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I have a mint condition Belgian BHP with the black leatherette Browning gun rug. The "book" says that it was mfd. around 1973. It has the older adjustable sight. I like the way the gun shoots and handles, but I would like to have some reasonable modifications done to it. Things like a wider trigger and either have a beavertail installed or at least a different hammer to eliminate the bite that BHP's are famous for. My question is this. Will I be ruining a valuable firearms with some collector's value or will I be enhancing the value of this pistol by having this work done? If I did decide to have it done, who does the absolute best work? Thanks for any help.
 

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Hello, sir. Well, yes, you would be "ruining" the '73 vintage HP's collector value, but there are other versions that command more. Yet, that version is now a thing of the past so altering would indeed lower its value to a collector or purist.

For those who own HPs primarily for defense, shooting at paper, plinking or whatever, the modifications you mention might very well be desirable if well executed.

Many folks, including myself, find that either bobbing the spur hammer (second lateral serration and reshaping then rebluing) or replacing with a C&S abbreviated ball hammer eliminates being bitten. If you are one who grasps the pistol such that the web of the shooting hand goes over the tang, either Wayne Novak or Kurt Wickmann can thin the hammer shank such that this does not occur and either or both of these modifications cost significantly less than the extended tang solution. I believe that there are other fine 'smiths out there as well and I'm sure that others can name some.
Having seen both Mr. Novak and Mr. Wickmann's work, I can state that both do very masterful and good-looking pistols. Wickmann did the HP work at Novak's for about a decade before moving into a one-man operation on his own.
Right now, I have a CZ75 slide with him for some sight work.

Both of these 'smiths' links are listed below for your ease in seeing what is offered by them and for price comparison:
http://www.novaksights.com/Novak's%20Inc.htm
http://www.kwgw.com/index.html

You might also like to peruse this site:
http://www.apextactical.com/

Best.
 
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