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Old 03-13-2014, 10:11 AM   #1
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Does anyone know anything about the Israeli Kareen BHP clone? Or any of the others? I have seen them in very good condition @ local Gun Shows for well under $400, even saw one for $349 with 4 mags, 2-13's, a 22, and a 32 rd....


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Old 03-13-2014, 11:09 AM   #2
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Does anyone know anything about the Israeli Kareen BHP clone? Or any of the others? I have seen them in very good condition @ local Gun Shows for well under $400, even saw one for $349 with 4 mags, 2-13's, a 22, and a 32 rd....


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Check out http://www.e-sarcoinc.com/kareenisraelihi-powers.aspx

The Kareen is the best sub $300 Hi Power clone, IMHO, but I would not pay over $300.

With the extra mags you discuss, $349 may be good, Sarco only includes one mag per pistol.
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I have an Argentine service turn-in (clone to the Hi Power and made under license).
It is one of the most accurate 9mms I've had.
I did some work on it to clean up the trigger, replaced the sear spring, sear, hammer, grips, and thumb safety.

At that price, you should do all right.

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Thanks. I have seen Sarco's ads in Shotgun news, and have bought some Surp. Stuff from them, and a few parts for my BAR..
Wanted to know if others had a thought about it. Why not more then $300? Poor finish? Rough Parts? I thought $350 was ok for the Gun & 4 mags. That I saw at a Gun show locally from a regular vendor there.


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The finish and fit is the problem with some clones. Know what your looking at and select from there.

You will probably need to re-spring and polish all internals.

You can have a very nice clone BHP under $350.00.

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Some clones are hidden gems. When there is not the demand, the prices are low.

But, you have to know what your are looking at and do a little research.

A 1/2" socket from Harbor Freight is not of the same quality of the 1/2" socket from Sears (but will do the same job).

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The clones at Sarco look like a good deal. Certainly worth looking into.

I have a FM Hi Power which truly is a Hi Power since FN set up their machinery in Argentina and pistols manufactured until 1989 were 100% FN licensed. Mine is a basic model with black epoxy finish, bought used in 2008 for $230. Later pistols were slightly modified but still well made.

FEG clones tend to be good but the lookalike SA/DA model uses proprietary parts and magazines so avoid unless that's what you want. Charles Daly is a nice clone made by FEG. True clones/replicas use standard parts, lookalikes don't.

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I have no experience with this specific model, but most of the BHP clones I've seen are excellent guns for the money.

In general I've been impressed with affordable clones of BHP, CZ 75, and in many cases 1911s...and these are 3 very similar guns essentially branching out from the same artery. They're just plain good designs. That's probably why the cheaper 'knockoffs' seem to belie their price.

When it comes to knockoffs, there seems to be a buncha decent stuff coming from Turkish manufacturers at the moment. Not saying these pistols are equal to the originals, but certainly viable alternatives considering the cost.

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I have an Orig. Browning HP I bought in the 1980's at an LGS in Watertown NY not to far from one of the main access gates to FT. Drum. $450 but I got 4 13's and 2-22's with it, and still have it. My First one that I was going to put away and "leave " it to a relative, an Inglis from Canada that I bought for $325 in 1980 at a shop in Dothan AL, I gave that to a Kuwaiti officer who was helping us "Recon" prior to the ground phase of Desert Storm. He wanted me to "Meet" his sister and their 3 cousins, until I explained to him my faith, and back then my desire to find a woman of my faith. So he got the HP as a token of my gratitude for keeping us out of Saddam's SAM trackers Sights...


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I have no experience with this specific model, but most of the BHP clones I've seen are excellent guns for the money.



In general I've been impressed with affordable clones of BHP, CZ 75, and in many cases 1911s...and these are 3 very similar guns essentially branching out from the same artery. They're just plain good designs. That's probably why the cheaper 'knockoffs' seem to belie their price.



When it comes to knockoffs, there seems to be a buncha decent stuff coming from Turkish manufacturers at the moment. Not saying these pistols are equal to the originals, but certainly viable alternatives considering the cost.

Yeah, I'm looking for a CZ or Sig clone, or a BHP clone for a "Nightstand" gun, so I can put the Safe Queens away. I'm also looking at several 1911's in 9MM as that's my Main Handgun caliber. I have Several 9's I want to put away. I have not decided if my Ruger SR9 will become just a range gun,. But I want another SA, or DA/SA gun...I have looked at both the EAA Witness Steel, and the EAA Tangfolio's as well, and at the Chiappa Beretta clones. My Beretta & Taurus 92' have 22 & 32 years of use on both of them. Even they are in very Good to Almost Mint condition, same as my 1911's, I'm selling some and just putting the rest away.


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