The Stance from Savage Arms entered the concealed-carry market in 2022, making it the company’s first pistol introduction since the 1920s. This line of purpose-built compact pistols comes from the factory with several unique design elements and customizable options. Watch the video above to the Stance in use on the NRA Tech Range.
On the range, the Savage Arms Stance, unsurprisingly, has more pronounced recoil than larger compact handguns in the same caliber, but the 18-degree grip angle, along with the aggressive texturing on the grip, helps to reduce the impact on the user’s hands. The grip frame of the stance, regardless of safety or color option, features aggressive stippled texturing on the grip portion for increased purchase on the small 9 mm. It also comes with two interchangeable backstraps.
Instead of using a serialized frame, the Stance uses a detachable, serialized metal chassis housed within a glass-nylon frame. This chassis can be removed from the frame and swapped into another Stance frame. This allows the user to change out the polymer for other color options offered by Savage, which include black, flat dark earth, and gray.
Savage provides a treated steel slide, which houses a 3.2" stainless steel barrel, and features cocking serrations front and back. Each Stance pistol comes with two magazines, one seven-round flush fit and one eight-round extended magazine. A larger 10-round magazine is also available. Bilateral controls are provided, too, including the magazine release and slide catch, which are designed for snag-free and easy-to-manipulate use.
While the standard Stance comes with a white dot front and “U” notch rear iron sights dovetailed into the top of the slide, it is also offered with TruGlo tritium night sight sets, which are featured on the version tested here. The Stance is also available as a package deal with a Viridian E-series red laser installed at the Savage Arms factory.
Manufacturer: Savage Arms
Action Type: recoil-operated, semi-automatic centerfire pistol
Chambering: 9 mm Luger
Barrel: 3.2" stainless steel
Frame: stainless steel chassis, gray polymer grip frame
Sights: TruGlo Tritium, three-dot; drift-adjustable rear, fixed front
Magazine: seven- and eight-round detachable box
Overall Length: 6.2"
Weight: 22 ozs.