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Steyr M-9 (old school version)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Radical120, Jul 30, 2008.

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  1. Radical120

    Radical120 Member

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    Just wanted to get some thoughts on this version - other than the fact it occassionally ejects casings onto my forehead - has been a pretty reliable gun if you can get used to the sight picture.
     
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    I've shot one of those a few years back. Hits just what you aim it at. And since I'm a lefty the brass did occasionally fall on my head too! Great gun though! You use to be able to get them for $300ish...underrated at that price! I recently looked at the new Steyr at Cabelas for just under $400 but choose the $500 CZ P-01 instead...fit my hand like a glove and from what I understand the design criteria where a virtually unstoppable firearm.
     
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    Yesterday? CDNN still has them NIB for $339, and they are a steal at that price!
     
  4. Disaster

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    Had mine out for its first range session today. Sight does take some getting used to.

    I had two issues.

    It is hitting about 3 inches high at 10 yards.

    The trigger pull varied from 7-11 lbs. The slower I pulled the trigger the more likely it was to seize up.

    I read the trigger tuning guide over at the Steyr forum and they mention there can be a burr on the trigger weight which can catch. They discuss how to polish the burr. If you aren't comfortable doing this type of thing (I am) you should probably steer clear of it...or be ready to pay a gunsmith to do the work.
     
  5. Radical120

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    I'm just struggling with the sight picture on mine. With the triangle front sight I seem to want to shoot high with it. Or it maybe user error and I'm a horrible shot (that might have something to do with it)
     
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    I shot a Steyr and couldn't believe how nice it was. The sight was awesome once I got used to it, very quick to get a hit.

    I wouldn't worry about an auto pistol being 3" high at 10 yards. Try shooting faster ammo, it generally hits lower than slower, heavier bullets, because the bullet leaves the barrel before the recoil can lift it higher. At least, that's how it works in my 4" barreled .357s. The 158 gr bullets hit significantly higher at 25 yards than 125gr do.
     
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    IMO, put about 1k rds thru it and it should be broke in. My M9 used to do that, now it is fine. I bought my M40 used, don't know the rd count but it is fine too. FWIW, I like the earlier versions better. And I spoke with a Steyr rep at the NRA convention. I asked about warranty work on the old style and he told me any problems, just ship it to them and they would take care of it.
     
  8. JHansenAK47

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    I line up the front sight (triangle) equally to the back sight with an even gap running on the side of the triangle. That is how I line up my sights. Then to focus on my target I don't look at the front sight tip but instead line up both sides of the top of the rear sight. As long as I have the correct "triangle picture" lining up using the rear sight is accurate. You can't really focus on the front sight tip when they come to a point instead of having a flat. I can't it plays havoc with my elevation.
     
  9. Disaster

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    Never heard of the rear sight suggestion. The suggestion I was given was actually to focus on the target but then the rear sights are really out of focus. Definitely will have to fool with different pictures the next time I go to range.
     
  10. JHansenAK47

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    I always focus on the front sight. However the tip coming to a point as it does isn't conducive of pin point accuracy if you don't have the eyes of a hawk. As close together as the front and rear sight are and being away from you you can use the top of the rear sight without being completely out of focus. Personally I wish the front sight tip came to a small flat. Rather than a point. Just practice dryfiring and you should find something that works for you. I think most people hate the trapezoid sights because they are used to alligning squares or squares with circles in the middle straight in a row. I think of it as a triangle in a triangle. You are still making everything evenly shaded on both sides of front sight tip so it isn't actually a giant leap. Just a different format.
     
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    I replace the sights on both of my Steyrs with 3 dots. I shoot them much better now.
     
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    I'm not a big fan of three dots either. I prefer a dot an post design. I may try that or some other fast acquistion system like Suresight or XS.
     
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