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Kareen Hi Power
« on: August 22, 2016, 09:59:08 AM »
Anyone have a Kareen Hi Power? If so, any feedback would be appreciated.  Looking at getting a Mk I Kareen, which is a faithful BHP clone made from FEG frame and slide.

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Re: Kareen Hi Power
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2016, 02:43:45 PM »
Why not a regular browning hi power? There are lots of them out there.


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Re: Kareen Hi Power
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2016, 07:18:04 AM »
$259.00  About half the going price of a used Hi Power.

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Re: Kareen Hi Power
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2016, 08:24:25 AM »
Yes that is inexpensive.


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Re: Kareen Hi Power
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2016, 09:20:42 AM »
It will be here on Friday.  I will post up some pics, and if i have good weather, a range report on Saturday.

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Re: Kareen Hi Power
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2016, 07:52:07 AM »
As promised, some pics and a brief report.






The gun was overall in better condition than I feared it would be. 

First big surprise was the trigger pull.  It was actually very good.  Amazingly good.  Looking at the trigger, the pin that retains the magazine disconnect was missing.  I field stripped the gun and verified that the magazine disconnect was gone, which probably is why the trigger was so good.  The trigger breaks crisply and evenly at about 5-6 lbs.  If you pull very slowly there is a bit of creep, but it is not noticed in what I would consider a "normal" pull.

The gun "rattles" like an old GI 1911, but the barrel to slide lockup is very tight.  The gun was equipped with the FEG style commander hammer and bit like a son of a ... even just racking the slide by hand.  Admittedly I have big hands.  Before these pictures were taken I got out the dremel and cut the hammer down to an abbreviated spur, which eliminated all hammer bite.

I put a few drops of oil in the gun and headed to the desert with it Saturday morning.  Ran about 100 rounds of white box ball ammo using the supplied MecGar 13 round magazine.  It passed through the hands of two of my daughters, one son, one of my daughters friends who was a first time shooter, and my mom.  Everyone who shot it liked it.  I didn't do any real accuracy testing this outing, but it was pretty easy to hit a 1"X1.5" post it note at 25'.  There were no feeding issues.

Sunday afternoon I stripped sear, sear spring, hammer/strut assembly, ejector and safety out of the frame.  The hammer looked pretty "bubba" after my impromptu dremel session before the range.  It went into the vice and got about 10 minutes of clean up.  It still needs some finish work with an end mill bit for the radius on the bottom of the spur, but it looks much better now.

I also re-cut the lines on the top of the thumb safety with my 25 lpi file, and deepened the thumb safety detent recesses in the frame to give the safety a more positive engagement. The thumb safety now has a nice positive feel, not the all to normal "mushy" feel of a high power.

After reassembly I took the above pictures.

All in all, I am very happy with the gun, especially for <$300 including fees.  It looks like my oldest daughter is going to work with me on refinishing the gun with black cerakote over parkerizing as well as peening the rails and re-fitting the slide for a tighter action.  She still wants to try a Glock 19 and a Stryk B, but right now she is pretty sure she is going to claim this gun on her 21st birthday as her EDC gun.  I will post updates as we work on the gun.

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Re: Kareen Hi Power
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2016, 08:35:01 AM »
Sounds like a good gun, especially at that price. Even better after your mods.  :)
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Re: Kareen Hi Power
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2017, 05:53:18 AM »
That is a gun I've always wanted and will get one of these days. There is just something about it. Sexy!
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Re: Kareen Hi Power
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2017, 08:02:28 AM »
As follow-up report:

I detail stripped the gun and went after all the flaws and imperfections with some sand paper, starting with about 120 grit and ending at 400.  Then I hit a wall trying to find the specified 120 grit AO to blast the gun with before cerakote.  It went on the back burner for a week or two.

A range outing with desire to shoot this gun drove me to home depot where I got some Rustoleum header paint and just sprayed it black as a stop-gap.

It has had about 300 rounds of various whitebox ammo through it so far.  It has been 100% reliable, and is great to shoot.  I haven't sand-bagged it yet, but still easily minute of soda can out to 30 yards or so two handed.

In the spring I will get back on track to cerakote it, but very happy with the gun.

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Re: Kareen Hi Power
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2017, 10:52:53 AM »
Nice! Makes me want one all the more...maybe next month!
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