The MCP35 PI – A Detective’s Hi-Power

Last year was all about the Hi-Power. FN, Springfield Armory, and Girsan all released numerous models and took on the Hi-Power. That’s scaled back a bit at this show, but we do have a new Hi-Power. Girsan is delivering a new model of the MCP35 PI. This takes the Hi-Power and trims it into a compact package. The PI stands for private eye or detective model. It’s trimmed some weight, thinned things out, and delivered a solid little pistol design that has me excited. 

The MCP35 PI – A Baby Hi-Power

The MCP35 PI features a 3.88-inch barrel and a total length of 6.25 inches. It reduces weight from 1.8 to 1.6 pounds and doesn’t short out when it comes to ammunition capacity. The MCP35 PI uses a standard-length grip and a 15-round magazine. It’s surprisingly compact, and it’s budget-priced to provide a cheap and novel Hi-Power option.


I got my hands on the MCP35 PI at Range Day and found myself suitably impressed. I expected the standard hammer bite but was relieved to find none. The Hi-Power grip ergonomics are absolutely awesome, and that translates to this budget-friendly compact Hi-Power. The MCP35 PI delivers low recoil and muzzle rise. It handles just like any standard Hi-Power with a little less barrel. I’m fairly excited to see this gun hit the market. 

While it’s not on the website, SHOT Show had an optics-ready model on the floor, which is an interesting option. The gun comes with what appears to be a rather cheap optic that I would replace instantly. Sadly I can’t tell you what optic footprint the MC P35 PI is using. Hopefully, it’s something standard and easily replaceable. 

There is also an SKU going around mentioning a rail, but I can’t find that at SHOT Show or any actual pictures. Girsan might be producing an OPS version of the MCP35 PI, which is exciting too. 

Travis Pike
Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record setting 11 months at sea. He’s trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines and the Afghan National Army. He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and teaches concealed carry classes.