Thanks for your blog. I don't think things will get so bad here in the
U.S., but they'll get bad enough. Your experiences are helpful in
keeping me rational about how to cope with the coming troubles. For the
moment, I have a technical question for you.
I'm a particular fan of the Argentinian FM Hi-Power. It's not as finely
finished as the FN Hi-Powers, but it seems to be quite tough, shoots
well, and is cheap enough that if I lose one it's not the end of the
world. But folks in the U.S. don't really know much about them, so I
thought maybe you'd know something about my question.
I was noticing that the FM Hi-Power frame is strengthened in exactly the
same way as the FN .40S&W version of the Hi-Power. Cast frame,
beefed-up right rear frame lug, and thicker ejector. So, if the
metallurgy of the steel FM uses is as good as (or better than) the
Belgian steel, I should be able to put an FN .40S&W slide (and stiffer
recoil spring) on an FM frame and bang away with .40.
Do you know of anyone who has tried this? I've asked around a bit here
in the U.S., but nobody seems to know.
FM "Hi-Power" Model Detective
I was a bit surprised when I read about a known gun collector in a Guns &Ammo mag, saying he “babied” his Argentine FM High Power. It’s certainly not necessary, not at all.
If you have to “baby” a FM Hi Power, you probably need to put even bigger diapers in a Glock, and Glocks are tough.
FM Hi Powers have forged steel frames, built to military specifications.
Here cops have used them and abused the for decades. Out of ammo? No problem, just use some SMG labeled 9mm ammo on it.
(Important: You shouldn’t use submachine ammunition in a handgun because it’s much hotter than +P, given the greater tolerances of the long gun)
They constantly use hot ammo that would brake some of the best guns out there, and I’ve heard of and seen Glocks and other guns brake, while I’ve never heard of a FM Hi Power cracking a frame or slide.
Knowing the kind of use and abuse Hi Powers can tolerate, I wouldn’t doubt about using a 40 S&W slide on them. Like with any gun, firing a more powerful round, the lifespan of the frame will be reduced, but that’s something your grandkids may notice.