportunity allows.
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:43 PM   #6
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I did see a big jump in Gunbroker prices after the drop from the buckmark line was announced in regards to NIB. It has been awhile now and maybe the frenzy is over. They were selling for ridiculous prices at the time. I only checked out of curiosity.

You could always pick up a shooter grade piece and preserve that one. I am down to one only now: a 1985 black barrel. I decided I could only shoot one at a time. There was a time I had a ridiculous number.

Like others have stated: your gun, your choice. Congratulations on the find!
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Old 04-18-2019, 11:47 PM   #7
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I haven't seen an HP in a display case in a very long time. GB has bunch online right now in the $450-800 range and a new one at $905 with a week to go. Mach1 Arsenal in Nashville has quite a few on GB from beaters to some nice, refinished ones. There are also a couple over 2K. It's all in what you want I suppose. I'd like to find a 75th anniversary model, but the $1025 is more than I want to pay right now.

Back to the original post, I've always thought of collecting as adding to the stable. My only safe queen is a .41 mag and that's only because I rather pay for 9mm ammo than the .41 mags. I'd remove the mag safety without think twice about it. Depending on how you grip the HP, you might consider a different hammer. The late model sights and safety levers work okay for me.
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Old 04-19-2019, 08:59 AM   #8
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The only customizing to me would be to replace the grips and remove the magazine disconnect. Both are reversible. Maybe add sights to your preference, but that’s reversible, too.
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