Hello. The FM is a licensed copy of the FN Hi Power. I've not shot the Detective, but have fired several rounds in some of the full-sized FMs. They worked OK. Current FMs don't appear to have the lightening cuts on the front of the slide. Generally, the finish is not as nice as on the FN.
Richard, a frequent poster here, is kind of a "specialist" in FMs. I'm sure he'll have more useful information.
I had a fullsize and a dective model fm hipower. Both were very reliable. The fullsize one was pretty accurate, the detective was only so so in the accuracy department. FN hipower parts and mags work in both. The detective model developed a hairline crack in the slide. I now have an arcus hipower which is more accurate and seems to have less tool marks and a better fitting slide to frame. Arcus also has a compact hipower. They are imported by century arms. http://www.centuryarms.com/store . Here's one for auction: http://www.auctionarms.com/search/displ ... um=1416483
As usual I am late for dinner. I had a real bad experience with frame failure on a FM. What caused it? My guess and that of Alex Hamilton is that my local gunsmith polished the area where the magazine release is inserted too much. Why did he do it? I wanted a nice looking pistol and my local gunsmith was trying to please me. The frames on the FM pistols have a lot of rough spots. If I were too buy another FM I would get it a trigger job and use it as a beater. I wouldn't put a lot of money into one. Regards, Richard
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