September 2nd, 2013, 03:52 PM
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: North Carolina
FEG Mod. PJK-9HP
I've been working on a side project over the past 2 years with the Browning P-35 design of the High power FEG clone.
I purchased a lot of surplus FEG imports and one FN made High Power. All are the P-35 design.
I wanted to pass on my quick review of two of the FEGs that I've finished restoring.
For those that are not familiar with the FEG imports, many were faithful clones of the FN produced P-35 design. This means they will accept all replacement parts with usually little to no hand fitting.
The two I restored had a completely worn finish and were in rough shape. I machined new crowns on each FEG and replaced the sear, other small parts, roll pins, and thoroughly went over every part to make sure it was in spec and serviceable.
I then nitrided the major parts including the slide, frame and barrel. It was a fun project that yielded three very reliable and accurate high-power handguns. The finish is not your shiny blued finish that is common on these because I like my guns to be working guns. The nitride leaves a matte finish that is corrosion resistant and very hard.
I'm a Sig 225 and 226 fan from way back and still love my Sigs, but these HPs are some of the most impressive shooting handguns I've every owned. The genius of John Browning never ceases to amaze me.
I shot these three more accurately than anything I've ever shot. What's more, the FEG clones are well done and the original PJK-9HP models are very faithful to the P-35 design, and I can't tell a difference in accuracy or reliability between the FEG and FN at the range. I push them very hard and get'em hot, and they just keep on doing their thing.
One caveat; the later models of the FEG changed the design of the barrel cam and slide catch. If you want a faithful clone of the HP, the early model PJK-9HP with the cross bolt FN/Browning type system of barrel, slide and frame lock up. These early models make finding replacement parts as easy as finding Browning HP source because the parts are interchangeable.
Last edited by jywolfe; September 2nd, 2013 at 05:33 PM.