Saw my Steyr M40A1 today

Discussion in 'M, C, L and S Series' started by DoctorW, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. DoctorW

    DoctorW New Member

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    A little disappointed. The slide part looks pretty bulky.

    The grip is ok, but not as amazing as I expected. Besides, it seems the finger groves does not match the position of my finger, and so it does not do any good, although not any bad either.
     
  2. DoctorW

    DoctorW New Member

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    The slide even looks more bulky than a HK USP, although I think USP is already pretty bulky.

    The numbers say that the width of M40A1 is 30cm and a USP is 30cm, but the M40A1 does really look more bulky.
    (It is just my feeling, because I do not have a USP to compare with the m40A1 side by side)
     

  3. Syntax360

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    I disagree on the USP comparison - my USPc .45 was pretty blocky. I guess on paper they are equal, but the Steyr conceals MUCH better for me. I guess the notorious H&K brick of a grip really complicates carry....

    Don't let it get you down yet... I'm about to tell you something shocking... :shock:

    My first firearms were ordered together inside 1 month - Sigarms Mauser M2 .40, HK USPc .45 SS, and my Steyr M9A1. I received all 3 within days of each other and I was supremely disappointed with the Steyr. It just didn't feel right, I wasn't jiving with the traps, and something was just plain missing. I almost sold the pistol! :shock: :oops: But I decided to give it another shot and a little more time - I ditched the traps for some PT night sights, threw a hogue tool grip (small) on it to add a little more bulk to the grip and to reduce "slip". I forced myself to take it to the range about every other time - it was hard to put down the USPc - it was just SO pretty... :twisted: However, as time went by, I began to notice (despite myself) that the Steyr was fast regaining my attention and respect. In about 3-6 months, I was a fan again. That's when I got over my ego/H&K trip and realized how much fun the M9A1 really was... When my CHL (and then my Blade-Tech UCH) came in and I started carrying the M9A1 back to back with my other pistols, I was lost... the Steyr won my heart and I haven't looked back ever since.

    Moral of the long, drawn out story (sorry...) - don't be so quick to discount her. Give the pistol a fair shot and I suspect you will experience something similiar. Take it from one who has been there and done that... it's a small price to pay for true enlightenment. 8)
     
  4. jerkface11

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    If you think a Steyr has a bulky/blocky slide try an XD sometime. They're as bad as a hi-point.
     
  5. DoctorW

    DoctorW New Member

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    I never liked a XD. It looked so ugly to me. I did shot a XD (rent) once, and did not find anything specially interested me.

    I think Glock is pretty good, but it is just too popular and I just shot too many glocks, so I will not buy a glock myself.

    I like the looking of HK USP (full size version), but they are just too expensive. Then I found Steyr M. They look cool and compact, and, very cheap. So I got one.
    :p
     
  6. DoctorW

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    Syntax360
    Thank you very much for sharing your experience!
    I sure will keep the gun and shoot it. I never give up a gun I bought, although I am thinking about getting rid of some guns, just because of my budget and the small cabinet.
    :oops:
     
  7. mr. ford

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    i quite like the feel and grip angle of my m40.. the 111 degree grip angle is perfect for me.. fits like a glove. but that's most important, that you find a gun that fits your hands well.
    however, i also agree with syntax360, my m40 is quite easy to conceal. i do not consider it bulky at all compared to an xd or usp.
    just my $.02 :wink:
     
  8. ChillyWilly

    ChillyWilly New Member

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    I love this gun, there are issues but I still love it....and the more I use it the more I love it
     
  9. Netfotoj

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    Get a Hogue Handall Grip and viola, new finger grooves. Don't know about your fingers, but it fits mine just fine. And IMHO it improves the grip on my M357-A1.

    Syntax and others prefer the Hogue Tool Grip, small size. Fits a bit tighter with different grooves. Look at his V.1 upgrade of his M9-A1 to see the tool grip.
     
  10. chp5

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    Does anyone know the degree of grip angle on a Glock? Thx.
     
  11. Netfotoj

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    From Glock company site:
    I'd say they're about 6 degrees short of the perfect angle, Steyr's 111 degrees. :mrgreen:
     
  12. DoctorW

    DoctorW New Member

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    The grip fits my hand pretty well, and I do not think I need any other external grip for that.
    But I feel the gun pretty muzzle heavy, just as it looks to be.
     
  13. heavymetalmachine

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    I agree with that until it is loaded then it seems to balance out..