it looks in the pic like the grip is much shorter. maybe it's just perception. maybe the trigger guard hits the frame lower or goes straight into it or something. my bandsaw is getting a warm fuzzy feeling looking at that useless light rail!!! i hope they put enough stuff behind it that i can just whack it off. otherwise i'll have to do some sexy reinforcing work.
for those that care... it looks like they left little detents for the manual safety. it looks as if one could machine three slots and retrofit a manual safety.
no matter what, there will be two in my possession as soon as they're made available.
edited to include: i'd buy two more if steyr made it in a 45!!!
I'll let srfl give his impression, he had much more time to spend at their booth (I am so jealous ). IMHO, the SA1 is exactly the same proportion to the MA1 as the S9 is to the M9.
I'm with bigtaco, that rail on the front of the SA1 is worthless to me and makes the gun bulkier than it needs to be. I'm glad I have my S9 as it appears much slimmer towards the front and subsequently more comfortable for IWB carry.
The Steyr booth was pretty cool, lots of nice guns and the SSG 69 is about the best bolt-action sniper rifle I've ever held. The double trigger mechanism is just awesome from the factory. The AUG-A3 Commando with 40 mike-mike is my favorite.
I only got to go to the booth twice before the show opened, and never got to speak to "Carl" who others told me was the guy to speak to about getting the competition version of the pistol on the drawing board. Oh well, hopefully they can just be successful and make it sometime i the future.
Roger on the "hold the Picatinny Rail, Dude!". It seems more an impairment to have an accessories rail on a compact model when the idea behind choosing a concealment rig is reliable performance and concealability. <shrug> If ya gotta have a laser sight on a rig that needs to be concealed, the Crimson Trace Laser grips are the bees-knees cause ya don't need an accessories rail for 'em and there's no added imprint. Of course, if it malfunctions, well that's another issue. As for a flashlight coupled to a compact firearm when it needs to be concealed.... :roll: For most people being targeted by firearms manufacturers of compact/subcompact defense pistols, this genre isn't considered a platform for aftermarket accessories and....ummm 8-O Of course, I suppose I could be wrong.... Hold that thought.... 8)