While I'm not a 9mm fan normally I have always had a soft spot for the old P35. I bought one as my very first handgun at age 12 or 13 with money I earned doing odd jobs. A year or so later it was swapped off in favor of a Ruger single six, a gun I could afford to feed. I've always missed the good looks and great handling characteristics of the Browning, always vowing to get another one someday. Well a week or two ago my lovely bride surprised me by buying me a used HiPower, a nice MKII put together in Belgium in 1980. It has a few whiskey bumps, scuffs and dings, and somebody put a set of hogue rubber grips on it, yuck, but there's no pitting or deep gouges, a perfect project!
I removed the mag safety, can't abide that feature, and replaced the spur hammer with a ring type. With a little polishing and tweaking of the innards, I got a nice crisp 5# trigger pull, perfect for the street or the range. I replaced the recoil spring and firing pin return springs with new extra power units from Wolff, judging by their collapsed state I doubt that they had ever been replaced since installed at the factory.
I have only fired one magazine full through it so far, into the trap in the back of the shop, but at 8yds I cut all of them into a single oblong hole around 2" in diameter with Winchester hardball. I know it shoots, and of course it swallows 115 fmjs like icecream but I have some plans for it yet. I see a set of sights in it's future, either Kensight Rollo rear and plain black front or a plain black Novak rear and a gold bead front, haven't decided yet but the factory offerings are just too small. Either some light stippling or a crosshatch engraving scheme on the front and backstraps for grip, I'd prefer to just checker them but the frontstraps are too thin to take checkering coarser than about 35lpi. The top half is going to be matte blued while the frame is destined for the chrome shop to be matte hard chromed.
Im currently on the hunt for a bullet mold for the 9mm, I'd like to find a truncated flat point for possible use as a roaming around gun capable of taking game such as coyotes, turkey, and small hogs. One concern I have is that the factory barrel may not perform with lead bullets. Although it shoots great with jacketed projectiles the throat is about 1/2" long, like a Weatherby 9mm! I do have another aftermarket barrel I've been packing around in my junk box for some time that looks a little better, probably only 1/4" of throat in it, guess ill just have to try them both when I find a mold. I do have a pair of 38/357 molds, but I've never seen any 9mm data for 155 or 173gr bullets.
I don't guess I'm really going anywhere with this, I'm just exited to have a P35 again after more than a decade. There isn't a huge following out there on the net, not like the 1911 with all the forums and such. Just thought I'd see if any fellow Alaskans shot a HP.