The Browning Hi-Power is one of the most venerated 9mm pistol designs. See JWT’s elegy to the Hi-Power here. Sadly, Browning no longer makes the classic pistol. But EAA Corp. has announced that they’ve collaborated with Turkey’s Girsan to produce the new MC P35, a 15+1 update on the classic Hi-Power design. Here’s their press release . . .
EAA Corp., importers of select quality and affordable handguns, rifles, and shotguns, in conjunction with their partner, Girsan, are pleased to bring one of the most recognizable pistol designs back into production with the new MC P35 single-action, semi-automatic 9mm pistol.
Made with serious respect for the original Browning Hi-Power® pistol design, EAA’s MC P35 pays homage to one of the most widely used military handguns in the world, with its classic styling. Built on a steel frame and slide in a black matte finish, the MC P35 boasts a 15+1 capacity in a staggered column magazine. Originally designed as a military pistol, the Hi-Power® necessitated extreme accuracy and the Girsan MC P35 does not disappoint. The short recoil 9mm, 4 5/8” barrel, along with the slide, allow for quick second shot resets, getting the shooter on target faster. The rear sight is a windage drift adjustable sight and the front is a dovetail sight. The traditional slim trigger allows for a short trigger reset and is accessible even while wearing gloves and the serrated ring hammer provides a positive grip while cocking. Enhanced external controls include external extractor, ambidextrous safety, and magazine disconnect safety.
EAA and Girsan bringing back one of the most iconic pistol designs in the world with the Girsan MC P35. MSRP is $528.00.
The Girsan MC P35 Semi-Auto Specifications:
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Commence the “Turkish – hell no ” bashing in three, two, one….
A Browning Hi Power for 538 bucks? We won’t have to bash the Turks. The failings of this junk pistol will do good enough at that.
I’d buy a Hi Point before I’d buy Turkish. But you do you.
Bill, the owner of cylinder and slide who is arguably the most knowledgeable Browning Hi Power expert on the planet says the Tisa turkish-made Hi-Powers clones exceed the quality of the FN produced originals in almost every measure with very few exceptions. Tisa also makes a stainless steel version which is an absolute godsend if you carry one of these daily and live in the south like I do. Other than the early style mag lever the Tisa is a fantastic gun. The one described in the article will come out of the same Factory but apparently has addressed a few of the complaints made by purchasers of the Tisa version like myself. I just hope they make it stainless one also.
TISAS Regent BR9, Omega Arms imports these. 😉
I still cannot understand why would Browning drop the production of Hi-Powers? There clearly is a market for them.
I thought they stopped importing these and had given up looking. Thank you so much!
I have a turkish Tisas CS9, and a turkish semiauto shotgun. Both are excellent, after breaking in. Gone are the days of Wood and Steel guns. A few countries in europe seem to be last ones making them. Even the turks are migrating away from them. Canik (in turkey) use to make some nice CZ75 clones. Now they are making run of the mill plastic garden tools reminiscent of cheap chinese plastic toys for kids, like here the US and everywhere else. Seems the only way to get a steel pistol in the USA is to get a 1911, which was developed literally a century ago, is obsolete, and I don’t want it. The main reason to make guns look like cheap garden tools is cost. And it’s a shame.
Ruger – Cheap plastic garbage.
S&W – Cheap plastic garbage.
Remington – Cheap plastic garbage.
Sig Sauer – Cheap plastic garbage.
Springfield – Cheap plastic garbage.
Walther – Cheap plastic garbage.
FN – Cheap plastic garbage.
Seems the only place to get guns made out of steel are outside the US:
Taurus – Brazil, Bersa – Argentina, Magnum Research – Israel, IWI – Israel, Bul – Israel, Kahr – Israel, Tanfoglio – Italy, Rock Island Armory – Philippines, Canik – Turkey, Tisas – Turkey, Charles Daly – Turkey, Sarsilmaz – Turkey.
Unless like I said, you want a 1911, which the market is flooded in the US with high quality 1911s.
So I’m not going to slap turkey around about their guns. In all honesty, I prefer the turkish guns to US made guns (GASP! 😧)
Take a look at the Sarsilmaz Sar 2000. Frame and slide – stainless steel. CZ75 clone. Where can I find comparable here that isn’t a 1911? Look at the tanfoglio witness steel, or witness stock. Nope. I’ll stick with european guns for now.
You know who makes the very best CZ-75 clone on the planet?
Your right. Want the best cz? Buy a real cz. Everything else is… well a fake.
I have a modern CZ-made CZ-75B. It is truly excellent.
