SAR Arms ST9 – First Impressions

SAR ST10 pistol

The SAR Arms ST9 is a polymer-framed, striker-fired pistol that is made in Turkey.  While at Media Day, I had a chance to shoot one for the first time.  The pistol I shot was chambered in 9mm, but I was told by a company rep that the company also makes the gun in .45 ACP.

The gun felt a little large in my hands, perhaps a little larger than a Glock 17 grip, but not as large as a Glock 21.  Recoil was quite mild – a combination of a large frame gun with the relatively tame 9mm.


Trigger pull was smooth, with a clean break and a very positive reset.  The reset distance was short and there was a distinctive feel when it reset.

Due to the time restrictions on the range, I was only allowed to shoot one magazine.   I did not experience any malfunctions with the gun.  I watched two other people shoot the same gun, and none of them had any failures either.

SAR ST10 shooting

The sights were visible and hitting steel at 15 yards was not a problem.

My initial impression of the ST9 is positive.  I’d like to shoot the gun a lot more before I endorse it for self-defense or other uses.

Richard Johnson

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  • zardinuk

    Caracal 2.0

  • noguncontrol

    its a hi-point clone.

  • rawmade

    Its actually a HK USP clone. The all alloy frame version has been out for a while and is a fantastic gun. This polymer one is on my buy list.
    The guy who said its a hi point clone is a moron, regardless if he meant literally or quality wise.
    Sarslismaz and the Turks in general make some of the highest quality pistols for the money.

    • mig1nc

      Externally, it looks more like a Walther clone than a USP clone, though internally I have no idea. It definately has the distinctive Walther P99 gen-1 short paddle mag release and backstrap.

      • RickH

        Yep, looks like my P99.

    • Moose

      Ya this ones definitely missing an exposed hammer so in betting it’s not like the usp unfortunately. Reading the title I was hoping for a compact this time

  • Slim934

    It appears to be full ambidextrous, with both the safety and the slide lock operable on both sides of the pistol. Is that correct?

  • what the WHAT?

    A useless manual “safety.” No thanks. I don’t need levers to make me safe.

    • mikewest007

      All is fine and dandy
      Until you get an ND.