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  1. Wingman

    WE Browning Hi-Power part 2

    After waiting too many years for the so called "perfect Hi-Power", I broke down a month ago and bought the WE (saw the movies "who Dares Wins" on line and the John Wayne flick "McQ" from my DVD collection back to back. lol) Having owned a couple of "real steels", I've always wanted one for my ever growing airsoft collection and I'm back into my WWII weapons mood again. As the original Hi-Power topic was archived, I started this new one. I have seen some of these in use and got a chance to try one and it seemed pretty usable. The owner had had his for about a year and said that he had not had any issues except the occasional leaky magazine. He had found that to be easily fixed. Range and accuracy were acceptable and he was using .25's and sometimes .28's. I found I was able to consistently hit a torso sized log at a reasonable 60-70 feet. I was actually impressed with the accuracy at 50 feet as I was hitting a head sized target with little difficulty. The hop seems right on for .25's. Things are looking good. Not TM accuracy or range but close. Better than WE 1911's I had tried. A year later, I make the purchase of the WE and a couple spare magazines. The pistols was much like the one I had fired before except there was a really ugly seam line on the muzzle of the slide (below the barrel) fixable but disappointing. Fit and finish (other than the slide issue) is pretty good. I am aware of the WE paint reputation, but that's OK as I'm looking for this pistol start showing "usage wear". Now for the trigger. The Hi-Power has never had the truly crisp release of the 1911. This is mostly due to that magazine safety. In the old days, some real steel shooters would have theirs removed and the change in trigger pull was improved quite a bit. However, due to liability issues (removing a safety device on a firearm), if you actually used your pistol in anger, you had some major problems in court. I did find that the WE magazine safety is of the same design and can probably be removed easily with the same results. As I do not find the trigger to be that bad, I'm leaving mine alone. I've been able blast off about a half dozen magazines worth the shots with same results. Good range and accuracy. I was able to get the magazines to shoot off a full load of BB's after letting the magazines warm up. I am going to take a V shaped file and open up the rear sight notch a bit as the sights can be difficult to pick up quickly. I do like the way WE made the barrel with a "brushed steel" look as the contrast to the matt black and "wood grip panels" looks really nice. I'm getting into this pistol quite a bit and I am extremely disappointed that there has been no up-grades put out for it. It's a workable model and has some basic good points and at $76.00 US, it's a GBB for the same price of most NBB's out there. How about some slides and frames. How about some brushed chrome looking magazines with black floor plates (I always liked that contrast on my real steels). How about a ambi-safety. The list can go on. Enough about me. How about you? What have been your long term use results? Do you still find yourself using your WE Hi-Power or have you "let it go"? Let me know. Thanks.

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