We don’t see a lot of firearms coming out of Austria, and needed to say, the Glock line-up of handguns is the most recognized Austrian firearm, all around the entire world. Just about every shoot-‘em-up movie shows heavy use of a Glock pistol of some type – both bad guys and the good guys use them. Gaston Glock came out with the Glock 17 about 1985 – at least that’s when they first started appearing in the US marketplace. I spied a Glock 17, 9mm at a drug store when we lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado and it felt so good in my hand, I bought it right then and there. Now to be sure, I’ve mentioned numerous times that the Glock line-up really don’t fit anyone’s hands perfectly. However, my hand has grown to love the Glocks. I originally went into that drug store to purchase a Model 1911 chambered in .38 Super, but once the Glock 17 was in-hand, I purchased that instead.
The handgun we are looking at today, is also from Austria, and is made by Steyr Mannlicher. Many people don’t know that Wilhelm Bubits, the designer of the Steyr M9, actually worked for Glock for many years. Here is a published biographical note at the Military wikia:
“Wilhelm Bubits (born October 28, 1954) in Lutzmannsburg, is an Austrian handgun designer and creator of the Caracal Pistol and Steyr Mannlicher M and S model pistols. As a hobby shooter and former police officer, Wilhelm Bubits used his experience and ideas about handguns to advance modern pistol design. Bubits worked for the Glock firearms company and in 1997 joined another Austrian weapons maker, Steyr Mannlicher. At Steyr, Bubits created the Steyr M and S pistols which were released to market beginning in 1999. In late 2002 Bubits worked with weapons experts from the United Arab Emirates in a UAE government sponsored “Small Arms Project” to develop a series of modern pistols. The result of the collaboration was the Caracal Pistol. Weapons manufacturer Caracal International LLC was incorporated in Abu Dhabi at the end of 2006. Wilhelm Bubits currently heads Caracal’s research and development team.”
Bubits approached Gaston Glock about his design. But Glock turned him down, and left the company and went to Steyr, with his design. Now, save your hate mail, and give me a chance to explain a few things. I believe that the Steyr M9 is a considerable improvement over the Glock line of handguns. The angle of the grip feels much better in my hand – and many people agree with this. Plus, there is a very low bore-to-axis between the barrel and the frame. The gun sits lower in the hand, and as a result, there is less felt recoil – not that a 9mm is punishing in recoil, to start with.Continue reading“Steyr M9 Series Pistols, by Pat Cascio”