Steyr Mannlicher is known for producing weapons that look like they’re from the future, including the AUG and its M-A1, S-A1 and C-A1 series of pistols. Now, Steyr has added a long-slide version to the catalog—the L-A1, available in 9mm and .40 S&W. In the upcoming November 2013 issue of Combat Handguns, author Paul Scarlata wrings out a new L9-A1 in 9mm and finds out what it’s made of.
Scarlata writes, “The first thing one notices about the L9-A1 is its slide, which is longer than other pistols in the Steyr line. Its increased length not only provides a longer sight radius and improved balance, it also, by virtue of its greater weight, reduces muzzle flip and felt recoil. Additionally, the 4.53-inch barrel situated under the hood allows the 9mm and .40 cartridges to achieve their full ballistic potential.”

The polymer-framed L9-A1 also has very good ergonomics, with a high-cut backstrap that allows shooters to obtain a higher grip (thus lowering the bore axis) and plenty of grip texturing. Also included are Steyr’s triangle/trapezoid sighting system and a stunning 17+1 capacity. Care to learn how it fared on the range? To learn more, check out the November 2013 issue of Combat Handguns, available on newsstands and digitally August 6, 2013. To subscribe, go to http://www.personaldefenseworld.com/subscribe/combat-handguns/.

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