Steyr L40-A1Now Available in USA

STEYR L40-A1

Steyr announced the LA40-A1 pistol is now available in the United States of America.  The pistol is chambered in .40 S&W and is based on the 9mm L9-A1 that was introduced in 2013.

The pistol has a 12 round magazine and a 4.5″ barrel.  The gun uses a polymer frame.  It has a double-action trigger and is striker-fired.  Steyr is marketing the gun as a duty pistol and sporting handgun.  MSRP is $560.

Model: L-A1
Purpose: Service, sporting, target shooting
Manufacturer: Steyr Mannlicher GmbH
  Kleinraming, Austria
Importer: Steyr Arms, Inc.
  2530 Morgan Rd.
Bessemer, AL 35022
(205) 417-8644
www.steyrarms.com
Operation: Semiautomatic
Caliber: 9x19mm Luger, .40 S&W
Slide material: Steel
Magazine type/capacity: Double-stack steel box/17 rnd. (9mm), 12 rnd. (.40)
Barrel: 4.52-inch cold-hammer-forged
Rifling: Conventional, 6 grooves, RH twist
Sights: Drift-adjustable trapezoidal
Finish: Mannox
Trigger type: Reset Action System (DAO with integrated safety)
Pull weight: 5.5 pounds
Frame material: Reinforced polymer
Checkering: Anti-slip stippled texture
Weight, empty: 28.8 ounces (29.6 ounces L40-A1)
Overall length: 7.9 inches
Height: 5.1 inches
Width: 1.2 inches
Included accessories: Owners manual, lockable box, extra magazine
MSRP: $560


Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • I really like the way these guns look.

    • totenglocke

      You should feel how they shoot. The grip is amazing and the trigger pull is unbelievable.

  • AGreenSmudge

    I liked my Steyr S9-A1 in theory and on paper. However I ended up selling it due to lack of after market stuff, the grip angle isnt natural for me (quick draw always resulted in the front sight up high) and the fact that mine would go full auto occasionally during rapid fire (I’m not the only one that experienced it.)

    • JumpIf NotZero

      The M9’s have horrible extraction/ejection issues that last I heard there was no clear fix for. Steyr USA was telling people to try 1911 extractor springs, try cutting a coil off, try 124gr ammo, no wait we meant 147gr ammo, no wait we meant 115 +P, now try the .40 extractor, no? Ok, maybe this new 9mm extractor with a .40 spring with one coil cut off, and now try only this brand of ammo!

      Which is really a shame because they are nice enough guns if they worked well. A coworker and I took an handgun class, he brought his M9A1 and had extraction issues probably once every 20 rounds over a 1200 round class. He sold it, bought an M&P with an apex trigger, never looked back.

      Cool looking or not, this design has major issues. Maybe they’re sorted out by now, no idea, don’t care.

      • Nicks87

        There are no “issues” with the design of the Steyr pistols. I have the 9mm version and I’ve had no problems with it what-so-ever. It eats whatever I feed it and I love the trigger. I did ditch the trapezoidal sights because I just couldnt get used to them. I have a blade-tech holster and a custom kydex pancake holster for it. Most of the reviews I read before buying it were postitive so I’m not really sure where all the hate for Steyr is coming from. I still prefer my Glock 17 for a duty size handgun just because I’ve carried the G17 a lot more but the Steyr is still worth checking out.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          I love it. There is always someone coming to the defense of a design of a handgun I have THREE times seen have extraction issues. My bosses, a guy I do competition practice with, and an real-live Austrian I saw have the same issues with at a class recently.

          I suppose if there wasn’t posts on the Steyr forum all about this, I might be inclined to think it’s an isolated incident. But yea, I’m sure your gun is just fine.

          • totenglocke

            As I commented above, you’re referring to a 15 year old model, not the ones they’ve been making for the last decade.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            No. Two M9A1s, one M9. Thanks, but maybe you could look for Jeff at Steyr USA posts on the Steyr forums. This is not an unknown issue.

          • totenglocke

            Uh huh, which is why you made sure to leave that vital detail out. Don’t worry, we still believe you….

          • AGreenSmudge

            I only ever had one failure in the 700 or so rounds I put through mine, but I’m fairly sure it was an issue with the mangled reload it was trying to feed. So I wouldnt say that mine had extraction issues. However, it seemed no matter how fast or slow, hard or soft I would rack the slide to remove a chambered round. It would jumble and fall back into the gun and jam things up. I always had to remove the mag to clear it or turn the gun upside down to drop out the chambered round. Never had any trouble when actually firing though.

