October 25, 2021
By Shooting Times Staff
Featuring subtle but significant upgrades to John Moses Browning’s original P-35 design (Hi-Power), 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. Made in the U.S.A., 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. In addition, the magazine disconnect safety found in the original P-35 design has been removed from the SA-35 to greatly improve trigger feel.
Rebirth of an Icon
From the 1911 to the M1A, Springfield Armory has a long tradition of offering today’s shooters modern versions of classic firearm designs that take advantage of cutting-edge manufacturing techniques. The new SA-35 carries on that tradition, offering an updated and enhanced version of a revered design developed by John Moses Browning nearly a century ago.
Forged Frame and Slide
To ensure longevity and strength, the SA-35 features a slide and frame made from rugged forgings, unlike inferior castings. Adding to the durability of the pistol is the addition of a hammer forged barrel. By utilizing these modern production techniques, Springfield Armory has ensured that the SA-35 will endure another century of hard use.
The Springfield Armory SA-35’s hammer features improved geometry to prevent the risk of “hammer bite” to the web of the hand.
Extended Thumb Safety
A subtle but significant upgrade to the SA-35 design is the use of a modernized and extended thumb safety that is easier to engage.
Modern Sight Configuration
The white dot front and Tactical Rack rear sights of the SA-35 offer users an enhanced sight picture for improved performance.
Checkered Walnut Grips
Featuring attractive grain and finely cut checkering, the SA-35’s walnut grips complement the matte blue finish of the carbon steel.
Featuring an enhanced capacity to the original design, the SA-35 pistol comes with one 15-round, double-column, blued-steel magazine.
A magwell has been machined into the frame of the SA-35 for effortless reloads.
While the P-35 had a reputation for a heavy trigger, the SA-35’s factory tuned trigger is cleaner, crisper and lighter due in part to the removal of the magazine disconnect in the original design.
The SA-35 features an attractive matte blue finish on its carbon steel parts, contrasting nicely with the walnut grips.
Ensuring durability and strength, the SA-35 features a stainless-steel hammer-forged barrel with an improved feed ramp design to function reliably with modern defensive ammunition.
Springfield Armory SA-35 Pistol Specifications:
- Caliber: 9mm
- Color: Black
- Barrel: 4.7 inches Forged Stainless Steel, 1:10
- Slide: Forged Carbon Steel, Blued
- Frame: Forged Carbon Steel, Blued
- Sights: White Dot Front, Serrated Tactical Rock Rear
- Recoil System: SA-35 Recoil Spring & Guide Rod
- Grips: Checkered Walnut
- Magazines: (1) 15-round
- Weight: 31.5 oz.
- Length: 7.8 inches
- Height: 4.8 inches
- MSRP: $699
- Manufacturer: Springfield Armory, Part No. HP9201