I was happy to keep reporting the progress that the S9/M9 and I were making in IDPA matches that I started shooting in Feb of this year. I loved the S9/M9 so much because of the design advantages over the other polymer guns, and feel they played a big part in me going from unclassified to master in 6 months. While I am happy to report an overall match win at my club and 5th SSP/MA at this past weekend's NC State IDPA Match (7 seconds off the Division Winner's pace using my S9 due to the M9 being INOPERATIVE), I fear it may be the last with the Steyrs.
First the good news: http://users.gloryroad.net/~idpa/8_07_05/Overall.htm
OK - so I was the only Master shooting that day :roll: - but I'll take it.
Here is where it turns ugly: http://users.gloryroad.net/~idpa/8_14_05/Overall.htm
I finished 32nd the very next weekend because my M9 failed to extract and double-fed about 10 times in the first 5 stages. On the last stage (stage 5), I finally switched to the S9 that was in my car as backup and won that stage by just under 2 seconds.
My M9 has about 5,000 rounds through it since May and up to that point had only ever had 3 FTE's through it. I was shooting UMC Green Box which caused 2 of those previous FTE's but I think something went fairly wrong to cause such consistent failure. The extractor moves with normal finger pressure and when comparing the 2 extractors (one in the M9 and one in the S9) there doesn't seem to be much if any difference in the wear (the S9 has about 3,500 rounds through it). I had removed the extractor in routine cleaning like I always do before a match, so I don't think it was me putting something back together wrong.
What has me most considering backing away from Steyr is the lack of support - both from the company and the aftermarket. I went to USASteyr.com to order a new extractor kit and found them OUT-OF-STOCK. The stories running lately of poor support and parts availability have me thinking that I will now just get an XD, Glock or something else to rely on as a competition gun. I have flown the flag pretty strongly but Steyr is just not getting involved in the US fast enough for me. No product/parts support and a dearth of aftermarket accessories (no fiber optic sights, trigger upgrades, etc.) have me just fed up.
FTE's seem to be the Achilles heel of the pistols and now that it has happened to me in a big way and put a damper on my competitiveness I'm not sure if I'll ever get the confidence back in these guns.
I was forced to use the S9 for this past weekend's NC State IDPA Match, and I think I did OK but it was always in the back of my mind to be prepared for a tap-rack-bang drill and I know that caused some hesitation in my reloads and transitions over all 13 stages.
I don't know how long it will take to get the M9 fixed, and frankly I haven't touched it since if a part is broken/worn, I have no idea where I'd get the replacement.
While I believe the design advantages of the S9/M9 make it a truly superior platform, I'm pretty bummed for the aforementioned reasons and am now cruising Gunbroker.com for a new SSP IDPA gun...