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Was hoping I'd find several decent write-ups on the Springfield SA-35. In their absence, I'm now hoping Springfield has not been able to get that many out to the buying public. :)

I'll be checking back just to see what is being said.

Hopefully!

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Was hoping I'd find several decent write-ups on the Springfield SA-35. In their absence, I'm now hoping Springfield has not been able to get that many out to the buying public. :)

I'll be checking back just to see what is being said.

Hopefully!

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Good morning Mike!

There is more SA-35 chatter in High Power sections on other forums (1911 Forum, High Power Collectors, etc).

Latest reports are of serial numbers in the 6000 range. Mine is 3094. Generally, through the SA-35 looks great, the edges are sharp where they should be rounded and that could lead to pain at the range. There are extraction problems which can be fixed by installing an original FN extractor and a new extractor spring (BH Spring Solutions). The slide to frame fit is pretty tight, much like the Tisas BR9... many think the frame and slide are forged by Tisas in Turkey. It it is, the Turks are far better at finishing the pistol than the folks at Springfield in rural Illinois. I have a stainless steel Tisas and it is beautiful and reliable, after a problem with a broken extractor!

I have not fired mine yet. I always make some improvements to any High Power I buy. For my SA-35, after I get a chance to shoot her, I am leaning towards sending her off to BHSS for optimization, new improved parts and to remove those sharp edges, which will require a complete refinishing job. I dream of a real deep polished blue. That would cost an extra $300 over a gorgeous Ceracote... not sure it is worth having such a one of a kind SA-35.

It is a solid pistol. Springfield does not know how to make a High Power. They simply do enough assembly and finishing work in Geneseo to be able to say it is Made in America. Because of this, warranty service may be less than satisfying.


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Good morning Mike!

There is more SA-35 chatter in High Power sections on other forums (1911 Forum, High Power Collectors, etc).

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Thank for the info Tim. I've been wanting to replace the 9mm High Power I sold years ago when I divested myself of most things 9mm. Do have a .40S&W MkIII but felt a 9mm mate would be appropriate. This one showing up on the cover of AR kinda put me in the mood to find one. :) I haven't been active on the gun forums for several years, but still have logins to most.

Again, thanks for your insights.

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Thank for the info Tim. I've been wanting to replace the 9mm High Power I sold years ago when I divested myself of most things 9mm. Do have a .40S&W MkIII but felt a 9mm mate would be appropriate. This one showing up on the cover of AR kinda put me in the mood to find one. :) I haven't been active on the gun forums for several years, but still have logins to most.

Again, thanks for your insights.

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From other reports, the Girsam MCP35 is another BHP option and also from Turkey. It may feature the same type 2 sear lever, as found on the FN/Browning MKlll pistols. The SA-35 has the standard original type 1 floating sear lever. The finish looks to be better on the Girsan as far as sharp edges, and it will cost less... both are hard to find. I will pick one up someday.

BH Spring Solutions has long detailed video reviews on both Pistols.




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mbott, My SA-35 is in the 5K serial number range. I estimate I have somewhere around 450 rounds through mine at this point. This was with 8 different types of factory ammo, to include RN ball, flat point ball, JHPs, etc. I used the factory, FN and MecGar magazines. No problems with any of them.

So, fingers crossed, no issues at all with my particular SA-35 thus far....
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Good to hear. I ordered 2 of the Springfield mags soon after I saw the AR article. Now just waiting to be able to handle one and hopefully purchase. :)

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Save your money on those Springfield BHP magazines, unless you really like the Springfield logo stamp. They are made by Meg-Gar in Italy, just like all of the factory FN magazines. That expensive logo stamp is the only difference.


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Tim
 
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