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Old 06-19-2012, 11:47   #19
Bret
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Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: North Georgia
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Never wanting to miss and opportinity to show one of my guns, here's my latest. As the owner of several Hi Powers, I decided that I'd like to have something that's not available in factory configuration. Since I had an aluminum alloy framed Hi Power that was in below par cosmetic condition, I decided to use it as the base for my creation. I decided that I'd like to have it made as reliable as possible, dings and scratches removed, a trigger job with the magazine disconnect removed, hard chromed, and big white dot sights installed. After some reading and a conversation with him, I decided to have Don Williams do the work. Here's a picture of the pistol before work started.
The Browning Hi Power Club

The thing that most impressed me about Don was what he told me didn't need to be done. He told me that I didn't need to have anything done to the barrel and I didn't need to have anything done as far as reliability goes because the Mark II Hi Powers are already extremely reliable.

Don machined the slide for and installed as set of Novak sights with big white dots for my less than sharp visioned eyes, did a trigger job, fabricated an extended safety, cleaned up all the dings/scratches, and had the pistol hard chromed by Metalife. For those who think that you can't hard chrome aluminum, it is possible. The trick I'm told is that the frame had to be nickel plated prior to the hard chrome being applied. Here is the final result.
The Browning Hi Power Club
The Browning Hi Power Club
The Browning Hi Power Club
The Browning Hi Power Club
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