As for your rant about cheap plastic garbage, have you even tried any offerings from companies in your list? Some of their guns are polymer (not all), but I would be hard pressed to call most of them garbage (or Chinese toys, or cheap garden tools). Polymer isn’t some newfangled cheap-out material for guns – it’s durable, lightweight, doesn’t corrode, and offers design possibilities that steel doesn’t. For most modern applications is by far a better choice than milled steel and walnut. For an EDC give me polymer every time. (And I say this as someone who prefers to collect, shoot, and work on older, more classic guns).
You know who makes the very best CZ-75 clone on the planet?
CZ – Erik
Right… in Austria. It’s certainly not the best/buck.
Your right. Want the best cz? Buy a real cz. Everything else is… well a fake. – Tired
Sometimes I don’t want a real CZ. The latest offering by tanfoglio is superior to the original CZ75. Ambidextrous safety – frame mounted. With rails. Stainless steel. Show me on the CZ website where they offer stainless steel (they don’t). And I hate their “polycoat finish.” The best way to avoid it – is to buy from someone else.
They are good guns. Agree.
As for your rant about cheap plastic garbage, have you even tried any offerings from companies in your list?
Yes. I have several. I consider them… my… “disposable” guns. Something you don’t mind literally throwing, punting, etc. If there was a house fire and they burned up… I’d be like… “Uh… that’s ok.”
Let’s get one thing straight right away. Companies moved to polymer because of the Glock fad and because of cost. You don’t “mill” polymer. You injection mold it. It’s cheap. It’s quickly produced. This is why they moved to it, not because it’s an amazing superior substance.
I asked where I could find a CZ75 clone that is stainless steel. CZ doesn’t make a stainless handgun. And I can’t stand their “polycoat finish.” The best way to avoid it – is to buy from a different manufacturer. Further, a CZ brand is twice the cost as a Turkish gun and doesn’t even offer what I want – so disagree with that.
The 1911A1 is old, and obsolescent for military use, but the so is the HiPower. Face it, this (unless it is double-action, which it apparently is not since it wasnt mentioned) This is as obsolescent as the 1911, and both are Browning designs.. I noticed that your “Roll Of Plastic Dishonor” left out the Glock the first and the king of the plastique phantastiques. Why?
Can it use standard hi-power magazines?
That’s a good question because if I remember correctly the original Hi-power used 13 round magazines.
The magazines that come with the turkish-made ones are manufactured by MecGar and they offer a 15-round magazine. Originals will also work.
The TISAS one uses standard Hi-Power mags. Look up Omega Arms BR9.
There already is a Turk clone done by Tisas. If EAA had any sense they would do one in .40 as the Tisas is actually a very solid weapon. If EAA does a 9MM they need to provide the strength for +P loads. Tisas models are not supposed to fire the hotter loads.
I’m so in.
It’s only a matter of time before that miserable, foul mouthed crone Debbie W. comes here to defend the indefensible.
Just imagine being the poor geezer what lays down with that traitorous skeezer.
Just imagine being that poor mother that lets you live in her basement.
Hot coffee burns in your nose !!
I’m getting one.
If the price is similar to the Girsan Beretta 92 clone, I’m interested. My Girsan shotgun is very well-made and the BHP is a damn sexy gun, and every day I kick myself for selling my Nazi stamped P35.
Anyone know sights compatibility?
How much did EAA pay for this add…? I mean article. Just curious. Since for a while there has been a Turkish Hi-Power clone on the US market from TISAS imported by Omega Arms, that used the standard type Hi-Power mags and seems to have a better finish on it. Hell, they even got a stainless one too and I don’t recall ever seeing any such big mention of it here. 😛
ttag got to make a living somehow.
As heavy as they are, I’ve always wanted a HiPower. I’d bite on this one if I could, but I can’t see this making the California roster. Maybe I can get my daughter to buy me one for Christmas (she lives in a free state).
“As heavy as they are”
Mine has an aluminum frame. It’s about eight ounces lighter.
OK guys, can we keep this to ourselves, until we have had a chance to get one?
Hhmmm… this looks interesting. I’d like to see more reviews on this gun though, but I’m very interested. Hopefully someone will get one and do a good in-depth review of this gun.
Dacian; I have been hoarding Browning High powers for the past 40 years and started buying them back when they were under $100 on the used Market. At the moment I probably own 60 or 70 of them. I also bought the Turkish Tisa clones and have put about 25,000 rounds through two different Tisa clones. I can tell you without hesitation that the Turkish clone is a better gun than all but one of the FN produced High powers in my collection.
