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Old 12-04-2009, 03:41 PM   #1
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I have an FN Hi-Power and would be interested in another knock around shooter.



There is a used FM 9mm Hi-Power at my local shop. Has stepped slide and spur hammer, no lanyard ring. Black finish looks like my 2003 FN model. Left side shows FM Argentine (something like that) mark as well as CAI import marks. Century arms, right? Right side only marked with serial numbers frame, slide, and barrel and a small stamp (proof?) on the trigger guard. No Modelo Militar or DGFM markings.



Pretty good condition with 1ea 13rnd mag (completely unmarked) no box or papers. Shop wants 379.00. Is this the late 1970's version licensed by FN for Argentina?



I am not familiar with FM's but sorta think this is a run of the mill late 70's early 80's FM model and the price is high. Is that right? Thanks for info.
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Old 12-04-2009, 03:51 PM   #2
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Your ID seems right. Not a bad price, but you might do better with some serious shopping. Good quality pistol.
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:01 PM   #3
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I'm not sure about the model.



It chokes me to say it, but, IMHO, if it's an FM in good, solid condition with no signs of abuse or pitting, deep scratches, or shadetree butchery, and looks used but well maintained, you're prolly not going to find one much cheaper than the asking price. A guy on another forum got one in Oregon from a neighbor in very good condition for $400 and it didn't have the stepped barrel. If you can get him down the price of state tax, you've prolly made a good deal. Big IMHO again.



I would definitely look hard at it if it met the above conditions. They're excellent for what you want one for.



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Old 12-04-2009, 07:37 PM   #4
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"very good condition for $400 and it didn't have the stepped barrel"



Not a very good deal.
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Old 12-04-2009, 08:14 PM   #5
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I agree, jonnyc, but it's funny you should say that, because everyone who responded to his post told him to grab it and run if he could get it for $400. You should see the prices asked on the auctions when you can find one, and that doesn't include shipping, FFL fees or background check fees. There was a FEG PJK 9HP in one of our local shops here for $385 in 95% condition, one mag, no box or papers, 10% sales tax and $10 background check = $433. It's this kind of thing that led me to tell Redwin89 that getting the gun down the price of sales tax is prolly a fair deal. There's a PJK 9HP on Gunbroker right now for $429. It's crazy.



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Old 12-04-2009, 09:37 PM   #6
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Thanks for input. I'd like to wittle it down to maybe 325 or so or maybe wait to see if still there after holidays. Has been there for some time already.
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Old 12-05-2009, 09:05 PM   #7
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Try Gunbroker for FEGs. Cole distributing has been listing them for 219 plus 20 shipping, if you just want a knockabout. I emailed him and he has several he is listing every month. The ones he has have been refinished and are the real hipower clones, not the ones that were recently produced with changes to slide stop and safety.
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:21 AM   #8
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I bought my FM in like new condition with two mags, box and manual for $369 around two years ago. You could probably talk the price down a few bucks but I haven't seen prices much lower than what you described. FWIW I love mine.
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I bought my FM Hi-Power back in 1996 for $229.
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I bought my FM M90 full size (slab side) with OEM wrap-around finger grove grips in 2004, for $175 plus shipping (much less than SARCO at the time). It was NIB. My purchase was based on what I wanted vs what I needed. I chose need. I was skeptical if it would shoot well; however, upon inspection, the slide had some lateral movement (very minute but you could tell if you were scrutinizing a new purchase). I was so pleased to find that it shot to point of aim with a crisp (I mean CRISP) trigger- no creep except for the owner :) I carry this firearm IWB @ four-o'clockish between the Levis tag and the belt loop forward of that, barrel is canted ~15d to the rear. I LOVE my FM and it feeds everything. It is accurate as anyone could every want a handgun to be, and EASILY worth twice (or 3x even) what I paid for it based on performance (but you can also pick up used Berettas (CDNN?) for close to that). By the way, FM is not a clone, it is the real deal. There are pics of it on here somewhere (with my wifes pretty toes:) Good luck. nn
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