EAA Girsan MC P35 Pistols — Evolution of a Classic

The Hi-Power is an incredibly popular pistol design, and there are modern versions of it available that are well worth hands-on time. Among them are the EAA Girsan MC P35 Match and MC P35 Ops, a pair of pistols designed for fantastic performance with attention to detail and design. These pistols aren’t just aesthetically pleasing, they promise to be a pleasure to shoot.

EAA Girsan MC P35 Match and MC P35 Ops Hi-Power clones
The EAA Girsan MC P35 Match MC P35 Ops are Hi-Power clones designed for superior performance. (Photo credit: EAA)

EAA released the following statement about their MC P35 pistols:

Committed to high quality firearms, EAA [and] Girsan are pleased to introduce the second generation of MC P35 pistols with modernized features and improved ergonomics based on the classic John Browning design. The all-steel construction, short recoil operated MC P35 Match [and] MC P35 OPS offer a wealth of features for both the average shooter and competitive shooter including an extended beavertail, fiber optic front sight, G10 grips, straight clean-break trigger, beveled magwell, [and] windage/elevation adjustable rear sight.

EAA Girsan MC P35 Ops
The EAA Girsan MC P35 Ops is a full-size pistol chambered in 9mm. (Photo credit: EAA)

These are solidly-built pistols chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum with a 15 +1 capacity, regardless of model. Their steel frames and slides provide a balanced, durable platform that helps mitigate felt recoil and lessen muzzle rise. These things, in turn, can improve accuracy and comfort while shooting. G10 grips emblazed with the Girsan logo provide a firm grip, even with wet or sweaty hands, and the extended beavertail helps shooters keep a good, high grip on the gun.

The guns also have a fiber-optic front sight for visibility and contrast to make rapid target acquisition easier to accomplish. Angled slide serrations are located at the rearward portion of the slide and the hammer is also serrated for smoother operation. Controls are also serrated so they can be manipulated without worrying about fingers slipping.

The MC P35 Ops model handgun has an accessory rail ahead of the trigger guard so shooters can readily mount lights or lasers to their guns.

A look at the EAA Girsan MC P35 Match backstrap, hammer, and rear sight.
A look at the EAA Girsan MC P35 Match backstrap, hammer, and rear sight. (Photo credit: EAA)

Features

  • 9mm Full-Size Pistols
  • Fiber Optic Front Sight
  • All-Steel Construction
  • Extended Beavertail
  • Beveled Magazine Well
  • Straight Clean Break Trigger
EAA Girsan MC P35 Match and MC P35 Ops
The EAA Girsan MC P35 Match and MC P35 Ops are designed to out-perform the prior designs. (Photo credit: EAA)

EAA Girsan MC P35 Ops Specifications

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 15 +1
  • Finish: Blue and Black
  • Barrel Length: 4.87 inches
  • Overall Length: 7.75 inches
  • Weight: 1 pound, 8 ounces
  • Specifications of the EAA Girsan MC P35 Match:
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 15 +1
  • Finish: Blue and Black
  • Barrel Length: 4.87 inches
  • Overall Length: 7.75 inches
  • Weight: 1 pound, 8 ounces

MSRP of the EAA Girsan MC P35 Match and MC P35 Ops is listed as $699.00 regardless of model.

Have you ever shot an original Hi-Power? Are you interested in going hands-on with these EAA versions? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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