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FEG FP9
« on: February 25, 2020, 10:42:09 am »
Found a deal on an FEG FP9 at the gunshow this weekend.  Came with two mags and finish is basically what I would consider new old stock.  I haven't taken a picture yet as I broke a grip screw when detail stripping it for cleaning and decided to strip the grips and refinish them with a nice dark walnut stain.  They were a very light walnut color.  Once the re-finish is done and I get the new grip screw shipment from Numerich I will grab some snaps and post them up.

For those not familiar, the FP9 is a faithful P-35/Hi Power clone.  The only deviation is a full length ventilated rib on the slide.  All parts are compatible with BHP parts.  It has a ring hammer (and the corresponding hammer bite). On detail strip there was one additional breakage I found in the trigger shoe.  There is a ring on the back/top of the shoe that controls the trigger arm.  This ring is missing about 25% of it's circumference, but still provides it function without issue.  Not going to worry about it at this time.

I removed the magazine disconnect plunger and plunger spring, polished the contact parts in the fire control group.  The trigger is still a bit heavier than I would like, but is otherwise decent with a nice clean break.  I don't have a trigger pull gauge but would guess this is 7-9 lbs.  It is crisp enough that it feels more like 5.  But it is a rude awakening compared to my daughters Kareen Hi Power.  The FEG's are known to be pretty over-sprung on the mainspring, so I will order a Wolff 26lb spring and see if that helps.  I can also take another run at polishing the sear and hammer.  I just touched them up a bit with some 1500 grit but didn't run the dremel with some rouge.  That will probably help a bit too.

I plan to fix the hammer bit issue on the mill this weekend.  The plan is to cut a 2.5" radius relief below the ring to give some room for some flesh when the hammer is all the way back.  It will my first go using a rotary table with the mill, so it should be a fun learning project. 

I have not had a chance to shoot it yet, but will be a little surprised if it doesn't shoot like a champ.

All in all, pretty happy with the purchase.   Less so with the illegal background check on private sales at the gun show the Democrat county mayor rammed down our throats, but that is another tale.
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    Re: FEG FP9
    « Reply #1 on: February 25, 2020, 11:17:18 pm »
    Thanks for the report/review.  I haven't fired one of those so its good information to have should I run across one.   Your proposed fix for the hammer bite is a pretty tried and true solution used by many pistol smiths over the years.  It generally works well unless your hands are particularly large and meaty. 

    Sounds like a Wolff mainspring is definitely in order.  Remember, Slipstream Styxx is your friend when searching for smooth operation and triggers. 

    How are the stock sights?   :hmm
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    Re: FEG FP9
    « Reply #2 on: February 26, 2020, 11:00:52 am »
    The sights are amazingly good for the age of the pistol. .135 rear square bottom notch and .120 front sight.  Gives a nice clear sight picture in the light.  The rear sight sits in a .275" dovetail, and the front is inserted from the front in a dovetailed channel .225"  and pinned in place, similar to my Witness Match.  In fact, just eyeballing the calipers I think the Witness sight would fit, but would have to be cross drilled for the pin, or the slide drilled and tapped for the witness style retaining screw.

    The front sight is serrated, and the top of the ventilated rib has fine line checkering to prevent glare, but the sights would be useless in low-light.  However, if the Witness front sight fits dropping in a fiber optic would be pretty easily accomplished. 

    The downside is the way the sights are perched on the ventilated rib they offer lots of opportunity for snagging.  Definitely NOT the sights I would pick for CCW work.
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    Re: FEG FP9
    « Reply #3 on: February 26, 2020, 11:09:30 am »
    Until I get some pics taken:

    http://www.hungariae.com/FegFP9.htm

    Mine looks just like this, excepting walnut grip panel rather than plastic.
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    Re: FEG FP9
    « Reply #4 on: February 26, 2020, 03:04:11 pm »
    I want to say there was a... Bulgarian? Hi power at a local pawn shop for... $350?  Felt good, but definitely on the older side.

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    Re: FEG FP9
    « Reply #5 on: February 26, 2020, 03:59:09 pm »
    Arcus of Bulgaria produced an unauthorized copy of the high power starting in 1994.  These guns are considered "reasonably faithful" copies, but vary considerably in exterior styling especially.  Most notably they have a down-turn grip beavertail, wide cocking serrations, an angled rather than rounded trigger guard, and they lack the recess "lightening" cuts at the front of the slide where the ball cuts are.  Most internal parts are visually similar but not dimensionally compatible, though there is some debate on this point as some users report success where others report failure.

    https://highpowercollectors.proboards.com/thread/201/copies-browning-high-power

    https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=80127
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    Re: FEG FP9
    « Reply #6 on: March 01, 2020, 10:41:36 am »
    Found a deal on an FEG FP9 at the gunshow this weekend.  Came with two mags and finish is basically what I would consider new old stock.  I haven't taken a picture yet as I broke a grip screw when detail stripping it for cleaning and decided to strip the grips and refinish them with a nice dark walnut stain.  They were a very light walnut color.  Once the re-finish is done and I get the new grip screw shipment from Numerich I will grab some snaps and post them up.

