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Finally! SA-35 UPDATE: Range Report

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I've known I had to have one of these from the first moment I heard of them. Been looking hard for over year and nobody has had any one in my area. :mad:
This morning I called all the LGSs and still no luck. But a guy on thee Tennessee Gun Owners forum posted a couple of days ago that he had seen one at Cypress Creek Outdoors in Dyersburg. That's about 75 miles from me. So just on a whim I called to see if it was still there. It WAS! :eek:
With nothing better to do on a Saturday afternoon, I jumped in my truck and headed North. ;)
I'm now the proud owner of a brand spankin' new Springfield Armory SA-35! :D BTW: price was MSRP at $699.
Not being a fan of heavily checkered grips, I put a nice set of smooth Houge Pau Ferros on it. Looks great! ;)
I hope to get it to the range next week. Range report to follow. ;)

And here's an updated family portrait. :D

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I’m very intrigued…I’ll be interested to hear how it compares to your others!
I'm anxious to hear if you experience the extraction failures some have been complaining about ever since Springfield introduced the SA-35.
Here's hoping it runs as good as it looks.
The Hi Power clone that is more Hi Power than the new FN Hi Power. Looking forward to some feedback.
Good score. Looking forward to your range report.
Range Report :

Disclaimer: I'm old and not in the best of health. So don't expect precision shooting. :rolleyes:

I got it to the range today. Beautiful day. temps in the mid-70s and a light breeze. I decided that rather than just stand there and punch holes in paper that I'd take it to the action range. There I could draw from the holster, shoot steel and move around. Give it a good workout. ;)

Here's the range bay as I set it up. 9 targets ranging from 10 to 25 yards.

Ammo was mix of what I had on hand.
Winchester White Box 115 & 124 gr FMJ
Remington Golden Sabre 124 gr.
Handload 124 gr LRN
Handload 124 gr plated FP.
All told I put about 300 rounds through the gun.

Overall, I'm very pleased with the gun. Its no tack driver, but plenty combat accurate. The trigger is a bit heavy, but Hi-Powers generally are. It is quite smooth though.
The sights are excellent. They give a well defined sight picture and are easy to pick up.
I really love the shape of the thumb safety. Positive clicks on and off, big enough to easily work, but not so big as to be bulky. Springfield hit a home run with this design.

I did have three malfunctions. To failure to fully eject and one feed ramp jam. All of these were with my reloads, so I suspect it was the ammo at fault.

Generally I started from the draw and just ran the targets until the mag was empty. The steel was easy at all ranges, just couldn't miss. I got good A & B zone hits on the silhouettes at all distances Although they were scattered about a bit. Here's the paper target which was at 10 yards Bear in mind that this was with several types of ammo. It does seem that I need to adjust the rear sight slightly right. :rolleyes:

I also manged to chase an empty Dr. pepper bottle around the range a bit. :D

Conclusion: Its a Hi-Power with all the desired upgrades. I like it! :D
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Thanks for the range report. I’m tempted to grab one myself. That is, if I can actually find one at MSRP! 😎
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