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So as usual...I go to the range and get my shooting done, then I find myself wandering over to the gun displays to test my will power...which by the way...never turns out well for my wallet, LOL. :embarassed:

I admit, I know absolutely nothing about the Steyr handguns except that they're made in Austria, striker fired, have the trapezoid sights and they're (ahem) rather 'interesting' to look at. Over the past couple years, I have looked at several different ones as I browse around the gun counters, but I always handed them back to the salesman and continued on my way. Well the other day when I was over there picking up a layaway...I noticed an M9-A1 laying in the case, so once again I asked to look at it. I don't know what it was, but this time, I found myself taking a real hard look at it.

So getting home, I get on the 'net and start researching. Come to find out...the people who own them, really seem to speak highly of them. I dug around in this forum and did a couple searches and found a few threads with some interesting posts, as well as finding the steyrclub.com forum.

To make a long story short, I put it on layaway...



What I did like right off, were the sights. They seemed to be very easy to acquire and I can see quick target acquisition as the result...also, the trigger wasn't bad as well as it having a defined reset. This particular gun comes with two magazines with plus 1 extensions which takes it 17+1 in the pipe. Thats NOT BAD in regards to firepower. Other than that, I don't know until I shoot it.



If anyone has an opinion either way on these guns, I would like to read what you have to say. I know these guns aren't winning any popularity contests...meaning...they aren't as well known and distributed as the other striker fired guns that come from Austria :tongue:...but from what I have read so far and actually fondling the pistol, it intrigues me enough to want to give it a try. The price isn't out of this world and if I don't end up liking it...I can always sell it if need be, but here's to hoping it never comes to that.
 

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I don't know a thing about them, but that's an odd looking thing to say the least.
 

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I've never handled one, but I have been interested in them for a while. I'd like the looks much more if the muzzle end wasn't so blocky.
 

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I have shot one. It was years ago and ill be honest I wasn't very good at shooting back then (infact I'm not sure I'm much better now) lol. I do remember I really like the sights. I found them easy to use. I didn't have any ftfs or anything through the 100 rounds I put in it. I would love to pick one up and I'm sure you will enjoy it. For what its worth the guy at the shop told me that it was developed by someone who used to work for Glock. But I can't confim that.

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The only Steyr pistol I've ever fired was the GB and it was a sweet shooter with recoil like a .22lr, due to its gas brake system and metal frame. The M9-A1 looks interesting to say the least. If you hold it on the barrel end and chuck it really hard, it looks like it might come right back to you.
 
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I like them. My father has one. Ive shot it a decent amount and it seems nice. I believe the company has some sort of relation to glock.

If you take a look at the picture youll notice that there is an angle built into the gun on purpose. At the back of the slide there is little polymer grip underneath and as you progress towards the front it gets thicker unlike many standard firearms that are boxy and have straighter lines. The intended purpose was to create an angle of sorts that reduced muzzle flip or something along those lines.

Thats about all I know. Shoots well imo.

I love the sight picture as well.
 

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I noticed that on the Steyr forum as well. I'm not really to worried about it; if my gun falls into the serial numbers listed, i'll just send it off and let them handle it.
They mention that if the need comes up...they'll send you a pre-paid overnight shipping label and then overnight it back to you. They mention they will make every effort to get it back in one week, and will send either a soft case or a spare mag for the inconvenience. That sounds like pretty top notch CS to me! From what I've read, their customer service is above par, and thats a good thing.


Yeah I understand it's a rather different looking pistol, but I thought the same thing about the OTHER manufacturer from Austria as well, LOL. To me...the proof is in the pudding. How it handles, how it shoots, and is it reliable...those are the questions that matter to me when dealing with a gun I know NOTHING about.

I went thru the same thing with my CZ P-07. That gun, now...is probably my favorite out of every handgun I own. No BS!.
 

