Greetings Me Droogs N Droogettes!
Now I absolutely and positively need to keep kissing ass, begging, borrowing hell, a bank job isn’t out of the question…  I need monays… a PILE of monays.  ALL of you do.  Leastways call it ‘hopes and dreams’ categories but the news is out and burning up the Gun Websites

Springfield Armory is bringing back the Browning Hi-Power basic design John Moses Browning made.  They’re calling it the SA-35.  https://www.springfield-armory.com/sa-35-series-handguns/sa-35-handguns/sa-35-9mm-handgun/

Now, there -are- some Hi-Powers out there.  Original Browning made, highly overpriced IMO.  Like ASTRONOMICALLY overpriced for what’s a decent hog-leg, but like a Kimber not that good.

I have my own personal experience with a Hi-Power.  It was my first daily carry in Iraq.  Marked with “Iraqi National Police” on the slide.  Awful black plastic checkerboard grips, and a butt-ring for putting a lanyard on…  I had ONE mag, that held 13 rounds with one up the pipe.  I -only- initially had like 24, maybe 27 rounds loose… all mixed and of questionable sourcing.  Such was life in early 2004.  I did eventually get 2 more mags, and traded some gear (some boots and uniforms) for 200 rounds of 147 Grain Hollowpoints from the SF kids who needed to get rid of the ‘illegal ammo’.  Finding a holster that -wasn’t- Haji leather dogshit was a bitch until I found the Israeli company Fobus who makes a nice plastic Blackhawk style hip-rider.  It was that or the Blackhawk shoulder rig, which I wasn’t a fan of as it tended to get caught up in the seat belt of the trucks we drove. 

I also have needs to pay back the Droog who helped me when the shytte went sideways here a ways back.  Haven’t fergotten nor stopped saving to do the payback.  The bitch of it is was they $$$ I had slated, well, I blame Dumbunny.  Her ass is costing me MOR mental and monays than I like to t’ink aboot mon.  

Now, besides my usually whining about finances, all told the Springfield price point on this is $700.  That t’ain’t bad.  UNLESS some seriously unscrupulous louses buy up all available stock (which (((they))) will, no doubt) then it should stay at a nominal price point.

Leastways I hope so.  I DID like the thing… VERY nice handling weapon.  VERY comfortable AND one of THE GREATEST designs ever put forth by the Genius Gun-God Browning the First PBUH.

Mine was named “Roscoe”.  We named our weapons so’s we could talk about them without the uninitiated and uncool understanding just -what- or in this case, who we were referring to.  In 2004, most civvie contractors were not allowed to have firepower, and it was a fireable offence to get caught sporting ‘illegal arms’… only the US DotMil could do something like that Aye?  Despite MOST if not all us Contractors having FAR more experience and trigger time than the fucking newbies that they were feeding into the sausage grinder…

So, when we had missions outside the wire, I’d say like “Yeah, Me n Roscoe are gonna mount up and do this here thing later today…”  Lil or Middle would come back with “Well, I’m bringing Fritz (the MP-5, naturally) and Lil has Jeeves (the Sterling MK6… and yeah, it IS the Stormtrooper gun LOL) and we’ll bring all the other friends we need to keep the party going!”

Depending on which was what, the FN-FAL’s we had were “Pierre” and “Alphonse”… the German firepower was “Fritz” or “Gunter”.  Roscoe only got HIS name as it was the first piece I had and did the daily carry with, and I named it after the Sherriff in ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ before we came up with our code-naming convention.  Almost ALL of our AKs were “Ivan” with the lone exception of my Dragunov SVD which I called “Long Tall Sally” ‘cos with that long assed 26 inch barrel?  Yeaaaaah baby.

So, again, totally excited about this S.A. remake.  I’ll let you know if and when it DOES get out there and I’ll follow the reviews.

So, More Later I Remain The Intrepid Reporter
Big Country

By BigCountryExpat

Fuck you if you can't take a joke. No one gets out alive so eat me.


  1. “a decent hog-leg, but like a Kimber not that good.”
    Ive owned and sold dozens of hi-powers since I was 21. Hmmn, wont go into all the history carrying it for jobs and personally but, yeah they weren’t flawed like kimbers, that is kinda just ignorant, and yeah i used kimbers when on i was on the teams didnt care for them, was glad when everyone got over their glockphobia, not playin fanboy here with HPs, just like glocks but they work, the ergonomics are unsurpassed and I wish they still made them. My 74 year old mother shot a HP .40 cal better than any gun ever put in her hand, so yep anecdotal but kind of speaks to the design. ive Had belgiums, and many other country made, they are top quality guns, deserving of appreciation, and some form and function works of art. I look forward to SAs rollout, but i would probably buy a CZ first sans a well priced HP.

  2. I saw that in my email, yesterday and started drooling. The one I have is a licensed copy made in Argentina. I removed the mag disconnect and it transformed the trigger pull. Springfield isn’t even putting the mag disconnect in their version, God bless them.

    But, the CZ75 is what St. Browning would have designed, had he lived longer.

    1. I have a few handguns. My Favorite by far is my FM made in Argentina P-35. It handles well and, the armorer I bought it from had removed the magazine disconnect as well. Good trigger, well handling piece. I will never let it go. Much good fun.

  3. Interesting you naming your gun “Roscoe” after the DoH.
    I’d always heard of guns being called roscoes after the 20s-30s gangster pulps. Where that name came from at that time period, I have no idea.

  4. Gonna break out the old Argentine copy now that you reminded me how good that design was. As for the slang, love some of the oldies, roscoe, heater, stovepipe, piece, rod… Can’t leave out the shotty slang, pump, sweeper, street howitzer, gauge, duster, boom stick… The terminology nazi heads are on fire about now. Side note I’ll admit to a blade I call Occam but I never named any guns Chekhov.

      1. Unfortunately way ahead on that Doc. Many have heard, understood, and are getting ready. Don’t be discouraged by what looks like less important chatter, Keeps many of us from burning out or losing our self control before what’s inevitably coming. Take a breather, got to be top of our game when it goes off.

  5. I have an FM Argentina made HP35. It is without a doubt my favorite pistol to shoot. I love it. No mag disconnect. Removed by the armorer from whom I purchased it. I’ll never sell it.

  6. Interesting you used a Fobus in a combat zone. I get beat all to hell by gun snobs for using a Fobus paddle holster. Plastic junk, they say. Use leather or you’re a punk, they say. I find the Fobus very serviceable and easy to use. How’d it work out for you? Retention and durability good?

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