FM detective

Discussion in 'Hi Power Firearms' started by Fruecrue, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. Fruecrue

    Fruecrue New Member

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    Picked up an FM detective model last week, $432 out the door. Great condition, build quality, fit and finish certainly acceptable. The trigger pins show signs that they have been previously removed, though the magazine disconnect is still in place. The trigger pull feels nice and clean, possibly had some work or polishing done.
    I wasn't thrilled with the finish, kind of a cheesy grey- chrome- silver, but it's growing on me....
    Was wondering I guess if anyone could tell me if I got a good deal and possibly approximate date of manufacture.
    Though I'm more of an IWB kind of guy, and don't really plan on carrying it, I can't help but want to wear this pistol in a shoulder rig for some reason......maybe use it as formal gun. Might just feel more appropriate in a suit than my usual glock 19.
    For now it needs to prove reliability as I've only shot one mag through it and the last case stayed in the gun when the slide locked back.
     

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  2. Fruecrue

    Fruecrue New Member

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    Sorry, not good with pics.
     

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  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Nice looking piece!
     
  4. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    Sounds like you may need to have it looked at, possibly

    a bad ejector. Have you given it a thorough cleaning?

    I think the finish is what they call "brushed stainless".

    I agree with Dan, nice looking Browning!
     
  5. Fruecrue

    Fruecrue New Member

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    I shot it at the store's range before I purchased it. The gun was clean and dry.
    The gun is tight, little to no wear on the rails, and has a dual recoil spring. I wasn't too concerned as the other cases ejected well.
    I'm not even sure if the gun is broken in, I intend to take it out, (hopefully tomorrow) clean it and run it through its paces with some lubrication.
    I also need to pick up some mecgar mags, as the one that came with the gun may be junk.
     
  6. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Nice gun. Congrats!
     
  7. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    I think you got a good deal. Congrats. :cool:
     
  8. therewolf

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    Is that standard? Possibly too much spring pressure for standard rounds,

    if the last shooter was using +P ammo, or something. My old Browning

    only has one recoil spring, but it's very old.


    The new Mecgar mags are nice, they hold fifteen rounds,

    and run smoothly. I just got two for mine.

    IMO, well worth the money.

    Most the hi-powers I've seen around here are at least 500$,

    and that's for old, rusty, used, blued models. SS is usually 650$+. So

    I think you did alright, money-wise.
     
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  9. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    I think it was made between 1990 and 1995 because the Detective came out about then and post-1994 models were marked 95. You can check the Hi-Power sites for better information. Anyway, the Argentine FM is a fine Hi-Power, the pre-1990 full size models were actually licensed by FN and functionally as good as the FN. The smaller Detective is thought of highly, too. They aren't that common these days so you probably paid a decent price. They sell pretty quick. I've never seen a Detective first hand but do have the standard FM and it's 100% compatible to the FNs, all parts. The Detective shares some parts, probably magazines (won't fit flush of course) and fire control group, but you might want to check on recoil springs, etc. and see how hard they are to find since it'll only get worse in the future.
     
  10. Fruecrue

    Fruecrue New Member

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    Thanks for the replys. I think that the finish is just that, a finish, not stainless, which I would much prefer. It seems like a cerakote or similar product.
    The recoil spring is a dual, spring inside a spring. Don't know if that's standard or not, maybe they added 2nd spring due to shorter slide with less mass?
    Anyways, I like it, and so does the wife. It's the first double stack she's held and felt comfortable with.
     
  11. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    I've heard good things about Cerakote. Kind of like

    Parkerizing. I would like to see how Cerakote lasts,

    in 25 years.
     
  12. therukh

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    Detective

    At one time, Wayne Novak, of Novak Sights fame was a Hi-Power lover. He carried one and, more importantly, he collected them. He bought one from an importer that was in business at the time he was working in CA for Armand Swenson. When I needed one for a carry-gun league near Ohio University, Wayne hauled out his personal FM and told me all about it. He said their steel was a little soft for the pounding I put my guns through, but that it would last a few seasons, or a long time if I just wanted to use it as a carry gun. I bought it and used it for several seasons and it worked like a charm. I did, however, modify it some. I had the guys put some Novak sights on it and scrapped the rubber grips for a set of Spegel low profile Delrin grips. The thought of the beating it was going to take led me to take the slide of the FM and use it on my match Browning frame. I knew that frame could take the punishment so I hoped the slide would last...it did! What a sweet little gun! I won that league with the Dectective and still have it today. The low profile Spegel grips make it feel just right for my short-fingered hands. I'll bet you will like your FM! Sounds like a good deal to me!
     
  13. BillDeShivs

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    The finish looks like satin nickel to me. These weren't made in stainless.
     
  14. ca1survivor

    ca1survivor New Member

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    interesting slide shape, like a 1911, I've only seen a few cut that way.
     
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  15. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Yeah, FMs pre-1990 were standard Hi Powers but starting 1990 the front of the slide was done like a 1911. Looks good.