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Interesting SA-35 Tidbit

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I was at a gunshow today and stopped to examine a two tone Girsan when the dealer and I struck up an interesting conversation. I mentioned my lemon SA-35 and he chuckled before unloading his tale of woe. He stated that back when the SA-35 first came out that he had received six of them and that every single one was returned by their respective buyers for FTE issues!! :oops: He added he would order no more.

FWIW, I had a chance at the same show to buy a used mint condition Browning MKIII in the box for $939 + tax, but I passed.
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LGS sells SA for $770. I don't understand the appeal.馃し
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*** is that supposed to mean? Are you saying the dealer is a liar?
Perhaps it's an example of a non sequitur. But because it could mean anything, up to and including, "..I'll have soy milk with my kale flakes and cauliflower florets for breakfast..", I don't suppose it matters.
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"when they first came out" is the key part of his statement. I haven't heard of one recent complaint
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The HP is a great gun. Guess it is like potato chips in that manufactures veer in different directions.
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Seems like the first batch or so had "redesigned" and soft extractors. I replaced mine with a C&S part and flawless since. No regrets here.
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"when they first came out" is the key part of his statement. I haven't heard of one recent complaint
I agree. I put a request in for mine under LE program and 3 months later, wa-la, the gun came. It鈥檚 been flawless so far with just over 600 rounds. Everyone with extractor issues says 800 round count is where the problems start. Ill be sure to post if that tuens out to be the case.

My ONLY gripe with this gun is the sharper (than the original one I have) edges of the back strap tang, after an extended range session.
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"when they first came out" is the key part of his statement. I haven't heard of one recent complaint
Seems like the first batch or so had "redesigned" and soft extractors. I replaced mine with a C&S part and flawless since. No regrets here.
I agree. I put a request in for mine under LE program and 3 months later, wa-la, the gun came. It鈥檚 been flawless so far with just over 600 rounds. Everyone with extractor issues says 800 round count is where the problems start. Ill be sure to post if that tuens out to be the case.

My ONLY gripe with this gun is the sharper (than the original one I have) edges of the back strap tang, after an extended range session.
As we have discussed in the past the early extractor problems most likely came down to soft extractors, weak springs and burrs in the extractor channel from cutting the slide serrations. It seems to me it was a combo of all these factors which effected the earlier pistols. I have not heard of a the same issues with guns produced in the last 6 months. I know for a fact there was a parts change for the extractor around serial # 6000.

The sharp edges are a side effect of the price point of the pistol. More time on the finishing bench adds to the cost of the pistol. We should also not forget that there were many runs and vintages of FN BHPs which had sharp edges. This was a common complaint with MKIIs and MKIIIs.
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My SA-35 is in the 18k range and runs fine. Granted only a couple hundred rounds down the pipe but it cycled everything.

The edges on it are sharp tho...
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>>...As we have discussed in the past the early extractor problems most likely came down to soft extractors, weak springs and burrs in the extractor channel from cutting the slide serrations ...<<<
As I recall, there were similar extractor problems with the TISA Regent BR9 (??) One might be forgiven if they thought that there appears to be something of a pattern here with H-P clones. Place an order for an H-P clone and order a replacement extractor from C&S at the same time (??)
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I just picked one up at a great price and will be trying it out soon...SN just over 20xxx Has anyone else noticed that the original MSRP of $699 has been increased to $799 on the SA website?
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SA is nuts, as at $800, you definitely can shop a true FN/Browning in a bid-war or pawn shop.

For less, you can get a Girsan AND a few boxes of ammo
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Bought mine locally, $725+tax, about a month ago.
No pawn shops around here, and gb is sketchy at best sometimes.
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I just picked one up at a great price and will be trying it out soon...SN just over 20xxx Has anyone else noticed that the original MSRP of $699 has been increased to $799 on the SA website?
I did.
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I've had my SA-35 for a year, and had heard about the extractor issue before I bought it. I was tempted to just replace the factory extractor and spring, but decided to try it out as received first. A thousand or so rounds later, never a failure to feed, fire, or extract. I've owned a number of FN/Browning Hi Powers since the '60s. I'm not tempted to trade in my FN/Brownings for more SA-35s, but certainly don't regret buying Springfield's version. I realize my experience with one example is not the final word on these, but just one average guy's experience..
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I've had my SA-35 for a year, and had heard about the extractor issue before I bought it. I was tempted to just replace the factory extractor and spring, but decided to try it out as received first. A thousand or so rounds later, never a failure to feed, fire, or extract. I've owned a number of FN/Browning Hi Powers since the '60s. I'm not tempted to trade in my FN/Brownings for more SA-35s, but certainly don't regret buying Springfield's version. I realize my experience with one example is not the final word on these, but just one average guy's experience..
I have one and it had to go back but now runs 100%. I do not regret buying it. It is a decent pistol and I paid well below what I could have gotten a comparable FN gun. I am going to try to talk Karl of KGB to checker it for me when we build a BHP. :D
>>...Has anyone else noticed that the original MSRP of $699 has been increased to $799 on the SA website? ...<<<
YUP...and that's the thanks ya' get from SA for toutin' it on the internet.....
I just picked one up at a great price and will be trying it out soon...SN just over 20xxx Has anyone else noticed that the original MSRP of $699 has been increased to $799 on the SA website?
Yes, the increase in MSRP is due to the increase in a price rise to dealers. Original dealer cost was $545, with a $699 MSRP.

It鈥檚 my guess, Springfield got miffed at SA-35鈥檚 being sold way above MSRP and decided to raise its dealer cost, thereby upping the MSRP. HEY, everybody else is getting more why not us! I checked GB recently and the Guns, well lower than when originally debuted are still going for a premium.

Are they still in short supply?
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