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C-A1 Pistol

C-A1 Pistol

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  • C-A1 Pistol

The Steyr C-A1 striker-fired pistol is a compact, semi-automatic, double-action handgun available as the C9-A1 chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum (17-rounds) or the C40-A1 chambered in .40 Smith & Wesson (12-rounds).

The C-A1 is somewhat of a hybrid, combining the compact length of the Steyr S-A1 pistol with the full-size grip of the Steyr M-A1 pistol. The barrel of the C-A1 is 3.6” (91mm) long and provides a platform that is ideal for self-defense carry by offering a short overall weapon length while ensuring optimal grip control. An integrated Picatinny rail allows for simple mounting of a laser or light and slide-racking grooves on the back of the slide allow for a firm grip when manually operating the action.

Additional Information

C9-A1

Caliber 9mm
Magazine 17
Trigger Reset Action (double action)
Grip Frame Synthetic Grip
Dimensions 6.5"x4.8"x1.2"
Barrel Length 3.6"
Weight 1.7 lbs

C40-A1

Caliber .40 S&W
Magazine 12
Trigger Reset Action (double action)
Grip Frame Synthetic Grip
Dimensions 6.7"x5.35"x1.2"
Barrel Length 3.8"
Weight 1.72 lbs

Customer Reviews

Compact pistol-Shoots LARGE! Review by Guy
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I just took my brand new C9-A1 out to the range and I am seriously impressed! This is a compact pistol by any comparison but shoots like a full size piece. Once I got used to the sights, this pistol was surprisingly easy to shred the middle of the target. Shoot fast or slow, shoot short range or at distance and the story is the same. Say goodbye to the middle of your target!! The recoil and muzzle flip were negligible. I would say that this is the most comfortable 9mm I have ever fired. TOTAL RELIABILITY!!! (Posted on 2/5/2017)
Fantastic gun Review by Fritz
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A really solid, reliable hand gun. I've compared it against my Glock 19, my M&P Shield, and 1911s and it comes out of the pack with flying colors. All around carry superstar. C9-A1 (Posted on 11/15/2016)
Best Striker-fired Pistol to Come on the Market Ever!! Review by Honey Badger
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I've been in Law Enforcement since the early 90's, and worked my way up from local to county, State, then Federal, and after more than 20+ years on the job, I was forced to retire after suffering a spine injury and burns during an embedded TDY (Temporary DutY assignment) with the USMC in a war zone in the Middle East that prevents me from sitting/standing/walking for long periods of time.
From a young age to my current age, I have always been interested in firearms, and as an armed Law Enforcement Officer, I have tracked my career to areas where I have had exposure to the most variety of firearms- from plainclothes work where I had to carry weapons that were easily concealed, to "SWAT" type special teams carrying larger pistols as backup to our long guns (sub machine guns/shotguns, etc) and firing several hundred rounds daily, and trainer positions training new candidates to the special weapons and tactics teams, aside from short-barrel revolvers used as backup weapons or special scenarios or other special circumstances, 99% of the time, we trained for, and used striker fired semiautomatic pistols. Glock and Sig Sauer pistols dominated what we used (and I ultimately trained with), and frankly, I was not personally happy with the trigger pull on either- and on the Glocks and Sigs I owned personally, I modified the triggers as best I could to adjust them while still maintaining reliability.
When I discovered that Steyr and HK were making striker-fired pistols, I did a little research, and decided to order a compact veriety of each- the Steyr C9-A1, and the HK VP-9. As this is a review of the Steyr, I'll keep my comments to the Steyr!

The Steyr has the BEST trigger of any striker-fired pistol I've EVER fired- factory production or custom-made/modified striker-fired pistol I've ever fired! The takeup is smooth and positive, it's not too long or heavy, the break is crisp, and the reset is short and succinct, allowing for rapid multiple shots with minimal trigger finger movement (this allows for rapid multiple follow-up shots, and/or fast engagements of multiple targets). The trigger itself, is wide, flat, and squared-off. It has a trigger safety like that of the Glock's, but the trigger is (I believe) Aluminum, with a polycarbonate trigger safety.

