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Steyr handguns

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Slater, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. Slater

    Slater Well-Known Member

    This brand is somewhat "under the radar" when compared to Glock, Smith & Wesson, Colt, Beretta, and other big names.

    Anybody have any positive/negative experiences with Steyr?
  2. barnbwt

    barnbwt Well-Known Member

    My Steyr Hahn is a real soft shooter (ok, I'll stop being a smartass, now:D)

  3. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    I'm going to guess you're referring to the C-A1, S-A1, M-A1, or L-A1 pistol series. I have an older M9 and I bought it because I liked the ergonomic feel of the grip frame, the unique trapezoidal sights, and the manual safety built in above the trigger guard. It's been a decent shooter for me with a better feel to it than your comparable Glock.
  4. ScarLata

    ScarLata Well-Known Member

  5. HankB

    HankB Well-Known Member

    They're pretty uncommon . . . about all I can say is that the salesman at one large sporting goods store told me he was unhappy with his because the integral lock kept locking itself when he was on the range, and the American distributor told him it was going back to Austria for warranty repair so he was going to be without it for a couple of months.

    Other than that, he called it ". . . a good shooter . . . "
  6. JHansenAK47

    JHansenAK47 Well-Known Member

    They are nice shooters. The Trapezoid sights are either a deal maker or breaker. The gun shot well but it was the trap sights that really enabled me to shoot nice tight groups. They aren't for everyone though but they do have the more common three dot setup on the night sight version.
  7. snooperman

    snooperman Well-Known Member

    The design of this gun is such that many shooters have a problem with the extreme over-hang of the slide in the grip area. It raps the thumb knuckle enough when shooting due to the recoil and makes the knuckle sore.
  8. cuervo

    cuervo Well-Known Member

    I've got a first generation and have had no problems with it. Steyr was a little slow in getting a customer support network setup in the US, and I think that hurt their initial image, not to mention that most people just see them as a modified Glock.

    They have very little muzzle flip and a short reset, so are fast shooters.

    CDNN has plenty of M magazines. The S magazines are harder to find and more expensive, but you can use M magazines in an S pistol if you don't mind the magazine sticking out an inch or so underneath the grip.
  9. fanchisimo

    fanchisimo Well-Known Member

    My friend had a Steyr, I can't remember which model, but it had the trapezoidal sights and I could not get the hang of them. It was a good shooting pistol and I grouped fine with it, they were just a few inches high. That probably was me not knowing the sights, though.
  10. Girodin

    Girodin Well-Known Member

    Steyrs are extremely underrated. I like glocks and own multiple. However, I have to say that on a balance I like my steyrs more. My only regret with respect to steyrs is not buying a used S9 that I eyed for a while.

    The low bore axis and grip design that allows a good high grip makes for a soft shooter and fast splits. I think the trigger on even the old Ms was better than a factory glock or M&P trigger and the newest MA1 guns have a better trigger still. The grip is more comfortable to me than a glock grip. Although the M9 grip is too slick for my likely and benefits from stippling. The MA1 is better in that it has more texture but I will say I like the shape slightly less.

    Steyrs sucks at marketing but makes good guns. Most people simply don't even know that they should be considering one. I had very little interest in my first steyr and initially passed on it without even giving it any serious consideration. A year later I'd read some positive reviews and the seller still had the gun and it was cheap. I picked it up and have never regretted it. I've had multiple people who were unaware of the M series guns pick one up after shooting mine.

    It really is a shame that when Bubbits pitched these pistols to glock to be the 4th gen glock that glock passed on them.

    The biggest knock against the steyr is simply that it is not super common and thus neither are parts, mags, holsters etc. You can find what you need but its not like getting stuff for a glock or M&P.

