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EAA GIRSAN

This year, Girsan and EAA have teamed up to launch an
updated version of the MC polymer pistol series called the
MC9, which is available in two optics-ready configurations.
These models incorporate the new product launch of EAA's
in-house Far-Dot micro red-dot optic that includes a builtin rear sight system. Here is a closer look at the MC9 Optic
Standard duty pistol and the factory-custom MC9 Optic
Match race gun.
Like its predecessor, the MC9 Standard model is a recoiloperated, striker-fired, semi-automatic pistol with an
internal configuration inspired by the Glock. Cosmetically,
the pistol has been updated with a form and features more
in line with the tactical pistols many American enthusiasts prefer. While the MC28 slide seems to be based on the
Smith & Wesson M&P, the slides of the MC9 series bear
more than a passing resemblance to classic SIG Sauer pistols such as the P226.
The carbon steel slide is treated with a matte-black
Cerakote finish that matches the polymer frame. A fullsize
set of slightly canted cocking serrations are located under
the rear sight, and a shorter set of serrations is near the
muzzle. A witness hole on top of the slide, at the rear of the
barrel's chamber, acts as a loaded-chamber indicator. The
extractor's claw is oversized for added purchase. The pistol
has a striker block safety and a red indicator that peeks out
through a port in the metal rear slideplate when the striker
is cocked and retracts into the slide when it is uncocked.
The metal white-dot front sight is secured to the
slide by way of a small screw. This allows the sight to be
traded out for a night-sight option, which will be available in the future. The optics-ready version of the MC28
shipped with a red-dot optic that used a mounting plate
that wholly replaced the rear sight. The MC9's new FarDot optic incorporates a square-notch, red fiber-optic
rear sight into the back of the housing. The front and
rear sight can be co-witnessed with the red-dot's reticle,
allowing for an easy transition to the iron sights should
the optic lose power at a critical moment.
EAA's Far-Dot optic is a micro reflex sight styled after
the popular Shield RMS. Manufactured by Perry for EAA,
the Far-Dot is configured to fit slides milled and tapped for
the RMS, and does so without a mounting plate. The housing is made from durable, hard-coat-anodized aluminum.
The multi-coated glass lens is illuminated by a red LED that
projects a four minute-of-angle aiming point.
The aiming dot is always on and ready to use. There
is no external power or brightness-control button.
Instead, an internal sensor adjusts the dot's brightness
according to ambient lighting conditions. Storing the
pistol with the Far-Dot's protective rubber cover in place
helps to extend the battery's working life. Power is supplied for up to one year by a single CR 2032 three-volt

button cell, which is protected from dust and moisture
by a rubber seal. There is no battery access door, which
means the sight will need to be removed from the slide
for battery replacement.
The Far-Dot provides a clear, clean, easy-to-use sight
picture for both the illuminated aiming point and the iron
sights. It's a useful sight configuration that can comfortably transition between the shooting range, competition
and self-defense applications. The optic ships with a oneyear warranty and will be available for sale as a stand-alone
pistol accessory.
Getting back to the MC9 Standard pistol, the unthreaded
4.2 " tilting barrel fits flush to the nose of the slide. It has
a matte-black finish and traditional land-and-groove rifling
with a 1:10 " right-hand twist. Removing the slide from the
frame reveals an internal configuration that mirrors that
of the MC28, including a one-piece steel guide rod with a
captured, flat-wire recoil spring.
The black polymer frame is constructed from sturdy,
glass-filled nylon. The dustcover features a molded-in 1.90 "
three-slot Picatinny accessory rail to support light and
laser modules. The trigger guard is generously sized with
room for a gloved trigger finger, and includes a rounded
undercut where it meets the grip. The front-facing edge
of the trigger guard is flattened and textured to act as a
finger rest.
The Standard version of the MC9 has a curved polymer
trigger with a grooved face and integral blade safety lever.
Listed as a single-action, the trigger exhibited the somewhat mushy take-up common to striker-fired pistols of this
type. The trigger pull was a slightly heavy 6 lbs., 5 ozs.,
according to a Lyman digital trigger gauge, with a reasonably short trigger reset.
The external controls include a left-side takedown lever,
bilateral slide stops and a reversible square-button magazine release. A raised lip in the frame around the slide stop
prevents it from snagging on clothing or holsters.
The grip frame is shaped to be comfortable for a wide
range of hand shapes and sizes. All four sides of the grip
are treated to a moderately coarse molded-in stippled texturing that provides solid purchase without being abrasive
to an ungloved hand. The pistol arrives with three interchangeable backstraps and a pin-removal tool. Although
I have somewhat smaller hands, I found both MC9s to be

EAA's MC9 Optic pistols come with the company's Far-Dot micro
red-dot sight, which features two orange dots and a recessed area
between them that allow for alignment with, and co-witnessing
of, the front sight's white dot, respectively.

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