First Look: EAA Girsan MC P35 OPS Optic Pistol

This new version of a legendary pistol now includes a red dot optic.

posted on October 15, 2022

European American Armory (EAA), a leading importer of firearms from Europe, has begun importing a new Turkish-made version of the venerable Browning Hi Power, first created by John Moses Browning and his Belgian colleague at FN, Diuedonné Saive. The EAA Girsan MC P35 OPS Optic comes with EAA’s Far-Dot electronic slide mounted red dot sight installed and is ready to use out of the box.

“When we were looking at how to make the MC P35 OPS more useful and offer the customer something that they really wanted directly from the factory, a light and bright red dot that uses a mounting pattern that’s almost universally accepted without any sort of adapter plate was the overwhelming choice,” said Chase Duffey, National Sales & Import Manager at EAA Corp. “Now, if the customer wants to keep it as is from the factory or if they want to accessorize it with lots of commercially available products at their local shop, they have every option right out of the box.”

The MC P35 OPS Optic is an all-steel 9mm semi-automatic handgun with the delayed blowback system made famous by Browning himself. Size wise, this Girsan pistol is true to the original, with a 4.8-inch barrel. It also comes standard with ambidextrous thumb safeties and G10 polymer stocks. Also true to the original military Hi Power design, the Girsan MC P35 PI includes a classically-styled ring hammer that is better known to some people as the “commander style hammer.” This hammer is an alternative to the other spur shaped hammer that may cause hammer bite and shooting discomfort for shooters with larger hands. Unlike the original Hi-Power pistols, however, the MC P35 OPS Optic features a modernized flat bladed trigger along with a Picatinny railed dust cover that can accept standard pistol mounted accessories like lights or lasers. EAA’s Far-Dot sight that comes mounted from the factory does not need any special mounting plates for any optic that shares the RMS/RMSc footprint.

For more information on the Girsan MC P35 OPS Optic, its other Hi Power pistol clones, or any other firearms imported by European American Armory, please visit their website at


SOG Escape 2.0
SOG Escape 2.0

First Look: SOG Escape 2.0

Built to be a workhorse everyday carry blade.

First Look: Sightmark XTM-3 3x Magnifier

Add more range to your red dot or reflex sight.

Nosler's Notion

Nosler’s Partition projectile has purpose and poise.

First Look: Streamlight Strion 2020 Flashlight

1,200 lumens and 28,000 candela bring a lot to the party.

First Look: Tokarev USA TX3 12 Hammer Shotgun

A pump-action scattergun that's compatible with Mossberg furniture.


Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.