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Old 01-15-2020, 06:43 PM
Chris32817 Chris32817 is offline
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Picked up a T series today

Fresh out of the box pics and a couple after a quick cleaning.
Mach 1 Arsenal sent me this beautiful T series at an awesome price. Is it new? No. Is it perfect? No. Do I love it and want to buy another? Yes.
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Old 01-15-2020, 08:13 PM
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I’m pretty sure I had that on my watch list. Lol. Nice score.
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Old 01-15-2020, 10:07 PM
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Sorry about that lol. I was surprised just how clean it was right out of the box. I think it's going to get a Ballistol soak tonight and some range time as soon as possible.
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:20 PM
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That's a nice lookin' late-60's (1969 ??) T series pistol. Even the surface/finish wear doesn't seem all that bad at all. I suppose that on general principles, you should probably replace the various springs...take it to the range 'n shoot the hell out of it !! Good luck !!
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Old 01-16-2020, 12:18 AM
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That's a nice lookin' late-60's (1969 ??) T series pistol. Even the surface/finish wear doesn't seem all that bad at all. I suppose that on general principles, you should probably replace the various springs...take it to the range 'n shoot the hell out of it !! Good luck !!
Pretty sure its a 69. I have never done more than field strip it and that was today. Not sure if I have the skill set for a full tear down.
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Old 01-16-2020, 01:29 AM
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I just had another look at enlarged photos of your new '..prize..'. The original finish, though scratched 'n dinged in places from holster wear and carrying is still in remarkably good condition. The '..wear..' on the slide rail doesn't appear to be serious, which would indicate that this pistol hasn't been fired much. I wonder if the surface finish can't just be 'cleaned up' (leaving the surface wear marks) a bit and kept pretty much '.as is..'. I'd be inclined to keep the lanyard stud 'n ring as a reminder of this pistol's military/service lineage.

I think you've found yourself a 1st-rate '..shooter..' that you can be proud of. This pistol screams, '..I may not be pretty....but I damn well know my job and how to do it well..'.
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Old 01-16-2020, 06:16 AM
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I thought about removing the lanyard stud but came to the same conclusion. Plus I think it looks good. I do have some "new original" grips ordered since the plastic grip on the left side has a broken corner. Maybe a Wilson Combat spring kit is in this Hi-powers future. It looks like the original springs are still good but 50+ years might have been a bit to long.
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Old 01-16-2020, 11:56 AM
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The overwhelming majority of after-market Hi Power grip panels that I've seen do not have a 'cut-out' at the lower/rear corner of the left grip panel to accommodate a lanyard stud....and must be modified (cut out) to accommodate a stud. Bear in mind that such modifications are never as simple or easy as they might seem (even with an original grip panel to use as a template)....risk vs. reward.
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Old 01-16-2020, 12:08 PM
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Midwest is selling FN black polymer grips with the lanyard ring cut-out. $15.99. Listed as in-stock.

https://www.midwestgunworks.com/page...rod/B5155352AA
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Old 01-16-2020, 02:53 PM
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Yup...them's the ones.

A couple of years ago I ran into a guy at a shooting range that had an older Hi Power surplus pistol with the lanyard stud & ring still attached. All he had done to his was clean it up and added these new grip panels to his find. But....he was also a woodworker with a full shop in his garage...so he took the new grips, set them up on his drill press table and made a properly sized '..recess..' in the surface of the grips with a Forstner bit and expoxied in a couple of Browning '..Buck Mark..' medallions ('B' medallions were too rare and expensive). That little touch (though not without time and effort) 'dressed' the pistol up nicely.
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Old 01-16-2020, 05:59 PM
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Midwest is selling FN black polymer grips with the lanyard ring cut-out. $15.99. Listed as in-stock.

https://www.midwestgunworks.com/page...rod/B5155352AA
Just placed my order. Thanks for the heads up
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Old 01-17-2020, 02:11 AM
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Chris, I was going to offer a set of factory grip panels but then checked the Midwest site and what you ordered is exactly the same. Most of the lanyard loop pistols I have came with the left grip crudely cut out for the stud rather than the correct left panel, those hit the trash can as they were ruined. I placed Hogue goncalo Alves checkered grips on several of my Hi Powers.
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Old 01-17-2020, 06:57 AM
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Chris, I was going to offer a set of factory grip panels but then checked the Midwest site and what you ordered is exactly the same. Most of the lanyard loop pistols I have came with the left grip crudely cut out for the stud rather than the correct left panel, those hit the trash can as they were ruined. I placed Hogue goncalo Alves checkered grips on several of my Hi Powers.
I ordered the plastic with the cutout and I also ordered these. No lanyard cutout tho. My neighbor does a lot of woodworking and has a full shop in his garage so i'm going to hit him up to give these a cutout that looks good. I will post pics when it gets done. I doubt anything can make this beautiful Hi-Power look bad.
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Old 01-20-2020, 10:27 PM
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Got the grips done

A few minutes with a round file and they look and fit great
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Old 01-20-2020, 10:41 PM
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Nice job on the lanyard stud cut-out....but frankly, those grips look too '..polished 'n pretty..' for that pistol. Let's see it in the '..basic black..' grips that you ordered (??)
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Old 01-21-2020, 12:57 AM
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Nice job on the lanyard stud cut-out....but frankly, those grips look too '..polished 'n pretty..' for that pistol. Let's see it in the '..basic black..' grips that you ordered (??)
Should be here tomorrow. USPS didnt run today
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Old 01-21-2020, 07:56 PM
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Nice job on the lanyard stud cut-out....but frankly, those grips look too '..polished 'n pretty..' for that pistol. Let's see it in the '..basic black..' grips that you ordered (??)
Black plastic grips came in but I think I prefer the wood.
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Old 01-21-2020, 08:27 PM
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Very nice T you have I like the honest finish wear. Here’s my 1968 wearing some grips from Brownells. It has a few small rust spots but is an incredible shooter. Eats 124gr FMJ like candy!


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Old 01-22-2020, 12:17 AM
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Beautiful. Maybe one day I will get it reblued but thats years away

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