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So as usual...I go to the range and get my shooting done, then I find myself wandering over to the gun displays to test my will power...which by the way...never turns out well for my wallet, LOL. :embarassed:

I admit, I know absolutely nothing about the Steyr handguns except that they're made in Austria, striker fired, have the trapezoid sights and they're (ahem) rather 'interesting' to look at. Over the past couple years, I have looked at several different ones as I browse around the gun counters, but I always handed them back to the salesman and continued on my way. Well the other day when I was over there picking up a layaway...I noticed an M9-A1 laying in the case, so once again I asked to look at it. I don't know what it was, but this time, I found myself taking a real hard look at it.

So getting home, I get on the 'net and start researching. Come to find out...the people who own them, really seem to speak highly of them. I dug around in this forum and did a couple searches and found a few threads with some interesting posts, as well as finding the steyrclub.com forum.

To make a long story short, I put it on layaway...



What I did like right off, were the sights. They seemed to be very easy to acquire and I can see quick target acquisition as the result...also, the trigger wasn't bad as well as it having a defined reset. This particular gun comes with two magazines with plus 1 extensions which takes it 17+1 in the pipe. Thats NOT BAD in regards to firepower. Other than that, I don't know until I shoot it.



If anyone has an opinion either way on these guns, I would like to read what you have to say. I know these guns aren't winning any popularity contests...meaning...they aren't as well known and distributed as the other striker fired guns that come from Austria :tongue:...but from what I have read so far and actually fondling the pistol, it intrigues me enough to want to give it a try. The price isn't out of this world and if I don't end up liking it...I can always sell it if need be, but here's to hoping it never comes to that.
I too would like to find one somehow to shoot but, like you, know zero practically about them and never see any. Give us a good range report if you have it and shoot it.
 

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I'll most definitely give you guys a range report when I get it in my possession. I look forward to seeing how it handles.
 

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I had a Steyr M9A1 for a few years. I'm sorry that I sold it but I acquired a few new shooters from the proceeds, so it's a wash in that regard.

I loved the Steyr. The Trap sights take a little getting used to but they grow on you quickly. My trigger was very smooth out of the box but some have complained about the trigger so YMMV.

I see that you have found the Steyr club forum, they're are great bunch congregating there.

Let us know what you think after you get some trigger time in.
 

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I own both a steyr m40-A1 and a m357-A1 (rare to come by) and both are arguably some of my favorite pistols to shoot. Very reliable and very accurate though I do know my .40 had extraction issues but once I sent out an email I was given a new extractor within 3 days and have not had a single problem in 1500 rounds. I do a bit of competition shooting and have really wanted to bring out the m40-A1 since I seem to be on par with my g34 in terms of accuracy (only reason I havent is due to price and availability of steyr mags and I dont reload .40) Great trigger IMO
 

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^^^ That's good to know and falls in line with what I have been reading...ie...more satisfied shooters of this weapon system.
 

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It will surely be a conversation piece as I'm sure a lot of people will not have a clue as to what it is. If you like how it shoots I'd keep it.
 

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I too really LIKE the way it looks! I like the deep cut for the web of the hand (not sure what it's called). It looks "strong" and comfortable.
I'm not a striker fired guy and never have liked Glocks, but this brand is cool.

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I don't know much about them, but the ergonomics look good.

My reasons for avoiding choosing an exotic firearm for carry, revolve around price and availability of replacement parts, finding a holster that will fit both it and me well, as well as a nagging question of reliability, given that its user base is small.

Now for collecting purposes, all bets are off. It's all about want then. :wink:
 

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I don't know much about them, but the ergonomics look good.

My reasons for avoiding choosing an exotic firearm for carry, revolve around price and availability of replacement parts, finding a holster that will fit both it and me well, as well as a nagging question of reliability, given that its user base is small.

Now for collecting purposes, all bets are off. It's all about want then. :wink:
There are a few companies that make holsters for them, I have an uncle mikes. As far as price goes, they can be had for ~$500 or so. I saw one used for $450 at my LGS. I dont believe they are imported anymore. I could be wrong though. Downside to them is the price for mags ~$40 a pop. Compare that to h&k and it's still a bit cheaper.
 
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