Held an MA-1 at a Gun Show today....

Discussion in 'M, C, L and S Series' started by hihoslva, Apr 4, 2005.

  1. hihoslva

    hihoslva New Member

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    Nice little gun show down in Tucson, AZ today. One vendor had 2 or 3 MA-1's, so I of course had to grab one.

    It's got that same M feel, that's for sure. The ergonomics are definitely there, and although it *looks* a little more "blocky" and that it might not be quite as comfortable, nothing could be further from the truth. She feels very good in the hand.

    The "grippier" surface treatment is better compared to the M & S, but still not that great, in my opinion. I would still feel the need for the grip-tape treatment, an inner-tube wrap, or a Hogue.

    I was also quite amazed how much lighter the MA feels compared to the M. The instant I picked it up, the lighter weight was apparent. Luckily, there was an "old Skool" M right next to the MA, so I was able to confirm the weight with side-by-side comparison. The MA is only 24 grams lighter according to Steyr (766g vs. 780g.) but I noticed it right away - possibly the MA is better balanced, so the reduced weight feels like more than it really is.

    The looks of the MA are growing on me, too. Especially now seeing one up-close. I'm a BIG fan of the M & S pistols from a pure aesthetics standpoint, and wasn't really blown away by the looks of the MA in photos. But seeing one in person has made me come around a bit. I still prefer the M & S, but the MA does look like a very natural, modern progression of the M-series. I'm liking it more.

    I was pretty psyched to see some Steyr products at the show. There were several M9s, a few S9s, and at least one M40. Nope, no S40s to be seen anywhere :).

    My only disappointment was the one mag seller who had all the Steyr magazines. He wanted - get this - $30 for 10 round M & S mags, and $45 for M9 14 rounders! When I explained that I would love to pick some up but his prices were well more than double the cost I could find them elsewhere, he treated me like I was wasting his time. Perhaps I was only wasting my OWN time with this guy.... He chose the wrong guy to try to take for a sucker.

    And I bought NO GUNS, although some of the 1911's were all too tempting.:) My wife did get herself a really great concealment purse/handbag; butter-soft leather, with the velcro closure on the edge opening into a hidden center for handgun stashing - much like what Galco makes, but at 1/3 the price. I wish men could cary a purse - this thing is sweet. :)

    Looking forward to more/larger gun shows closer to my area (Phoenix). There's generally one Crossroads gun show per month here, and one in Tucson.
     
  2. Guest

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    Great report....what was the going price for the MA1?

    And don't kid yourself -- you could carry a purse if you really wanted to!! :)

    Jim
     

  3. Guest

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    Thanks for the detailed report of the old vs. new. I am so loving my S9 after 2 days of ownership that I can't wait to get an M. Still not sure if the new M-A1 is still worth double.

    AZ is the firearms center of the Universe! My mother-in-law retired out to Prescott Valley, and there are so many gun industry related companies out there it is ridiculous. I could only imagine what the gun shows must be like. I'm trying to move out there myself - I know, bring my own water!

    Regarding carry alternatives, there are some one shoulder "city packs" that can be used for carry. http://www.ishot-inc.com is coming out with one that looks very unassuming but will conceal a full-size Sig 226 easily with easy access. Inexpensive too. You won't get the same looks as with a purse, but definitely will have that "metrosexual" look. You can decide if that's good or bad...
     
  4. Deluxe247

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    That must have been the same guy I saw 3-weeks ago. Sounds very familiar...

    -D
     
  5. Guest

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    I guess everybody needs to start carrying a copy of the CDNN catalog with them for pistol whipping these knuckleheads on the spot!!
     
  6. WorldPax

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  7. Guest

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    That is hilarious! Not that there is anything wrong with that...
     
  8. WorldPax

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    Actually I'm surprised more CCW's aren't taking advantage of the "man-bag" option. Definitely less nerdy than a fanny pack.
     
  9. Deluxe247

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    Excellent idea. :D
     
  10. Guest

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    I am in complete agreement. In fact, I think the fanny pack is now as conspicuous as the "shoot-me-first" vests...
     
  11. hihoslva

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    I think they were asking $439 for the MA at the gun show. Really not a bad price considering most Glocks are right near the $500 mark, and we all know the quality of the Steyrs is on-par with Glock or better.

    They had two, and neither one had a manual safety.

    Arizona does seem to be the gun center. This gun show wasn't as impressive as I expected, but it was the first one I've hit since moving here. I also think the Phoenix shows are bigger.

    I mainly went to look for cheap ammo - hopefully a Miwall reload booth or something. The selection of ammo available at the show was horrible; it seemed like mostly gun dealers with a few boxes of ammo for sale. There were a number of reloading vendors, but they were selling powder, primer, bullets, brass, etc. No straight-up ammo.

    I would buy some Miwall stuff at a show if I saw it for a good price, but no luck at this one.
     
  12. Guest

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    Hihoslva if you want to carry a purse please feel free to I know none of us are going to make fun of you, at least not too much. :twisted:
     
  13. ministerofdeath

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    Very, Very Tempting

    I would buy an MA1 right this minute if I had the money. However, I have two extremely costly terms left of law school, Commerical Bar Review Courses, and the actual Bar Exam. Defintely a good value for a pistol, but hopefully CDNN investments will buy a ton of MA1 pistols in bulk and sell them for under $350.00 about the time I have enough money to purchase one.
     
  14. hihoslva

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    LOL. No thanks.

    I've always been a little jealous of the way women can carry a bag around with all their shit in it. As men, we get pockets with limited space and access.

    Being a gun owner, I'm even MORE jealous of the handbags they get to carry. I mean, look at this fricken' thing:

    Nice leather handbag. Attractive, very soft leather, obviously nice quality:
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    But it's got a little secret inside: :twisted:
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    There's even a little leather holster that sticks to the inside with heavy duty velcro. Holds the gun perfectly:
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    C'mon now - you know all know you wish we men could carry like this. Maybe I could buy one and call it a "carry all". I'll be screaming like Jerry Seinfeld; "It's not a purse!! It's European!!!".

    lol.
     
  15. WorldPax

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    Nice bag (can't believe I just said that on a gun forum), anyway, I wouldn't think twice about any guy carrying one of those messenger bags and you could hide a Desert Eagle in one of those. Just shoot anyone that makes fun of you, haha jokes on them!

    I may have to pick one of those bags up for my wife, and find a suitable messanger bag for myself. I'll be seriously undercover, since anyone seeing me with the bag getting out of my Miata is not going to be thinking GUN.
     
  16. ShelbyV8

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    Get you one and put a Tooltime or Craftsman sticker on it. AGGGGG!
     
  17. Guest

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    If I could carry in class, I would put it in my leather messenger bag. I already hand-made a pocket for it.

    I look like a naive college student...waiting to be mugged.

    :twisted: