You never get a good look at Burt Reynolds’ handgun in Sharky’s Machine (1981), but I spent a lot of time with my nose in firearms catalogs and after a lot of research had pretty much convinced myself it was a Steyr GB, a pistol I’d never even heard of before (it turns out I was wrong, but I was only 13 and as this was before Al Gore invented the internet, my research options were limited, so cut me a little slack). So when it popped up again in Charlie Sheen’s hand when he co-starred with Clint Eastwood in The Rookie (1990) I immediately recognized the distinctive round nose profile of the Stey
Steyr Arms has announced that the .40 S&W version of its popular full-size L-A1 service pistol is now available to U.S. customers. Following on the heels of last year’s introduction of the L9-A1, the L40-A1 pistol features a full-length slide, 4.5-inch cold-hammer-forged barrel and 12-round magazine capacity.
My introduction to the Steyr family of pistols goes back to the M40-A1 I tested a couple years back, which left a good enough impression for me to jump at the chance to hit the range with the newest Steyr .40 S&W handgun model, the L40-A1, when it was announced in mid-2014. The “L” Series itself began with the L9-A1, but I was frankly more interested in the .40 caliber version.