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Opinions on steyr .357 sig

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Giterboosted, Feb 11, 2011.

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  1. Giterboosted

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    Hello all, as a few of you may already know I'm STILL in search of a new toy with my taxes, it will be added into the rotation as a carry/target/whatever, and I wanted something unique so I'm interested in a 10mm or .357 sig, and my local shop has a steyr pistol in .357 sig, I kinda like it but I'm nit sure on the specs of it, can anyone tell me anything about them?

    Its the same as the one in this link but in .357 sig

    http://www.gunsamerica.com/982807040/Guns/Pistols/Steyr-Pistols/M40.htm

    Thanks ahead of time guys, have a good day
     
  2. nalioth

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    They are vastly under rated.

    Steyr has had problems in the past few years with their US representation, and as such, these wonderful pistols have gone under-advertised.

    These are excellent pistols.
     
  3. Giterboosted

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    I had noticed the feed ramp angle is fantastic, I mean the angle is so low you could drive a wheelchair up it lol, and I thought to myself feeding will NOT be an issue lol, what's the aftermarket like? Holsters and triggers and whatnot
     
  4. nalioth

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    As I said, the Steyr M- and P- series pistols are woefully under-represented here in the USA.

    Aftermarket folks don't make accessories for things that aren't in wide use, although holsters are available.

    Besides, how do you know you're going to need a trigger if you've not fired one?
     
  5. Storm

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    What nalioth said. I have a number of Steyr pistols, one of them an M40A1. I shoot the M40A1 with a factory 357SIG barrel. The guns are modular and all that is required between 357SIG and 40 is a barrel swap (not so with the 9mm). The problem is that spare barrels are generally unobtanium.

    At any rate, I prefer my M40A1 with the 357 SIG barrel. The gun is a soft shooter to begin with and that really makes 357 a sweet caliber to shoot. The low bore axis really helps. The gun that you are showing is the earlier M40 which was followed by the M40A1. The slides are the same with the changes made to the frame. I have an M9 and S9 and actually prefer the earlier frames just a hair over the newer A1 frames. The earlier M and S frames like the gun that you are showing also have a rather unique safety which almost all of the newer A1's lack, at least the ones in the US.

    A lot of Steyrs got dumped on the market with CDNN rather cheaply when Steyr (who makes a lot more than guns) had some issues, but prices are back up on them since the supply has dried up.

    Not all folks like the trapezoid sights (I'm neutral on them) but they can be changed out if you want.
     
  6. Tennessee Ned

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    I bought a Steyr in 9mm a couple of years ago because it's better looking than a Glock ;) and I was able to get it for quite a bit less than a Glock too. I love it.
     
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    My favorite polymer framed pistols. Fantastic design.
     
  8. Giterboosted

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    I actually like the trapezoid sights, I feel like they'd helpmwith speed aiming, and I don't think id need s trigger I was just wondering about the support, and this pistol I'm referring to has the shape of the link I ousted but it may be the newer design, its the only one ive ever seen so I wasn't sure on it,

    So basically I'm getting is That they're accurate, reliable, and shoot well, does anyone know of a leather owb holster for it?
     
  9. Uneasy Rider

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    I have a Steyr S9 & it is an excellent gun. Reliable as hell, beautiful ergonomics, & I love the trapezoid sights.
    I prefer shooting it over my XDM 40.

    I would not hesitate to buy another Steyr.
     
  10. Giterboosted

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    That's what I needed to hear guys, thanks, I'm sure I'll get an itch for something else before I make abpurcjase but at the moment I'm leaning hard on it
     
  11. Girodin

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    I'm a huge fan of the steyr. The gun was woefully marketed in the US so they aren't on many people's radars. They are great guns though.
     
  12. breacher

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    Steyr

    they have a few idiosyncracies you might need to iron out- extractor, striker channel debris. you might need to tinker a bit or you might not. but when you have one that's good I think they are much easier to shoot quickly than a Glock. I haven't compared my M40 to any other polymer.

    If you decide not to pick it up shoot me a PM on where it is. I've been looking for a M357 for awhile.:)
     
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    Yep, you're a lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, luck-boy :D

    I have a Steyr M40 purchased new from CDNN several years ago and think it's a swell pistol. This is a tank of a pistol and fits my hand incredibly well. The designers really took care to address ergonomics it seems.
    The trigger is quite nice lending to the pistol's excellent accuracy.

