[SHOT 2022] The Modern Hi-Power, the EAA/Girsan MC P35 Match

    [SHOT 2022] Girsan MCP35

    We’ve all made fun of Turkish clones of guns. I’m certainly guilty of it. But today I’m eating a little humble pie, as EAA imports the Girsan MC P35 Match, a Hi-Power with all the modern features.

    The Modern Hi-Power, the EAA/Girsan MC P35 Match

    It’s certainly the Year of the Hi-Power. First, the Springfield SA-35, then FN reintroduced a redesigned version of the iconic pistol, and now EAA/Girsan is showing off their modernized Hi-Power design, with… most… of the bells and whistles consumers have been asking for. EAA has been importing the MC P35 since November of 2021, but at SHOT they’ve debuted the MC P35 Match. A Hi-Power that finally has (most) of the features people ask for in a modern handgun.

    What features am I talking about? Little minor things, like an extended beavertail to prevent slide and hammer bite experienced by some users.

    [SHOT 2022] EAA/Girsan MC P35 Match

    Or an integrated 1913 picatinny rail. Yes, a Hi-Power with a rail, thus officially bringing the Hi-Power’s design all the way up to 1995.

    [SHOT 2022] EAA/Girsan MC P35 Match

    In the immortal words of Billy Mays, but wait! There’s more! Like a beveled and flared magwell for faster reloads.

    [SHOT 2022] EAA/Girsan MC P35 Match

    Upgraded target sights including a fiber optic front sight and a flat-face trigger complete the package.

    [SHOT 2022] EAA/Girsan MC P35 Match

    It’s almost everything a modern shooter could ask for. The only feature it’s really missing is an optics cut, some thing the new FN Hi-Power doesn’t have yet either, and I can forgive EAA/Girsan for not including one today, since according to the booth rep one is coming. Unlike the new FN offering the internals are all completely compatible with any other standard Hi-Power parts, including grips, triggers, hammers, and more.

    If the MC P35 is reliable and well-made, then I definitely see this competing with the Springfield and FN Hi-Powers. If it’s not reliable and well-made, then no matter what features it has, it’s going to bomb. My fingers are definitely crossed.

    Fast Facts

    • Caliber: 9×19
    • Barrel Length: 4.87″
    • Capacity: 15+1
    • Finish: Cerakote in black, FDE, or two-tone silver/grey
    • Trigger: SAO
    • MSRP: TBD
    • Release Date: TBD

    Don’t forget to check out my colleague Rusty’s thoughts on some of the other offerings from EAA/Girsan!

    As always let us know what you think in the comments. I always enjoy hearing from our readership.

    Benjamin is a recent graduate living in Virginia with a master’s degree in Criminology. He was introduced to firearms at summer camp when he was thirteen. Ever since his first shot with a .22LR bolt-action he has been in love with shooting sports. He is a moderator on the TFB Discord, which can be found at https://discord.gg/bcVD9zw, and can occasionally be found on twitter @BFriedmanUSA.