I recently saw that AIM had some used Browning FN Hi Power pistols for sale.
Here’s the ad: “Fabrique Nationale (FN) Belgium Steel frame Hi Power Semi-automatic 9mm Pistols. Mechanically, these are in Excellent working condition but expect metal finish as pictured. May not have a lanyard ring and allow for rear sight wear from holster. Grips may vary in type and condition. Includes 1-13rd Magazine.”
They were used, but looked to be solid and worth the price. The price was listed as $429.95. So, I ordered one.
It came in and here it is.
It is marked “Fabrique Nationale Herstal Belgique, Browning’s Patent”. This is an all-steel model of this pistol. That gives it some extra weight, but that’s a plus as it will dampen recoil.
It has a lanyard loop.
It has some expected holster wear, but otherwise looks very solid.
Let’s take it apart and see what we have.
The barrel has some marks on the exterior, but I can polish that up easily. I used my Extra Fine brush wheel to finish it up.
I noticed that the rifling in the barrel was “frosted”. This is probably the result of firing corrosive ammo in the pistol and not cleaning it properly. But the rifling was strong and I thought I would polish it up a little.
I used an old .45 caliber bore brush and some JB Bore Compound and scrubbed the bore out really well.
There it is, all polished up and ready to go.
I also used this opportunity to polish the feed ramp to make sure it will feed well.
I also gave the pistol a good general cleaning and lube. It was surprisingly clean internally and had no serious rust or corrosion.
I also took the opportunity to do some cold bluing where it was needed to cover the holster wear.
I use Birchwood Casey Super Blue. Just clean the part, rub on the Super Blue, and then immediately cover with some WD-40 to prevent rust.
I cleaned up the grip screws and reblued them also.
It was range time.
I shot the pistol about 100 rounds today with 100% reliability.
Here I am shooting.
Here’s my buddy doc taking his turn.
I have always found the Hi Power to be a “naturally pointing” pistol. By that I mean that as you grip the piece, it just naturally lines up with the target.
Here’s the target. It shoots to point of aim.
If you are interested in a quality used Hi Power, give these from AIM a good look. They are some great pistols.
And, it’s fun to shoot stuff.