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Old 06-09-2002, 09:12 AM   #1
 
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Greetings all, I recently purchased a re-arsenaled Argentine FM. I would like to tap into everyone's wisdom about a few things.

1. I notice the front site is staked on and silver soldered. Will this create a problem with having a new site milled?
2. Also, any do-it yourselfers have recommendation for dehorning? There are a couple of sharp edges and I was thinking of 400-600 grit wet sandpaper. I will be sending off to Mac's shooting irons for a refinish after some work on the sites and a new hammer and safety is put on.
3. Lastly, what recommendations for sites? I'm not interested in nite sites. Thanks!
 
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Old 06-09-2002, 12:27 PM   #2
 
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I would keep the gun as a shooter and NOT sink a lot of money in Argentine Craftsmanship.
The best thing coming out of Argentina are their WOMEN.

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Old 06-14-2002, 02:00 PM   #3
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i plan to pick up an Arg HP soon and will be doing the following:
millet type II low sights
C&S thumb safety
Navidrex thin grips
 
 
Old 06-14-2002, 03:28 PM   #4
 
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WHY would you want to waste your money on Argentine guns when you can buy a BROWNING with parts made in Belgium and its assembled in Portugal.??????????????????????????????

Teddy
 
Old 06-15-2002, 01:59 AM   #5
 
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Teddy,
He may be buying an FN HiPower produced and assembled in Belgium for the Argentine government.
Have you seen any problems with the early 60's FN HiPowers? I always wonder how guns hold up over 40 years.

Steve
 
Old 06-16-2002, 01:00 PM   #6
 
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I do not like to take in Argentine guns but I do on ocassion.
When I was much younger I knew a lot of Argentine Women. I liked them better than their firearms.

Teddy
 
Old 07-16-2002, 01:28 PM   #7
 
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I purchased one of the non re arsenaled some time back to have a pistol to workon prior to starting gunsmithing school. I would suggest starting with no finer than 320 grit sandpaper. I went with AO express sights with big dot tritium front. I also went with C&S safety and navidrex grips. After polishing out ALL the tool marks on outside of slide tightening Frame slide Interface Polishing sear And Hammer interface Bobbing Hammer.I now have many new calluses and ilove My Argentine High Power. I also stippled front and rear gripstaps made some mistakes,learned alot,will Not repeat mistakes. :P
 
Old 07-16-2002, 02:45 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Beavo
...I recently purchased a re-arsenaled Argentine FM...
Re-arsenaled? (Non-re-arsenaled?) Is that just a fancy word for re-blued?
 
Old 08-07-2002, 12:06 PM   #9
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Some of the FN pistols I have seen lately were thrown together by Basque sheepherders and parts even fall off when the pistol is handled.
I have a Hi Power from Argentina (commercial) imported by Albatross Intnl of Bellflower, CA that is the most accurate and reliable Hi Power I have ever owned. You guys must have gotten hold of some military rejects. Stick to commercial.
An article in Gun Tests this month bears out what I have said about the FN pistols. They are not worth having and Gun Tests judges them to be unsafe to carry or to fire. I concur.
 
Old 08-07-2002, 05:57 PM   #10
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I have the FM, FN, Arcus and FEG HiPowers and the FM is everybit as nice as the others. The FM is not a clone, it's a FN HiPower made Under license in Argentina. The only possible complaint I have is that there are some milling marks on the frame. But it's a great shooter as is and one nice comfortable piece of hardware. I'd look for the FM-94 which is built to the Mark II specs and is far nicer than the earlier ones.

 
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