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.