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Old 05-22-2012, 12:15 AM
toastntea toastntea is offline
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New (to me) Hi Power

I've been lurking around here a while and finally decided to take the plunge. I picked up my first Hi Power, a 71' Sport model, this past Friday for a really reasonable price. Mechanicaly it's good but the finish looks like it's been sitting in somebody's tool box for the last 40 years. That's a real shame because in a few spots you can still tell how nice the bluing was.

I removed the mag safety Friday night (with the help of this site), cleaned and lubed it and took it to the range on Saturday. I didn't have a whole lot of time so I was only able to run 50 rounds through it. They ran 100% and this is one accurate pistol. Girl at the range asked if I competed. When I told her no she said that I really should A gun that shoots well AND makes me look good, just can't beat that.

Here are my first 2 questions (I'm sure there will be many more to follow):

1. The magazine that came with the pistol has a parkerized body and blued floor plate. Is this the original magazine?

2. The pistol only came with one magazine and I need to pick up a few more. It seems like the Mec-Gar magazines are well regarded. I see they offer them in 13 and 15 round capacities. Is there a difference, reliability wise, between the two?

I guess that's it for now. I know it's customary to post pictures and I'll try to get that done in the next day or two. Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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Old 05-22-2012, 06:06 AM
1saxman 1saxman is offline
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Sounds like the original mag.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:10 PM
docfox docfox is offline
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Mec-Gar 13 and 15 round magazines

Dear ToastnTea,

I have a 15 round Mec-Gar. It is beautifully made and is finished in a nicely polished blue - far nicer than parkerized Browning magazines. I find it easier to disassemble and reassemble for cleaning than competitive offerings.

However, I had an initial reliability problem. The pistol would VERY frequently lock open after firing the 14th round. Racking the slide would load the last round without difficulty. I experienced this with Federal, Remington, PMC and Winchester ammunition with both FMJ and JHP bullets.

I read about others having this exact problem on Midway's site. No one there talked about a problem with the 13 round Mec-Gar. A range buddy gave me a simple fix: rap the back side of the loaded magazine against the heel of your hand before inserting it in the pistol. This simple procedure changed my 15 round magazine to 100% reliability for all rounds! I guess I just failed to get all of the cartridge bases up against the rear of the mag. Slapping corrected that.

The 15 rounder is about $2 more than the 13 round magazine - I think they are worth it and intend to buy several more.
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:03 PM
toastntea toastntea is offline
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1saxman thanks. I had seen a picture in another post of a mag with a parked body and blued floor plate. Just seemed a little unusual.

docfox, I had noticed that the prices were pretty close. While the 13 rounder is traditional, I sure wouldn't hate the 2 extra rounds. I'll keep the slapping the back of the magazine in mind. We used to do that in the Army with 30 round M-16 mags.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:58 PM
GT40DOC GT40DOC is offline
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Take a look at CDNN, and Greg Cote LLC for the MecGar Mags. CDNN also sells the Browning factory mags with the mousetrap spring for dropfree mags even with the mag safety still in place. They have the best prices that I have found.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:12 PM
toastntea toastntea is offline
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I finally got around to taking a couple pictures. Certainly not the best photography in the world. I was going to just edit and update my original post but couldn't figure out how. Anyway, here she is.

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Old 05-28-2012, 10:17 PM
sirgilligan sirgilligan is offline
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That is a very nice pistol. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:21 PM
Drew816 Drew816 is offline
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Nice, I have a '71 on the way here shortly as well and I hope it looks as clean!

So what's the difference between the regular and Sport models?
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:45 AM
toastntea toastntea is offline
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Drew, the Sport model had adjustable sights. I've never been to interested in adjustable sights but the price on this one was to good to pass up. I'm seriously considering sending it to Novak's to have a set of their fixed sights installed.
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