Steyr 9mm/.40 pistol...who's used one?


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Jason M
December 15, 2008, 10:44 AM
I'm talking about this pistol here...

Steyr Mannlicher M9-A1, 9x19mm or .40S&W:

http://gun-retailers.com/ProdImageSm/STEYR%20PISTOL%20Series%20M-A1.jpg

I was groping one at Gander Mountain last night and I liked the feel of it. It pointed well and fit my hand superbly. The trigger was great and the trigger reset distance for follow up shots was insanely nice. And at $450, it is priced well, too. I've been looking for a compact 9mm or .40 for another concealed carry piece--this may be it.

Anyone have any knowledge/experience about this pistol?

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zx12rider
December 15, 2008, 11:05 AM
I hear great things about them. Planning on getting one someday. The price seem decent but CDNN has them cheaper.

Jason M
December 15, 2008, 11:10 AM
Maybe CDNN has them cheaper...

CDNN -- $429 (last I saw) + $20 Shipping + $5 background + $35 FFL transf. = $489.00

Gander - $449 + 7% tax + $5 background + $5 in gas to drive = 490.43

It would cost $1.43 more to just go to Gander and buy it and have it the same day.

nalioth
December 15, 2008, 12:28 PM
Anyone have any knowledge/experience about this pistol?

Only the folks who answered

Last weeks Steyr question (http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF8&q=steyr+m-a1+site%3Athehighroad.org)

or the one before that (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=steyr+m9-a1+site%3Athehighroad.org&btnG=Search)

or the one prior to that (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=steyr+m40-a1+site%3Athehighroad.org&btnG=Search)


Search is your friend. Folks get tired of answering the same question(s) every week and some just stop.

Jason M
December 15, 2008, 12:37 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jason M
Anyone have any knowledge/experience about this pistol?

Only the folks who answered

Last weeks Steyr question

or the one before that

or the one prior to that


Search is your friend. Folks get tired of answering the same question(s) every week and some just stop.

:D I'm lazy. But thanks for the links!

JHansenAK47
December 15, 2008, 04:55 PM
I have one and like it. The trapezoid sights you will hate or love. Most people don't float around the middle on their opinions of them. I really like them and can line up shots the fastest using them. Some people are retarded and can't line up the front triangle in the back sight. Others just don't like it. Really is the main plus or drawback on the pistol though.

Dollar An Hour
December 15, 2008, 09:12 PM
Owned one and sold it to a shooting buddy who liked it better than I did.

In a polymer-framed 9mm I preferred my Glock 19, Walther P99 and Sig SP2022 to the Steyr in that order.

new_steyr1
December 15, 2008, 09:23 PM
Great gun. I returned mine because it had a claw extractor issues with (low pressure) target ammo. I was told that this is a "known issue" and was offered a replacement extractor and extractor springs... the only problem is that I had to wait about a month for the parts. I didn't want to wait that long and returned the gun. I was very happy how Steyr USA handled the issue. They have great customer service.

EDIT: I read somewhere that Steyr was designed for a 40SW first, and than it was ported to 9mm. This was very reassuring. The gun is absolutely beautiful from the looks, to the ergonomics, to the way it disassembles. It is truly a great peace of engineering... I just wish it was a little more reliable. The grip angles are 111 degrees. That's more of a big deal than its (unique) sights. I recommend that you shoot one before buying. It's one of those "hate it or love it" deals.

sigma 40ve
December 16, 2008, 03:10 AM
I have a 9 and 40 in the original model. Both have been good. My wife actually "took" the 9 from me. She says it's hers now. Give CDNN a call, they did have the new model at a good price. they also have spare mags too. The sights do take some getting used to, but after you're used to them , they are good IMO. FWIW, I spoke with the Steyr rep at the NRA convention and he told me that if I had any issues with either of my pistols they would fix them for free. Not that I have any issues, but I had read reports about people worried about repairs.

FlaChef
December 16, 2008, 03:46 AM
Consider me one of the steyr cult. All my centerfire autoloaders are steyrs; s9 and m9a1 (sold my original M40 to buy m9a1 because of ammo price difference).
The ergonomics and grip angle and low bore axis all add up to one very pleasant shooter.
The sights can be changed (in fact if you want night sights you can't get them in the triangle/trapezoid).
They are built like tanks (i know one idpa shooter with a document 80k rounds down the pipe in 4 years before he bought an aftermarket IGB barrell).

Because steyr went through multiple U. S. partners/distibuters/warranty centers inside a few years there have been many rumors about the company and partrts/service availability (indeed there were gaps at some times). SAI (Steyr Arms Inc., the US branch) has been bending over backwards for at least 2 or 3 years fixing any gun sent to them regardless of original owner or beyond stated 1yr warranty. I sent one back and told them it was because i fudged it up tinkering with it and it was years old and they still fixed it and marked the invoice "warranty work" and sent it back free.

Last cdnn catalog I got they were $339. Davidson's also stocks them at that price last I checked. The reason they are at CDNN is the parent company in Austria was sold and just before the sale was announced the entire US inventory of SAI was liquidated to cdnn (rifles and pistols).


and www.steyrclub.com is the dedicated website for the cult of steyr

Marcus L.
December 16, 2008, 10:42 AM
I used to have the first generation model in .357sig. It was an interesting pistol and had a lot of good features, but there were something that I didn't like.

1) It's grip angle is too steep. It was designed for the classic thumb over thumb handhold and if you to a superior canted thumbs forward grip it doesn't have a natural pointing and have to over cant to compensate. Not natural.
2) The trapazoidal sights are good on windage alignment, but poor on elevation. You may quickly line up for windage, but usually your elevation will be off.
3) The extractor is canted down to a high friction angle. Since the bore axis is so low, the extractor must be set at a steep angle which makes it rub a LOT against the slide and when the pistol gets dirty, it has extraction problems.
4) The loaded chamber indicator really beats up on brass.

Not something I'd ever want to own again really, but a good concept pistol.

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