FEBRUARY 8, 2024

Girsan’s New “High Power” Modernizes A Classic In March/April Handgunner

The MC P35 PI LW OPS “High Power” from Girsan is not a faithful reproduction of John Moses Browning and Dieudonné Saive’s original masterpiece — it’s not supposed to be. Featured in the March/April issue of American Handgunner, Editor Tom McHale explains what makes this modernized version of the classic design a success.

The new iteration contains a “nifty” feature set optimizing the pistol for carry and defensive use: thanks to its aluminum frame, it’s lighter and a touch shorter than typical Hi-Power models, but remains a full-size gun. A more notable difference is the absence of the magazine disconnect that blocks the pistol from firing with the magazine removed. With the test gun, McHale found exceptional accuracy with Black Hills 115-grain JHP EXP ammo, printing 1.12" five-shot groups at 25 yards.

No longer known just for shotguns, Mossberg’s MC2c 9mm is designed for concealed carry. Jeremy D. Clough outlines its qualifications —including its slimmer size and 15-round capacity — in “Concealed Carry Contender.” He notes, “The Mossberg MC2c hits and runs reliably, and does it for a reasonable price. In the crowded field of CCW handguns, it’s a contender.”

Topping the Mar/Apr giveaway package is an 1858 Remington pistol from Taylor’s & Company. The .44-cal. revolver features a forged case hardened steel frame, blued parts and hosts a 5.5" barrel. The winner will also receive a Para Military 2 from Spyderco, Protac 2.0 from Streamlight and Breech To Muzzle Cleaning Kit from Otis Defense. Valued at $872.58, readers are encouraged to enter the free drawing at AmericanHandgunner.com/giveaways.

Additional highlights of the issue include Pat Covert’s close up on White River Knives and the company’s impressive lineup of custom knives — without the custom price tag. Considering the benefits they provide for home and personal defense, Dave Anderson asks “Why Pistol Caliber Carbines?” in the Better Shooting column. For DIYers, pistolsmith Greg Derr offers a lesson in stippling the grip on a polymer pistol. And in Handgun Hunting, Mark Hampton provides practical tips for packing a semi-auto in the field.

Exclusive online articles can be found at AmericanHandgunner.com. Purchase the Mar/Apr issue or order a subscription at fmgpubs.com. Digital versions are also available.