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Post by Mister Coffee on Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:26 pm

Hello, gentlemen. This is my first post. I am not a bullseye shooter, but I may be someday. For today, I am looking for recommendations for a gunsmith in the LA/SoCal area to work on a Browning Hi-Power. I'm particular and willing to pay for good work. Hope you can help. Thank you. MC

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Post by oldsalt444 on Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:43 pm

Jon Eulette.  He posts frequently on this forum.
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Post by Mister Coffee on Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:58 pm

PM sent.

Thank you.

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Post by Jon Eulette on Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:11 pm

I don't have time to do HP work. The 1911's are piled high Smile
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Post by Wobbley on Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:14 pm

What’s needed on the hi-power?
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Post by Mister Coffee on Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:18 pm

Trigger axis pin is "walking" left to right. New gun. Less than 1k rounds.

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Post by Wobbley on Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:49 pm

Bolsa Gunsmithing
7404 Bolsa Ave
Westminster  CA, 92683
714-894-9100
Fax:714-898-9164
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https://www.browning.com/support/parts-service/authorized-service-center-listing.html
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Post by Mister Coffee on Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:38 pm

Wobbley wrote:Bolsa Gunsmithing
7404 Bolsa Ave
Westminster  CA, 92683
714-894-9100
Fax:714-898-9164


Already been. They wanted to sell me on the idea that the trigger axis pin is held in place by the trigger return spring. I respectfully disagreed.

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Post by gregbenner on Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:40 pm

MC, on Monday evening, the store gunsmith at Ironsights Shooting Range. in Oceanside is available for walk-ins. He is very good with American guns, old school smith. Very reasonable, if parts not needed he will fix it there. His name is Ray. 

If that makes any sense, PM me, I’m there virtually every Monday, Ray is a friend.

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Post by TonyH on Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:17 pm

If it’s a new gun, why wouldn’t you send it back to Browning for warranty fix?


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Post by WesG on Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:02 pm

Both my 70's vintage 9mm, and later 40 have a groove on the pin that the spring nests in. They also have a squared (no chamfer) end on the left of the pin that appears to be a press fit in the frame. The 40 has an dimple in the center where it's been upset to enlarge it a bit. The other end tapered for assy.

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Post by Mister Coffee on Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:57 pm

gregbenner wrote:MC, on Monday evening, the store gunsmith at Ironsights Shooting Range. in Oceanside is available for walk-ins. He is very good with American guns, old school smith. Very reasonable, if parts not needed he will fix it there. His name is Ray. 

If that makes any sense, PM me, I’m there virtually every Monday, Ray is a friend.

Thank you, sir. I appreciate your thoughtfulness. Since Oceanside is a bit of a drive for me, let me think on it. (Also, I work on Monday evenings until June).

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Post by Mister Coffee on Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:02 pm

TonyH wrote:If it’s a new gun, why wouldn’t you send it back to Browning for warranty fix?

I sent it to Browning. When it came back, I thought it was fixed. Then, I had some custom work done on it (by one of the three most reputable Hi-Power gunsmiths in the U.S.). After I had the chance to shoot it, the pin walked again. Under these circumstances, I did not think I could return it to Browning.

The gunsmith definitely removed the pin during his work. However, if he screwed this up, then there are no gunsmiths that can be trusted. In other words, I'm not blaming the gunsmith.

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Post by Mister Coffee on Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:06 pm

WesG wrote:Both my 70's vintage 9mm, and later 40 have a groove on the pin that the spring nests in. They also have a squared (no chamfer) end on the left of the pin that appears to be a press fit in the frame. The 40 has an dimple in the center where it's been upset to enlarge it a bit. The other end tapered for assy.


The groove in the trigger axis pin is a lovely little addition to the lovely world of guns, but it does not hold the trigger axis pin in place. The pin is held in place because the hole in the right side of the frame is small enough to create a "press fit." (I'm not a gunsmith, so I might be wrong about the terminology.) I want an expert to tell me 1) I should get a bigger pin; 2) I should weld up the hole; or 3) something I haven't thought of because, as I say, I am not a gunsmith.

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Post by james r chapman on Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:17 pm

Mister Coffee wrote:
WesG wrote:Both my 70's vintage 9mm, and later 40 have a groove on the pin that the spring nests in. They also have a squared (no chamfer) end on the left of the pin that appears to be a press fit in the frame. The 40 has an dimple in the center where it's been upset to enlarge it a bit. The other end tapered for assy.


The groove in the trigger axis pin is a lovely little addition to the lovely world of guns, but it does not hold the trigger axis pin in place. The pin is held in place because the hole in the right side of the frame is small enough to create a "press fit." (I'm not a gunsmith, so I might be wrong about the terminology.) I want an expert to tell me 1) I should get a bigger pin; 2) I should weld up the hole; or 3) something I haven't thought of because, as I say, I am not a gunsmith.
so what do you surmise the purpose of the groove on the pin is for?
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Post by Mister Coffee on Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:24 pm

james r chapman wrote:

so what do you surmise the purpose of the groove on the pin is for?

It is to position the "tail" of the trigger reset pin.


EDIT: If you have ever tired to remove the trigger axis pin from a new Hi-Power, you know that the pin is in there so tight that it sometimes requires a press (or a six pound sledge hammer) to move it at all.

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