    For those not familiar, the FP9 is a faithful P-35/Hi Power clone.  The only deviation is a full length ventilated rib on the slide.  All parts are compatible with BHP parts.  It has a ring hammer (and the corresponding hammer bite). On detail strip there was one additional breakage I found in the trigger shoe.  There is a ring on the back/top of the shoe that controls the trigger arm.  This ring is missing about 25% of it's circumference, but still provides it function without issue.  Not going to worry about it at this time.


    There are 3 generations of the FEG.  The first gen is pure high power.  gen 2 is close, gen 3 are known as S&W because of internal changes.  Not all parts are interchangeable between the HP and the gen 3's.
    I removed the magazine disconnect plunger and plunger spring, polished the contact parts in the fire control group.  The trigger is still a bit heavier than I would like, but is otherwise decent with a nice clean break.  I don't have a trigger pull gauge but would guess this is 7-9 lbs.  It is crisp enough that it feels more like 5.  But it is a rude awakening compared to my daughters Kareen Hi Power.  The FEG's are known to be pretty over-sprung on the mainspring, so I will order a Wolff 26lb spring and see if that helps.  I can also take another run at polishing the sear and hammer.  I just touched them up a bit with some 1500 grit but didn't run the dremel with some rouge.  That will probably help a bit too.

    I plan to fix the hammer bit issue on the mill this weekend.  The plan is to cut a 2.5" radius relief below the ring to give some room for some flesh when the hammer is all the way back.  It will my first go using a rotary table with the mill, so it should be a fun learning project. 

    I have not had a chance to shoot it yet, but will be a little surprised if it doesn't shoot like a champ.

    All in all, pretty happy with the purchase.   Less so with the illegal background check on private sales at the gun show the Democrat county mayor rammed down our throats, but that is another tale.
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    Re: FEG FP9
    « Reply #7 on: March 01, 2020, 04:33:43 pm »
    exiledtoIA -

    You quoted the original post, but forgot to add anything.
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    Re: FEG FP9
    « Reply #8 on: March 02, 2020, 11:17:55 am »
    The promised pictures:

    http://fellingfamily.net/images/feg_fp9_r.jpg
    http://fellingfamily.net/images/feg_fp9_l.jpg
    http://fellingfamily.net/images/feg_fp9_a.jpg
    http://fellingfamily.net/images/feg_fp9_s.jpg

    I also have to make a correction:

    In addition to the ventilated rib, the slide lacks the lightening cuts above the ball cuts.  The slide instead tapers over that same distance to about the same width as a standard high power at the muzzle.  I didn't notice the missing cuts at first, and didn't notice the taper until I put the calipers on it.
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    Re: FEG FP9
    « Reply #9 on: March 02, 2020, 08:58:28 pm »
    Interesting variations.   :hmm
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    Re: FEG FP9
    « Reply #10 on: March 02, 2020, 11:43:26 pm »
    exiledtoIA -

    You quoted the original post, but forgot to add anything.
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    actually it somehow ended up in the middle.

    However, there are 3 versions of the FEG. Gen 1 is pretty much a carbon copy of the GP35.  Gen 2 has a few internal changes.  Gen 3 are known as the "S&W" version. Slides will not interchange between the Gen 3 and any version of the GP35.
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    Re: FEG FP9
    « Reply #11 on: March 03, 2020, 08:04:41 am »
    The promised pictures:

    http://fellingfamily.net/images/feg_fp9_r.jpg
    http://fellingfamily.net/images/feg_fp9_l.jpg
    http://fellingfamily.net/images/feg_fp9_a.jpg
    http://fellingfamily.net/images/feg_fp9_s.jpg

    I also have to make a correction:

    In addition to the ventilated rib, the slide lacks the lightening cuts above the ball cuts.  The slide instead tapers over that same distance to about the same width as a standard high power at the muzzle.  I didn't notice the missing cuts at first, and didn't notice the taper until I put the calipers on it.

    Very nice.  Good luck with it!

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    Re: FEG FP9
    « Reply #12 on: August 29, 2020, 02:58:51 pm »
    I think the FEG is under-rated.  I've carried one for years (can't figure out how to attach a photo, though).  Mine doesn't have the rib.

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    Re: FEG FP9
    « Reply #13 on: August 31, 2020, 12:23:03 pm »
    If it lacks the rib then it is probably the PJK-9FP model which is a faithful High Power clone.  In addition to assembling these guns themselves, FEG sold parts to Kareen of Isreal. The Kareen Mk 1 are FEG parts assembled in Isreal.  The Mauser SA80 was made by FEG and sold to Mauser in the white.  Mauser blued and roll stamped the guns.  I have a kareen Mk 1 and an SA80.
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