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Re: 1911 in 9mm or Hi-Power?
« Reply #50 on: October 17, 2012, 04:53:11 PM »
I'd rather have an earlier model and do the minor tweaking.
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Re: 1911 in 9mm or Hi-Power?
« Reply #51 on: October 17, 2012, 05:49:51 PM »
To me the main advantages of the mkIII are the safety and the sights. I find the mkIII safety to be perfectly sized, and the sights, for a combat gun, are exactly what is required; rugged, easy to pick up, rugged and rugged. They're also tough as heck. Upgrading an earlier gun or clone to the mkIII safety is easy. The sights are slightly more involved.

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Re: Re: 1911 in 9mm or Hi-Power?
« Reply #52 on: October 17, 2012, 05:54:28 PM »
Well thanks guys. I went with a FN Hi Power from the gunbroker listing that Coronach put up. Should be $450 shipped for a good one. He said the bore looks really good just some holster wear and looks kinda like a later MK III. When it gets here, I will post some pics. Already looking for a few replacement parts mainly a different safety.
C&S is a good place to start looking.

I have an Argy FM that has the old style safety, and I'm thinking of getting the SFS system from C&S to try it out. As an added bonus, it gets you a no-bite hammer, new springs, and a new ambi safety that is actually usable.

Also, for mags go with Mec Gar 15 rounders. Advantages:

1. It's MecGar. They're top shelf, OEM quality pieces.

2. They're higher capacity than standard mags (15 vs 13, with old 13s being downloaded to 12 more often than not).

3. They hold the round at a high enough angle that many feeding issues (especially with old style humped barrels and hollowpoints) just vanish.

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Re: 1911 in 9mm or Hi-Power?
« Reply #53 on: October 17, 2012, 08:16:21 PM »
C&S is a good place to start looking.

I have an Argy FM that has the old style safety, and I'm thinking of getting the SFS system from C&S to try it out. As an added bonus, it gets you a no-bite hammer, new springs, and a new ambi safety that is actually usable.

Also, for mags go with Mec Gar 15 rounders. Advantages:

1. It's MecGar. They're top shelf, OEM quality pieces.

2. They're higher capacity than standard mags (15 vs 13, with old 13s being downloaded to 12 more often than not).

3. They hold the round at a high enough angle that many feeding issues (especially with old style humped barrels and hollowpoints) just vanish.

Mike

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Re: 1911 in 9mm or Hi-Power?
« Reply #54 on: October 18, 2012, 03:58:40 PM »
I use Mec-Gar mags religiously. Since I had a couple of SIG marked mags that wouldn't work but ordered Mec-Gar magazines that worked perfectly, I'm pretty much sold on Mec-Gar magazines.

I couldn't agree with you more.  I have bought Mec-Gar magazines for a Beretta 92, a MKIII Hi-power, and a S&W 5900 series pistol.  All of them worked flawlessly.

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Re: 1911 in 9mm or Hi-Power?
« Reply #55 on: October 19, 2012, 02:55:31 PM »
Here it is guys. Looks and feeds like a MKIII but has smaller sights and marked as an FN. Can't wait to go to the range and try it out Monday.
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Re: 1911 in 9mm or Hi-Power?
« Reply #56 on: October 19, 2012, 03:32:04 PM »
Nice. It has the mkIII style safety, big plus. What finish does it have?

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Re: 1911 in 9mm or Hi-Power?
« Reply #57 on: October 19, 2012, 04:46:05 PM »
Same type as a MKIII
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Re: 1911 in 9mm or Hi-Power?
« Reply #58 on: October 19, 2012, 05:23:40 PM »
Very nice!  Whenever I get one, that's the style I want.



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Re: 1911 in 9mm or Hi-Power?
« Reply #59 on: October 19, 2012, 05:26:33 PM »
I have a regular 1911's and one hi power. Between the two I would prefer a 1911 but, if we are going with a 9mm I would take a high power. If you really are stuck on the 1911 then get one of those in 9mm. I am sure they would be fine as well.

I have never shot a 1911 in 9mm but I would assume for the more part they are the same as a 45 ACP. Comparing the two these are the things I notice.

A 1911 has a better trigger, though a hi powers isn’t bad.
The hi power holds more rounds.
I think the 1911 safety is easier to use. The safety on my hi power is small. I would post a picture but it looks like photo bucket isn't working at the moment.
The 1911 has a grip safety while the hi power does not.
For better or worse the Hi power has the magazine disconnect safety. As has been mentioned it adds to the trigger pull. If you don’t like it you can remove it or have it removed. I am told this cleans up the trigger pull though I have never pulled the trigger on a modified hi power to tell the difference.
The magazine release is easier to reach on a hi power.
A Hi Power is easier to reload because the mags are more narrow at the top and tend to funnel into the wider magazine well than the 1911 mags that are just as wide as the mag well.
The hi powers grip seems to be wider than a 1911. The grip is also shorter but it feels like the 1911 is a longer reach from the back of the grip to the front.
For me they both point and shoot well and feel good in the hands.
I hate to say it but if anything I would give the edge to the hi power on that one.
The hi power is a bit lighter.
The hi power is a bit smaller too except for the width of the grip.
For concealment though the smaller size is pretty much a non factor as most holsters I have found for the high power are actually 1911 holsters.
I think that concealing a 1911 is a bit easier because the grip is a bit slimmer.
The lanyard ring rattles on my hi power, it doesn't on my 1911.
Both are easy to field strip. I would give the edge to the 1911 in that regard though, probably because I have striped on far more than my hi power.
The hi power has less parts when you field strip it which I think is a plus.
On the high power though you have to be more careful on reassembly. If you put the recoil spring guide in backwards it can damage the gun. It isn’t hard just to get it right it is just something you have to pay attention to.
I would also imagine that the 1911 is much more customizable than the high power.
I also know far more about 1911 models than high power models so that would probably affect me but, you can do your own home work or you may very well know more about hi powers than 1911's.

If I could find another Canadian one I would get it if I could afford it.
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« Reply #60 on: October 19, 2012, 10:45:00 PM »
So a little more research has lead me to believe that my Hi-Power is a late MK II instead of an early MK III.
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Re: 1911 in 9mm or Hi-Power?
« Reply #61 on: October 20, 2012, 01:15:08 AM »
That is one of the things I love about collecting, finding out exactly what it is you bought after you get it.
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Re: 1911 in 9mm or Hi-Power?
« Reply #62 on: October 20, 2012, 01:49:04 AM »
It's probably a mutt. It is probably a mkII gun with a mkIII safety and hammer and an arsenal refinish. Nothing wrong with that- one of the most crucial upgrades has already been made for you, and the baked enamel type finish of the mkIII is very workmanly, if a little homely.

Good snag. We'll see what mine looks like.

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Re: 1911 in 9mm or Hi-Power?
« Reply #63 on: October 20, 2012, 09:00:57 PM »
It's probably a mutt. It is probably a mkII gun with a mkIII safety and hammer and an arsenal refinish. Nothing wrong with that- one of the most crucial upgrades has already been made for you, and the baked enamel type finish of the mkIII is very workmanly, if a little homely.

Good snag. We'll see what mine looks like.

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