Long overdue is my evaluation of my Mk II browning Hi Power (Belgian Production). The gun was purchased from Cole's Distributing, and the total cost after transfer, shipping, etc was $481.90. The gun shipped with 1 formally legal NYS standard capacity magazine. I now have a 10 round, neutered mag in the gun, that has been re-neutered (neutered harder) to 7 rounds to comply with current NY SAFE 13 legislation.
The keen-eyed viewer will notice that my pistol does NOT have the solid roll-pin, which makes me suspect this may be an Israeli police trade-in, though I can find no markings to support that claim.
Aside from a thorough cleaning, only two modifications have been made to the gun. After some dry firing and a little live firing, I decided to remove the magazine disconnect from my Mk II. The process is simple and requires only a punch and a hammer to accomplish.
Additionally, I filled in the front sight with my ghetto night sight modification of parrot green glow in the dark paint. This helps with target acquisition, and I find that even though the sights are a bit shorter than you see on more recent production guns, they are adequate for all but the lowest light situations. My example shipped with a plain black rear and a single dot on the front. Later models had 3 white bars (similar to the 3-dot sights that are so popular today).
At left, you will notice the 'mouse trap' spring that became standard on BHP 10 round magazines for a time. This aids in magazines 'dropping free' when the magazine disconnect is installed. With the disconnect removed, the spring allows for very positive ejection of emptied mags.
for under 500 dollars (less than the price of a Glock in my area by a good amount), you can pick up a high-quality 9mm handgun that is reliable and ergonomic. As I get more rounds through the gun, I will make a new post about hammer bite, and continued reliability, but as of yet neither seems to be a concern.