SAR Arms Striker Pistol from Turkey

By Brian Jensen

The SAR Arms SAR-40, with the black frame, stainless slide, and chrome barrel.

The SAR Arms SAR-40, with the black frame, stainless slide, and chrome barrel.

SAR Arms

The first thing I realized at SHOT show this year, was how many firearms companies there are that were new to me. One of these was SAR Arms.

Funny thing is, this company shouldn’t be new to anyone. SAR Arms is the importer / distributor for the Sarslimaz firearms group, who is one of the largest manufacturers of small arms in the world. They are based out of Turkey, and have a 125-year history of making guns of all kinds. They have an extensive line of shotguns, as well as pistols. Some of these pistols are based on the well-respected CZ-75 system. Today, they use state of the art CNC and CAD/CAM systems to make these modern weapons for the world market. Many of these weapons are chosen by Turkey’s military and see time on the battlefield.

I spoke with SAR Arms’ Owner, Kieth Bernkrantz, and who introduced me to their newest line of pistols, the SAR’s:  the SAR-9, SAR-40, and SAR-45.  As you may have guessed from the names, these guns come in 9 mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP.

The SAR line of pistols is a semi-auto, striker-fired weapon with a polymer frame.  The SAR-9, pistol was created by Sarslimaz at the request of Turkey’s Military and law enforcement, specifically for a striker-fired pistol.  Now SAR Arms is importing the line in the above three calibers.

The general features of the gun are impressive.  The gun is fully ambidextrous, meaning that all controls on the left side of the gun have a mirror image on the right.  That includes slide release, safety, and a paddle-like magazine release that sits along the edge of the trigger guard, much like that seen on HK pistols.  The frame has an integral picatinny rail to mount lights or other accessories, which seems to be the standard with any pistol these days.   All SAR series pistols come with three dot sights or optional tritium sights.  The frames also come with three backstraps included to fit different hands.

As far as safety, the gun has a manual thumb safety (a-la the 1911 platform), an optional and patented loaded chamber indicator, as well as a passive firing pin safety so common in today’s guns.  Also, there is a red striker status indicator on the back of the slide, to let you know the striker system is cocked and ready to fire.

Another, somewhat unusual feature of the gun is the magazines. These guns in 9mm come with a clear-plastic magazine that allows you to see how many remain.  This would seem far easier than looking at the holes in the rear of the mag to see how many rounds you have left.  9mm magazines are completely polymer along the sides, while the .40 S&W and .45 ACP magazines have steel sheeting, and it was not clear if they would have this same clear polymer feature.  Lastly, the magazines boast an enviable capacity of 17+1 in 9mm, 16+1 in .40 S&W, and 13+1 in .45 ACP.

This is not, however, your usual striker “wonder nine”.  The SAR line is all based off the same polymer frame, so they only have to build the one on the assembly line.  This is done by yet another patented design, a patented “slider bedding” that is inserted into the frame.  Next, the gun is topped with a steel slide assembly for whatever caliber that is being made, but all guns share the same frame.

Barrels are alloyed forged steel with a white chrome finish, or stainless steel.  Both have a lifespan, per SAR Arms, of 25,000 rounds.

The SAR line also comes with many options, such as frame colors and slide finishes.  Frame colors are listed at this time as black, coyote brown, desert yellow military khaki, and olive green. The slides are stainless or blackened.

As a matter of fact, the gun comes in a kit, containing the gun, three magazines, a cleaning rod/brush, polymer holster, and a double mag pouch.

While at their booth, I had a few minutes to take a look at this little pistol.  It fit my hand well, and felt well balanced.  Fit and finish was very nice, and the chromed barrel did have a certain, “bling” factor.

The question will be, what makes these weapons your choice?  These pistols are made on some of the most modern equipment in the world at Sarlinaz’s factory, with many options people want, but need to pay big money for.  It also has numerous options for frame color and slide finish.  The SAR’s allow for quality weapons at a value price point.  In addition, a good weapon is a good weapon, regardless of where it’s made.

The SAR line will be coming to the US for sales this year, but specific dates for release are still yet to be determined.

