Steyr Launches The L9-A1

Steyr recently announced the launch of their L9-A1 pistol. The Austrian made polymer framed L9-A1 was first debuted at the 2013 SHOT Show and features a half inch longer barrel and slide than the Steyr M9-A1 as well as added front serrations on the slide. It’s chambered in 9x19mm with a 17+1 capacity and retails at $649. Steyr confirmed on their Facebook page that they’ve finally arrived in the United States and are already headed to distributors.

TYPE: Recoil operated, double-action semiauto
WEIGHT: 1.6 lb. (w/empty magazine)
SIGHTS: Drift adj., three-dot configuration (red front, white rear)
TRIGGER: Reset Action System (DAO with integrated safety), 5 lb.
GRIP: Reinforced polymer, anti-slip stippled texture
FINISH: Mannox
MSRP: $649

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  • Samuel Suggs

    their bringing a .45 into the mix for the US market eventually i was promised so bye internet market exsperts

  • Seth

    Is that a safety i see? I thought Styer droped those for the US pistols after the first M9&M40 series.

    • John

      IIRC it’s a key operated lawyer lock…

      • Kyle

        It is. I wonder if it can be removed without impeding function of the gun. At the same time, I don’t want a gun that can’t be rendered safe without taking it apart.

        • Gryzon

          Actually, the gun pictured has both. There is a button in front of the trigger that must be pushed up to disable the manual safety. The small button in front of the takedown lever reactivates the safety.

          The original M9 series had them but later US market guns removed the manual safety because of legal concerns from idiots pulling the trigger ‘accidently’ while trying to disengage the safety. US L9’s won’t offer the manual safety for the same reasons.

          As far as the key lock goes, it’s a simple trigger block so it’s not like it negatively affects the trigger pull or anything. Just ignore it like most users, or, if its presence really irritates you it’s easy enough to remove… but then you have a hole you’d need to fill in. Probably easier to glue it in place or just cut off the tiny plastic nub on the inside that would block the trigger when engaged.

        • housertl

          The key lock holds the takedown lever in place. You cannot assemble the lower without it.

  • Dave

    I would love to see them do a 120mm barrel so it would be legal here in NSW, Aus, seems like it would be a great production gun and alternative to glocks/m&p/czs that are everywhere

    • Samuel Suggs

      yeah you guys probobly have a predisposition tword steyr stuff because of the AUG right

    • Brian Page

      They still let you own handguns in Australia? That comes as a surprise to me. Also, what part of NSW? My girlfriend lives down there.

      • Samuel Suggs

        you have to have a proffessional gun users licencence class C I think

  • Ben 10

    now all they need is a 33 round magazine and a detachable shoulder stock like glocks.

    • Samuel Suggs

      makes high five motion at screen as I read this comment

    • Anonymoose

      Stick it in a SIG Sauer ACP-LE and you’d have a stock and be able to mount a red dot on it.

    • Jesse Mrozowski

      Steyr M9A1 pistols have a detachable shoulder stock actually. You just can’t buy it here.

      • Samuel Suggs

        you are the king of the internet Sir!

  • Esh325

    Just another polymer pistol. When are they going to make a gun that does something much better than the competition? Caseless? A new caliber? A new mechanism?

    • Samuel Suggs

      you relize where stuck in a loop just as the precussion muzzle loader era was stuck in a loop right where heading tword a whole new propultion tecnology

    • steveday72

      Holding out for a handheld rail-gun?

      Might be a long wait. (Unless they invent micro cold-fusion powercells).

  • Lance

    Looks like Steyr is looking for a fight with Glock. Go Glock!

    • Kyle

      They’ve been making the Steyr M series for a while. IMHO the Steyr feels better in the hand and I like the sights better but the g=Glock aftermarket is so huge that the Steyr would need a miracle to dominate. IIRC, one of the guys who helped design the Glock absconded to Steyr to help them design this.

    • Samuel Suggs

      really shoo glock fan boy shoo

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  • Ken

    Is that barrel length supposed to read “4.6” instead of 3.6″?

  • Chris

    I love the feel of the Steyr in my hand. it points well, the grip is awesome, love the looks. I’ve only ever seen one in person ONCE. And it’s hard enough to find mags for the popular brands like the M&P!

    • steveday72

      My thoughts exactly.
      I held an M9 at a gun show around 2003 and it felt like it was custom made for me.

      The manual lock and lack of mags/holsters/other after market parts are what put me off.

      The Arsenal Strike One is in a similar situation (though it is overpriced to boot). Their demo shooting 9mm+P+ through 1/4″ steel plate with minimal muzzle climb was impressive though.

      Now I’m saving for an M&P. I’m considering the .40S&W but have no experience with that caliber, so will likely go with the 9mm.

  • idahoguy101

    Anyone know what price they sell for?

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      Heard of

  • MakoDidntMakeIt

    Which holsters will fit this pistol? It’s very very hard to find holsters for any of their other models and the Steyr reps at SHOT were NO HELP!

    Not too fun owning a pistol that you can’t carry in a holster 🙂

    • housertl

      Dale Fricke can make one for you, and I would expect Blade Tech to expand their Steyr holster offerings as well….