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Steyr Redesigns Its Pistols’ Striker Mechanism For Improved Trigger Pull

TRUSSVILLE, Alabama- Steyr Arms has announced that it has redesigned the Reset Action System mechanism in its popular M-A1 and S-A1 semi-automatic handguns to provide a greatly improved trigger pull. The modification results in a much smoother trigger take-up and a remarkably consistent and crisp break at approximately five pounds.

The redesign incorporates a small pin beneath the rear sight that bisects the striker firing-pin channel. A small roller on this cross-pin allows the striker firing pin to move much more smoothly during the compression phase of the trigger pull. This also allows for a much cleaner break when the trigger mechanism releases the striker firing pin.

Nearly identical in form and function, the M-A1 is the full-size series with a 4-inch barrel, while the S-A1 is the compact series with a 3.6-inch barrel. Chambered in either 9x19mm Luger or .40 S&W, the M-A1 and S-A1 pistols have achieved a great deal of regard among American shooters for their comfortable ergonomics, remarkable safety features, intuitive sighting system, amazing accuracy and extreme reliability.

Both pistol series feature innovative polymer frames that offer shooters unparalleled ergonomics with a high grip and low barrel axis that mitigates muzzle rise as well as an ideal grip angle for a very natural point of aim. The frames include Picatinny rails for mounting illumination and laser-aiming devices. An integrated trigger safety with a Reset Action System trigger requires positive finger pressure to operate the double-action-only design. The striker-fired pistols also incorporate a keyed safety lock.

The suggested retail price for either the M-A1 or S-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 www.steyrarms.com.

SHOT Show attendees: Be sure to stop by the Steyr Arms booth (#2843) to try the new trigger system. To schedule a media appointment, please e-mail Kimi Herndon at kimi@hunteroc.com.

Steyr Arms Pistol Specifications
Model: M-A1
Purpose: Self-defense, competition
Manufacturer: Steyr Mannlicher GmbH
Kleinraming, Austria
Importer: Steyr Arms, Inc.
7661 Commerce Lane
Trussville, AL 35173
(205) 655-8299
www.steyrarms.com
Operation: Semiautomatic
Caliber: 9x19mm Luger, .40 S&W
Slide material: Steel
Magazine type/capacity: Double-stack steel box/17 rounds (9×19), 12 rounds (.40)
Barrel: 4-inch cold-hammer-forged
Rifling: Polygonal, 6 grooves, RH twist
Sights: Fixed triangular/trapezoid iron
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: 1.7 pounds
Overall length: 7.2 inches
Height: 5.1 inches
Width: 1.2 inches
Included accessories: Owners manual, lockable box, extra magazine
MSRP: $649

Model: S-A1
Purpose: Self-defense, competition
Manufacturer: Steyr Mannlicher GmbH
Kleinraming, Austria
Importer: Steyr Arms, Inc.
7661 Commerce Lane
Trussville, AL 35173
(205) 655-8299
www.steyrarms.com
Operation: Semiautomatic
Caliber: 9x19mm Luger, .40 S&W
Slide material: Steel
Magazine type/capacity: Double-stack steel box/10 rounds
Barrel: 3.6-inch cold-hammer-forged
Rifling: Polygonal, 6 grooves, RH twist
Sights: Fixed triangular/trapezoid iron
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: 1.5 pounds
Overall length: 6.7 inches
Height: 4.8 inches
Width: 1.2 inches
Included accessories: Owners manual, lockable box, safety key, extra magazine
MSRP: $649

Contact:
Mike Nischalke (703) 380-3595
mike@hunteroc.com

Karen Lutto (830) 755-4308
karen@hunteroc.com

Browning Introduces 1911-22 L.R. Autoloading Pistol

Morgan, Utah – In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the classic 1911 pistol designed by John M. Browning, Browning is pleased to introduce a scaled-down, 22 L.R. version of this great firearm for 2011. The new pistol is almost an exact replica of the original 1911, just smaller. The new Browning 1911-22 is proudly made in the USA. Guns shipped in 2011 will include a special first year of production collector’s certificate plus a free limited edition commemorative canvas and leather zippered pistol case.

The frame and slide of the Browning 1911-22 are machined from aluminum alloy with a matte blued finish. The barrel has a stainless steel barrel block and target crown. The new 1911-22 has a single action trigger and a straight blow back action for enhanced simplicity and reliability. Other features include fixed sights, detachable 10-round magazine, manual thumb safety and grip safety. The new Browning 1911-22 is 85% the size of the original 1911 John M. Browning design. The smaller size makes it very light and easy to handle, especially for smaller shooters.

An A1 version of the 1911-22 will be offered with a 4 ¼” barrel and 5 1/2″ sight radius that weighs 15 ½ oz. Overall length on the A1 is 7 1/8″. A Compact 1911-22 version will also be offered with a 3 5/8″ barrel and 4 7/8″ sight radius that weighs 15 oz. Overall length on the Compact is 6 1/2″. Grips on both models are brown composite.

All controls operate just as those on the original John M. Browning-designed Model 1911. New Browning Model 1911-22 L.R. A1 and Compact models have a Suggested Retail price of $599.99. Shipments are expected to start in the first quarter of 2011.

Contact:
Scott Grange scottg@browning.com or Paul Thompson pault@browning.com (801) 876-2711 ext. 3306 or 3229

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