Browning Hipower

Earlier this year, I stumbled across a Hipower for sale. The seller lived close to me, and a deal was made.
I took the following pictures, and put her in the safe.

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Not too long after, I acquired an M&P 9mm, which I shot suppressed, and started carrying. But every time I retrieved it from the safe, I’d hear a weeping sound coming from the back. Upon further investigating, I found the Hipower again.

Realizing a steel handgun is much more to my liking, I immediately dumped the M&P and picked up some grips for the Hipower. I went with VZ Simonich grips. Very aggressive, but also a very positive grip. Next up was the magazine safety and thumb safety.

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The magazine safety has a great effect on the trigger, and after removing mine, I noticed a vast improvement. The safety removal is a simple process, and can be done in under an hour easily.

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The thumb safety on these things are “vague” and not as positive as the 1911’s thumb safeties. It bothered me enough that I decided to order the Cylinder & Slide extended safety. A nice piece of work, and with some minor fitting it was just about a drop-in fit. Again, a huge improvement over stock. I now carry it “Condition One”, hammer back, safety on, round in the chamber.
On carrying, I found that the gun fits perfectly in my Milt Sparks VMII for a 4″ 1911.

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Next up on the to-do list is a set of Warner sights. Chuck is famous for his 1911 TRS True Radius Sear jigs, and offers a sight set and TRS Sear for the Hipower as well.
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(Image from Chuck Warner’s site WarnerPistols.com)

I intend to send him my gun in January for sight installation and barrel crowning.
Lastly, she’ll get his TRS sear and a C&S ring style hammer.

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2 responses

  1. Comandante Culerbro

    Let us know when he signs for it.

    June 15, 2014 at 12:27

  2. Risky Business

    Beautiful! Nice pistol.

    July 1, 2014 at 21:55

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