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FN's New Highpowerl
« on: January 18, 2022, 09:28:35 am »
https://fnamerica.com/highpower/

Looks like Springfield has some competition.
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    Re: FN's New Highpowerl
    « Reply #1 on: January 18, 2022, 10:26:16 am »
    What in the fresh hell...  No.  Those are hideous.  The BHP is what it is because of two things: classic lines, and ergonomics. FN decided to royally frick with both.  That is no longer a Hi Power.

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    Re: FN's New Highpowerl
    « Reply #2 on: January 18, 2022, 10:34:19 am »
    That's not a Hi-Power.  That's a steel-framed FNX-9 that's wearing a cheap knock-off Hi-Power costume.
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    Re: FN's New Highpowerl
    « Reply #3 on: January 18, 2022, 11:19:07 am »
    Eh? *clicks though*

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    Re: FN's New Highpowerl
    « Reply #4 on: January 18, 2022, 01:08:17 pm »
    From what I can see of the press release and photos, it has different sights, grips, slide, barrel, frame, magazines and take down device.


    Not to mention it is ugly as hell, the barrel is shorter and overall heavier than the original design.  At twice the price of the SA35.


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    Re: FN's New Highpowerl
    « Reply #5 on: January 18, 2022, 06:14:25 pm »
    "New" Hi Power?

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    Re: FN's New Highpowerl
    « Reply #6 on: January 19, 2022, 03:27:47 pm »
    Having seen some up close videos of the new Hi Power... it's not as awful as the press pics make it look.  Which means, IMO, that FN should fire their marketing people.



    Some of the updates actually look positive: redesigned thumb safety, ambi controls, improved takedown method, etc.  But at the same time, they've widened and/or lengthened the frame to accommodate the 17-round magazine and added several ounces to the pistol's overall weight, which means that the new version won't have the legendary ergonomics and balance of the original, so in that light, I still think FN missed the mark with this one.
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    Re: FN's New Highpowerl
    « Reply #7 on: January 19, 2022, 05:36:28 pm »
    1200-1300 MSRP? This one better not have any teething issues  :hmm .
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

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    Re: FN's New Highpowerl
    « Reply #8 on: January 20, 2022, 11:02:12 am »
    Raptor hit the biggest issue.

    Those that love the Hi-Power are willing to live with "just" 15 rounds on tap to gain the ergonomic benefits. Changing those ergonomics looses that group.

    The new takedown method is more "modern", but I don't know that I think it is better.  And it certainly adds more parts.

    I just don't see the Hi-power fans flocking to this offering, nor do I see this being "modern" enough to attract new market.

    The win would be an aluminum frame, faithful to HP ergos (read same external dimensions+ major parts compatibility) along with fully ambi controls including mag release.  (Yes, I know a new mag ambi mag release would likely make that part not retro-compatible.) 
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