I've seen a lot of Steyr problem posts over the last couple of years and almost ever single one of them was traced to five things:
1) Not cleaning the weapon properly.
Steyr's do need some lubrication compared to Glocks that can fire dry and dirty, but the trade-in is that you get supperior accuracy with the Steyr. Sorry, but you've got to clean the extractor on a pistol that has been sitting in CDNN warehouses in the hot texas sun for two years. :roll:
2) Using poor quality ammunition
. I can't tell you how many times I've had Steyr owners report that for some reason that Wolf, Range Reloads, (Insert other poor pistol ammunition) they are using is causing problems.
3) Poor grip on the pistol when fired
, such as limp wristing and that will cause most modern pistols to have malfunctions.
4) Bad Magazines
. Once in awhile you'll get someone who has a bad factory magazine...it happens with any brand of pistol out there.
5) Once in a great while you'll get a Steyr pistol that didn't come out of the factory up-to-spec
and that happens in any man made thing that is mass produced. Cars, computers, jet engines, etc. all have factory rejects that make it out into the market place.
A lot of folks think that because Steyr is one of the few pistols they own or because their Glock hasn't given them any problem that its not reliable. However, take a look over at http://www.hkpro.com
sometime and you'll see a lot of folks posting problems with USP pistols and I've also seen my fair share of problems with Glocks both on the website and at the range over the year. I'm not aware of a single pistol out there that isn't capable of having a malfunction.
Not to mention you're far more likely to see reports of malfunctions issues than a report that says "Yeah, used my Steyr today for the 18th time and it fired great." Don't get me wrong I encourage people to post their problems on here as it helps all of us learn more about our pistol and its inner workings. However, just take a look at this forum with more than 1,000 members and out of those how many problems have been reported? I can also take a look on over on this forum and see an article from IDPA Steyr about 90,000 rounds of reliable service.
The key reason that Steyr has not taken off in the LEO community here is because for a great deal of time they had no support and almost zero marketing. Most cops I know haven't even heard of Steyr and that goes for a lot of the guys working at gun shops and fire ranges. Not to mention that our military will never make standard issue any weapon that isn't manufactured in the US, they tried to bring the XM-8 to the Army and that deal was killed in large part because HK didn't already have a factory in this country making rifles.