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23rd March 2005, 10:42
I am looking at a couple of Hi-Powers. One is the full-size and one is the "Detective" model (shorter slide and barrel, akin to the 1911 Commander-size pistols). I can only afford to buy one at this time. Faced with the decision, which would be the better pistol as a first Hi-Power acquisition?
It will not be used as a carry pistol or primary home defense pistol. Just looking to expand the collection.
23rd March 2005, 14:40
If it was my first HP, it would have to be a full-size FN or Browning. The only "commander" size HP's I know of are made by FM (I believe out of Argentina) and I believe C&S made a custom one a few years back and could still be making them. At the range I work at we have sold a few FM's but IMHO I don't think they stack up against the FN and Browning in terms of quality, fit and finish.
23rd March 2005, 14:48
Go with the full size. I've never been that interested in commander-sized guns, so I never looked into the Detective too much, but I seem to remember reading that they go through springs fairly quickly, and it's hard to find springs for them. I could be wrong. Take it for what it's worth.
27th March 2005, 11:08
I would stick with the regular full size Browning P-35 for even that is short in bbl & slide length to a Colt 45 Govt or other such models.
28th March 2005, 08:41
Agreed. Go with the "Real Deal" first. Later, if you want variety, you can get the "niche" guns. Also, you will find that the full-size HP is amazingly compact.
Stephen A. Camp
28th March 2005, 09:23
Hello. I would go with the standard size Hi Power.
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