    Steyr and walther are two brands that should be vastly more popular than they are IMHO.
  11. Fatdaddy

    Fatdaddy Well-Known Member

    I have the original M40 with the 3 dot night sights and passed my M9 on down to my Brother for a good price. His has the triangle/trap sights. Both are great shooters and plenty accurate enough, not to mention very reliable.
    The safety is in an unusual spot, this coupled with the triangle/trap sights is what initially sold me on the gun.
    Both are unique designs that are very functional.
    The M40 and the M9 have probably the best striker fired trigger I've ever shot, fairly light with a nice reset.
    The loaded round indicator even leaves a cool little signature on the spent shell casing that can tell you how many times your cases have been loaded.:rolleyes:
    The only really negative thing I can think of against the Steyr M series is the proprietary rail design.
    If you're not a big fan of hanging a light or bayonet on your handgun then your good to go.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2014
  12. TennJed

    TennJed Well-Known Member

    I have always been intrigued by them
  13. krupparms

    krupparms Well-Known Member

    I have a M40 that I picked up right after they came out. I put about 600 rd.s thru it & then put it up. It was reliable & accurate. It has the triangle /trap sights . It is a nice shooting gun & will see more use if I choose to use the .40S&W as my carry gun.
  14. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    Second the notion on magazines and holsters not being readily available, especially for the older M series. Took some doing but I finally got my spare magazines that were supposed to come with the gun (as per the owners manual). I also eventually tracked down more spare magazines at CDNN some time back. For a holster I found a guy at one of the local gun shows who had his Kydex holster making equipment right there at his table. Saw him on Saturday and brought my gun back on Sunday for him to make me one. Turned out great and have been very pleased with it.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2014
  15. Fishbed77

    Fishbed77 Well-Known Member

    My cousin has a 1st-gen M40 that he prefers over his Glocks and thus serves as his primary home defense pistol. In over 10 years of ownership, he doesn't recall it ever having a malfunction.

    It has the trapezoidal sights which really aren't bad at all. The ergonomics are good and the trigger is a smidge better than a standard Glock trigger. The only real knock I can give the M40 is that the slide is even wider and blockier than a Glock slide.
  16. krupparms

    krupparms Well-Known Member

    I would have to agree that this pistol is a good bargain that not many know about. I paid less than $400 for a reliable & accurate pistol, from a company that has been around for years & has good C.S. if you need it! I also have had trouble finding holsters for it. But found mags from CDNN with no problem. Mine came with 2 hi-cap mags for it. I do like the sights & wish they were tritium though. It has a very comfortable grip that works well for me. I have not seen any information or write ups about it. Glad to know others like it also.
  17. Storm

    Storm Well-Known Member

    I have been shooting Steyrs for years since the GB back in the Eighties. The M/MA1 and S/SA1 are, as has been already said, underrated. One feature that I especially appreciate is that they are modular in that slides and frames are interchangeable between calibers and the older and newer versions. Mags are also interchangeable with the same mags fitting in both the older and new version. The only downside is that extra barrels are rare. I was very fortunate to score a 357 SIG for my M40A1. Owning an M9 and a M40A1 with an extra 357 barrel I have the ability to "build" something like six different guns.
  18. WVsig

    WVsig Well-Known Member

    They were a good deal when you could get one for under $300. That said my S40 suffered frame damage due and it took Steyr over 9 months to replace it. I also had a M9 whose safety mechanism above the trigger in the frame would engage itself. I also owned a S9 which was fine but with the issues with the other 2 guns prompted me to sell it. The others were also sold with full disclosure.

    They were soft shooting guns with an interesting set of sights and a nice trigger. Unfortunately at the time they had ZERO market support and IMHO it is not much better today. They missed their window of opportunity. They could have been the improved Glock but there is so much tactical plastic now that they have no real place in the market.

    They were liquidated at a sub $300 price point twice in 3 years by CDNN. At that price they were worth the risk but at todays $500 price point there are way better options out their with real manufacturer and accessory support.

    I would pass YMMV
  19. Girodin

    Girodin Well-Known Member

    I have never had trouble buying mags and bought even my 17 round mags for less than what I paid for glock mags. For holsters Raven Concealment makes an MA1 holster. They used to make one for the M series guns, I don't know if they still do. If one has the internet one can get stuff for the gun. I even picked up a factory threaded barrel for suppressed shooting. However, parts and accessories are not nearly as ubiquitous as those for the glock and M&P. If you can accept that the steyr is a pretty good gun IME.

    I would still like to get an S gun.

    In all honesty though I look forward to getting my hands on the new HK VP9. It may well be the new king of the polymer striker guns.
  20. the count

    the count Well-Known Member

    Got a new Steyr M9 2 years ago for only $419 as there was some larger order to the middle east (or so the story goes) that went sour. Excellent gun. Underrated.

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