One of my favorite P-35s I have seen in a while, is one owned by member BK. This is such a tastefully done pistol. I am not a fan of beavertails on BHPs, so this sort of custom pistol has a lot of appeal to me. The pistolsmithing was done by Kurt Wickmann. Got a favorite? Post a pic!
<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Desert Dog on 2001-04-09 22:26 ]</font>
Thanks DD and 38 Super! That one is my pride and joy. I have enjoyed this HP almost as much as I did working with Kurt on this project. DD, I agree 100% about HPs and beavertails- totally ruins the lines of one of the most graceful pistols ever designed and built.
The top one is one of the black paint guns from circa '92 done by Bruce Gray. The bottom one is a 1969 Belgian that I bought in 1985. Back then only Cylinder and Slide or Swenson really did these guns, and the collective guess over the years was C&S. Great shooter, but pretty much retired now.
The long trigger reset of the BHP makes it a hard transition for me, so I only shoot them occasionally.
Here is a BHP that Jim Gathwaite did for me. It's kinda cool in that it was produced in the transition time when they were just moving production to Portugal. I'm told that FN essentially hand-fitted these because they wanted to make sure quality didn't suffer.
I had almost forgotten about that Hi-Power. It is also a favorite other guys gun. :roll: I like Heinie's sight picture best, so this BHP suits me just a smidge more than my other favorite. Although, I suppose I could live with BKs Novak sighted lil' beauty. :wink:
Would you mind telling us a little more about what work Jim did for you? Anything you would do different, were you to do it again? TIA.
<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Desert Dog on 2001-04-14 15:46 ]</font>
DD, Jim built up the ambi safeties, got the trigger to a pretty crisp (by BHP standards)4lb, stippled front strap & MSH, shaved the hammer so it wouldn't bite, added Heine sights, and that's about it. As you can see from the test target (shot offhand at 20 yards), it performs pretty well. As to what I'd do different, not one thing. Garthwaite is at his best when left alone and I've never come up with a negative comment on any project he's done for me.