Gun Report

Steyr Arms M-A1 40 S&W

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This gun is a very handy size with an eager trigger. We would rate the MA-1 higher with the addition of target sights.

Steyr Arms M-A1 40 S&W

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Law Enforcement
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Double

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Despite there being little difference in overall length of the top ends, the slightly longer full-size M-A1 pistol was more reliable. The compact model (foreground) malfunctioned when the slide would not return to battery. Several times it came up short by less than 0.10 inch. The two guide rods were not interchangeable, foiling our attempt to use the stronger-looking unit shown at the rear.
The rear sight was meant to be a visual aide to capture the outline of the triangular front sight. But this caused our eyes to fatigue quickly.

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