Aside from the remarkable trigger, which is an advantage for beginners as well as experienced shooters- it's a very accurate pistol, on par or greater than more expensive guns- such as offerings from Kahr, Sig Sauer, Glock, etc.
The takedown and field dressing/cleaning is simple and straightforward- much like a Glock or Sig, all the controls are easy to reach ind intuitive. The finish is durable and similar to the black finish on HK's, Glock's, etc.
The dimensions are similar to that of a Glock 19's, but the capacity is 17+1, which is quite a bit greater than a Glock 19's- that is due to the slightly greater size of the Steyr's grip and magazine.
While the Steyr's grip is slightly larger, it is extremely comfortable and feels like a natural extension of my body, and points well.
As far as it's consealability, I've been carrying it daily, consealed as my LEOSA (Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act) weapon- so yes, I qualified with it- successfully right out of the box- having never shot it before.
Anyhow, I've worn T-shirts, button-down short sleeved shirts, etc in a OWB Kydex and leather "Old Faithful" brand holster without any problems- and considering I have debilitating spine injuries, that says a lot about the Steyr pistol as well as the quality and design of the "Old Faithful" brand holster.

To sum it up, the Steyr C9-A1 pistol is the best striker-fired pistol I have shot to date- followed closely by the HK VP-9. Both pistols are made by extremely well-regarded firearms makers, and considering their low pricepoints compared to Glock and Sig-Sauer, if Steyr can get their advertising, supply chain and manufacturing geared up, and their pistols into the hands of the "right" major police departments, Federal Law Enforcement agencies, and the military, the public will follow; and Glock and Sig have a real contender on their hands!
The Steyr C9-A1 does not have the advantage of being time proven/tested on it's side, but with the age and time-proven history and reputation of Steyr firearms- which are, and have been supplying numerous militaries all around the globe since its founding as Steyr-Mannlicher in 1864 (founded and originally named "Steyr-Daimler-Puch")

This review- as always- is in "IMHO" (In My Humble Opinion) (Posted on 10/23/2016)
awesome Review by the wolf
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I purchased it without holding one. I was extremely surprised at how the pistol felt and handled right out of the box. I mag through it and it has the best range manners of just about any gun I've ever shot. Honestly the only thing better would be a custom gun costing $1000's more. This leaves all other striker fire pistols in the dust. Glock is lucky they were first to the market. (Posted on 9/20/2016)
Smoothest gun I've ever shot Review by DCotts31
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I've had my Steyr C9-A1 in 9mm for about a year now and I've put over 1,500 rounds through it without any problems. I've fired dozens upon dozens of handguns and it's by far my favorite. It's the smoothest shooting handgun I've ever fired and I'll probably get the L9-A1 in the next 6 months. (Posted on 9/19/2016)
great gun Review by fast928s
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Feels like its a part of you, i love it!! (Posted on 7/25/2016)
One of the best a lot of people never heard of styer Review by Lucy
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I let people shot it at the range and they all said what a great gun it is I have both a 40 and a 9 mm (Posted on 7/13/2016)
My new off-duty pistol Review by Sierradog
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First a little background... I've been an officer now in a large department 700+ officers for 28 yrs. Patrol, Street Crimes, SWAT (12yrs) so I am very experienced in carrying pistols of all makes. I carry an issued Glock 34 on duty because I have to...I bought a Steyr C9-A1 last month to audition as an off duty carry...A couple hundred rounds at the range and I ditched my Springfield XD sub for the Steyr.

With the Steyr I get better ergonomics, no muzzle flip which is common in short barreled pistols and a better combat sighting system. The trigger is the best of all the striker fired pistols and really does put Glock's crunchy pull to shame. The C9-A1 conceals very well, I'm using a custom made Kydex IWB.

