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Old 03-20-2013, 10:18   #1
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Browning Hi-Power Question

I was cleaning my Browning Hi-powers and their magazines this morning because I was bored and got to thinking.

I know the BHP was originally designed for a 13rd magazine and that Mec-gar is the OEM magazine supplier. Mec-gar has made 15rd BHP magazines for awhile now but why hasn't Browning/FN made the 15rd the standard mag instead of the 13rd? I'm does anybody know what year the 15rd BHP magazine was introduced?
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:52   #2
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I would imagine that FN doesn't make 'em because:

1) The 15 round Mec Gars are very reliable, but not as reliable as the 13s.
2) Nobody they care about ever asked for 'em.
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Old 03-20-2013, 18:49   #3
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13 was usually sufficient to get the job done.
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Old 03-20-2013, 19:09   #4
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why do they keep installing a 32# hammer spring? ...............'cause that's the way they've always done it. Plus the 13s have the mouse trap spring to overcome the mag disconnect safety. Not sure the spring could be put on a 15 because of follower design
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13 was usually sufficient to get the job done.
But, what if you were facing 15 BGs?
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But, what if you were facing 15 BGs?
Or miss a lot?
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Old 03-22-2013, 15:08   #7
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The 15 round Mec-Gar mags do not protrude past the bottom of the mag well so, in order to hold 2 add'l rounds, they probably have a shorter follower. Maybe Browning/FN does not think those followers are as reliable.
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Old 03-22-2013, 16:07   #8
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I thought the mousetrap springs were on the 10 rounders.



The KRD surplus is the way to go for 15-17rnd mags.
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Old 03-22-2013, 16:24   #9
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I am sure the reason is because of MILITARY SPECIFICATIONS.

The same 'Mil-Spec' that forces makers of the M16/AR-15 to use bolts made of materials that fracture after 5000 or so rounds (there are much better materials made now that will keep the bolts working for a long long time.)

So you see, the 'government' says they want the P-35 this way and only this way. And they never have changed the specifications they demand.

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I thought the mousetrap springs were on the 10 rounders.



The KRD surplus is the way to go for 15-17rnd mags.
my 13 rounders that came with the Practical had the mousetrap springs...they're there to help eject the magazine...

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But, what if you were facing 15 BGs?
Change mags
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:24   #12
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Mec-Gar makes both the Browning OEM mags for FN and sells their own for the Hi-Power. The Mousetrap Spring is an FN patent, which is why you don't see it on the other Mec-Gar mags. As noted above, the 15 rounders have a different follower, which is why they can pull off having two more rounds without an increase in length. Dieudonne Saive designed the original Hi-Power magazine (and sent the prototype to J. M. Browning in Utah), back in the early 20's, and it was one of the first high capacity pistol magazines made. The consensus I've seen is that the 15-rounders are reliable, but sometimes the slide does not lock back. For good info on Hi-Power magazines, see the Handguns and Ammunition Forum, which also links to many good articles by the late Stephen A. Camp.
http://www.handgunsandammunition.com/
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