First of all, thanks to all who have make this site possible, and I am glad to have found some great resources and kindered spirits here.
I handled a Styer M9 for the first time at a gun show about a week ago, and I was immediately impressed with the feel of the grip and of the overall workmanship. I came to that show hoping to find a used Kahr K-9, but the Styers really caught my attention. I told the guy selling these that I had never even heard of a Steyer (I have led a rather sheltered gun life), so I went home to find out a little about it online before buying. The next day, I went back to get my new Styer, and felt like a fool for buying a gun without ever having shot one like it before.
Yesterday, my fears were put to rest. I put my first ten rounds fired inside a 3-1/2" diameter circle at 7 yards. That may not sound impressive to some of you marksmen out there, but it sure impressed the heck out of me!
I fired several other 9mm semi-automatics before...Glock, Ruger, Springfield XD, Kahr, etc...but only the Kahr seemed to fit my hand well. That was when I picked up the Styer. I'm no expert when it comes to handguns, but I know not to buy a gun that isn't comfortable to hold and fire.
I am impressed with the accuracy, the good looks, the percieved recoil, and the sights. The magazine locked into place smoothly, and the first round slipped into the chamber flawlessly...both with a satisfying audible response that confirmed I was holding a high-quality piece of worksmanship. 50 rounds of 115 grain full metal jacket went through without a single hiccup. I'm anxious to give it a better work-out, but that will come later.
There were only a couple of marks against it on my report card, and those were:
1. My hands were the dirtiest I've ever experieced after firing a handgun.
2. The ejected casing tended to flip back toward my face. I never had a casing actually hit me, but my wife did. She fired about six rounds and gave the Styer back to me. She said that she was distracted by the anticipation of having a shell casing fall on her head. She much prefers our Ruger GP100 .357 revolver, and I can't fault her one bit for that.
Please forgive my wordiness, but I am happy with my Styer M9, and I wanted to share it with folks who could best relate!