Its been like 3 years since I bought a new pistol and since I have money saved up, looking at the Springfield Hi Power clone. Do I need it, nope. Do I want it? hell yeah. Now comes tracking one down.
When I get a SA-35 it will be one from BH Spring Solutions. Of course the Longthorne pistol is an option.
Are you a member of other forums?
Before you spend money, do some research.
HiPower was never close to my interest, but during 1911/2011 discussions I’ve read a lot of valuable information.
Multiple owners reported that Springfield SA35 has a problem with barrel finish, even worse, the barrel was in worse condition after returning from manufacturer from warranty corrections. I’ve also read about failure-to -extract that occurred after some time after purchase.
I’m not expecting you will go with Nighthawk Custom HiPower… which is the most reliable HiPower pistol ever made… but a lot of people are saying good words about Turkish Girsan MC P35.
That might be something to consider. Turkish firearms are known from good quality and reliability (see Canik TP9 series).
Good luck and let us know if you find something you like !
For reasons that are now lost in the fog of history, I quicky eliminated the Girsan MC P35 from consideration.
Understand that Nighthawk is not building its Hi Power from the ground up. The company has simply obtained a quantity of the genuine product from FN, then developed a number of modifications designed to improve the gun’s appearance, performance and handling. Thoroughly trained and experienced pistolsmiths perform those changes in the company’s Berryville, Ark., plant.
Note: The above was copied from an article which appeared in the American Rifleman in April, 2017.
Sometimes history stays on the shelf… especially when Girsan’s price is twice less than Springfield’s, 3 times less than FN’s and 10 times less than Nighthawk’s
Living in CA, I don’t pay attention to the offerings of internet gun dealers anymore, but not all that long ago one of them was selling Israeli surplus Hi-Powers.
That’s what I’d look for.
Of course I’m kind of a sucker for handguns with a History.
I didnt see that about the SA version. I did read that the Turkish ones are of very good make. Even a FEG would settle my addiction. Of course, if a Wartime one fell into my lap I wouldnt refuse that.
That’s what I don’t like about firearms. Manufacturer will never post anything what make the product look bad.
The most valuable sources about the particular model are Firearm Forums where firearm owners have no mercy describing all good and bad about guns.
I actually don’t like Springfield’s products, but don’t think I posted bad news about SA35 because of that. No.
Springfield pistols just have so many failures, comparing to other manufacturers, that I decided to not use any of them at all.
I’m not a gun collector, but I love to own good quality products. I don’t care what manufacturer says, how great warranty is given… everything is verified by shooters. They never lie.
Check out the MCP35 before you ‘pull the trigger.’ EAA also has a clone variant.
I will just stick with my Taurus PT 745 pro Millennium and Taurus G2c 9mm as carry weapons,have had no problems wit either and both have thumb safties on them which I got used to in service and the 1911
I have had a HP for 30 years now. one of my very Fav firearms, Great choice
Check this out:
Some gun tubers had issues with the Springfield one (I’m not saying you will, hopefully they’ve fixed some of the issues now that it’s been out for awhile).
You might look into the one FN is planning to release soon.
Regardless enjoy! I have yet to get my hands on a hi power at the range, but I hope to eventually.
I was driving back home this evening and was listening few youtubers talking about their HP experience. One video, recorded 2 weeks ago, was about Girsan P35 and the guy had nothing but problems shooting every magazine.
The same time the YT Honest Outlaw channel (one of the most valued by me) posted this:
New for 2022, the Girsan MC P35 is one of the best guns for the money I’ve had on the channel.
So… everybody gets different experience and opinions…
It really could be anything. I think some of these gun tubers don’t clean their guns. And some guns don’t like some ammo .
The video that bothered me about the Springfield was Garand Thumb. He usually shoots the snot out of the guns he reviews.
May be a bit late on this, but I own a Browning Hi-Power Practical and love it. Great ergonomics, single action. I do have the magazine disconnect but the trigger is better than a Kimber Ultra Carry’s trigger. Nice breaking glass rod feel to it. How does it Compare to the SA 35? Ergonomics should be the same, the only concern would be the trigger, which should be better since it has no magazine disconnect.
I had my Gunsmith removed the disconnect. Mag drops right out now. Trigger seems smoother.
@Kenneth94 >> Looks like they hit the barn door ok.
I have a Browning Hi power and, I love it , just something about it ; just something about all of them ( love my Hi power ) it’s a keeper.
PS: had a trigger job done on it and it’s a joy to shoot.
The guys at BH Spring Solutions said the Girsan MC P35 is an exact copy of the FN 35 MK3. Better than the SA-35 and the Tisas Regent BR9. A custom Girsan Hi-Piower from their shop sells easily in $1K to $2K range.
Girsan’s are compatible with all Browning All High Power parts. They come with a new 15 rnd Mecgar magazine that also works on all Hi-Power guns. The SA-35 has a number of proprietary parts. The new FN Hi-Power is a completely new design.
I bought the basic Girsan MC P35 for the purpose of fully upgrading with BH Spring Solutions parts. I paid just over $400. BH Spring Solutions makes a number of upgrade bundles. I’ll completely modify the Girsan for about what the SA-35 retails… No magazine disconnect issue, plus no hammer bite.
I highly suggest the BHSS SFS safety system for any BHP. Carry in condition 1 with the hammer down. When you disengage the safety as normal, the hammer instantly springs into place. No risk of accidental hammer strike returning the hammer to the down position. NOT A DECOCKER.