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Old 03-01-2007, 02:22 PM   #1
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Initial Range Report: FN MkIII .40 Hi-Power

Well, after two weeks, after acquiring/lubing/dryfiring, last night I had a chance to initially fire and break in my new FN Hi-Power, presumably one of the last of the FN's to be available commercially, due to FN's decision to let Browning and Browning alone in the US market the Hi-Power, with them marked (and priced!) accordingly.



This is my third Hi-Power; it (as were it's predecessors) was purchased brand new. All were .40 caliber. This latest is absolutely the best fitting, not only with the expected tight barrel-to-slide fit, but ALSO with a superlatively tight slide-to-receiver fit. While lubing and dryfiring seemed to somewhat lower the triggerpull weight, it was still heavier than the normal automatic's single action pull weight, but with a very crisp let-off, with no grit or creep.



Accuracy was, in a word, superlative-at 15 yards, shooting offhand unsupported, I shot a ragged one-hole group-whatever concerns I had over the triggerpull weight obviously weren't affecting accuracy or usability. I found that I could forget about catching a short trigger reset point; reset occurred when the trigger was all the way forward. It's not a big deal-while I realize that there are excellent gunsmiths out there who can address this and provide a discernable and shorter trigger reset point, frankly, for me, it's just not worth the money. I know the characteristics of my tool, and can use it effectively just as it is. Ditto for the triggerpull weight. And, since there were absolutely zero malfunctions or hiccups, I certainly don't feel any compelling need to subject the gun to anyone's "reliability package" ministrations.



I found the factory sights to be excellent-with nice light bars between the front sight and sides of the rear; actually, they're better than the Novak's that I had on my previous 1997 Standard Hi-Power, which had been worked over by Novaks. Since I don't get bitten by the hammer spur, that'll be left alone as well. In fact, the only change that I made was to switch out the FN plastic old-style grips (replete with lanyard loop cut-out on the left grip plate) with a set of Hogue's cobblestone rubber wrap-around fingergroove grips. Aesthetically, while these certainly can't hold a candle to the beautiful kingwood presentation grips that Craig Spegel made specifically for my previous Standard, for me, the Hogues actually work better, as their increased girth places my triggerfinger perfectly on the distal joint-the Spegel's were beautiful, and effectivelly checkered, but just a bit too thin for me, allowing my triggerfinger to protrude on the trigger past the first joint, with the trigger resting between the first and second joint-I could certainly adjust, but for me it just wasn't an ideal set-up, particularly in a carry gun that wasn't exclusively carried. (The Hogues, being flat black, do match with the MkIII's flat black trigger and hammer...oh, ok, I'm not fooling anyone-they're "utilitarian ugly!" But they work...and cost only about $18.00).



For carry holsters, I'll alternate pretty much between my Bianchi Professional 100 IWB and Galco's Royal Guard, with an Eagle Industry padded nylon High-Ride Bodyguard belt holster as a secondary.



My carry load is curently Triton 135gr +P, but as soon as I replenish my stocks, that'll be replaced with Remington 165gr Golden Sabers.



This Hi-Power's a keeper. And Stephen, if you hear some echos of your advice from "The Shooter's Guide To The Hi-Power" in some of the areas I've discussed...you're right! (And it's an excellent book-I highly recommend it).



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Old 03-01-2007, 02:30 PM   #2
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Hello and thank you for a very interesting report on your .40 Hi Power. It is appreciated.



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PS: Thank you for the kind words, too.



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Old 03-01-2007, 05:50 PM   #3
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If you are looking for a good 40 S&W load, I highly recommend www.doubletapammo.com

They have several high velocity, low flash loads that manage to provide the highest performance this round is capable of. I tried them in the glock 23 I used to own, and they were great.

They also offer some terrific loads in 9mm, 45acp, and others.

The best part, is their ammo comes in 50 round boxes at a reasonable price.
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Sounds great. Congrats! I have two of the .40's and they are terrific.
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johnp,



I own the same pistol as yours. All I have done to mine was put Trijicons on it, remove the mag disconnect and change the grips to Pachmayrs. I guess I am more into function than looks, but this pistol certainly works for me.



Recently I have become a big fan of the 357 Sig round, and even have the conversion barrel to let me shoot them in this FN HP. I have to agree with you, it is a real keeper and a real shooter.



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Hello,

I have to say that I agree entirely with your review! My only complaint is with the grips also (seem cheap, flimsy and are sharp for IWB). I am still undecided on what to replace them with.



Other than that, I cannot believe how accurate these are! :)



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Personally, the 357sig didn't thrill me. I put a 357sig barrel in my glock 23, and tried it with some very high performance doubletap ammo. I found I preferred the heavier bullet in the 40, and didn't use the 357sig barrel much.
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jonhp, my thoughts on the BHP 40 S&W are it is the softest shooting 40 I have fired. The recoil spring is very heavy but there is a trick to racking the slide. What is it? You go into a semi-crouch and then push out on the frame with your dominant hand and pull back on the slide, at the same time, with your weaker hand. I bought my BHP 40 S&W for a song ($450). Regards, Richard



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My only complaint is with the grips...sharp for IWB).


Sandpaper and steel wool took care of that!
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Jonhp,



Enjoy your new Hi-Power. I sold several of these and have one myself(shoulda bought more). Accuracy has been phenominal as has been reliability. Got mine at an embarrasingly low dealer price and it came with the hard case, three magazine(mouse trap type), and a neat cleaning rod/handle/kit.

Mine is going to be wearing Heinie fixed sights pretty soon and have an optional barrel in .357 SIG.



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