          • Nicks87

            Earlier today I asked the guy at the Cabelas where I bought mine, if anybody tried to return them or reported any problems and he said not that he knew of. He said the only complaint he heard about them was the price and availibility of magazines.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Oh! Well, a local store employee has ruled on the matter then!

          • dan

            Oh here we go gun god is throwing down his infinite wisdom.

          • Nicks87

            They sold a lot of them. I’m sure if there are problems like you claim they would have had a lot of complaints. They already had my money so what would be the salesman’s motivation to lie?

      • totenglocke

        I’ve had a Steyr M9-A1 for years and never had a single hiccup with it. I’ve heard that issue with the original M9 from like 15 years ago, but the redesigned M9-A1 (all of the -A1 models, regardless of size or caliber) fixed that.

      • n0truscotsman

        I’ve heard a lot of stuff about extraction issues by word of mouth, but i haven’t met anyone that ever owned one.

        The steyr forum. Interesting.

        That is rather troubling for a new design and the fact that there is no clear black and white issue for the problem 0__o (wtf over?!)

      • Tom

        They were able to fix that issue, I never had any problems. Even 4th gen glocks have had the same problems, all manufacturers have QC issues from time to time.

  • Zachary marrs

    So you can buy all the $50 magazines you can find

  • Lance

    Or better if you want a plastic .40 get a Glock that cheaper (mags and gun), alot more reliable and has higher ammo capacity. Get a Glock this Steyr is weak sauce.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I believe there is a no trolling provision in the rules now.

      • DW

        But it’s Lance who we all know and “love”
        YAWN…like a cat i mean :p

        • st4

          Lance’s infamy is not an unfamiliar thing around similar sites. He had to share his peerless wisdom over at Kitup! too.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            I’m not sure how he isn’t banned everywhere.

    • totenglocke

      Written by someone who’s never even seen a Steyr pistol in person, let alone fired one. Even the die-hard Glock fanatics I know consistently comment on how great my Styer shoots….they just remain loyal to Glock due to the urban legend that they can’t malfunction.

      • Zachary marrs

        Glocks have cheap CHEAP magazines, ive entertained getting a stery, then you see how much mags are… also, does stery have hi-caps? I haven’t really looked, also aftermarket parts are plentiful for glock, for steyr, not so much. Around me is 3 certified glock gunsmiths, and I cant even find a steyr DEALER around me.
        While the steyr might be the “better” gun, the glock is a better purchase.
        A complete rig (gun, 3-4 magazines, replacement parts) just costs less for glock

  • SB_Pete

    I bought a Steyr M9A1 back in ’06 and have put prob 10k rounds through it since then, mostly 115gr and 124gr fmj practice ammo, both steel and brass cased. I’ve also put a few hundred rounds of JHP (124 and 147 +P and +P+). I don’t know about old 90s M9’s, but I’ve had no issues. The only extraction problems I’ve ever had is with plastic snap caps (aluminum work fine). It has a tight chamber, but mine runs great. I love this pistol. It points and shoots great, has an awesome trigger (for the type), has the only genuinely useful loaded chamber indicator I’ve ever encountered, and the ability to easily pull out the entire trigger/slide rail assembly makes it a pleasure to clean. Many of my serious shooter friends are Glock guys and they have all been impressed with the Steyr. The only real “issue” with the Steyrs is that they don’t have accessories available for it like Glocks and M&P’s.
    That said, this has gotten much better in the last couple years. Bladetech makes holsters, I have a pancake OWB from them, works great. Blackpoint Tactical makes great holsters for it. I have a “mini wing” from them for my Steyr with an Insight APL – I run it IWB, but you can rig it OWB. It’s comfortable and works great for a really unusual pistol/light combo. Ares Armor also makes holsters for it. There’s also options from Austria and some of the Leather guys. Less options than for a Glock, but you have good options.
    I also swapped out the Trapezoidal sights for Trijicon Tritium sights. The traps worked fine, but I much prefer the conventional tritium sights.
    17rd mags are avail for $40 all day long on Brownells or Midway. 15 rounders and 10 rounders are a little harder to find, but cheaper. CDNN usually has them for $25 and $20 respectively. Yes, Glock mags are cheaper, but sheesh guys, Steyr mags aren’t that much more.

    Steyr did a terrible job importing and marketing these pistols, but they’re great guns, they’re a great design, and I trust my life to one more often than any other pistol I own.

