Steyr rides again: their striker fired polymer pistols have returned to the U.S. market!

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A few years back Steyr Mannlicher USA imported a batch of their M9 and S9 pistols. They were polymer framed, striker fired guns of the type popularized by their fellow Austrians at Glock, but that’s as far as the similarities went.

The Steyr guns featured a steeper grip angle, more ergonomically sculpted grips, a lower bore axis, and better triggers. Like all Steyr products, they were superbly constructed of quality materials.

Sadly they’ve been unavailable in this country for a few years, the high cost of quality Austrian workmanship and the unfavorable exchange rates having combined to make them uncompetitive in the marketplace. Things have stabilized a bit and once again Steyr USA is importing the MA-1 and SA-1, which are the second generation versions of the original M9 and S9.

My wife bought one of the original S9 models, which is the compact version, and was happy enough with the gun that I stole it from her. It fits my hand better than the similarly sized Glock 19, and it’s proven to be reliable, accurate and a pleasure to shoot. The trapezoidal sights take some getting used to, but once you adjust to them they work incredibly well (especially for those of us with vision issues.) The original guns were criticized for the smoothness of their grips, which the second generation have changed to be “grippier.” I didn’t have any major problems with them, but the new ones do look like an improvement. One of these days I’ll buy one and give the original back to my wife!

I believe the Steyr pistols deserve wider recognition for their unique attributes. Available in both 9mm and .40 S&W at an MSRP of $649.  (Thanks to The Firearm Blog for alerting me!)

-=[ Grant ]=-


About the Author:

Grant Cunningham is a renowned author and teacher in the fields of self defense, defensive shooting education and personal safety. He’s written several popular books on handguns and defensive shooting, including "The Book of the Revolver", "Shooter’s Guide To Handguns", "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals", "Defensive Pistol Fundamentals", and "Practice Strategies for Defensive Shooting" (Fall 2015.) Grant has also written articles on shooting, self defense, training and teaching for many magazines and shooting websites, including Concealed Carry Magazine, Gun Digest Magazine, the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors ADSI) and the popular Personal Defense Network training website. He’s produced a DVD in the National Rifle Association’s Personal Firearm Defense series titled "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals" and teaches defensive shooting and personal safety courses all over the United States.
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