GENESEO, ILL. (1/6/22) – Springfield Armory® is proud to announce the 9mm SA-35™ pistol has been chosen as NRA Publications’ American Rifleman 2022 Golden Bullseye Handgun of the Year.

Now in their 20th year, the NRA Publications Golden Bullseye Awards acknowledge the finest products available in the shooting sports. The winners are selected by a committee of NRA Publications staff, representing more than a century of collective experience in the shooting and hunting industry.

“We are incredibly proud that the SA-35 has been given this prestigious award,” said Dennis Reese, CEO of Springfield Armory. “With this pistol, we have taken a revered design and updated it for today’s shooters. It’s an honor for the entire team behind its development that it has been recognized in this way.”

Made in the United States, the SA-35 is based on one of the most prolific and popular pistols in small arms history. Featuring subtle but significant upgrades to John Moses Browning’s original P-35, the SA-35 captures the appeal of the “wood and steel” era of arms making while offering the upgrades and enhancements demanded in a modern defensive pistol.

The SA-35 features rugged forged steel parts for strength and durability, improved ergonomics and enhanced controls, modern sights, an improved feed ramp design, and an increased 15-round capacity. Additionally, the choice was made to configure the SA-35 without the magazine disconnect as found in the original design. This brings it in line with the rest of Springfield Armory’s offerings and provides the ability for magazines to drop freely.

“With its modern enhancements and upgrades, the SA-35 takes a classic and updates it for the 21st century,” says Steve Kramer. “We are honored that it has been recognized with such an esteemed award from the National Rifle Association.”

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About Springfield Armory®

In 1794, the original Springfield Armory began manufacturing muskets for the defense of our young, free Republic. The Armory functioned as a firearms supplier for every major American conflict until 1968 when the government sadly closed its doors. In 1974, nearly two centuries after its inception, Springfield Armory Inc. in Geneseo, Ill. revived the iconic heritage of the Armory to carry on its legacy.

We strive to honor this responsibility as guardians of the original Springfield Armory legacy by manufacturing the highest quality firearms to enable responsible citizens to preserve their right to keep and bear arms in the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

With an unmatched emphasis on craftsmanship, performance and exceptional customer service, our mission is to forge superior firearms and provide the tools necessary to defend individual freedoms and equality for those who embrace the rights and principles secured by our Founding Fathers. For more information, please visit us at:


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