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.
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.