I have something to add to this awesome thread. I have always liked the Browning Hi Power. Several years ago while I was working part time in a gun shop I was able to purchase a well used Hi Power for almost nothing. It was an older version with the internal extractor. I had a local smith fix the extractor, but I don't shoot it much as I have not been able to find a source for the internal extractor. I have heard of people replacing the slide with a newer version or one from an Inglis Hi Power clone, but have not delved into that.
I always wanted a custom Hi Power that fixed the two issues I had with them. Those two issues were the sights and the trigger. While I wanted a custom Hi Power I didn't really want to pay the custom price. For one custom pistol I could buy a new Glock with the sights I wanted, ammo, and a class. Or at least come close. This thread like many others on LF loosened up my wallet. I sold a few guns and traded others. I ended up acquiring three pistols and would like to talk about them for a minute.
Browning Hi Power from KS Customs. I had never heard of this smith, but I know I do not know every gunsmith out there. I traded a Glock 17 MOS and some cash for this pistol. The individual I traded to received this Hi Power in a trade as well and was not the original owner. He did not have the build sheet so I am going from what I can tell. I have contacted the smith and he is on break until after the New Year, but promised me the build sheet when he gets back from vacation.
-Novak rear sight with a fiber optic front, green. I am not sure on the maker of the front sight. This is my first pistol with a FO front sight and I like it. May not be my choice for all applications, but this is a fun gun for me and it will spend most of its time at the square range with occasional carry.
-C&S trigger and commander hammer. I do not have a trigger pull gauge, but the trigger is very nice.
-Stippled frame front and rear. Before having this in my hand I did not think it would provide enough grip. I was wrong. Not as much grip as say a 1911 with checkering, but an improvement over stock. I believe the base pistol was a MK3 Practical as the serial number is not on the grip, but on the upper frame and slide.
-Stippling on top of slide. I have seen this on custom 1911’s, but never a Hi Power and I prefer it. Supposed to reduce glare but I find it makes it easy to acquire front sight.
-TAF-1 finish two tone.
Browning Hi Power MK3 from Don Williams. The owner had recently received this from Don Williams and did not like it. He wanted another 1911 he could send to another smith and I was happy to trade him a stock series 70 Colt Government. The day before he posted it for sale/trade I had called Don Williams and was told 6-12 months before he could think about taking new work. Basically I had someone test fire it for me and avoided a long wait. I don’t like waiting. This one I have a build sheet for.
-Trigger job with C&S hammer. Used Browning trigger for an excellent trigger job
-Beavertail. Having an example with a beavertail I much prefer this.
-Harrison rear sight black with Harrison front fiber optic
-Custom external safety. Very much like the 1911 safety.
-Stippled front and rear frame. This one has the serial number on the grip and is stippled around.
-Re blued in a deep blue almost black
I am very happy with my new Hi Powers. Before I got these I bought two stock Hi Powers in 9mm, one a practical and another MK3. I am going to keep one of them and send it to Karl Sokol. I like the extended safety on my Action Works Hi Power better than the one on the KS Custom and that may be something I rectify.
The last pistol is a Springfield Armory Range Officer in 45acp. John Harrison advertised it on his Facebook page prior to Christmas. A close friend of his bought it new and had Harrison work on it a bit at as time from 2011 to last month. Harrison advised the owner did not shoot it much and he was trying to off load it now for a custom 1911 from him. Harrison did the following.
-Install his rear sight, plain black and front red fiber optic
-Harrison design trigger and ignition system.
not a lot of custom work, but it addressed some minor issues with a good out of the box pistol. I have not shot this one yet. Hopefully will get to that this week. My pictures are horrible. I used the sellers pictures where I could.