The Browning Hi-Power was the first handgun I ever carried as a cop — cocked and locked, of course.

It’s still one of the standards I use to judge every pistol I fire.

It is, arguably, the finest firearm John Moses Browning ever designed, and he designed more than a few firearms.

Springfield Army is bringing the classic Hi-Power back, which they’re calling the SA-35.

It has an MSRP of $699.

According to Springfield Armory:

Based on one of the most prolific and popular pistols in small arms history, the Springfield Armory® SA-35 gives today’s shooters a modern take on a revered classic. Featuring subtle but significant upgrades to John Moses Browning’s original P-35 design, the 9mm SA-35 captures the appeal of the “wood and steel” era of arms making while offering the upgraded enhancements of today’s defensive pistols. Made in the U.S.A., the SA-35 features rugged forged steel parts for strength and durability, improved ergonomics and enhanced controls, a factory tuned trigger, modern sights, an improved feed ramp design, and an increased 15-round capacity.

I haven’t yet shot one, but I’m already cautiously optimistic.

I like that SA has fixed the sights. The original one on my old Hi-Power looked like they were cut from a beer can and were quickly replaced.

I’m also curious about their “factory tuned trigger,” since the original trigger was a work of art.

SA has also changed the capacity. Their mags now hold 15 rounds. No word yet on whether the SA-35 will accept standard factory mags.

Overall, I’m trying not to get too excited, but the Hi-Power is an exciting firearm.