  • Brian

    I had an M9-A1. I loved the sights, the ergo and accuracy but sold it after two trips back to the factory for various issues. First was the extraction issues, then came the random full auto issues. As much as I loved the gun, it just wasn’t reliable and had to go.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I’m told below they don’t have extraction issues.

      (They have major extraction issues! Not every gun, it’s a tolerance stacking issue, but for the guns that aren’t perfect, they’re pretty bad.)

  • strongarm

    M series Steyrs are realy hard to understand pistols. They do not have passive firing pin blocks since they need not. Nobody in the world excepting the producer knows how their firing mechanism works. Even Steyr forum experts describe wrong ways directing the users to work on useless locations to improve trigger release.

    These are the facts;

    – Passive firing pin blocks were made for “Hammer” guns. Using purpose for them in “Striker” guns are to prevent “Slide and Frame Seperations” which is impossible on Steyr pistols.

    – M series pistols carrie “Escaping Disconnectors” meaning to work once for each trigger release. But they work. Please do not forget that Walther P99s have positive full time disconnectors but they do not work.

    – Striker carrying parts of these pistols are of three.; One directly catching the striker underleg with a bevelled upright lug on a horizontal and longitidunal plane with a sliding motion, one to catch that lever on rearmost place and to carry on a transversal pin at cocked mode at upright plane with rotating motion and the one that mentioned transversal fixed pin. The upright lever carrying the cocked parts on that pin is seperated at the foremost position by push of horizontal lever and trigger bar exertion takes that lever away of the fixed transversal pin. Motion regulation is obtained by a side plate near the horizontal lever called “Drop Safety”. Everybody in the world but the makers suppose that trigger bar disconects the two levers to release the striker, but in fact in fully cocked form, the two levers are already disconnected and trigger bar causes the sliding lever to
    slip down the fixed transversal pin.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      “One directly catching the striker underleg with a bevelled upright lug
      on a horizontal and longitidunal plane with a sliding motion, one to
      catch that lever on rearmost place and to carry on a transversal pin at
      cocked mode at upright plane with rotating motion and the one that
      mentioned transversal fixed pin”

      No one can possibly read that and understand what you’re trying to describe.

      • strongarm

        You may be right and I am also aware boring look of my post but, unfortunately these gun’s mechanical work can not be traced from outside and the way of work I tried to describe is a factory confirmed fact. Understanding it needs some pre-work about its construction. However, if it draws any attention of persons with an experimental past related, it has clear enough to fınd out the misunderstanding.

        Steyrs are close tolerance pistols and most of the issues come from that fact. All kind of extractors are for live rounds to be drawn back, but in close tolerance chambers and after a few shots fouling, the amount of friction beats the momentum of small massed empty case and if the extractor hook being not strong enough to retain its hold, it overrides the case rim and the slide continues the rearward travel by gained momentum without pulling the empty case. If close tolerance manufacturing preferred to continiue, it would be better to provide longitidunal grooves inside the chamber starting just ahead of the case stop shoulder like HK P7.

  • Chris

    I have always wanted one of these in 9mm. I only held a Steyr in person once (loved it), and I’ve never seen mags to purchase in person. The ergonomics sit in my hand very well. I even like the integrated gun lock since I live in Maryland, the 3rd shittiest state for gun ownership, and having that feature makes purchasing a little simpler.

  • mugwump

    Love my L9 and never had a feeding issue. My beef is the sights. I want adjustable rear sights and coiuld not get Steyr to import them for me. FYI, Ervin Nelson makes fine leather OWB holsters for this gun. http://nelsonholsters.com if that’s your route.

  • Aaron E

    An interesting pistol with some hopeful promise. I agree the ergonomics fit well, however, the unique magazine cut out on the grip may look neat, but will NOT be strong hand friendly. Fast reloads under stress will likely not only be painful, but unsuccessful in seating the magazine completely.

  • tom

    I have a 9 version, very nice gun and in my opinion way better than a glock. Better trigger, grip, stock sights, and recoil recovery. Underrated for sure. I think the early hickups and poor marketing (steyr never marketed anything) kept in under the radar.

  • Steyr guy

    I have had my MA40-1 for several months & really love the gun. I usually go to the range twice / week. I have run maybe 3 thousand rounds thru it & clean it religiously after each session. The only time I have problems is when I use reman ammo. When that happens it is always the case that the casings are too old, & leave brass shavings all thru the firing mechanism. I bought this weapon & a Baby desert eagle II at the same time. After a few weeks I resold the Baby Eagle.