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Old 09-16-2012, 19:55   #1
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Arcus 94 (BHP clone) report: PICS

I shot this the other day, at the local indoor range. It's a Bulgarian made Arcus 94, design based on the BHP. It uses all the same small parts,magazines, grips and barrel, but frame and slide won't interchange.
It's all forged and a little heavier built vs the BHP, weight is 34oz.

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This has had the magazine disconnect removed, and the trigger is decent for these pistols; about 6lbs with a little stacking before break.

Last time out was at a local outdoor 25yrd bullseye range, it didn't shoot well with the Blazer brass 124gr ammo; lots of up and down stringing and a squib. Maybe it was the ammo, or I just wasn't shooting well, but I'm used to better from this gun, so this day it was fed some quality 125gr Gold Dot JHP's to see if things would look better.
Reliability has never been an issue though. It's good.

I started with speed drills at 15ft, from low-ready, fast.
Aside from a couple wild ones, it's easy to see why this design is reknown for it's combat performance.

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21ft, about 2/sec cadence. I pulled one off the reservation jerking the trigger. (dummy)

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30ft, slow fire....looks good.

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Old 09-16-2012, 20:02   #2
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45ft, very good....
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At 65ft, I strung it a little, but I struggle with this target at longer range, esp indoors where it's harder to silhouette the sights on it. Definitely not the gun.

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Confidence restored. Carry on.
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Old 09-16-2012, 20:06   #3
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I always liked those and almost bought one years ago.
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Old 09-16-2012, 21:22   #4
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IMO these and the FEG PJK's are among the very best clones of the BHP.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:59   #5
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IMO these and the FEG PJK's are among the very best clones of the BHP.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:05   #6
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I handled one at a gun show several years ago and thought it felt really good. He wanted like $225 for it, but I couldn't buy it because I had just PCSed to Virginia and didn't have my paperwork in order yet. Are they still making these?
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I handled one at a gun show several years ago and thought it felt really good. He wanted like $225 for it, but I couldn't buy it because I had just PCSed to Virginia and didn't have my paperwork in order yet. Are they still making these?
I still see them listed new in the SG News, usually through CDNN or similar. I see the DA versions more often at the shops.
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Old 09-18-2012, 15:09   #8
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Pretty neat looking gun and apparently it works well too!
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Hiya Berto! (Yeah it's that same Brian guy as on Bren's forum.) Anyhow just the other day I picked up an Arcus 94, pretty dang good gun so far. In slow fire it seems to shoot better groups thatn my gen-U-wine Browning HPs.

Any idea what model tritium sights would fit and work on the Arcus? Just looking at them they seem very Sig-Sauerish but thought I would ask you. Thanks in advance.
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Hiya Berto! (Yeah it's that same Brian guy as on Bren's forum.) Anyhow just the other day I picked up an Arcus 94, pretty dang good gun so far. In slow fire it seems to shoot better groups thatn my gen-U-wine Browning HPs.

Any idea what model tritium sights would fit and work on the Arcus? Just looking at them they seem very Sig-Sauerish but thought I would ask you. Thanks in advance.
Everytime I've asked, the general consensus was just as you observed; the dovetails 'look' SIG-like. Until someone actually makes the switch, I dunno.
Richard and Bren both say 'Sig' too.
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BHPs are right behind the 1911 in line in Gods own arsenal.
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Wow... you did a lot better from the 15y line than the 5.

My buddy bought one of these on the initial importation for $209. It shot great but they were all sold out when I went to get one myself.
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Wow... you did a lot better from the 15y line than the 5.

My buddy bought one of these on the initial importation for $209. It shot great but they were all sold out when I went to get one myself.
I was shooting about 5 rounds per sec at 5yrds.

Look up the Higginbotham handgun controllability Drill. I had made a couple go's at it that day.
At 15yrds, I'm going slow.
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Old 11-30-2012, 22:02   #14
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Just picked one of these up myself. Great gun, and they can still be had at pretty great prices (even though Century seems primarily to be importing the DA version now, which is unfortunate).

My gun's previous owner apparently tried to do a trigger job with a dremel grinding wheel. I wish I were exaggerating. On the plus side, I'd intended to pick up a Cylinder and Slide Hammer/Sear combo for it anyway.
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Just picked one of these up myself. Great gun, and they can still be had at pretty great prices (even though Century seems primarily to be importing the DA version now, which is unfortunate).

My gun's previous owner apparently tried to do a trigger job with a dremel grinding wheel. I wish I were exaggerating. On the plus side, I'd intended to pick up a Cylinder and Slide Hammer/Sear combo for it anyway.
That should be nice with the C&S parts installed. You don't need the 'no bite' hammer either since the tang on these things seem to protect the hand pretty good.
This gun has a fairly decent trigger without the mag disconnect in there.
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Took it out yesterday, and whoever botched the trigger job at least didn't do enough damage to make it go full auto! Did get a dead trigger about 1/5 of the time, though.

The hammer gave me a bit of a welt on the web of my hand, but not too bad. Even 9mm Glocks give me a welt where the right bottom edge of the slide rubs my hand. Otherwise, am very happy with the thing. Pointability and balance are top notch.
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