Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hi Power update

Been a while, thought I would show a little project I did a while back.   First, some background;
A friend of my Dad asked me to look at his Browning Hi Power a while back.  Turned out he was limp wristing the gun and nothing was wrong with it.  But, since getting to paw that particular weapon, I've been wanting one.  So when I found some ex-Israeli Hi Powers for sale, I bought one.

That is the way I got it.  Not to get to technical, but it is an Israeli contract with specific features that span the gap between type 2 and type 3 guns.  Some call it a type 2.5.  If you look close at the photo, just above the trigger, you will see the Star of David stamp which makes it an Israeli Police weapon.
These were manufactured by FN, as are all Hi Powers, even those with the Browning Markings.

I thought a new set of springs throughout would be in order and a generally good idea.  Since I would have to disassemble it to swap springs, I decided to upgrade the Parkerized finish with some Norell's Moly-Resin as well.

The semi-major changes I made were sights, grips, and safety.
The weapon came from the factory with a nice ambidextrous safety.  I decided to go with a single safety.  The factory part with the outboard lever removed was too long
so I shortened it to the point of the pin hole holding the lever on and rounded it off.
Sights were standard white outline factory sights, fitted in dovetails front and rear. I pushed them out
and replaced them with new night sights from Trijicon.
A new sear from EGW:
New hammer from Cylinder and Slide:

Wolff standard recoil spring and reduced hammer spring

A nice air brush and some Moly Resin, grey for the frame and slide, black for the bits and pieces.

And finally, some wood stocks or grips ('cause I like the way they look).

Put it in a bag and shake it all up, and here you go.

She shoots great.  The trigger is a little bit different from my 1911, not bad, but different.  It is very likely in the near future I will start carrying this on duty.

Mr Fixit

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Been a while

Hmmm......  Looks pretty much the same as the last time I signed in.  (blows dust off the sidebar)

Well, just 'cause I think it might be interesting, I just filed a "FORM 1" with the ATF to build my own suppressor.  I'll have to maybe do a bit of documenting the process when the stamp comes back.

Might even get back to actually writing something here  now and again.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


A repost from 2009, it still expresses how I feel:

My goal is not to offend, although I might.

I may be one of the few, if not only, firemen in America to hate what this day has become.

In September and October of 2001, people looked to firefighters as hero's, all of them from the rookie firefighter in Arizona, to the grizzled veteran in New York.

Already they were glancing over the NYPD and Port Authority, as well as NY EMS, and the heroic contributions they made. And many would never recognize the folks who fought back on flight 93.

Now, what those folks did was truly heroic, don't get me wrong. The folks who were there, were and are hero's. But how does that translate to the firefighter in Texas? Why would you look at me as a hero, based on what someone did in New York?

And now, there has been a cry out for a "firefighter day". This has largely been pushed, as I understand it, by firefighters and their associated groups. All of this has morphed in Patriots day.

Where is the recognition of the horror that thousands of innocent citizens were put through? Where is the outrage and cries of vengeance against those who caused this?

Why are we honoring police, fire, and military for doing their job? That's right, I said it. It was their job. If I die tomorrow while on duty at an emergency, it may be heroic or maybe not, it may be an accident, or it may be because someone else decided to kill folks. But you know what? When I signed up I knew the job was dangerous. I'll never expect a day to be named for me, or to celebrate me.

Make no mistake, the men and women who died while trying to save others were hero's to me. But it was there job to be hero's.

Today, instead of recognizing people for doing what was expected, I'm going to spend some time thinking about the folks who were murdered. I'm going to think of the sons and daughters who will never be there to celebrate fathers day or mothers day again. I'm going to think about the newly weds who will never have the chance to raise children, and the children who will never get to know their parents. I'll think about the children who died, who might have grown up to be a president, or a business owner, or who might have cured cancer, or invented the car that gets 100miles per gallon.

Today, I'll think about the people who died only because they were Americans. And I'll think about the immigrants who died because they were with and wanted to be Americans.

And last, I will think about those who caused this. I will think of their hatred and intolerance. I will pity their small selfish ideologies. And I will look forward to the day when vengeance is visited on them.

Mr Fixit 


Friday, November 30, 2012

Sorry I've been busy....

