I think they are (or at least were) using the slides they had in inventory up (apparently they had mor 357's). I've seen pics of the first m9a1;a and m40a1'a in the country and they did not have a1 on the slides either.
It seems to me that the Steyr Pistols were initially intended to be chambered in the .40SW and because of that, the first model produced was in .40SW and the 9mm chambering came later.
I have seen most of the extraction problems occur with the 9mm models.
Would a .357 SIG chambered Steyr pistol get rid of the extraction problems because the case geometry mirrors that of the .40SW for the area in which the round gets extracted? (Obviously the .357SIG is a bottleneck, but the case is that of a .40SW).
Are .357SIG chambered Steyr's as reliable as the .40SW models?
I have both barrels for my M40. The 40 and 357 sig both function flawless. After I fired the 357 sig I haven't put the 40 barrel back in. Steyr uses the same extractor and spring in all their guns. The stronger spring for the 9mm makes more sence than most things I have read about since the 40 and 357 sig do seem to work better.
My M357 suffers from FTE's and trigger reset problems....maybe one of each per box of 50 rounds on average.
However, during my last outing with her, the gun did not have any problems in 100 rounds of Winchester Ranger-T; but I like to see any one of my guns go through at least 250 rounds of any one brand/type of ammo before I "declare" it reliable in that particular gun.
My M40 has had issues too...but is reliable with the M357 barrel (go figure), while my M9, S9, and S40 have had maybe one FTE (in the M9) between the three guns in a few thousand rounds.
Just for the record, my M9 never had the FTE problem but had fairly frequent failure of the trigger to reset (perhaps 1 in 30), but it has cleared up with use. It seemed to improve as it broke in, but I put about 500-600 rounds through it before it seemed to be flawless. I probably have about 1100 rounds through it now and have no issues, though I swear the trigger is still wearing in. Guess it just takes a while to run these guns in.
the slide of the A1 series here in Manila that I saw was for the 9s and 40s but the slide does not have the etching "A1" on it. The slide are basically just the same except for the pin on the extractor to be somewhat rounded. I said that it was the A1 because of the frame which is bigger... the plastic used is somewhat different as well compare with the older version. It does not have the trigger safety lever.
I find bigger... that's why I said I like the older version that I have... it is more concealable.
thanks for the information... I dont have the M9 with me when I saw the A1 but again it does not have the A1 etching on it... was thinking if this is the same model that is being sold in the US. It is just like the M series placed on a different frame. And yeah the trigger housing should be wider or has a bigger loop... could be an optical illusion.. will try to get a pix of it then post it here.