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From Stoeger . . .

Stoeger recently entered the striker-fired, semi-automatic pistol market with the introduction of the STR-9. The latest update to the affordable and durable pistol line features performance upgrades and features to create the STR-9S Combat pistol. The pistol combines high suppressor sights, threaded barrel, flared magwell, optics-ready slide, three backstaps and three magazines, producing an all-around solution for everyday carry, home defense or fun at the range.

The STR-9S Combat features a corrosion-resistant black nitride finish, included interchangeable backstrap grips for a custom fit and 4.17-inch, threaded barrel to attach a suppressor for quiet shooting. The pistol’s accessory rail accepts a wide variety of pistol lights and laser sights for low-light conditions. The reversible magazine release supports right- and left-handed shooting. With an overall length of 7.44 inches and weighing 1.6 pounds, the STR-9S Combat is designed for personal protection without breaking the bank.

Rugged and reliable, the STR-9S Combat’s grip angle is engineered to match the drift-adjustable, raised suppressor fiber-optic sights for true target alignment and combines with a low-bore axis for reduced muzzle rise to quickly reacquire targets for follow-up shots. Aggressive front and back slide serrations provide a firm grasp with or without gloves. A smooth-pulling, crisp trigger houses an internal safety for extra security.

The pistol also features four interchangeable plates for attaching some of the most popular after-market red-dot sights to the top of the slide. These sights provide fast and accurate target acquisition in a wide range of lighting conditions and also allow shooters to focus on the target instead of their iron sights. Available with a 20-round magazine or a 10-round magazine for states with capacity regulations, the STR-9S Combat combines form and function for a variety of shooters at an affordable price.

Stoeger STR-9S Combat

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Action: Striker-fired, semi-auto
  • Barrel length: 4.17 inches
  • Overall length: 7.44 inches
  • Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Grip: Three interchangeable backstraps
  • Safety: Trigger safety
  • Sights: Raised fiber optic
  • Finish: Black Nitride
  • Capacity: 20+1, 10+1
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • MSRP: $549

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    • Competition guns usually have 5″ barrels.
      Side note: bought the Stoeger competition shotgun for the wife. It’s a poor man’s Benelli. It wouldn’t accept shells through the loading port under the receiver. Sent it back to Stoeger to fix it and they made up some cockamamie story about a screw for the shell latch button contacting the carrier latch extractor balance pin. A pin that doesn’t exist in the exploded drawing or parts list. So their remedy was to shorten the screw that holds the latch button (waiting for that to fall off now) rather than shorten the pin or remove it altogether. After getting it back, it did load one at a time but twin loads, and forget quad loads, were impossible.
      I sent it back again and when I explained the issue, they had no clue what I was talking about. I had to send Stoeger technical service a video of Team Stoeger demonstrating quad loads.
      They still couldn’t get it right so I wound up discarding the balance pin and grinding down the carrier latch extractor.
      Works better now. By the way, I asked Benelli USA, that’s who services Stoeger shotguns, what the purpose of the balance pin was since it isn’t on all models. They said it keeps the latch button from feeling spongy. ??? It is spring loaded. Put a stronger spring in it rather than a pin that just serves as an over travel stop, and in my case, a no travel stop.

  1. Didn’ Stoeger used to make a p08 clone? Stainless steel. Had to run hot +p loads to make them work. I just can’t get all excited about another polymer frame gunm. Glock has that market sewed up pretty much and if you can’t afford a Glock , HiPoint.

    • Just like Colt had the 1911 market. Its about time for the competition to challenge the leaders. A Colt Government costs around 1k give or take. There are lower quality guns for less, but, there are many similar or even higher quality 1911s on the market both higher and lower in price. Colt is now selling out because they did not service the entire market or evolve within the industry. Glock makes a Glock, I think that there are a lot of gun makers in Europe that can and will be making clones of the glock that are more versatile and of higher quality. Glock is the mark of a socialist gun maker that is afraid of taking risks. On the other hand CZ, due to risk taking is undeniably the most innovative and successful gun maker in the industry. They actually evolve instead of continually polishing turds like nighthawk, Wilson, Glock and a number of other so called industry leaders. Sig, Springfield, Ruger and others continue to push the envelope, S&W needs to move on from the M&P line. Good guns, but, selling trade ins instead of new is the way to go today.
      I welcome the Turkish guns. They are where its at today and if the industry leaders don’t wakeup, will take over. We need more guns, we need a Glock with bells and whistles and if Glock thinks they are king, they may someday soon wonder what happened.
      Then there are those guns that are cool because they are super expensive. Heck, the SAR, a budget gun shoots and handles very well. If I was looking within that price point I’d look at those and put it up against a Glock any day. Anyway, keep them coming, it improves the field and keeps the price in check. Glocks are good guns, but, they are trying real hard to price themselves out of the market.

  2. Way late to an already saturated party. It’s not like we don’t already have a ton of reliable 9mm semi autos.
    That price is kind of steep too, considering what the already stiff competition offers.

  3. I had the standard model . It was worth 399 at the time but definitely inferior to the Glock. The trigger was the main complaint- I can afford a Glock, just firing the Stoeger as a lark. I guess it is ok but if you are wishing for an upgrade this would not be my choice.

  4. I shot a bone stock STR-9 at a local range day a couple of years back and was duly impressed for the very competitive price.

  5. No gun bucks for Ergodan.

    It also seems ugly to me. No one feature screams ugly, but the sum of each off-putting part adds up to an ugly whole. Maybe it’s the rear sight looking like it’s about to break off.

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