{ 20 comments… add one }
  • Ray Anderson December 31, 2016, 7:07 pm

    The SARGUN 45 is a totally different gun than the K26 and there is where the problems start. I made te mistake of buying the SARGUN 45 and it is a day firearm. The problem is you can not get or find magazines and they have not been available for months. This is the second great SARS model that the ball has been dropped on – the other being the ST-10. These finer firearms are not going to have a chance if EAA and SAR don’t do what it takes to get magazines in the supply chain. No one wants a $400 to $500 firearm that comes with just one magazine just to discover that no other magazines or alternatives are available and no one seems to have a sense of urgency about making them available. This is a shame because these firearm models re going to die for no other reason.then you are buying a paperweight.

  • Rich March 3, 2016, 7:35 am

    Hey, I just bought a SAR 9mm the one with the olive green handle I really liked it ALLT. But was woundering what’s the going price on this gun, on Average for a resell?

  • Billy Curry November 17, 2015, 9:35 am

    Can i use a cz 75 9mm magazine in my sark2p 9mm

  • Rick September 21, 2015, 6:08 am

    Tombstone Tactical

  • ken hartzoghart February 16, 2015, 8:05 pm

    Who’s carrieing the sar. In Louisiana

  • mike March 26, 2014, 12:04 pm

    Does anyone know where to get extra magz and accessories for SAR firearms?

    • Administrator March 26, 2014, 12:54 pm

      Call EAA

    • russell lowe February 14, 2015, 6:36 pm

      CZ 75 B 9MM WILL WORK

    • Wayne Harvey October 4, 2015, 10:49 pm

      Florida Gun Supply Has Them they are 39 Dollars

    • Raymond Hudson July 28, 2016, 3:47 pm

      Look for “Mec-Gar” mags.. The SAR K2P will function perfectly with the 17 round, and the 19 round. I use the 19 round all the time. Check this out, as much as “ProMag” mags have a less than perfect reputation, the make a 32 round mag for the CZ75B, yup, 32 round mag, It fits the SAR K2P, like a glove and, it works like a Swiss watch. I was amazed. I wrapped a 32 round mag with Urban camo Cling wrap and I have a perfect mate for my K2P with camo slide. The 17 and 19 round mags from Mec-Gar will cost about $27 to $29 each.. Not bad price and they are plentiful. If it fits a CZ 75b, it will fit the SAR K2P.. I hope that helps you some. RH

  • donald June 12, 2013, 9:35 am

    just picked 1 up sar 9mm…………statement too follow…fort dixx …pistol range….6-12-13

  • Nate April 24, 2013, 1:10 pm

    I own a Witness 9 and a Sar B6P 9mm and correct me if I’m wrong but I believe Sar firearms are imported by the European American Armory or EAA.

  • maria powers January 19, 2012, 11:20 pm

    I am so excited. I want to buy one

  • Joel January 19, 2012, 10:32 pm

    Volunteer testers needed? I’m here and willing to sacrifice my valuable time and considerable pistola skills to the Turkish arms industrial complex at SARs and the American red-blooded pistol buying public. OK, OK, just gimme one, please? I promise to be real careful and to write when I surpass 25,000 rounds. lol Looks good to me. Sold!

  • Andrew lapp January 19, 2012, 6:04 pm

    Looks like a walther p99 but bigger

  • Rob January 19, 2012, 10:51 am

    A quality full size shooter for the cost of a LCR? Works for me. If it does as well as expected it just may be the “everyman” hand gun of the year.

  • ted spring January 19, 2012, 9:55 am

    Be a nice unit for a young person on the “Ramen Noodle” just outta college or Tek school years…if around that $289.95 area or even a little less, I may take an Olive Drab 45 to the Hog Hunting camp..! I’ve had a little flat black finish Turkish 12 pump gun for several years…works fine and was well under $200.00…around 2003 or so.!

  • Joe January 19, 2012, 6:05 am

    While I’ve never really been a fan of SAOs, as a full-size, mixed composite, it looks like the SAR-40 has got all the bells & whistles, and is ready to get in there and compete with the big boys. Can’t wait to get my hands on one, feel the trigger break and see how I can make it group at 25.

  • Jeff January 19, 2012, 5:25 am

    25,000 round barrel life? Not intended for competition I’d guess.

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