New For 2024: Global Defense SA-9

posted on May 11, 2024
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Images courtesy of Global Defense.

Global Defense is a Florida-based importer and distributor of firearms and related products that is “passionate about delivering innovative and reliable firearms.” Case in point is the company's new-for-2024 SA-9, a 9 mm Luger semi-automatic handgun that combines AR-15 components and ergonomics in a compact package.

Shortened magazine well and 9mm Luger magazine on the Global Defense SA-9 pistol.The Global Defense SA-9 combines AR-15 ergonomics and components in a compact, 9 mm Luger handgun that uses MP5 magazines.

The Global Defense SA-9 is manufactured in Turkey and based on a product offered to military and law enforcement in that country. It uses an upper and lower receiver machined from 7075 T6 aluminum alloy that is hard anodized. The 6.5” barrel is made of 4140 steel and has a chrome-lined bore and external QPQ finish. Its muzzle is threaded 1/2x28 TPI and has a three-lug mounting system for flash hiders or suppressors. It is shipped with a threaded-on A2-style flash hider.

Internally, the pistol uses a blowback-operated mechanism. The hammer, trigger and disconnector are AR-15-compatible. Controls are AR-15-style, with a thumb-operated safety lever that can be mounted on either side and left-side bolt hold-open device. The magazine release is of an ambidextrous paddle-type and is located in front of the trigger. The rear charging handle is also AR-compatible. The pistol feeds from MP5-type magazines and ships with a 30-round metal unit. 

Right side of the Global Defense SA-9 large-format handgun.The SA-9 offers modularity and adaptability with components and accessories already available on the market.

The SA-9 has a removable aluminum handguard with M-Lok slots in the three, six and nine o’clock positions, and a Picatinny rail in the 12 o’clock position that mates up to the receiver’s top rail. The supplied sights are made of steel and fully adjustable for windage and elevation. The pistol grip is AR-15-compatible. At the rear of the receiver there is a section of M1913 Picatinny rail for attaching accessories, as well as a QD spigot for attaching the supplied sling. The SA-9 has an overall length of 15.75” and weighs 5 lbs.  

The Global Defense SA-9 pistol has an MSRP of $799. The pistol comes in a hard case with a cleaning kit and sling. For more information, visit


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