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Old 07-15-2011, 07:40 AM   #1
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If you could ask the factory

Like the title says what would you have the factory change on the production of new Hi-Powers.
To me the removal of the mag-disconnect and thus no more mouse trap mags. Plus a 26LP hammer spring would make it nearly perfect from the factory.
I know there are lots more things that could be done, but take into consideration the cost of production.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:10 AM   #2
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I'd like to see the firing pin block and the disconnect GONE forever, go back to the original-style Round Hammer and the original-stronger 2 coil trigger spring, delete the machined bars on the sights and abrasive-blast the sight's faces too reduce glare, modify the exsisting ambi-safety into a single-side unit, and make their own copy of Navidrex's Thin Micarta Grip Panels - but make the FN grip panels out of DuPont DelrinŽ or from GE Westington House Micarta, and keep the ejection spring equipped magazines in full-production - and please start shipping the pistols with at least 6 magazines!

corvettezo6, FN went to the 32-Lb. Mainspring back in the 1970s for a very good reason.

In 1972 FN made a production change to the firing pin spring. The old spring had a wire diameter of approximately .024". The new spring is approximately 1/8" longer & is made from .030" diameter wire.

Some time in the 1970s after the production change was made to the firing pin spring, FN started receiving reports regarding no fires & light strikes. This was because the original 26-Lb. mainspring didn't deliver enough force to over come the new firing pin spring when using ammo with harder primers, so, FN then (sometime in the 1970s) went to the current 32-Lb. mainspring and all was well again.

I've been told by solid folks that the hard primers was mainly found in Middle Eastern SMG Ammo - but why take chances, especially with a pistol that you may depend upon to protect life, liberty & property. Plus, the 32-Lb. Mainspring simply adds life to the gun by reducing the battering that an automatic pistol is subjected to durning it's firing cycle, and the gun runs just fine with it in place. I also strongly suspect that Dieudonne Saive himself would approve of the heavier mainspring as well.
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:15 AM   #3
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I agree with just about everything Bob said, but I would have FN make a good copy of the FEG extended safety. It's one of the nicest ones I've ever seen and there's no reason in heck FN couldn't improve of the looks of the current one, which, IMHO makes the gun look like a Porsche with mudflaps.

And if Browning is going to charge an arm and a leg for it's HP's, they could at least put attractive rubber bumpers their mags like the stick-on Pachmayr's on the pistol in the next photograph.


This is the factory FEG extended safety found on a number of FEG Hi Power pistols, including the CDHP. This pistol is one of KBI's PJK 9HP's. Even the C&S extended safety can't come within a mile of the FEG unit for looks, and I especially dislike the unfinished-looking sharp edges on the C&S unit, not to mention its maroon color.

I would also have FN take a hard look at the new CZ 75B/85B mag release and adapt one of similar size and shape to the BHP. Nudge, nudge.


The BHP mag release looks like the one on the CZ 85 at the top of the photo. I would like to see it look more like the one on the lower pistol, a CZ 85B.

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Hello Jer,

Respectfully, I'd hate to see a change to anything that would dictate having to use two differnt parts depending on what vintage The HP is, ie. they'd have to start machining the frame differently in order to use the CZ mag catch. It's bad enough now - that a guy has to remove the paddle from a Type II Sear Lever in order to use it in a Classic High Power slide.

You can already get Genuine FN-Browning Factory Magazines with the Pachmayr pads installed.

Part No. 112050293 is a 13 shot 9mm Mag w/Std. Baseplate.
Part No. 112051293 is a 13 shot 9mm Mag w/Pachmayr Pad glued on the Baseplate.
Part No. 112050193 is a 10 shot 9mm Mag w/Std. Baseplate.
Part No. 112051293 is a 10 shot 9mm Mag w/Pachmayr Pad glued on the Baseplate.

Part No. 112050194 is a .40cal Mag w/Std. Baseplate.
Part No. 112051194 is a .40cal Mag w/Pachmayr Pad glued on the Baseplate.
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:48 AM   #5
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Other than the mag disconnect, a better safety would be top of mine. My Mk III safety is ok but only just so.
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:45 AM   #6
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:19 PM   #7
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I would like FN to upgrade to a bluing process that matches the FEG in JayPee's picture.
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Old 07-16-2011, 05:50 AM   #8
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What Bob said. Plus........ offer a semi-custom with matted front/back straps and Novak sights. I'm not into beavertails on the BHP.
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Gents,

The finish on those FEG's is pretty spectacular. As for the current safey, it works well.

On the other hand, IF I has a Porsche I'd probably put mud flaps on it.

There's just no accounting for taste...

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Get rid of the firing pin safety and mag disconnect (and give us a decent trigger pull), Novak sights (or sight cuts), round hammer, more finish options (like a deep bluing, nickel, chrome, engraved), an improved safety lever (the current one is better than the original, but not really good), better grips, an option to have the frame drilled at the factory for optics, and an Aluminum alloy frame for those who like to carry the BHP. Hmm, those almost all look like things that have been done in the past, don't they?
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