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Next-Gen Girsan High Power MCP35 PI Light-Weight

Talyn

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The MCP35 PI LW pistol features an alloy metal frame, making it up to 1/2lb lighter than the traditional steel frame "Hi-Power".

Note: Original alloy-framed FN Browning Hi-Powers were highly sought after.


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The MCP35 PI LW pistol features an alloy metal frame, making it up to 1/2lb lighter than the traditional steel frame "Hi-Power".

Note: Original alloy-framed FN Browning Hi-Powers were highly sought after.


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"Note: Original alloy-framed FN Browning Hi-Powers were highly sought after."

True, as I found out after researching the FN Browning Hi-Power Belgium Police Trade in I purchased online a few years back. It is the alloy frame version with steel reinforcement in some parts of the frame. Researched confirmed it was a rare version of the Hi-Power.
 
What's interesting in this new model is the presence of a different "thingy" in the place of the standard steel frame HP locking block/cam/shoulder that is pressed into the frame for the barrel recoil lug which acts as a linkless tilting cam, keeping the barrel captured in the frame but tilting as part of the recoil cycle. This cam is oval shaped.


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Cam must be pressed fit into the frame, and then the frame must be refinished to complete installation.


In the Girsan MCP35 PiLW there is a "round" Pin/Rod in that place, which I suspect secures a steel locking cam/block for the barrel to tilt against vs. the steel-frame locking cam, since the Pi LW frame is an alloy as @BET7 indicates in his post.
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This locking cam/pin/shoulder is one of several of the Browning Hi-Powers' idiosyncrasies and a reflection of it's 90+ yr design, and is a potential failure point if a Hi-Power is fed a steady diet of extra power ammo it's not designed for, and/or when the recoil spring is worn out.

Hopefully, a more in-depth review of the MCP35 PiLW will investigate this. Maybe from BHSS? :unsure:

My .02
 
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BHSS has described that the Argentine FM "Detective" model needed a different recoil spring guide rod and spring to address the difference with the shorter & therefore lighter slide that helps soak up recoil.


This would also apply to the Girsan MCP35 Pi and especially the PiLW model.




Hopefully BHSS will do a review once they get one.

While I have two full-sized FN Browning Hi-Powers I may have to "spring" for a PiLW once they're available. ;)
 
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I just watched the AmmoLand video review & when the gent disassembled it (started looking at the frame interior at 13:30 time stamp) I captured this pic that shows it has a much more substantial locking cam than in a full-sized BHP, and I'll be it's steel.

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I’ve been contemplating an Sig P229 Legion SAO…this might be the “poor man’s version”…
Considering the PI LW still uses standard HP mags commonality is a plus, plus I have some BHSS upgraded mags 17 rd. mags, and Apex Tactical 19 rd. mags
 
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Get rid of the rail, then it's a true gem.

But then again, I don't like 1911s with rails either........
 
Get rid of the rail, then it's a true gem.

But then again, I don't like 1911s with rails either........
The make the same gun with (OSP) & without (Match) the rail, so the Pi LW is a Gem.

 
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