I have mixed emotions on this gun. True the Turks make some good guns but remember everyone is using junk MIM internal cast parts these days. I am guessing the frame will be junk casting as well. I am also wondering if it has the later model passive firing pin safety on it.
If you do not have a high power and are not willing to pay the big bucks for an original then maybe this is the gun for you. Only time will tell if the gun holds up as well as the originals did.
Be aware that the High Power went through a lot of changes in its manufacturing cycle. The first came when they went from the internal extractor that was extremely strong put got out of whack very easily by the average Moron gun owner dropping a round directly into the chamber which forces the extractor to snap over it. The later models all had a pivoting extractor and although it was less strong it was pretty well gun owner moron proof.
As time went on FN added a passive firing pin safety. Big mistake. The design they used hogged out a huge hole in the slide leaving less than a 1/16 of inch of metal behind the firing pin stop plate. Dry firing this newer model resulted in a cracked slide. This model also now had the next change which was a spur hammer instead of the rowel hammer. By the way if you pull back the slide and lock it open and then flip the gun upside down you can immediately tell if you have this model because of the huge gapping hole in the underside of the slide. If you are even half ways mechanically inclined you will immediately turn green around the gills at the sight of it.
The next big change came when FN decided to chamber the gun in the hated 40 S&W caliber. The frame of the original gun although forged was never designed to hold up to the recoil of the .40 S&W so FN had to strengthen the frame by giving it a harder heat treatment but that would have meant increase machinery wear so FN took the cheap way out and made the frame thicker but also made it by using a junk casting. The extra circumference of the grip made the High Power feel very different in the hand. I hated this model with a passion even in 9mm. FN also went to an ambidextrous safety but made it out of a junk casting. If you bumped it hard it went snap , crackle and pop. Some of the internal parts were also made of junk castings.
FM of Argentina also made a detective model that had a shortened slide which I now wish I would have bought as a carry gun but of course its workmanship was no where near that of any of the FN guns.
Hungary made a High Power clone that had a very nice gloss bluing on it but it did not have the heat treatment the real FN High Powers had nor the accuracy either. I shot one of my friends guns and I was not impressed. The trigger pull was not that good either.
Another clone if I recall came from the Philippian Islands that had the Dan Wesson name on but it had a weird shallow v notch express sight on it which made shooting it accurately a total joke and it went over like a lead balloon with the public.
My father carried a High Power in WWII in a U.S. G.I shoulder holster that was actually made for the 1911 (he threw the 1911 in the nearest ditch) . He also carried an FN 1906 .25 acp in a sewn in pocket in his hat so if he was ever captured with his hands on his head he could slip his hand under his hat shoot a Kraut and then make his escape. Luckily he was never captured and the gun was so uncomfortable up there in his hat he soon stopped doing it.
I once shot a white tail buck that on the hoof was about 180 lbs, it dressed out at 160lbs. I was using a Remington 125 grain hollow point (no longer made) that was designed to feed even out of the finicky German Luger and P38 which it did. The buck took one right behind the shoulder and it stopped and looked right at me and then sank slowly to the ground. The Remington bullet worked flawlessly in any High Power even crudely made WWII Models.
As much as I hate to admit it the High Power is a heavy gun to actually carry compared to the more modern made light weight junk plasticky pistols but most modern pistol feed expanding ammo much better than the very steep angled feed ramp of the archaic High Power that was originally designed for fmj bullets only. I have had some success in polishing and throating the barrels of High Powers but as they say its like putting a band aide on a gladiatorial wound.
The other problem with a High Power is the very, very, very, long trigger reset. If you disbelieve me try firing off a magazine as fast as you can pull the trigger and if you do not let the trigger come fully forward (most people won’t) the gun will suddenly stop working and you will not know why. Now you are in a very dangerous position if you do not know what happened because when you relax your trigger finger the trigger moves forward and the gun is now armed and ready to fire. You can shorten the trigger reset somewhat if you are good (real good) at working on the sear trip lever. Its a long tedious process if you have never done it before and you can ruin the bar so do not do it unless you have a spare one.
The other problem with the High Power is the hated magazine safety. If you remove it you can reduce the trigger pull by at least 1 lb and sometimes on some guns by 2 lbs.
Over the years workmanship deteriorated on the original High Powers as the guns made in the 60’s often had trigger pulls as light at 3 lbs with the mag safety removed (you read that right) and gradually the pulls went up to as high as 7 1/2 lbs. and this was with the magazine safety removed.
