The Steyr M9 A1, The Unsung 9MM

Updated: Sep 9, 2019




Today we took to the range to have a look at the Steyr M9 A1. The M9 A1 is a polymer framed, striker fired pistol with a front rail. It has a 17+1 capacity, is 6.9 inches in overall length, 5.3 inches in overall height, and 1.2 inches wide. The barrel length comes in at 4 inches, and the overall weight is roughly 1.5 lbs. The Steyr sports, a rather unique, trapezoid sight system. The trigger pull weight is average for a striker fired handgun at roughly 5.5 pounds. There is little take up to the wall, a crisp break, and a very short tactile and audible reset. Ergonomically the grip is roughly 22 degrees off square. The MSRP is roughly $550, we have found them as low as $400.


I try to keep an open mind when reviewing firearms. I don’t want to develop any preconceived notions, but I admittedly came into this review prepared to dislike this firearm. After running this gun at the range, the preconceived notions that I had proved to be wrong. I was prepared to not like the trapezoid sight system because it was not what I am accustomed to. After shooting the firearm, I grew to like the sight picture. I was prepared to hate the ergonomics. I am not a Glock guy because I don’t care much for the grip angle. The M9 A1 grip angle is 22 degrees off square just like a Glock. Despite having the same grip angle, the ergonomics felt nothing alike. It is duty sized but could be easily concealed. The overall shooting experience was a pleasurable one. The high beaver tail and the bore axis make it an extremely comfortable gun to shoot. The grip texture is not aggressive, I found it to be adequate. The recoil and muzzle flip were both easily managed, and the trapezoid sights gave a clear sight picture that was easily attainable for follow up shots. The controls were easily accessible and easily manipulated as well. The slide release position was nearly perfect for me.


Some of the negatives you might face with this firearm is going to revolve around accessories and aftermarket parts. Steyr is not one of the major striker fire handgun manufactures, so compatible aftermarket parts and even holsters might be a little more difficult to find. Replacement parts for this firearm seem to be in short supply.


Overall, despite my preconceived notions, my experience with this firearm was great. I really enjoyed the trigger and the overall shooting experience. I have talked to other who did not like the trapezoid sights, but I thought they provided me with a great sight picture. It ran well at the range and is a well built, well designed firearm. Despite the possible negatives concerning aftermarket parts and accessories, I still think it is a great buy.

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