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Old 12-30-2006, 03:27 PM   #1
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sfs functionality

New to the game, and after reading the sfs ad, no wiser, what exactly does the sfs system do for a HP in terms of changing/enhancing the functionality of the piece.


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Old 12-30-2006, 07:38 PM   #2
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First off welcome to the group. If you click on this link http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/W...0the%20BHP.htm

It will give you a pretty good idea the mechanics of the SFS system. After reading it if you have any specific questions those can be addressed individually. Cudos to Stephen Camp for his website with it's wealth of information.


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Old 12-31-2006, 01:32 AM   #3
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I don't know what Mr. Camp says, nor have I owned or shot an SFS HP, but my understanding and opinions:

+ For law enforcement open carry where the local populace (read: taxpayers) get disturbed by the sight of a cocked pistol being carried by a LEO, the design solves the problem.

+ For concealed carry, the abbreviated hammer in the "down" position should be much less prone to snagging on clothing on the draw than the current-production spur-hammer HP's.

P.S.: If I didn't have more HP's than I need now, or they made the SFS HP's with a hard chrome finish, I would buy one for one of my permitted concealed carry handguns.

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Old 12-31-2006, 01:19 PM   #4
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I had Cylinder & Slide's SFS kit installed in my Browning Hipower last year, and I love it. The hammer usually is down, flush with the slide. Pushing the "safety" down flips the hammer back into cocked position, ready to fire. In other words one uses an SFS pistol exactly the same as a cocked-and-locked single-action pistol. In both cases, as you draw you thumb the "safety" down to activate the pistol, and then fire. In both cases all trigger pulls are single action. When done, you push the hammer down flush with the slide, which flips the "safety" up, and then you holster the pistol. Not only is an SFS pistol much safer than a cocked-and-locked pistol (or for that matter, a Glock), it is also one of the easiest pistols around to field strip. You simply cock the pistol, push/pull the slide stop out, and ease the slide off forward. No more locking the slide back all the way to begin field stripping. In fact, since the "safety" now has a new function (hammer control), you cannot do that anymore. The skin on your fingers will thank you for this.

The SFS version of the Hipower is an outstanding pistol. The negatives I have heard are, "This is a solution for which there is no problem" and "More parts to break." I disagree with the first, and readily accept the second. Incidentally, to make me even more an icon-breaker, I have Crimson Trace grips on my Hipower. My old eyes love that laser.


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Old 12-31-2006, 01:56 PM   #5
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My hipower is an FN of this type. I really like it. Since the hammer has to be down for the safety to be on, it provides continuous visual and/or tactile feedback that the safety is indeed on. For all that, I end up carrying my S&W 37 way more.

High-Standard shows it as an option on their 1911 pistols, standard equipment on one model.

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Old 12-31-2006, 06:20 PM   #6
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I put it on my Hi-Power and love it. As I carry in a sholder holster, I love the fact that it does not snag anymore. For me, it is just a very good improvement for a very good gun.
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