Steyr Arms C9-A1

Steyr Arms has announced the introduction of the new C9-A1…

Steyr Arms has announced the introduction of the new C9-A1 pistol, which bridges the gap between a compact carry and full-sized shootability. With its concealable-length slide and barrel of the S-series Steyr pistol, and the hand-filling frame and high capacity of the M-series, the C9-A1 provides the best of both worlds.

The new C9-A1 is nearly identical in form and function to other handguns in the Steyr line—the M-A1 full-size series with its 17-round magazine and the S-A1 compact series with its 3.6-inch barrel. The new C9-A1 also boasts the newly redesigned Reset Action System trigger mechanism that was introduced in December. Chambered exclusively in 9x19mm, the new C9-A1 is sure to be a big hit with Steyr pistol aficionados as well as those who are looking for a concealment handgun that provides comfortable ergonomics, low bore axis, remarkable safety features, amazing accuracy thanks to a consistently crisp break, and extreme reliability.


The C9-A1’s full-size polymer frame offers unparalleled ergonomics with a high grip and low barrel axis that mitigates muzzle rise as well as creating a perfect grip angle for a very natural point of aim. The drift-adjustable sights are in the traditional three-dot configuration and a Picatinny rail on the frame’s dust cover provides availability for mounting illumination and laser-aiming devices. The integrated trigger safety with the newly redesigned Reset Action System trigger requires positive finger pressure to operate the double-action-only mechanism. This striker-fired pistol also incorporates a keyed safety lock. The barrel is cold-hammer forged with conventional rifling, and the chamber is fully supported.

The suggested retail price of the C9-A1 is $649.

Established in 1864 in Steyr, Austria, Steyr Arms is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious firearms manufacturers. Steyr’s comprehensive lines of premium hunting rifles, precision sporting and tactical rifles, and striker-fired handguns are technically mature, and their subtle elegance also communicates the harmony between appearance and substance. Steyr’s legendary SBS actions and cold-hammer-forged barrels are distinctive and unparalleled. Steyr Arms is also the U.S. importer for Merkel firearms and Anschutz precision rimfire sporting rifles. For more information, contact Steyr Arms at 7661 Commerce Lane, Trussville, AL 35173; call (205) 655-8299; or visit

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Steyr Arms Pistol Specifications
Model:                                        C9-A1
Purpose:                                     Self-defense
Manufacturer:                              Steyr Mannlicher GmbH
Kleinraming, Austria
Importer:                                     Steyr Arms, Inc.
7661 Commerce Lane
Trussville, AL 35173
(205) 655-8299
Operation:                                   Semiautomatic
Caliber:                                       9x19mm Luger
Slide material:                            Steel
Magazine type/capacity:             Double-stack steel box/17 rounds
Barrel:                                        3.6-inch cold-hammer-forged
Rifling:                                       Conventional, 6 grooves, RH twist
Sights:                                       Drift-adjustable three-dot configuration
Finish:                                        Mannox
Trigger type:                               Reset Action System (DAO with integrated safety)
Pull weight:                                 5 pounds
Frame material:                           Reinforced polymer
Checkering:                                 Anti-slip stippled texture
Weight, empty:                            1.6 pounds
Overall length:                            6.7 inches
Height:                                        5.1 inches
Width:                                         1.2 inches
Included accessories:                Owners manual, lockable box, extra magazine
MSRP:                                        $649

Load Comments
  • I too have a Steyr. They hit the American shore before their time; a little later, and everyone would have a Steyr not a Glock. I loved it the second I held it in my hand. It has never failed. It is hard to find holsters, (not to mention magazines) for them especially if you don’t want a ‘universal’ holster.
    Blade-Tec makes holsters specifically for them. Very fine quality, with a variety of ways to carry. As for universl holsters I recommend Galco Yanqui slide which can be purchased paddle or belt.

  • Tom H.

    I own a Steyr M40-A1 and am very happy with it. So happy, in fact, that I’m going to make it my belt-holstered carry pistol. Heading to a gun show this weekend and hope to pick up an extra magazine and a mini white light for it. Then I’ll have a local shop make a Kydex holster for the combo and carry it with a mixture of Hornady Critical Defense, Remington Golden Saber and hardball.
    This is an extremely reliable, accurate, easy shooting pistol that’s unique. It also looks cool!

  • General Jim M

    There is only one problem with the Steyr pistols,it’s hard to find holsters for it.they should do what Springfield armory does,include a kydex holster with the gun when the customer buys it.I have an M9a1. I hardly ever carry it.I have a holster for it but it’s not a good one like a Blackhawk.

  • kurt

    I carry a Steyr and it is one of the best guns I’ve ever owned.