Recently, a batch of affordably priced Steyr M9A1 pistols hit the U.S. market. I bought one of these guns at Cabelas in Eugene, Oregon, for $400.00 last month as an impulse buy, and I wanted to report on what I’ve learned about this gun. It is not my intent to do my typical hyper-detailed review – maybe that will come later after I’ve put a few thousand more rounds through the gun. Rather, in the interest of timely reporting, I wanted to give some background on the importation of this gun, cover a few of its basic features, and summarize my initial range experiences with the Steyr M9A1.
We used to think the S&W M&P pistol fit our hands perfectly until we picked up a Steyr for the first time. The rear of the grip allows for a high handhold and the pistol has a very low bore axis. It simply feels great in the hand with no need for interchangeable back straps, stippling or any other so called “improvement”.
First off, I have to say that the ergonomics of the Steyr M9 A1 felt great and it fit my hand quite well. The fit and finish was smooth and the texture of the grip was not abrasive or coarse. Before loading it I pointed it down range and noticed that it had a sight like no other I had seen before. It was angled like a triangle and the site when lined up filled the gap. Immediately, I was weary of that as it was foreign to me and I didn’t feel like I could see through the site and accurately get it on target.