Steyr improves SA-1 and MA-1 trigger

Steyr has announced that they have redesigned the Reset Action System (striker) of their SA-1 and MA-1 pistols.

The modification results in a much smoother trigger take-up and a remarkably consistent and crisp break at approximately five pounds.

The redesign incorporates a small pin beneath the rear sight that bisects the striker firing-pin channel. A small roller on this cross-pin allows the striker firing pin to move much more smoothly during the compression phase of the trigger pull. This also allows for a much cleaner break when the trigger mechanism releases the striker firing pin.

Earlier this year Steyr began reimporting the SA-1 and MA-1 pistols.

Steve Johnson

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  • subase

    Well if we are going down this path what they should do now should be a pump action shotgun style grenade launcher with two grenades or more in the tube.

  • 4Cammer

    I may be in the minority these days, but I really do not see any need for such a complicated solution for striking a primer.

  • Steve,

    Will the pistols with these modified triggers have a newer designation? Or, is there any other way that someone who wants to buy one might distinguish the new design from the original one?


    • Mehul, not as far as I know.

  • Jesse

    As a Steyr M9-A1 owner I’m quite curious. The trigger was always ok. Not great but not too bad and it was the only thing I didn’t like about this gun. If the trigger improves then maybe it’s time to bring this thing out of the safe.

    I wonder if the modification can be done to existing pistols or if I’ll need to buy another one?

  • Call me when it’s 3lbs.

  • The pre-A1 models that I handled had terrible triggers, very heavy with no perceptable movement.

  • Kyle

    Observation from former Steyr M40 owner and just for information purposes.

    I loved the pistol on paper and when it was in hand, and when first shooting it, but not when my shooting volume increased significantly nor when shooting other weapons for comparison. I was an experienced rifle shooter, but didn’t have much handgun experience, and really, really didn’t want to like Glocks, so went with the Steyr for its uniqueness and “more natural grip angle and low bore axis.”

    It has all that, and the bore axis is truly low, so that recoil is transmitted very nicely up the arm. But here’s the problem – the grip angle is so “natural” that it’s harder to lock the wrist and “lock the gun in” compared to a gun with a “less natural grip angle,” i.e. 1911 or Glock, which in practical terms has more of an impact on one’s ability to recover from the firing sequence. It also makes the more robust handgun shooting techniques more difficult than they need to be – not tremendously so, but the detriment is obvious.

    You also end up with a very awkward sort of trigger pull, because your finger is pointing at a downward angle when you’re shooting, even though, with finger pointed directly forward when holding the gun naturally, the barrel is pointing exactly where the finger is, and the angle of your wrist and hand feels identical to the most natural finger pointing.

    This doesn’t even get into my issues with the grip texture and contours.

    It’s an interesting quandry, because in this case, especially when shooting side by side with more conventional guns, the more “natural” feel is actually harder to control. It’s like the notion that aircraft taking off fly into the wind, because the force that pushes against them also lifts them up, i.e. your shooting will likely be better, more comfortable, faster, and more consistent with a less relaxed firing grip.

    I sold the pistol because I am not a collector (though I have a decent-sized collection), and I don’t have a place in my battery for a weapon whose manufacturer doesn’t make several important spare parts available to their customers.

  • xstang

    They change those strange sights on them yet? Last time I handled one, I didn’t mind the grip angle, trigger was clean, if a little long, with a decent break.

    When I looked down the sights, I was like, whaaa? Looked like they were designed by aliens, rather than Novak. It was probably the one thing that pushed me to spend the extra on a USP, though I have some regrets there.

  • Todd

    There is a member on that makes little Delrin cups that replace a factory part on the M series triggers that smooths them out considerably. I put them on my M9 and the difference was noticeable instantly. I don’t know if they will work on the newest iteration of the M trigger design but the last batch of Steyr pistols will benefit.