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Old 12-29-2019, 11:48 AM
voodooranger voodooranger is offline
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Recommendation on how to find a specific hi power?

I have tried and liked hi powers in the past, but never decided to get one due to hammer bite. I have very large hands. How would you guys suggest i find one with a beavertail and the mag safety removed?
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Old 12-29-2019, 12:52 PM
gnappi gnappi is offline
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It may be easier to get a BHP you like and have it modded than to look for one that's been done in a version you don't like.

My hands are on the small side, and I have never had a hammer bite but C&S has other options you can also look into one of their "no bite" hammers. I've read they work pretty good.
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Old 12-29-2019, 12:59 PM
JimCunn JimCunn is offline
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It only takes about 10 minutes to remove the mag safety yourself.
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Old 12-29-2019, 02:01 PM
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I don't think of my hands as big, but I wear XL and XXL gloves...

My first two High Powers came with factory installed SFS. I never knew what hammer bite was until I bought an FEG without SFS. Had JMB thought of SFS... Cocked and Locked would not be a thing!

Removing the magazine safety is indeed fairly easy.
Installing SFS is also fairly easy.
Changing a hammer is only a little more difficult.

If you don't want to work on your first BHP, there are a number of great places you can send it to for reliable service. My favorite is BHSS, which is located in central Indiana. They are quite agreeable, turnaround time is fast and they can do things like a complete spring change and reliability package. I had them do this for my alloy frame Detective HP, which I intended to carry daily. It got done right, fast and didn't break the bank.

*Recently I sent it back for refinishing and Meprolight Night Sights.
I think of BHSS as a spa my High Powers.

IMO... a beavertail destroys the sexy lines of the High Power.
With my FEG I learned to adjust my grip lower to avoid hammer bite AND discovered I shoot all handguns better that way. With the crook of my thumb up high against where a beavertail might protect it from hammer bite, my trigger finger needs to bend or angle down somewhat to pull the trigger. Having my trigger finger straight keeps me more on target.

Hope you find your dream gun soon!
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Old 12-29-2019, 02:13 PM
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Most Hi Power beavertails are butt ugly. I would modify my hold on the grip instead.
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Old 12-29-2019, 02:58 PM
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It may be easier to get a BHP you like and have it modded than to look for one that's been done in a version you don't like.

My hands are on the small side, and I have never had a hammer bite but C&S has other options you can also look into one of their "no bite" hammers. I've read they work pretty good.


is this a "cure"?
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Old 12-29-2019, 03:01 PM
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It only takes about 10 minutes to remove the mag safety yourself.

how much does it help the trigger pull in sa?
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Old 12-29-2019, 03:57 PM
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Big difference. Smooth, no longer gritty, lighter pull.
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Old 12-29-2019, 04:14 PM
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It only takes about 10 minutes to remove the mag safety yourself.
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how much does it help the trigger pull in sa?
It only fires in SA.

There will be some pre-travel during which you can feel the MDS foot rubbing on the magazine. Without the disconnect you still have the pre-travel but it is effortless.

Removing the MDS doesn't really lighten the trigger pull, but makes it more pleasant. Polishing the foot and mag surfaces may do the same thing.

SFS will usually lighten the trigger pull.
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Old 12-29-2019, 08:19 PM
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is there a leader in extended thumb safeties I need to be aware of?
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Old 12-30-2019, 12:27 AM
Ibmikey Ibmikey is offline
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I purchased my extended safeties from C& S and BHSS finding I like the BHSS better, while on their site I would get the simple tool for working on the fire control system and if you contemplate removing the trigger get the punch set they offer.
Although I have not experienced the hammer bite you describe (I have 15 FN and 1Argentine, five FEG’s) but the round hammer from C&S is supposed to eliminate the problem...or you can simply wear shooting gloves which I do for some of my other pistols that are “biters”.
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Old 12-30-2019, 06:02 AM
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Novaks has a modified beavertail which is a lot smaller than most. Call and ask for Titus or Mike and they can send you a photo. They can also modify the hammer so it won't bite the web of your hand. I cannot shoot my hi powers without installing a C&S no bite hammer or the Novak no bite modification
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Old 12-30-2019, 02:19 PM
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is this a "cure"?
Dunno, since it's never happened to me, but others who have had it report is does stop the bite. At any rate, it's a cheaper and easier route to try rather than "big hammer" :-) attempts to cure it. If it doesn't work you only lose the price of a hammer.

I'm a slacker, I just about always take the easy route first.
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Old 01-03-2020, 12:50 PM
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Some of the Israeli Clones (Kareen etc) were made with a beaver tail, & frequently a squared off trigger guard + some other odd styling touches. They are not very expensive & are still basically HPs. Could be a good base for a custom if bought right.

I also have XL hands & haven't been bit yet by my Feg & Tisas.
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Old 01-04-2020, 01:42 AM
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No Bite hammer mod (either DIY your own, purchase from C&S, or pay someone to mod yours). Easy DIY if you are so inclined.

Factory late style extended and/or ambi is better than the C&S. That's the one thing from C&S that I do not recommend. The factory part can be further customized to suit if needed, but are pretty darned good as is.

Mag disconnect may or may not reduce trigger pull depending on the individual gun. You may also get weak trigger return after removal. Fixing that requires replacing the trigger spring.
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