Stoeger Striker-Fired Pistol STR-9: Could hit the street under $300 – SHOT Show 2019

Stoeger’s STR-9 breaks the ice into the striker fired pistol market at a price point that’s likely to get it some attention. The base model of the STR-9 has a MSRP of $329, meaning possibly a market price at about $300. The same model with additional magazines and upgrades to tritium sight can raise the MSRP to $449, still a very reasonable price.

STR-9 lived up to advertising and offered a lot of features for reasonable price

The STR-9 has a very ergonomically designed grip and feels good in the hand due to the highly undercut trigger guard and high rear grip. It comes with 3 interchangeable grip panels to allow the user to adjust the grip for their hand size. The bottom of the grip is also nicely beveled to aid reloading the 15 round magazines. The magazines are steel and slid easily in and out of the pistol frame. The frame also has a forward accessory rail for mounting lights or lasers.

Grip size and scallops made reaching the trigger easy

The first thing you notice about the slide is the large aggressive front and rear cocking serrations; they worked well for cycling the slide as designed and expected. The STR-9 comes standard with low mounted 3 dot sights that can be upgraded to tritium night sights. Barrel length is 4.17” and at the rear of the chamber there is a loaded chamber indicator.

Size and balance of STR-9 felt good in the hand

Popping the gun up to get a sight picture resulted in a slight surprise. The grip angle wasn’t exactly like a 1911 or the S&W M&P as I expected nor was it pointing high for me like a Glock does.  The STR-9 actually has a grip angle between that of a Glock and a S&W. Once handled a few minutes it became relatively natural but not what was initially expected.

As with all Stoeger firearms it is made in their factory in Turkey and more information can be found by clicking HERE.


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About the author: Jeff Cramblit is a world-class competitive shooter having won medals at both the 2012 IPSC World Shotgun Championship in Hungary and more recently the 2017 IPSC World Rifle Championship in Russia. He is passionate about shooting sports and the outdoors. He has followed that passion for over 30 years, hunting and competing in practical pistol, 3gun, precision rifle and sporting clays matches. Jeff is intimately familiar with the shooting industry – competitor, instructor, RO, range master, match director. Among his training credits include NRA Instructor, AR-15 armorer, FBI Rifle Instructor, and Officer Low Light Survival Instructor. As a sponsored shooter, Jeff has represented notable industry names such as: Benelli, 5.11 Tactical, Bushnell, Blackhawk, DoubleStar, and Hornady. He has been featured on several of Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery episodes and on a Downrange TV series. Jeff’s current endeavors cover a broad spectrum and he can be found anywhere from local matches helping and encouraging new shooters as they develop their own love of the sport, to the dove field with his friends, a charity sporting clays shoot, backpack hunting public land in Montana, or the winners podium of a major championship.

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  • mikelasnicov January 29, 2019, 10:49 am

    Unless they recently sold it Stoeger is owned by Beretta. They make pretty good stuff. This thing is a little ugly but I bet it works well enough and I would own at $300.00

  • johnnyraygun January 29, 2019, 8:38 am

    I like the looks and price point. I read Guns America Digest article on Mossberg’s venture into striker pistols and this looks like a better pistol in every way. The Europeans are making excellent firearms, using top of the line equipment.

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