browning hi power help.

Discussion in 'Hi Power Firearms' started by modern_sniper, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. modern_sniper

    modern_sniper New Member

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    I have a browning 9mm+p. I just shot it at the range yesterday i go to clean it today and I cant pull the hammer back to move the slide and break it down. Any advice would be incredibly helpful. It was passed down from my uncle and it would mean a lot if I fixed this right away. I cant see anything that would be jamming it up. It just does not want to let the hammer go all the way back and the slide itself wont even move to distance the hammer does. Please help.
     
  2. leper65

    leper65 New Member

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    Did you have any issues while shooting it?
    Were you shooting +p ammo? That's not usually recommended for HP's. The only useful advice I have is to take to a gunsmith, I hope it's nothing serious!
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Look at the cam area and see if that is messed up.

    Remove the grips and you should be able to see the strut that is connected to the hammer.

    If you are near the panhandle of FL, PM me.
     
  4. modern_sniper

    modern_sniper New Member

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    Hey guys thanks for the advice. I was using regularly loaded and over the counter shells. I honestly dont know why the hammer wouldn't move but I went back and tried moving the slide and finally the hammer slid back and allowed the slide to move. I stripped it and cleaned it and haven't had a problem since. It really is just unexplainable to me I have no idea since I was the only one to handle it all day. One minute jammed a couple hours later it's working as should. Just wanted to let you know. Thanks for the advice and the tip about +p ammo.
     
  5. johnbrowning

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    If it happens again. Take the grips off and push the top of the leaf spring
     
  6. modern_sniper

    modern_sniper New Member

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    Will do. Thank you. So far it hasnt happened. But I dont want to get ahead of myself.
     
  7. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    I have always felt the slide spring was a little light. Whilst that helps assure functioning it beats the heck outta the slide and the shooter a tad. I replaced mine with the same weight Wolff. A slide slamming into battery with a lot more energy isn't much better than dampening heavy recoil. So, whaddayou guys think about putting in a little heavier weight (like one pound) recoil spring if you're gonna shoot NATO and/or +P primarily?
     
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  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    The recoil spring's main job is to return the slide to battery. The main spring and recoil spring do the job together of reducing (absorbing) the slide movement to the rear.
     
  9. johnbrowning

    johnbrowning New Member

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    Shooting +Ps and NATO will wear the lugs sooner than later. Shoot SAMI 9s
     
  10. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    I'm thinking an 18-1/2 lb. recoil spring vs. factory 17 lb., a 34 lb. hammer spring vs. 32, and an extra power firing pin spring upgrade are in order. I replaced the original with a factory replacement of the same weight feeling it was too light but it was the same. Given my ammo is basically 147 gr. Win. Silvertip HP and 124 gr. NATO out of a 6" barrel it would seem adviseable...
     

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  11. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    With the number of firearms out there that are designed to handle +P, why would you want to run +p through a classic?
     
  12. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    'cuz my Walther P-38 (P-1) has an alloy frame.
    ;)
     
  13. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Hey, I just gave you another reason to buy another gun!
     
  14. JohnJak

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    The BHP is a great defensive gun that should not see a diet of +p ammo. Can't understand why people use +p target practicing anyways.

    I would re-spring the entire pistol with Wolff springs. Newer springs will extend the life of your BHP.
     
  15. therukh

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    ...especially the sear spring! I have an older BHP - a T-series. It was worked over at Novak's a number of years ago when I worked there and was one of his prototypes for the FBI BHP's. I used it in competition and it was the perfect gun! One day I was shooting at the Copley Police Invitational Match, just outside Akron, OH, and had a winning run going when my gun just stopped dead with only a few targets to go. It just would not fire. Your description reminded me of that malfunction. It seems the older BHP's had a sear spring that would slip up slightly out of place and shut the gun down. The newer springs have a little finger that keeps the sear spring from doing that. It could be part of your problem, or all of it. As said above...I would re-spring the entire pistol - to factory specs on the recoil spring though, 17#'s is enough.