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EAA Girsan MC14G84

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EAA Girsan MC14G84
EAA Girsan MC14G84

Some eight years after reviewing a Girsan MC14 comes a new variant via EAA. The Girsan MC14G84 borrows heavily from some classic Beretta lines in the form of a handsome doublestack .380acp.


What Is It? The EAA Girsan MC14G84 is a reproduction of the Beretta 80's series of gun. While the MC14 I reviewed years ago had a closed-top slide, the open-top design of the MC14G84 is more akin to the Beretta Cheetah. Doublestack, compact firearm in .380 with handsome finishing, but none of the modern "tacitcal" features such as a light rail or optics cuts that would pervert the classic lines. Unlike many "pocket" 380acp pistols the EAA Girsan MC14G84 is sized well enough to be comfortable to use.


The EAA Girsan MC14G84 may be small, but has usable sights!
The EAA Girsan MC14G84 may be small, but has usable sights!

Who's it For? This is an interesting one. The lack of rail or optics cut might turn off Tactical Timmys, but also will likely appeal to those who admire firearms with a more artistic shape. The MC14G84 could be a carry/defensive gun for those who don't need modern accessories, or it could just be one of those pretty guns in the collection that you take out every once in a while.

Usably-sized controls as well on theh EAA Girsan MC14G84
Usably-sized controls as well on theh EAA Girsan MC14G84

Take a look at the EAA Girsan MC14G84 in the Tabletop video below:

Specifications of the EAA Girsan MC14G84

UPC: 741566906923

Length: 6.8"

Height: 4.9"

Weight w/o magazine: 21.32oz

Barrel Length: 3.82"

Width: 1.32"

Capacity 13+1

MSRP: $381

Online Pricing as of 25APR24

(click links for current pricing and availability)




A basic kit with the EAA Girsan MC14G84
A basic kit with the EAA Girsan MC14G84

The Kit is rather light including one manual which covers the family of guns, one magazine, a cleaning brush, and of course the federally-mandated lock. The good news is the magazines are the same they were eight years ago, appear to share the same pattern as the Beretta 80's series, and are available online. For an such an affordable metalr-framed, hammer-fired pistol it's hard to complain.


Appreciating the handoms classic styling of the EAA Girsam MC14G84 is one thing, but how does it shoot? Of course the GBGuns standard range protocol needed to be followed to get a good overall impression of the gun. As always this included:

  • Cold Shots: Truly the first rounds through the gun.

  • Full Magazine +1: Suprisingly some modern guns still struggle with this. It's a test of how much play is in the magazine as well as how the slide cycles with pressure. This is also when I do my best to learn the trigger. Fortunately the EAA Girsan MC14 accepted the magazines I had from other Beretta 80's series guns.

  • What's For Dinner™: A test to see what ammunition the gun will eat. Does the gun feed the round from slide lock, will it cycle and feed another round of the same type, does the slide lock to the rear on empty, and is there any notable point of impact change with different loads.

WFD for the EAA Girsan MC14G84
WFD for the EAA Girsan MC14G84

For this gun we used the following ammunition:

Priced and linked where found at the time this article was written

50gr Liberty Ammunition Civil Defense $32.77 / 20 at Sportsman's Guide

85gr Winchester Silver Tip $18.89 / 20 at Optics Planet

90gr Federal Hydra Shok JHP (discontinued?)

90gr Hornady American Gunner XTP $18.32 / 50 at Global Ordnance

95gr Blazer Aluminum Case $21.26 / 50 at Global Ordnance

95gr Speer Lawman TMJ $23.56 / 50 at Global Ordnance

102gr Remington Golden Saber $35.99 / 20 at Remington

102gr Remington Ultimate Defense Compact Handgun BJHP $35.99 / 20 at Remington


  • Sights & Trigger Control: on a 6" spinner target at a distance of 12 yards. We got this from Titan Great Outdoors and use it to gauge how learnable the trigger is and usable the sights are for forced, timed, precise shots.

  • Practical Accuracy: Five shots from a distance of seven yards at a one inch target. This isn't so much about printing a tight group as it is a culmination of our shooting experience and time for us to collect thoughts prior to making a conclusion.

  • After Shots: Final impressions and reflections from the range session.


The entire process can be seen in the Shooting Impressions video below.

Ammunition seen in our Shooting Impressions video was made possible by our Patrons and supporters of our ammunition savings account through Ammo Squared.


On the Range I had a lot of fun. The EAA Girsan MC14G84 is indeed a blowback .380, and I've known that type of gun to be a bit snappy/violent to shoot, but between the weight, grip, and a firm recoil spring the range session was enjoyable. I'm not saying I'd take it to a multi-day handgun course, but I don't think that's what guns like these are designed for.

Left-hand-friendly safety on the EAA Girsan MC14G84
Left-hand-friendly safety on the EAA Girsan MC14G84

Another note from the range was the benefit of a 3.8" barrel giving this little gun a little more muzzle energy than typically seen from a .380acp. This is slightly longer than the SAAMI spec of 3.75" which means you can rest assured your defensive ammunition well perform as intended with engouh velocity to work. That's something some .380 pistol makers seem to forget to mention with their short-barreled defensive guns.

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Two questions. Why don’t the mfgs include decockers on their DA/SA models? Is it difficult to design or more expensive to produce? I don’t understand the reasoning.

And how do the Girsan 380s compare to the Grand Powers?

Thanks.

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There are more parts and engineering invovled in making a DA/SA as I understand it. That increases cost and time to make the gun. Grand Power 380s are larger and so more comfrtable for me to shoot, but they're sized practicall like most 9mm guns.

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I had been planning for the day I was unable to shoot 9mm so I bought a S&W 380 EZ and an Sig P365 380 when it came out. As I’ve been in AFIB almost all of ‘24 and always feel like I’ve been beat up that day may be coming sooner than I expected. Anyway, what I really wanted was a DA/SA model but with a decocker. I’m wishing Beretta would make a 380 in the mould of their PX4 Storm. I converted mine from safety to decocker but it appears their new 380 isn’t able to do this transformation. The Girsan looks like fun but I’m still waiting for that decocker model.

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I'm sure they won't apprecaite me suggesting this, but you could always join int he petition to Global Ordnance to import decocker models of Grand Power pistols. They exist, we just haven't had any new ones on the US market in years.

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elsullo2
elsullo2
Apr 26

Nice review! And very useful too. In hot weather I do carry pocket .380s when my pockets are small. I used to rant about the peril of buying good guns from Türkiye because it was increasingly a fundamentalist and authoritarian Muslim nation under its President Erdogan. I am glad to be wrong! Earlier this month Turkiye had national elections for all local cities and districts and Erdogan's party was voted OUT almost everywhere! EVERY city of any size voted out his party's mayor, which is a powerful office in their system. Presidential elections are later this year I think, and as the British say, "He's on his back heels." It looks good for their firearms industry...........................elsullo

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I'm not sure I'd classify this as a pocket gun, but it's smaller than most 9mm subcompacts yet still gripable. It's an easy gun to enjoy.

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Thanks for the article and the videos. This was recently added to the Maryland Handgun Roster.


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