I got to shoot a LOT of guns at Range Day for SHOT Show 2012. A LOT of guns. I’m not trying to rub anything in, I’m just trying to get the message across. I shot a LOT of guns at Range Day. Some of those guns I don’t know that I’ll care to shoot again, and some of them I already have in hand for review or I’ve bought for myself (see TC Dimension Rifle & Regent 1911). And out of all of those guns that left an impression on me (some negative, like the Chiappa Rhino Revolver), I have a couple of favorites that left a super sweet taste in my mouth leaving me want more the more I think about it.
I’ve heard tales of older generation Steyr Arms pistols being a bit finnicky when it comes to reliability, as in as they get older they refuse to feed a whole magazine, or they’ll only digest more expensive ball ammo (per Joe Grine of TTAG). But if the new ones can perform as reliably as they feel in the hand they’re sure to be a win. The new M, C and S series A1 pistols are available in 9×19 or .40 S&W with a conversion kit.