[SHOT 2016] Schmeisser SLP-9

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I stopped by Schmeisser while walking around the German section at SHOT to see what they were showcasing and saw a weird Glock like thing. Melanie with Schmeisser was able to fill me in on some of the details of their new pistol. The SLP-9 features replaceable back straps to allow the user to fit the pistol to their hand. Unlike the Gen 4 Glock back straps these use a pin and fit inside the frame instead of clipping onto the frame. I was unable make out what the magazines were based on but they were a 17 round capacity and constructed of metal, please let me know in the comments if you can figure out what they are. When the gun is released it will ship with 2 mags, a European style cleaning kit, three back straps, and a very nice lockable travel case. The MSRP I am told will be around $499 to $550, no word on what would bump the price up.

Schmeisser was not willing to divulge any information past what I was given, they stated they were working with a company that “has lots of experience” with barrels and recoil springs. I am not quite sure what to take away from that. From what I could see the action is very similar to currently available striker fired guns as was the barrel and recoil spring assembly. The take down lever was very reminiscent of a Sig pistol. No indication as to when the pistol will be available on the US market.

EDIT: it has been brought to my attention that is not a prototype, but a re-branding of an existing pistol that Steve covered a couple years ago. Click here to read about the Montenegro TARA TM 9 Pistol.

Thank you Matthias for bringing this to my attention.

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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

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  • Larueminati

    The guts look alot like a VP9

    • hikerguy

      Looks like they took some style points from a few others. Then again, all guns look like others to some degree.

    • Some Guy

      Not surprising. There’s only so many other ways to release a striker.

  • Jeebus

    Holy branding, batman. Can we get pistols without all the crap engraved on them?

    • Patrick R.

      This was a prototype. I imagine the finished product will look a bit different.

      • Phil Hsueh

        I’d hope so because I think that it’s an otherwise decent looking pistol, not that it matters much I’ll be able to buy one for a good long while since I live in CA. Maybe when/if I eventually leave this stupid state I might consider getting one, if they get rid of all that branding and if they eventually chamber it for .40 or .45.

    • ExMachina1

      I personally think that as names go, “Schmeisser” is pretty badass.

  • JSIII

    Looks like the Glock, VP9 and XD had a baby, an ugly baby

    • G0rdon_Fr33man

      Amongst the ones you mention, only the VP9 is good looking…

    • john huscio

      Glock with some USP influence in the slide..

  • J

    Did you try the trigger?

    • Patrick R.

      I did, it was pretty heavy but broke cleanly. The rep declined to comment on the pull weight.

    • I did, and it was really not great. It’s a true DAO, with a long and heavy take up. I would estimate it at 10lbs. The reset is shorter than a traditional DAO, but still longer than the Glock.

      If going for German polymer, the PPQ trigger just crushes this.

      • Patrick R.

        Pretty accurate description. It felt a lot like a unmodified J frame to me.

  • Anonymoose

    I knew I’d seen that somewhere…

  • JMB

    M&P mags I thinm

    • ostiariusalpha

      Looks pretty much identical to the M&P mag.

      • FightFireJay

        M&P mags, along with many other companies mags, are made by Mecgar.

        Mecgar makes a tube, manufacturer specifies the base pad shape and location of mag latch/release, and there you have it.

        If these aren’t specifically for another pistol, then I’d bet good money that those mags are made to spec by Mecgar.

        • I suspect that it merely shares the basic magazine tube with the S&W. The magazine catch notch is on the front face of the tube, and not the front corners like the S&W.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Also, I suspect that the OEM M&P mags are made in the US by Check-Mate. There are pretty strict laws about having to print the country of origin on parts, and there’s no “Made in Italy” on the OEM mag bodies. Mec-Gar does make aftermarket M&P mags, but they have the country of origin label.

  • john huscio

    Schmeisser wants to pull a Springfield armory.

    I’ve been mildly interested in this pistol for a few years now….wonder why the Montenegrins couldn’t import it themselves…..

    • Tom

      It takes a fair amount of capital to do so. Plus (and at the risk of being an arsehole) I am not sure how much faith the average American shooter would put in a gun from Montenegro. Putting a “known” name on it and being all German and call should help sell a few.

      • john huscio

        Well people buy Turkish, serbian and croatian pistols all the time. Would think the engineering is at least on par with those countries. I do doubt most people in this country could find any of the aforementioned countries on the map which worries me more than their perceptions of the quality of manufacturing in the former Yugoslavia.

        • Some Guy

          >Croation

          Judging by most of the XD owners I’ve met: they don’t know it’s Croation

          • Nate H

            I have one and I know it. It’s right on the pistol, how can you miss it?? Lol

          • victory0311

            So glock gets a pass by being made in Austria?

          • Nate H

            Anybody that doesn’t know Glocks are made in Austria should be made to take a literacy and comprehension test. That’s even more prominent than the “Made in Croatia” on the XD’s.

          • iksnilol

            A guy I knew once told me how the Springfield XDM was the modern American pistol. I told him that Springfield Armory doesn’t make it. He stupidly asked me: “Well, if Springfield doesn’t make it then why does it say Springfield on it?”.

          • El Duderino

            That’s when you just walk away…

          • iksnilol

            My reaction.

          • victory0311

            Same with Glock people, Austria!!

    • Ben Loong

      This makes me kind of want to get a Tara TM-9 right now, before the prices go up like they did for the HS2000/XD.

      I considered getting one before for my first striker-fired pistol but haven’t really committed since what I really want is either an HS2000 or a Ruger SR9. But the local prices on those are jacked up because of customs fees where I live. The TM-9 is the more affordable alternative.

      • Reef Blastbody

        Are there Tara TM-9s in the US available for retail purchase? If so, where?

        • Ben Loong

          I don’t know. I live in the Philippines.

          Over here Jethro Int’l is the exclusive distributor. Right now they’re on sale for about $550.00 equivalent.

  • Odin

    It looks like my FN fans mags.

  • Ben Loong

    Wait a minute…that’s a Tara TM-9!

    • Texas-Roll-Over

      my thoughts exactly

  • Lance

    Glock knock off.. Cough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ExMachina1

      You must have to cough a lot then 😉

  • Spectre576

    The magazines look a lot like M&P mags