GENESEO, ILL. (1/20/22) – Springfield Armory® is proud to announce it has won On Target magazine’s 2021 Editor’s Choice Award for the SA-35™ 9mm pistol.

According to On Target magazine, the Editors’ Choice Awards are reserved for the best of the best new products – those which demonstrate outstanding technical achievement and/or represent an extraordinary value for the price.

“Springfield Armory’s take on this classic pistol design in its SA-35 pairs old-school craftsmanship with modern-day upgrades and advancements in manufacturing tolerances,” said Ben Battles, Editor of On Target magazine. “The result is the creation of a handgun for which the market had been begging. These reasons, along with the fact this gem hits stores wearing a very reasonable price tag, easily earned the SA-35 a 2021 On Target Editors’ Choice Award.”

The U.S.-made SA-35, manufactured in Geneseo, Illinois, takes advantage of modern materials and manufacturing techniques, while still retaining the appeal of the original P-35 design. The pistol features a forged carbon steel frame and slide as well as a cold hammer forged barrel for maximum strength and durability.

The pistol also features numerous performance and ergonomic enhancements. These include subtle but significant changes to barrel feed ramp and extractor geometry to ensure the pistol will work with today’s cutting-edge defensive rounds. Further upgrades include a factory-tuned trigger, 15-round flush-fit magazine, beveled magazine well, recontoured “no-bite” hammer design, modern Tactical Rack sights, extended thumb safety and more.

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.

“We couldn’t be more proud that the SA-35 has won this award from On Target magazine,” said Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory. “The pistol’s combination of classic lines with modern enhancements makes it a great addition to the Springfield Armory family of firearms.”

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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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