I'm a huge fan of almost anything made in Europe when it comes to firearms. The Slovenian Grand
line of pistols, the Czechnology
of CZ firearms, and the history and weapons of
and Heckler & Koch
But Austrian arms manufacturers seem to make weapons that are exceptional and special. Glock
is a perfect example of Austrian engineering and design. They sought to create an amazingly simple pistol that was durable, light weight and reliable.
Their success is measured in the extreme popularity of their products for law enforcement, military, and civilian markets. No other weapons
manufacturer has the level of after market support that Glock enjoys.
I own a Glock 19 Gen 4. It is the pistol I typically carry every day. Thanks to the overwhelming after market support I was able to have the slide
machined to accept a Trijicon RMR
, and install a Ghost Inc.
3.5 lbs trigger connector to smooth out my
trigger without making it lighter(I like the stock weight of 5.5 lbs). It has been 100% reliable. In over 2500 rounds not one failure. That is what I
expect from Glock....But another pistol has stolen my heart...Another prettier and older company with a long history of quality firearms.
Makers of the infamous Steyr
rifle, they have an established and long history of making some of the best weapons on the market. They also make handguns for the law
enforcement and civilian market. The M series of pistols is what I will discuss here.
I've been after a Steyr M9 9mm pistol for quite some time. The ergonomics,
trapezoidal sighting system
, extremely low bore axis, and
excellent engineering of the handgun is what Glock should have been...It is rumored that ex-Glock engineers defected to Steyr and subsequently
designed the M, S, C, and L series pistols.
I finally picked up a Steyr M9. I found it in a pawn shop I happened to walk into. The pistol was in pristine condition showing about a box worth of
wear(50 rounds or so).
This is the weapon I picked up:
I took it out for my range testing. Since it was a weapon I hadn't handled too much before hand, I decided to take about 150 rounds of familiarity
shooting. I was unsure of how to use the trapezoidal sights, or how to handle the light trigger whose reset was not tactile or audible at all. There
was a learning curve to navigate first. I got through about 50 of those rounds before I got the hang of it and started shooting some amazing groups.
Once I got through my familiarity session I moved on to accuracy testing. I fired several extremely tight 5 round groups of less than an inch at 7,
10, and 15 yards...But then I decided to do something I normally don't do with a new gun. I decided to see what would happen if I shot center mass
using fast controlled pairs at 15 yards:
You're seeing 15 rounds on paper. The results for this kind of firing is exceptional. While I am an expert marksman, you have to understand that this
kind of grouping from a handgun at 15 yards is excellent combat accuracy. A lot of this is really due to the engineering and design of this firearm.
There was almost no muzzle rise, the recoil went straight back, and the sights were incredibly accurate and easy to acquire, even when shooting
I love my Glock 19...But the Steyr is a better pistol out of the box. I would give this gun a 5 out of 5 stars. One of the finest 9mm pistols ever
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