January 2013

Two Surplus Hi-Power Clones: FÉG 9mm Outshines Kareen

The Israeli-made Kareen, $375, and the Hungarian FÉG, $425, are essentially identical to the original Hi-Power design. But one of these single-action pistols had a fatal flaw.

We acquired two Hi-Power 9mm look-a likes from Southern Ohio Gun and put them to the test. They were the Israeli-made Kareen (about $375), and the Hungarian FÉG (about $425). Both were surplus used single-action guns, essentially identical to the original Hi-Power design. Both had all-matching numbers, and that included the barrels and slides. The Kareen had clumsy hard-rubber or plastic grips, worn bluing, and a spur-type hammer. The FÉG had checkered walnut grips, decent shiny bluing, and a Commander- or ring-type hammer. We shot them with Russian 115-grain FMJ, Cor-Bon 115-grain JHP, and with 147-grain Black Hills Subsonic JHP. Here’s what we found.

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