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Post Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:00 am 
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So, a little explanation is in order......
For some time since the advent of the TR sear, HP parts have been on the drawing board, and the designs and improvements have been forthcoming, albeit slowly. Whats been accomplished so far have been the sights and ignition sets. I have had on the drawing board for a while now, the trigger, trigger transfer bar, and strut. The safety has been tested and is being worked on at the moment. The shape almost mirrors Reed Edwards gun, seen here.... viewtopic.php?f=24&t=1728
As a natural progression, it seemed I might as well keep on if improvements could be made. Since we are already making all of the small parts, a complete gun was in order.
As we all know, there is only one game in town where new frames and slides are concerned...FAMCO.
I have been talking design with Jim there for a couple years and it was time to pull the trigger. With Jason retired and Elite Warrior Armament getting in full swing, progress has been getting faster.

The following guns will be the first pre production run. I never liked the sweep of the beavertail visually, but I can now say with authority that it works very well with the undercut at the trigger guard.
These five are all machined from 7075 billet.
The goal is to produce an HP that will last. These will also be the only Lightweights done for the foreseeable future. After testing and some design changes, they will be offered in SS. Either Blued or SS finish.

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More to come....

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:13 pm 
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One of the things we are after is a HD Browning design. In that light, You will notice that we are going to use the .40 Caliber slide for both the 9mm and .40.
I had explored using the 9mm version as well, but the idea was not to replicate the original design, but improve it.
Another important change is the elimination of the dustcover rails. The slide and frame will be more like a 1911 then. This will allow elimination of the rail slots in the recoil spring tunnel, thus allowing a larger bore to accommodate a flat wire recoil spring.
I have become a believer in these flat wire springs, so, we will use them.
Also on the production frames, the side will be about .010 thicker in the grip area, and about .030 added to the frontstrap radius.

The only big items left are the slidestop, barrel and mag catch.
...and the bushing....I'm hoping to finalize a user serviceable part soon..
4 of these will be built to customer spec and will be the only ones available as such in a lightweight gun.
They will be available through Elite Warrior and prior customers will get first dibs...

We will try and document as much possible detail of the progress here.

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:16 pm 
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Very nicely done, Chuck.

Did you increase the forestrap thickness to facilitate checkering?

Jim

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:18 pm 
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It looks like our posts crossed and you answered my question.

Thanks.

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Post Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:14 am 
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Way to go Chuck!!!.....Again!!!!

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Post Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:16 am 
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Chuck, In the pics, I see you're using a standard profile barrel locking cam; how are you retaining that in the alum frame??

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Post Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:11 am 
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Don,
Industrial grade snot. I swear. In production it will have a mechanical fastener...IF I do aluminum. As we clear out the last of all repairs and such, I will spend a couple weeks deciding on the aluminum. I want the guns to be as bulletproof as possible when we start building them. These 4...um.. 3 now....will be built and sold only as 9mm. The first one is built, tortured and holding up fine. The second stays here.
The rest of these, we are more than comfortable sending out.

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Post Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:33 am 
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I would be glad to test one Chuck!! ;)

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Post Posted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:07 am 
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Me too Chuck..... I'll try and break one for ya.....

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Post Posted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:51 am 
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WOW! Great news!

I've often thought it was something of a pity the BHP never received much in the way of aftermarket improvement, aside from some good tries like the Arcus clone. Everybody who worked on them was stuck dealing with the same limitations from factory frames and slides.

I'm eager to see how these turn out.

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