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Mfg Item #: M9
NOTE: This is a used surplus handgun Graded Good by the Importer. Expect finish wear, scratches, dings, etc... (See additional photos of samples from batch)
The original Gen 1 M models were produced from 1999 to 2004 and are considered "first-generation" designs. These models have a relatively smooth frame with the Steyr Arms logo imprinted on both sides of the grip, no thumb rests, no accessory rail, and a rounded trigger guard. The first-generation guns were only produced in the M (Medium) and S (Sub-Compact/Small) sizes.
The Steyr M is a series of semi-automatic pistols developed by Steyr Mannlicher GmbH & Co KG of Austria for police services and the civilian shooting market. Design work on the new pistol began in the early 1990s by Friedrich Aigner and Wilhelm Bubits. The final product known as the M9 (adapted to fire the 9×19mm Parabellum cartridge) was officially unveiled in the spring of 1999.
Steyr wanted to take advantage of recent advancements in manufacturing techniques. The slide is precision-milled from steel and coated in a tenifer finish. The frame is an injection-molded synthetic polymer and parts of the trigger and striker mechanisms are pressed from sheet metal. The Steyr M series uses a very high grip profile which holds the barrel axis close to the shooter's hand and makes the Steyr M more comfortable to shoot by reducing muzzle rise and allowing for faster aim recovery in a rapid shooting sequence. Hammerless and striker-fired, the Steyr M features a double-action only (DAO) pre-set trigger mechanism marketed as a "Reset Action" trigger. When the trigger is in the forward position, the firing pin spring remains lightly compressed (pre-cocked by the forward motion of the slide as it returns to battery). Pulling the trigger all the way to the back will compress the firing pin spring completely, draw the firing pin fully to the rear and position the trigger bar to release the firing pin, and fire a round. The trigger travel is 4 mm (0.16 in) with a pull weight of 5.6lb
The Steyr M series derives its name from the unique "trapezoidal" sight picture of its fixed, low-profile iron sights. The unique sighting arrangement consists of a triangular front sight and a trapezoid rear notch that lead the eye to the target for quicker target acquisition and allows for instinctive aiming.