I never has a problem with accuracy in any of my High Powers and some shot as accurately as the much worshiped holy grail of all 9mm pistols the original Sig-Neuhausen P210 (not that cast iron piece of trash being made today)
The balance of the original High Powers (pre- 40 S&W cast iron trash) was superb as it felt like and extension of your hand while pointing your finger at something. Only the Sig-P210 might be considered better by some but just barely.
At one time I lucked out and took a chance and bought 4 original HP magazines made in Australia. They held an astonishing 16 rounds and yes they worked flawlessly. The only problem was the springs were so strong they had to give you a heavy forged steel magazine loader because a plasticky junk one would have went nuclear on you the first time you tried to use it.
Conclusion, if you are lucky enough to own an “original High Power” in mint condition consider yourself a very lucky man but if you actually want to carry a gun, especially if the cops stop you and take it, the plasticky garbage is the better way to go as they shit them out every day by the thousands.
Sir, this is a Wendy’s….
Thank you, dacian. I very much enjoyed reading your comment.
I’m the proud owner of a 1972 FN Hi-Power with factory target sights. It is a dream to shoot.
Sidebar: I’m the original owner, and bought the pistol new from Atlas Sporting Goods in downtown Washington, DC. 800 E St, NW, to be precise. Yes, I had a DC pistol registration / permit. When Home Rule came down, I was required by law to re-register the gun. I was PROHIBITED from doing that because the previous law said the capacity had to be limited to 12 rounds. The NEW law said the capacity had to be PERMANENTLY limited to 12 rounds. Of course, that isn’t possible. That experience was the single largest factor in my decision to leave DC, taking my income taxes with me, a short time later.
too long didn’t read
Zemack over steel? Well, like they say, YOU do you!
I think Dacian lives in portland and is a Rose City Antifa member or maybe a seattle john browning gun club guy. The only reason he likes guns is because he hates America so much, and if he could symbolically shoot America in the face, he would. Probably just bashed some fash, and burned down some stores after looting them. Probably identifies as a bearded dragon. Pronouns they/them. Anarcho/communist. Avid supporter of the newly reinvented histories pushed by west coast leftist professors.
Anon: You are quite perceptive methinketh.
Could do without the “busy” slide and frame (have we really reached the point in our litigious society where we have to have “read your safety manual” on the freakin’ gun?), but otherwise, it looks like a nice gun at a very competitive price.
I’ll stick with my CZ75 in .40. Solid steel, the second heaviest semi auto I’ve ever owned – build like a tank but svelte. The grips on this piece look cheap. If I were to go for something similar to the Hi Power I’d invest in the Sig P210 with wooden grips.
I tested one of the black cerakote Tisas guns recently. As a HP clone it gets good marks. A very smooth pistol. Odd it had the original small safety but Novak type sights. The action pins were larger than the Browning, not a bad thing. Shot better than a military High Power, not as good as the MKII. Very good gun. The problem here is EAA has the worst most torturous God awful customer service on the planet. Maybe they have changed, maybe not.
This pistol appears to have the MKII safety.
I dont know why FM ceased to export the FM Argentine close guns. These were excellent.
I fail to see why the High Power became so expensive. Browning designed the gun to be less expensive to manufacture than the 1911 and they beat Beretta and MAC on the low bid for decades.
mecgar has made 15 round high power magazines for years.
Nothing better than MecGar.
For myself there’s nostalgia in the high power and I wouldn’t mind even a clone for giggles.
It would be a fun gun for occasional plinking
Steel frame yet weighs less than 30 ounces?
Perchance that’s an aluminum frame?
I picked up an early model Hi-Power at a gun show in the mid seventies. Best 100 bucks I ever spent on a pistol. Still have it. Sits in the safe right beside my Luger and Walther p-38. Luger has Imperial German markings, Walther has early Nazi markings, Browning has Belgian military markings. All late sixties through late seventies gun show finds. Just old surplus guns at the time.
While I would be interested in picking up a Hi-Power clone, I’m going to wait a little while for some honest reviews and information on fit and finish. I already own a couple Turkish guns. While not exactly like the original guns they copy, not bad in fit, finish or workmanship. And they seem so far to be of reasonable quality for the price point. Not everyone can spend a couple grand on a shooter for occasional use or house hold defense. The Turk guns seem to be about where Taurus was a couple decades ago. Good enough to work reliably, but not quite into the premium grade class.
check out a Canik. People are competing with them at the national level. They’ve certainly eclipsed Taurus – I don’t know anyone shooting a Taurus in competition beyond a certain plastic-surgery disaster Taurus paid shill.