Steyr vs. Glock

Discussion in 'M, C, L and S Series' started by Auburn, Apr 27, 2005.

  1. Auburn

    Auburn New Member

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    Hi everyone from the newest "newbie".

    I have been thinking about picking up a Glock, but the CDNN deal on the M9 has got my attention. I can't find any Steyrs in my local area, so I can't go try one before I buy.

    So I need some help. How do the two guns compare in trigger pull, accuracy, durability, ease of maintenance, etc?

    From browsing the forum, I know everyone loves their Steyr....but why?

    Thanks for your comments!

    Jim
     
  2. Deluxe247

    Deluxe247 Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the club. As far as your questions go, here are some quick answers. I'm sure others will chime in also...

    1. Trigger is a lot crisper than the mushy Glock trigger.

    2. Accuracy is somewhat subjective, but most seem to think that the Steyr is more so than the Glock. This is partially due to the lower bore axis.

    3. Durability is great thanks to the tennifered slide. The Steyrs will take a bit more TLC to keep operating at peak performance. This is where the Glock is considered better.

    4. Maintenance is super easy. There are many tutorials on this site that will help you learn to break down and clean the weapon.

    -D
     

  3. Guest

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    Jim, seems as if I was in your same position a week ago. I read a ton of posts on GT and THR, came over here and read even more posts about the M9 and S9 series.

    I was just about to trade for a G19 LNIB when this guy posted on GT in reply to one thread on the Kahr forum to take a serious look at the Steyr's. I did and ordered an M9 on Monday, should be receiving it today or tomorrow.

    Keep on reading and asking questions. :wink:
     
  4. ministerofdeath

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    TRIGGER
    The Steyr is a true double-action since the trigger continues to cock the striker throughout the stroke until it is released. As a result the Steyr trigger does not feel like your average double-action trigger. Its short stroke action (approximately 1/8") with a very short reset allows for very accurate rapid fire. I believe you'll find the Glock has a much longer mushier trigger pull. Another advantage the Steyr has over the Glock is that its trigger is angled 10 degrees downward allowing for a more natural higher finger placement.

    ACCURACY
    Accuracy is highly subjective, but I think there is a strong case favoring the Steyr over that of the Glock. The Steyr has a lower bore axis than that of the Glock which allows for less "muzzle flip" and you will find that the recoil is less and this allows for faster and more accurate follow up shots. The sights on the Steyr are a revolutionary trapezoid design and many here at Steyr club love them, but they can easily be swapped out for night-sights or traditional three post sights. However, unlike the Glock the Steyr's sights are metal and not plastic. In addition, the Steyr has an advantage by having a larger sight radius over that of the Glock (6.22" vs. 6.02") which allow for easier acquisition of targets. In short, there are many objective and reasonable reasons to suggest that the Steyr is more accurate and allows for faster shots than that of the Glock.

    DURABILITY
    The Steyr has a superior tennifer finish to that of the Glock making the finish much less prone to surface damage. As for how the the Steyr fires, well, in 1999 Steyr fired an early proto-type (not with all the improvements that have been made in the final production model) for a total of 10,000 rounds in two days. The pistol was lubricated once before the test and sprayed with an air hose every 500 rounds. They had 4 malfunctions in total. The Steyr has since than been improved in design of course. You'll find individual here at Steyr Club such as IDPASTEYR who have over 80,000 rounds through their Steyr without a single malfunction. I personally have a little over 2,000 rounds with zero malfunctions.

    MAINTENANCE
    The Glock is superior in terms of maintenance as the Steyr does require a bit of lubrication to function perfectly where the Glock will fire nearly dry. The Glock has less parts then that of the Steyr (35Glock vs. 53Steyr). So, the Steyr is certainly not for someone who doesn't enjoy keeping his pistol clean, lubricated, and beautiful. The tighter tolerances the Steyr is built to makes it more likely that it would have problems firing in muddy, sandy, or other adverse environmental conditions without cleaning compared to the Glock. I think an analogy can be made to that of the M-16 A2 versues that of the AK-47 in that sure the Glock like the AK needs less cleaning and is a ruggid weapon, but the Steyr like the M-16 A2 is more accurate, more controllable, and a superior weapon when in the hands of a disciplined shooter.

    For more information about the Steyr vs. the Glock you should vist http://www.sightm.1911.com and read their review on the Steyr M-series.
    I personally think it is a great wealth of information for anyone trying to decide between the two pistols.
     
  5. Auburn

    Auburn New Member

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    Thanks everyone. Ordered a M9 this afternoon. Can't wait to get it in a few days.

    Jim
     
  6. Auburn

    Auburn New Member

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    That link isn't working for me. Is it correct?

    Jim
     
  7. Deluxe247

    Deluxe247 Supporting Member

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    Jim, here is the correct link: http://www.sightm1911.com/lib/review/steyr40.htm

    -D
     
  8. Guest

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    I favor the Steyr, but another thing the Glock has going for it is capacity. Glocks are pretty much unrivaled for capacity with every model they make.

    My G19 holds 15+1 rounds, that is a lot of firepower for a pistol that a good deal smaller than the G17. I love my S9, but damn if I don't feel slightly bummed about the 10+1 (or 12+1 if you can get some S40 mags) that little bugger holds.

    In just about every other respect however, the Steyr is a superior firearm.

    Welcome to the fold.
    ~Oz
     
  9. Alabama

    Alabama New Member

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    :D War Eagle :D
    And welcome to the brotherhood of the Steyr 8)
     
  10. srfl

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    Welcome Jim....good to have you with us.

    I love my Steyrs.....as you'll love yours. The bore axis, the sights (remember....all will succumb and bow to the almighty Triangle!), the trigger, the fact that it has a manual safety (!) and the accuracy win me over.

    Congrats on your purchase!
     
  11. Guest

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    Hello to all. This is my first contribution to any forum as I have been a reader but not participant in Glocktalk, the firingline etc.
    I have a fair bit of experience with glocks after shooting them in USPSA competition and law enforcement training etc. The glock 40 S&W is our department issue. The glock is a great firearm, dependable, simple, no news there. That being said, I purchased an S9 Steyr from CDNN (excellent people by the way, especially Brian) and put about 1200 rds through it so far. Reliability is excellent after break in and cleaning the extractor channel...keep the chamber clean and keep the pistol lubed and it won't let you down.

    I am a glock armorer and a regular shooter and I sold all three of my personally owned glocks in 9mm (a 26, 17 and 34). They were great guns but my S9 fits my hand better than the glock 26, and is more comforable to shoot for follow up shots than any of the glocks in my opinion. The big thing is feel. The steyr feels better in my hand and I like the trigger better than glocks. I recently qualified at my dept with both glock and steyr and the scores were the same but my speed for follow ups and confidence was better with the steyr.

    Also, I have dropped mags from the glock inadvertantly doing weak hand barricade shooting and other awkward positions and have gone to slide lock in similar situations while rds still in the mag with my glock. None of this has happened with the steyr..I think the mag release is better designed than glocks and maybe the slide lock provides better protection or has a stronger spring to keep it from engaging accidentally. Just keep it clean and lubed and it will do its job.

    It is uglier than a mud fence, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, which is good or I would still be single.
    By the way, I am a big revolver shooter and the steyr is my only auto. I am going to call Brian for an M9 probably next week.

    Thanks for reading. sorry to ramble
     
  12. FlaChef

    FlaChef Guest

    thanks for posting.

    we love hearing from converts 8)