The Springfield Armory SA-35 is based on one of the most prolific and popular pistols in small arms history, the P-35 “Hi-Power”. Springfield Armory’s SA-35 gives today’s shooters a modern take on a revered classic. Featuring subtle but significant upgrades to John Moses Browning and Dieudonne Saive’s original P-35 design, the 9mm SA-35 captures the appeal of the “wood and steel” era of arms making while offering the upgraded enhancements of today’s defensive pistols. The SA-35 features rugged forged steel parts for strength and durability, improved ergonomics and enhanced controls, a factory tuned trigger, modern sights, an improved feed ramp design, and an increased 15-round capacity.
The SA-35’s slide and receiver are crafted from forged steel, lending great strength to the pistol – more on this later. The pistol is finished in a very attractive matte blue, resulting in a very beautiful, traditionally understated appearance. The SA-35 is not as shiny as my early-1980s FN Browning Hi Power, but its more restrained matte blue yields a very tough and elegant beauty. Adding to the SA-35’s traditional beauty is a quality set of top-bordered fully-checkered walnut grips. While the SA-35 looks very traditionally Hi-Power, Springfield Armory has made some significant changes that make the SA-35 an even better pistol than its Belgian parent. I will discuss some of these improvements:
Another nice touch relating to the magazine is that the SA-35 features a beveled magazine well. Beveled mag wells are often seen as a custom feature of high-end 1911 pistols, and really help with quick magazine changes. The Hi Power magazine design already tapers at the top, so finding the mag well is easier than on a 1911, but the SA-35’s beveled mag well really helps guide the magazine home.
- Checkered Walnut Grips
- Matte Blue Finish
- 4.7″ Cold Hammer Forged, 1:10 twist barrel
- Modern sight configuration with a white dot front and serrated tactical rack rear