Had the weirdest meeting ever! Sat in a conference room with the doors
locked with some guy who I think was from Homeland Security, a very
old Hispanic male, and an interpreter. The Homeland Security guy
looked like he should have been and English teacher, the interpreter
looked like a linebacker for the NFL, and he old man looked an old Mexican with a tattoo on his face and a wooden
ear ring.

After they tried to convince me why they had to talk to me instead of
say, anyone else, we talked for a couple of hours. The old man gave a
great lesson in Meso-American history and politics, and threw in a
quick lesson on religion and something about magic or power or

Anyway, when it was all said and done they gave me a little stone disk
that the old man said was a calendar of some sort, a very intricately
carved wooden box with 'something' locked inside, (he said I would
know what to do with it when I needed it) and one very specific task
to complete; "Save the world".

And apparently there is a dead line.

So, I may not be around much in the next few weeks, but if you see me
after the 21st of December, just a thank you is enough.

Friday, January 20, 2012

More on the Revolver

I have had a couple of emails about the revolver I spoke about in a previous post. I posted this on the S&W Forum and thought I might as well post it here too.

I received this revolver as a gift over Christmas from my Father-in-law. He also gave the boys several rifles that I did not expect. Heck, I never expected to be given a weapon at all. With so much going on, I kind of forgot what he told me about the weapon. A few days later, I emailed him asking for information about the weapon. He emailed me a pdf. file with the following information. Out of respect for the officers family, I have replaced the fallen officers name with "My friend", feeling that was appropriate. Included in the pdf. were copies of the Officers business card, his photo, and a newspaper article about his death.
The following was written to me from my F-I-L;

This revolver was purchased by "My friend" sometime in 1982. "My friend" was a Deputy Sheriff and Armorer in XXX County, Texas. He had “tuned” this pistol and was using it as one of his duty weapons.

"My friend" was shot with his own gun after being hit in the head with a full can of beer while investigating a domestic disturbance, 1986 in XXX. His attacker was later found “Not Guilty” by a jury in XXX Texas where the trial had been moved on a change of venue.

"My friend" died almost six months after being shot due to complications from his injury

"My friend" and I had been Friends and Hunting Partners for years. I served as a Pall Bearer (the only non-Law Enforcement) at his funeral. The funeral was held at XXX, Texas where he had served as Assistant Chief of Police for several years before moving to XXX County. After the funeral, the Sheriff & "My friends" Dad gave me his badge, shoulder patch and duty weapon, the one he was shot with. I received the pistol after the trial was held.

When the “L” frames first came out as a medium sized pistol, the grips were from the smaller “K” frame. "My friend" had bigger hands, like mine and changed the grips out for a “N” frame set (over-sized).
He had “tuned” the weapon for ease of operation and was still “tinkering” on it when he was shot.
The hunting season before he was shot (fall 1985), while we were hunting close to Eldorado, Texas, he shot a 8 point buck with this weapon using 158 grain semi-wad cutter. One shot, through the heart and the deer dropped on the spot.
In the 25 or so years since I have had this gun, except to clean it, I have never taken it out of the safe.
When he died, I was given his duty pistol, a Marlin .357 Magnum Lever Action Rifle he used as a “door gun” on his patrol car (passed on to Grandson #1) and a Smith and Wesson “Survival” knife (passed on to Grandson #2). These and the Pistol (passed on to Son-in Law Mr Fixit) were given out on December 26, 2011 as Christmas gifts.

These were given with the understanding they should be passed on in the family and not traded, sold or given away.
I hope they are used for shooting and hunting and enjoyed as much as "My friend" and I did.

I will be changing out the over sized grips or stocks as S&W calls them as soon as I can find (or possibly make) a set I like. I'm looking for finger grooved combat stocks for a square butt K frame if any of you have some just laying around. I'm looking for some nice wood, highly figured walnut or possibly fancy figured curly maple. Something a little dressy and not a laminate.

The gun needs a good cleaning and holster. But I am already enjoying it. I've taken it hunting, and have plans on taking some hogs with it soon.

I have already made the decision that it will go to my son who got the officers .357 Marlin lever action. It just seems like they need to be together again some day.