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Old 07-21-2016, 10:17 AM   #1
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Unobtanium secured, got a LW Hi Power

Well a 20 year search is over. I've come across a couple over the years, but the timing was always bad, either it got snagged from under me, or I didn't have the money to buy it. But now I have one in my happy little hands.


Currently quite ugly. These clearly were not built for commercial sale. The anodizing of the frame may be solid, but it looks like crap. The slide has a lot of machine marks that I'll have to draw file out when I re-finish.

This is the first LW Hi Power I've ever seen with a SFS system installed. I'm not sure if I'll keep it in the gun or swap it out for the standard setup. SFS is nice for carry because there is no hammer sticking out to dig into your side when you're driving, so I'm leaning toward keeping it.

Mine is not matching (not that I care at all). 1982 frame, 1979 top end. So it has the old hump back style freed ramp which I'll fix, and it has the '73 style barrel bushing.

Sights are some oversized night sight in the rear, and a night sight front that's pinned to the original blade front sight...looks like crap.

Overall the gun is in very decent shape, but it's a bit of an eye sore.

Unloaded without a magazine she weighs 25.6oz...when built up, this will be such a great carry gun.

Some observations about the LW Hi Power.

There are NO manufacturers markings on the frame whatsoever, only a serial number. There are some numbers stamped on the left side of the frame. I've been told this was done by Belgian LE units. There's the last 4 of the serial, date of manufacture, and I'm told the other numbers have to do with the branch of LE agency the pistol was issued to.

Barrel cam in the frame - The frame barrel cam is not oval like most Hi Powers, it's round and a bit smaller than a normal barrel cam. I can only assume this is to help with the issue of barrel cam set-back, but I'll be damned if I can figure out how it helps.

Locking cam on barrel - The LW Hi Power uses the pre-WW II style locking cam, the rounded one. Not sure why as this was found to contribute to cracked or sheared cam lugs when oodles of rounds had been fired. Just like the pre-WWII guns, a modern style barrel will drop right in. But I'm not sure if it's a good idea to use a modern barrel. Just don't understand the return to the old style on this particular gun.

Barrel feed ramp - I have now see 3 of these barrels, and all 3 have a heat discoloration on the barrel extension toward the bottom of the feed ramp. The only thing I can think of is this is a spot hardening and they just didn't polish off the discoloration.


Should be fun!
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Nice score, I love Hi-Powers. Top to bottom, Chinese contract Inglis, Israeli surplus, Commercial with checkered ivory grips.
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Nice score, I love Hi-Powers. Top to bottom, Chinese contract Inglis, Israeli surplus, Commercial with checkered ivory grips.
VERY cool. That Chinese contract Hi Power, does it have an import stamp on it somewhere that says IA.CO.SAC,CA?

If so it was one of 11,000 that yours truly went through, disassembled, re-parked, and re-assembled. Oh MAN were my fingers sore.
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VERY cool. That Chinese contract Hi Power, does it have an import stamp on it somewhere that says IA.CO.SAC,CA?

If so it was one of 11,000 that yours truly went through, disassembled, re-parked, and re-assembled. Oh MAN were my fingers sore.
Nope no stamp.
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Kevin: Nice score! Can't wait to see it after you get through applying your talents to it!

Bearcat, I swear, if I ever get to Orgeon, I'm gonna hunt down your address, knock on your door, and BEG to take a look through your gun safe!
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Kevin is this a case where a refinish will not hurt the value?
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Kevin is this a case where a refinish will not hurt the value?
Most certainly!!!
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Kevin: Nice score! Can't wait to see it after you get through applying your talents to it!

Bearcat, I swear, if I ever get to Orgeon, I'm gonna hunt down your address, knock on your door, and BEG to take a look through your gun safe!
Which one?
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Which one?
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A bunch of guys at our club were talking about how to tell you've got too many guns. One opined, "You don't have too many guns until you don't know how many guns you have."

"Naw", replied one of the old timers, "you don't have too many guns until you don't know how many gun safes you have".
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I envy the guys that have whole hardened ROOMS full of guns!

(I know...envy is a bad thing...but I'm already Irish, so the green thing ain't so noticeable)
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IrishCop,

UNDERSTOOD.

I know a fellow in Austin, who has a ROOM filled with at least one of EVERY gun that Weatherby ever made & in EVERY caliber/configuration.
(He even has a Weatherby in .220 Super-Rocket. - They made TWO of those, as they were found to wear-out "test barrels" in about 300 rounds. The Super-Rocket is a "grossly overbore", modified .220 Swift, that was given to a factory retiree as a "going away gift".)

Until his passing in 1988, Roy Weatherby was still trying to "buy back" several of the rifles in Donald's collection.

yours, sw

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My dream gun-room:


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Looks like Warehouse 13...
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