QUESTIONS ON THE BHP

Discussion in 'Autoloaders' started by hotshot357, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. hotshot357

    hotshot357 Well-Known Member

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    Oct 8, 2018
    I have a chance to buy a BHP for $1150.00. It's in pretty good shape. Finish is decent.The grips are original and are good shape. The gun doesn't appear to be shot much. First is this a fair price? Second question is do these pistols make a good carry piece? I'm also thinking about a Dan Wesson Valor or a Colt Commander Delta Elite. Chime in with your opinion.
     
  2. FrankG

    FrankG Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Jun 24, 2018
    Like with anything when asking about value...so much depends on model,, condition, a newer HP or something of a vintage nature? WWII era examples command a higher amount..Newer ones, less. I would suggest you post as much as you can about the specific pistol you are considering ...folks here would be in a better position to offer some advice.
     
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  3. hotshot357

    hotshot357 Well-Known Member

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    Oct 8, 2018
    I will go back to my LGS and take some pictures. From what I remember it was a original ( I think he mentioned around the 70's) It also had a adjustable rear sight. More info will be forth coming. Thanks FrankG.
     
  4. WhoIsJohnGalt?

    WhoIsJohnGalt? We Are! Supporting Addict

    Feb 20, 2018
    Mentioning the DW Valor here - as you may know, DW has discontinued the Valor. There are still some out there to be found both new and used, just not as readily as they once were.

    I like the BHP myself, but found that, for me, a Government Model 1911 works better overall.

    One funny thing about the BHP that may simply be a personal hang-up as I don’t see many references to this - the factory mags and many common aftermarket mags like Mec-Gars have some sharp corners on the rear of the base plates. There are some leather makers (and probably some Kydex crafters, too, for that matter) who make magazine pouches with body shields (Privateer Leather immediately comes to mind) to help keep the corners from becoming uncomfortable. Just a personal thing with me, and definitely not intended to be a knock on Mec-Gar mags. That’s all I wanted to use in my previous days with BHPs or classic SIGs.
     
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  5. hotshot357

    hotshot357 Well-Known Member

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    Oct 8, 2018
    I found a dealer in Ft. Wayne IN. that has the Valor advertised at a good price and it's new. I also have a DW dealer a little over an hour away where I might get one used. Also I would like to look at the Specialist. The BPH may be a "pipe-dream". It's been over a week he put it in the counter. It may not be there. I would really like to have a stainless commander in .45 ACP. Decisions, decisions!!!!!
     
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  6. mikegalway

    mikegalway CEO of DILLIGAF industries Supporting Addict

    Feb 23, 2014
    They're OK shooters , good guns . I personally don't like them for carry due to thickness of grip frame . A LW commander style is much slimmer and lighter . JMO
     
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  7. ChuckC

    ChuckC Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Feb 2, 2016
    I’d be interested to see pics of the commander delta
     
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  8. mikegalway

    mikegalway CEO of DILLIGAF industries Supporting Addict

    Feb 23, 2014
    If it's for carry , there's a nice DW Vigil in our classifieds .
     
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  9. Whiten

    Whiten Well-Known Member

    Jun 9, 2017
    I had a T-series BHP, I got a lot of hammer bite. I have a high grip that I couldn't get past. It shot great but I sold it to another addict.

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  10. hotshot357

    hotshot357 Well-Known Member

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    Oct 8, 2018
    ChuckC, I like the Commander Combat Elite (04080CE), not a Commander delta.
     
  11. ChuckC

    ChuckC Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Feb 2, 2016
    Gotcha. Those seem to have a ton of options at the price point.


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  12. Scaramouche

    Scaramouche Student of the Columbian Exchange Supporting Addict

    Sep 15, 2015
    I think that price is a little high, you keep shopping you might find one in newer condition for less. I've owned five; three had decent factory triggers, two needed work. I don't own any of them any longer as I've veered away from full size 9 mm pistols but besides my own personal preferences there is a lot to like about the Hi Power, good capacity, can be modified to be a very accurate shooting handgun, natural pointing and I always thought a darn good looking pistol.
     
  13. Soundguy

    Soundguy Member

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    Jan 18, 2018
    HotShot 357 -

    I also think it's a little overpriced, depending on the model and condition. Last year I found a very nice 1982 SilverChrome with adjustable sights and 6 magazines for $640 in a private transaction, and a 1981 Alloy Frame Surplus BHP for $645 (1 magazine) including taxes at a local shop. Neither included original packaging, etc. I added new springs and an SFS kit to both, so my cost rose about $150 each. Both shot just fine before my improvements.

    If you take a look here, you can probably date the pistol after looking at the serial number.

    Take pics and post them, please!

    * If I fell in love with it... I may well pay too much!
     
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  14. hotshot357

    hotshot357 Well-Known Member

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    Oct 8, 2018
    mikegalway, I saw it. That is a very good looking pistol. The only issue I have with the Vigil is the aluminium frame and the steel slide. I don't about wear between the two. If you own one with this set-up I'd love to hear your comments.
     
  15. mikegalway

    mikegalway CEO of DILLIGAF industries Supporting Addict

    Feb 23, 2014
    LW Commander styles have always been alloy frames and steel slides . Nothing to fear . I can't count how many guns I have with steel slides and alloy frames . Never an issue .
     
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  16. cherokee2u

    cherokee2u Well-Known Member

    Mar 20, 2018
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  17. Bob OK

    Bob OK Member

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    Mar 1, 2019
    77C that Novak upgraded the sights and a Practical. I have a BHP Standard and an FM M95 Detective to round them out.
    Never ran across a hard chrome BHP though. Always on the lookout.
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  18. hotshot357

    hotshot357 Well-Known Member

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    Oct 8, 2018
    Damn, those high-powers are goooood lookin'!!!!!!
     
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  19. 1L26

    1L26 Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
  20. Bob OK

    Bob OK Member

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    Mar 1, 2019
    The Practical is a nice gun. Trigger is ok compared to the parkerized 77C. The 77C has a very nice trigger compared to other BHPs. I was able to stone the hammer and sear in Powers Custom fixture, and it has a nice let off.

    The Standard is unfired.
    M95 Detective was awaiting a from Don Williams. Many changes in it's future, or so I thought.

    Biggest improvement, to me, is changing the rowel hammer to a spur on a BHP. The rowel smashes the web of my hand from my high hold and will draw blood. Doesn't happen with a spur hammer.
     
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