Reliability? Top Notch, not one fail to fire or feed. I wish my 1911 ran like this... Don't compromise with a lousy trigger, weird bore axis or lousy grip.....Get a Steyr (Posted on 6/20/2016)
Awesome pistol Review by Randog
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Steyr arms rock! Fantastic gun! (Posted on 4/29/2016)
AWESOME Review by WANDI
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AWESOME FIREARM...SMOOTH RECOIL AND VERY ACCURATE...... (Posted on 3/20/2016)
Simply Excellent Review by RPO
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Ergonomics, capacity, concealability, accuracy, trigger and price, Steyr is simply excellent. My other pistols are for sale now that I have the best. (Posted on 2/23/2016)
Great product. Review by Lhall1951
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This is my 3rd. Steyr firearm. Two pistols and one pro hunter rifle.
All are high quality products. The C-A1 pistol is the best fitting and handling pistol I own. (Posted on 2/23/2016)
Outstanding Weapon Review by Mark B.
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I recently purchased a C9 A1, it fires true and it's great choice for a reliable every day carry firearm. (Posted on 2/20/2016)
Amazing Pistols... Review by R. Reed
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I compete with Steyr pistols, I have multiple Steyrs in different calibers and frame sizes, and they are truly amazing. The low bore axis and large beaver tail equal an unparalleled reduction in felt recoil and muzzle rise. The triggers are short, light and smooth; by far the best factory triggers I have ever encountered. I am proud to represent such a wonderful product! (Posted on 2/17/2016)
Excellent handgun!! Review by Larz19
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Bought Steyr M9-A1 several years ago, & love it. Had one FTF on 1st time out, but got excellent support from Steyr Arms & Steyr Club Forum, & no issues since. My wife was new to shooting, 1st gun was Bersa Thunder .380 after shooting a friends, but just really didn't like it. One day she wanted to try my Steyr, and promptly pegged out center target at 7 yards 2nd time on range. Needless to say, her next words were " I want this gun!" So, I sold her Bersa, and moved on to my next Steyr. Got the Steyr C40-A1 from Buds, delivered to my FFL Wednesday. Hit the range this weekend, and all I have to say is I LOVE THIS GUN!! For me, it simply has the best feel of ANY pistol I've held. Workmanship is incredible, and handles, in my opinion, BETTER than my M9. Overall balance is incredible, recoil barely noticeable for a 4 inch barrel .40 cal. 200 rounds right out of box, after initial clean of course, ZERO ISSUES. Actually outperformed in accuracy over my M9 . Highly recommend ANY Steyr, once you've held it and shot it, i& if you can adjust to the trap sights, you' ll never go back. Trap sights and counter weighted barrel make target reacquistion fast and reliable. (Posted on 12/23/2015)
Excellent handgun!! Review by Larz19
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Bought Steyr M9-A1 several years ago, & love it. Had one FTF on 1st time out, but got excellent support from Steyr Arms & Steyr Club Forum, & no issues since. My wife was new to shooting, 1st gun was Bersa Thunder .380 after shooting a friends, but just really didn't like it. One day she wanted to try my Steyr, and promptly pegged out center target at 7 yards 2nd time on range. Needless to say, her next words were " I want this gun!" So, I sold her Bersa, and moved on to my next Steyr. Got the Steyr C40-A1 from Buds, delivered to my FFL Wednesday. Hit the range this weekend, and all I have to say is I LOVE THIS GUN!! For me, it simply has the best feel of ANY pistol I've held. Workmanship is incredible, and handles, in my opinion, BETTER than my M9. Overall balance is incredible, recoil barely noticeable for a 4 inch barrel .40 cal. 200 rounds right out of box, after initial clean of course, ZERO ISSUES. Actually outperformed in accuracy over my M9 . Highly recommend ANY Steyr, once you've held it and shot it, i& if you can adjust to the trap sights, you' ll never go back. Trap sights and counter weighted barrel make target reacquistion fast and reliable. (Posted on 12/23/2015)
Excellent pistol Review by gawsr
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I have owned this pistol ( C9 - A1 ) for about 3 months now and have shot over 450 rounds and have not had any issues whatsoever. The best trigger pull of all the other guns I have used.. The recoil is very manageable and I love the unique sites. (Posted on 12/14/2015)

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