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...I'll be staying out of gun shops for a while. :rolleyes:

As you saw in another thread, I recently took over the care and feeding of a 1967 Colt Diamondback. Well, several weeks ago my wife and I made a bet. It had to do with obscure aspects of bowling ball design (I kid you not). I won. I had promised a bracelet she'd been wanting, and she promised a pistol. So for the past few weeks, I've had my eye out on gunbroker and in shops for just the right pistol.

I've also recently come into the market for a nightstand gun. No, these facts are not related. Totally separate issues. Come on, what were you thinking?

So there we were yesterday, in Albuquerque in a gun shop we like (she caught the Henry rifle bug there). I've always thought the Browning (peace be upon him) HiPower was a classy, elegant pistol. But I'm more of a "starts with a 4" guy, so it was a low priority. Well, they had an FEG HiPower that had been customized; a few non standard parts, better three-dot sights, and very nice wood grips. I liked the blueing. It came with a hard case and two magazines, at a price that fit the bet criteria. And my wife liked it. Score!

Well, a case or two down there was a Ruger P94 in a caliber that starts with the right number. It was in just the right condition for a nightstand gun, with good capacity and of course Ruger's reputation. So I grabbed it as a candidate for the nightstand gun. One mag, but I don't sleep in a pistol belt, so I have nowhere to put a spare mag case anyway.

So home they both came!

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I did the usual fingernail polish treatment to both pistols' sights. {Edited to add that I don't know why the finish looks so bad at the muzzle end of the slide in this photo. It looks great in reality.}

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The HiPower's trigger is nice, but my Colt 1991's is nicer. Still a very good trigger for a non-1911. The HiPower also illustrates the wisdom of detents in the thumb safety. When you're used to a 1911's thumb safety, this one feels a bit mushy; it doesn't snap into position they way a 1911's does. Still, the fit to my hand is very good.

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The custom grips have a nice, subtle thumb rest on each side. The checkering really grabs your hand well.

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The HiPower and the P94 are a real contrast in slide thickness.

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I haven't shot the HiPower yet, but unless it turns out to be a great shooter (which it very well may), it's mostly a fun gun. If it is a great shooter, it would be a great summertime concealment pistol when I want more than 6 or 7 shots in a magazine.

{to be continued almost immediately}
 

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The P94's muzzle end reminds me of one of my favorite designs, the last Detective Special/Cobra generation.

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The P94 is a DA/SA with a decocker safety. It's can't be carried cocked and locked. The grip is a bit big for my hand, but I trust Ruger reliability and I like the caliber and capacity.

I dashed out with it this evening, and put 100 rounds of FMJ and some good HP through it. Shooting the FMJ at public range trash, I was pretty pleased with how the accuracy seemed. Then I set up my sophisticated, hi-speed lo-drag evaluation target and paced off ten yards.

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That's five in the top, five in the bottom, and then four more up top. Wasn't rushing, either. I'm not overwhelmed. Given the DA/SA action, I may call this a loss and file this pistol under "trade fodder." Dunno. Maybe I'm being too hasty. But right now, it's sure not going in the bedstand. We'll see. I may be back in a gun store soon after all. :rolleyes:
 

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I had a Ruger P94 in 40 S&W it was a decent handgun. Unfortunately I couldn't find a holster I liked for it, so it eventually moved on after I moved here to fungus corners from Commiefornia.
 

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Now that's what I call a score!

Lately a lot of Ruger P-Series pistols have been showing up at my LGS, and honestly I have been tempted enough that had I the necessary cash on hand, I may have very likely walked out with one.

The Browning Hi-Power is a classic, regardless of who manufactured it, and now that FN is no longer going to be manufacturing them regularly, prices are bound to go up, so now is probably the best time for folks to snatch up any they see on the market before they become extremely scarce/expensive.
Fortunately for me, the Browning Hi-Power isn't on my list, and even if it was I wouldn't mind settling for a CZ-75 which has a similar look to it, otherwise I would be out of luck in my current financial situation.
 
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There are two lines of used guns that I always look for in gun shops, the first being Ruger P-series pistols and the other JM marked Marlins. I had been lucky enough to buy up a very nice Browning Hi-Power in .40 S&W earlier this year.

For having sold so many new P-series pistols, they are quite rare on the used gun racks in my area.
 
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Nice catch! I love my Ruger P guns. :D Mine are in 9x19 and .45ACP. I don't own a .40, but if I came across a P94, I might. :D
 

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AHH YES!
The sweet smell of "ADDICTION" in the morning!
goes great with a cup of coffee.
 

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Nice new pistols!

I'm with you GhostHorse. I am generally a 4_ guy (well 3_ too :D ) but I have always liked the looks of the Browning HP. Classic lines. It is a beautiful weapon in my opinion.

Enjoy the new firearms!
 
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Hi Ghost............

I am sort of like you a bit in that I had a 'P' series Ruger and ended up not liking it.
It shot ok but good grief that thing was a log............
My hands are a bit large and it was still a handful.
On the other hand..........in 1974 or so my wife bough a new HiPower for me for my birthday.
It has been my favorite pistol since that day. It shoots better than I can, it's easy to maintain
and in my opinion one of the most beautiful pistols ever made. The bluing looks to be 2 feet deep.
I hope you enjoy your new acquisitions but above all you must worship the HiPower with much sincerity.
I absolutely love the one I have.
 
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Nice, I have been really trying hard to avoid gun shops, gun shows, and gun websites. I'm weak and often cave. Trying my best not to cave any more this year.
 
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Dang it.....

...I've been looking for a good P94 here locally for years now.


JEALOUS!!
 
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Nice, I have been really trying hard to avoid gun shops, gun shows, and gun websites. I'm weak and often cave. Trying my best not to cave any more this year.
Man---6 months is a looooong time to go without a fix!
just thinking about this has me getting the shakes-- I may need to go buy something today just to get over the pain!
Now where did I put that number for my sponsor at the 1911 addicts club ???-----------:smoke23:
 

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Very nice pair. My Ruger P90 took me three mags to find the POI, but once I found it, it blew out the target centers with ease. I hope your P94 starts cooperating soon. If not trade it for another nightstand candidate.
 

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Man---6 months is a looooong time to go without a fix!
just thinking about this has me getting the shakes-- I may need to go buy something today just to get over the pain!
Now where did I put that number for my sponsor at the 1911 addicts club ???-----------:smoke23:
I hear you! But I want to make my next fix a mega fix. Now if the right AK-47 comes along at the right price I will snatch it up.
 

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Hey - COOL!!! Nice additions to the family! Congratulations - and thanks for making DH and I feel like we're not alone in our ...well, compulsiveness! :)
 

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I'm gonna hold out a while as I just got the PT145, but thinking my next addition will be a Ruger MK 4...maybe. :laugh:
 
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