The Austrian-made Steyr C9-A1 compact 9mm is an often overlooked handgun for Carry and personal protection purposes. Are the C9’s innovative trapezoidal sights an advantage or just a unique eye-catching appeal? Some even compare the Steyr C9-A1 pistol to its fellow Austrian gun, the Glock 19. Is this a fair comparison? Are there similarities other than just the home country of production? What are the some differences and similarities between the two guns and how does the Steyr C9-A1 stack up to the 19?
Someone of a cynical nature might well conclude that the last thing the world needs is another polymer-frame, striker-fired DAO 9mm. Yes, there are a whole bunch of them out there being bought up by the boatload. And yes, new-model introductions show little sign of slacking off.
Steyr-Arms has made a worthy contribution to the polymer pistol market with a follow-up to its popular M series, the Steyr C9-A1. Although its design deviates from the norm, there’s a lot to like about this mid-size gun — that’s in no way short on features — starting with a unique range experience.