    I haven't shot it much and certainly not much lately, but I do remember there were a few failures to fully return to battery, requiring a nudge on the rear of the slide. I've read several ideas as to why this might happen but haven't taken the time to address it yet. At the time I researched the issue, a replacement spring wasn't readily available and warranty work was reportedly sketchy.

    Now that I hear there's another importer in the pipeline (or already importing), I'd imagine parts and repair work might come more easily.
     
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    Good guns not so good company. Steyr has lost their importer twice in the last 10 years. They then setup Steyr USA to import and market their own pistols but the deep discounting and the Euro to $$$ exchange rate killed them. They could not make a profit competing against Glock. They also just lost Sabre who went under and was the manufacturer of the long awaited and in the end disappointing USA AUG. They make good products but it is clear they are a terribly run company.

    They are good guns with a few issues here and there. I had a S40 which suffered frame damage. It took over 9 months to get the pistol replaced. They were a steal when they were sold for $300. Many including me considered it a improved Glock but once the support and importation was gone I got rid of mine.

    They have a strong and loyal following even if it is small. I like the sights and the gun always felt great in the hand. Holster and aftermarket support is of course limited and with the loss of the US AUG I doubt it will be improving anytime soon.

    If you can get one cheap enough go for it. To me it would have to be under $300 IMHO. At the $400+ range there are other mainstream polys which are as good or better with real support and aftermarket offerings.
     
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    This comment isn't on the firearm, rather the caliber. In my experience, .357Sig offers fewer choices and is somewhat more difficult to find the particular round you want at the local gun stores. Because of this I suggest you really look into getting the .40S&W barrel at your earliest convenience. This way, if the .357Sig becomes hard to obtain, you can always have the .40S&W on hand to use. This way you won't need to leave your carry weapon home for lack of ammo.
    I bought a Sig P229 in 40S&W, then later bought the .357Sig barrel. Wonderful combo in my opinion.
     
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    RDF gives good advice about getting the extra .40 barrel. The problem is that Steyr doesn't sell barrels and it pretty much takes an act of congress or amazing luck to get one. I got really lucky in getting one. If you pick up a .357 you had best make sure that you will be happy with that caliber alone. But, as RDF says, a 40/357 combo is wonderful.

    I will say that in the deepest darkest days of the ammo shortage there were times when 357 SIG was about the only caliber on the shelves. Go figure.
     
  17. Giterboosted

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    Well here's my next thought, how are the S&W m&p pistols in comparison? They're physically similar, but the m&p has changeable backstraps and has a great warranty, how do they compare, anyone know?
     
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    Well, now you went and done it :) That is one tough call. I'm also a big fan of the M&P 9 Compact. While the full sized M&P seems to be a larger pistol that the Steyr, at least to my perceptions, for me it would be a coin toss between the Steyr and M&P.
     
  19. Giterboosted

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    Well my thing ismi reapply like the sights of the steyr lol but it's at a local shop used, but if i bought the m&p it'd be new from a dealer so I'd have a warranty and all accessories.....

    Decisions decisions
     
  20. rellascout

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    What is he asking for the Steyr?
     
  21. Storm

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    Good question. The prices on Steyrs are still a bit all over the place. With the CDNN guns gone folks who paid a bit over $350 for one new aren't necessarily asking based on what they paid for them. Prices/values on these guns are going back up.
     
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    Between 3-4 I think, il look again Monday but I'm leaning hard on the m&p
     
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    This is true but the gun is at a pawn shop. There is not way he has more than $250 in that gun. IMHO I would not offer more than $350. Its not worth more than that with the current state of Steyr.

    On plus for the Steyr is that mags are cheap. $20
     
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  24. michiganfan

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    I hate to be negative Ii had a 357. It never right. Two trips to factory and it still wasnt right. Some ammo it just wouldnt' feed. It would fail to set off rounds. Mine was the only bad one i ever heard of. LOL.
     
  25. breacher

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    here's a little comparison between the 2 pistols. (Steyr and M&P) I've shot the M&P 40 but never back to back with a Steyr. Some claim the M&P is softer shooting (like in this comparison) than Steyr. All I know is the Steyr is softer shooting than Glock. My M40 feels like my Glock 19. they're about equal accuracy wise. here ya go-
    http://www.johnwmyers.com/column108.html

    serious about the M357- if you decide against it let me know. my m40 needs a brother
     
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