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Which 40S&W to 9mm conversion barrel for Hi Power

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Bret, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. Bret

    Bret Crimping Master

    Jan 21, 2003
    North Georgia
    I'm thinking about converting my 40S&W Hi-Power to 9mm. Unfortunately, this isn't as simple as dropping in a 9mm barrel because the Hi Power 40S&W slides have 3 lugs while the 9mm slides have 2 lugs. So, you have to buy a barrel that's specifically designed to convert your 40S&W Hi Power to 9mm. In other words, it has to be a 9mm barrel that has 3 lugs. I've found that Bar-Sto and EFK Fire Dragon make these barrels. The Bar-Sto is $205 and the EFK Fire Dragon is $155. Does anyone here have experience with either brand? All else being equal, I'll go the less expensive route, but is all else really equal? I don't mind spending more money so long as I'm really getting something better.
  2. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Far West, USA
    Forget the barrel, it sounds like an excuse to get a new gun. :supergrin: Go get your self a 9mm Hi-Power!

  3. Bret

    Bret Crimping Master

    Jan 21, 2003
    North Georgia
    I already have a 9mm FN SFS and a 9mm Arcus 98DAC. These are just range guns and I don't shoot the 40S&W due to the ammo being more expensive. I thought about selling it and buying another Hi Power, but I'd lose about $150 to $200 on the trade. So, I figured that it would be better to just get a conversion barrel. That way I can shoot the 40S&W again if I feel like it.
  4. All the common 40-9 conversion in pistol require a "conversion barrel". There isn't one on top of my head was as simple as put in a stock 9mm barrel in a 40.

    And IIRC, the Bar-sto conversion barrel is not a "drop in". You might need a smith to do some fitting. So take it in account if the price do matter to you. For range fun, just go with EFK. If you gonna use as defense gun, I would recommend not doing it at all.

    PS: Browning/FN use a very heavy main spring in the 40 (32lbs?), so you might need to switch the spring when you shoot 9 as well.
  5. Poohgyrr

    Poohgyrr trout fear me!

    A dated thread, but I'm waiting for Barsto to say when they are making Hi Power barrels again. And I have to call Cylinder & Slide, with EFK the next option. Anyone with more info?