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Old 12-30-2019, 04:18 PM
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Picked Up A T Series Today

Wanted to share with you guys my BHP T-series I picked up today for $600. It has a few small rust spots on it but nothing major snapped these pics before cleaning it up. I hadnít even wiped it down yet as you can seen in the pics.

Iíve only had one Hi Power in the past and it was a hard chromed .40 I sold a few years ago. I had been looking for a T Series but they were all priced a bit out of my budget. This one still has the disconnect in place and came with one mag. Excited to clean it up and take it to the range. If it functions well I will be getting some Spegel grips for it and a nice Milt Sparks holster for IWB carry.





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Old 12-30-2019, 04:34 PM
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Who did you steal that from for $600 bucks? You need to go buy a lottery ticket right now!
OMG, what a great deal on a great example.
I happily paid $1000.00 for my 69 T series in about the same condition last year. Congratulations.
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Old 12-30-2019, 04:37 PM
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Who did you steal that from for $600 bucks? You need to go buy a lottery ticket right now!

OMG, what a great deal on a great example.

I happily paid $1000.00 for my 69 T series in about the same condition last year. Congratulations.


Yours is gorgeous! Great pics too. I just got lucky stumbling into this one. The pictures the seller advertised with made the rust look much worse than it really is. Hereís a pic of the ďbadĒ area.

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Old 12-30-2019, 04:42 PM
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Wow, just wow. I had been keeping an eye out for years for a good collectable condition one and within 2 weeks stumbled across 2! The other is a Mk III, naturally I bought both. I got my Mk III for around $900.
Here they are together.
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Old 12-30-2019, 05:20 PM
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+1 on the lottery ticket :-)
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Old 12-30-2019, 06:11 PM
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Barnstorm, you found a decent example at a very reasonable price. The T series are nice,owned several since the '60s, and still have one. Never thought I'd see the prices some are bringing now days on auction sites. I've seen a couple sell for $3000+, SIG P210 territory...
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Old 12-30-2019, 06:12 PM
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T-series are the classic Hi Power.
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Old 12-30-2019, 07:23 PM
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where did you find it at that price?
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Old 12-30-2019, 09:53 PM
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Thanks guys for the compliments. This was actually a holiday find on one of the gun auction sites. Had it shipped to my FFL.

Really enjoying the pictures keep them coming. Hereís another picture of mine after a good cleaning this evening.

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Old 12-30-2019, 09:54 PM
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T-series are the classic Hi Power.
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Love the look of this one. What finish is that? Black-T?
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Old 12-30-2019, 10:05 PM
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Apart from the hammer, why is the T prefered over the C series? What are the differences?
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Old 12-31-2019, 12:11 AM
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Love the look of this one. What finish is that? Black-T?
Parkerized. I like the dark gray color mucho.
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Old 12-31-2019, 01:57 AM
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Apart from the hammer, why is the T prefered over the C series? What are the differences?
Quality of the finish?

I've read the blueing process changed and polishing became more automated with the C series. I have a 1960 Classic with similar deep bluing. The T series featured the new external extractor and no longer had the "thumb print" on the right side of the slide.
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Old 12-31-2019, 07:46 AM
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Beautiful You now own the finest variant of the finest 9mm pistol ever created. This '67 I've owned for many years, and shoot it frequently.

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Old 12-31-2019, 09:24 AM
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Apart from the hammer, why is the T prefered over the C series? What are the differences?
The bluing on the T series is so deep and shiny you can swim in it. A lot like the old time bluing Colt and S&W did way back when, but not blue and more like a dark gray/black.
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Old 12-31-2019, 10:42 AM
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Given that from 1969 through the early-1970's BOTH the 'T' and 'C' series Hi Powers were produced concurrently (Browning's published Serial Numbering 'dating' schemes were often more '..suggestion..' than '..system..')...their ain't much (if any) difference (other than the 'T' or 'C') between the pistols. I suppose the 'T' series just had a better public relations agent (??)
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Old 12-31-2019, 12:38 PM
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Quality of the finish?

I've read the blueing process changed and polishing became more automated with the C series. I have a 1960 Classic with similar deep bluing. The T series featured the new external extractor and no longer had the "thumb print" on the right side of the slide.
I have a '75 and a '73 C series. Neither one have the thumb print and they both have exterior extractors. They both came with the trigger with the long spur. The sights are pretty bad, small and rudimentary. The bluing on the '75 is gorgeous. It's all stock and in 99%+ condition. The '73 is a light weight and in bad condition. I re-blued the slide myself, the frame was sand blasted and Cerakoted by a pro. I installed an extended safety and a sear and no bite hammer from Cylinder & Slide. It's now my carry gun.
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Old 12-31-2019, 03:03 PM
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OP, Not only is that a great price you also scored a great looking T series in the deal.
Here's my T from some time ago.
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Old 12-31-2019, 05:18 PM
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FWIW, I couldn't detect any difference in the level of finish, or overall build quality, between the several T and early C series guns I had. The commercial pre T I owned, and others I examined, did not have the same level of glossy polished finish as the T and C series guns. The highest level of finish on a standard production Hi Power I've experienced, was with a 2009 gun. Almost like the Colt Royal Blue, with flats remaining flat, no waviness in the finish, no washed out roll marks, etc. Don't know how FN could have achieved that level of finish on a production gun, for the price at the time. I like the T series, but the '09 gun was finished to a higher level than the T series when compared side by side.

Hi Power fan that I am, I'm still amazed at the almost iconic status the T series has achieved, with the attendant high prices some are selling for. Kind of like the situation with the Colt Python revolvers.
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Old 01-01-2020, 11:18 AM
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>>>...like the situation with the Colt Python revolvers...<<<

It's been rumored that old Colt '..snake gun..' collectors have sold off the contents of their gun safes and bought vacation homes with the proceeds.
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Old 01-02-2020, 01:06 PM
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OP, Not only is that a great price you also scored a great looking T series in the deal.

Here's my T from some time ago.


Nice!
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Old 01-05-2020, 09:51 AM
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Barnstorm, you found a decent example at a very reasonable price. The T series are nice,owned several since the '60s, and still have one. Never thought I'd see the prices some are bringing now days on auction sites. I've seen a couple sell for $3000+, SIG P210 territory...
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Wanted to share with you guys my BHP T-series I picked up today for $600. It has a few small rust spots on it but nothing major snapped these pics before cleaning it up. I hadnít even wiped it down yet as you can seen in the pics.

Iíve only had one Hi Power in the past and it was a hard chromed .40 I sold a few years ago. I had been looking for a T Series but they were all priced a bit out of my budget. This one still has the disconnect in place and came with one mag. Excited to clean it up and take it to the range. If it functions well I will be getting some Spegel grips for it and a nice Milt Sparks holster for IWB carry.




Nice looking Hi Power, excellent deal you got on that one!
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Old 01-05-2020, 11:41 AM
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T-series are the classic Hi Power.
Bob

Here's a picture of my mid '70s "C" series LW that I refinished. Looks very similar to your "T".

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Old 01-05-2020, 11:44 AM
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Here's another mid '70s "C" series that I recently acquired. It's in 99+ condition and the blueing is really nice.

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Old 01-13-2020, 05:36 PM
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Thank you guys for sharing all of your beautiful Hi Powers here. I changed out the grips on my T series mentioned above to some Navidrex along with some new Hogue screws. Swapped to an 18.5lb recoil spring and hit the range today with 100rds of 124gr FMJ.

Happy to report that this one functioned flawlessly and was a true pleasure to shoot. Hereís a pic from after todayís range trip. Donít worry I still have the factory grips

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