NRA Gun Of The Week: Stoeger STR-9C Optic Ready

posted on September 2, 2022

The Stoeger Industries STR-9 line of striker-fired pistols offers a value-packed option for handgunners who want a well-built pistol for an affordable price. The compact model is sized appropriately for concealment while providing features that contribute to a positive user experience. Watch the video above to see Stoeger's optic-ready STR9C on the range with NRA staff.

Stoeger STR-9C pistol gun sights optic

Stoeger began showing up with its STR-9 pistol in 2019, and nearly every year since, the company has added updates to the increasingly popular lineup of striker-fired semi-automatic pistols.The line of imported guns is now fully featured with competition ready, full-size models to subcompact and optic-ready versions of each. The STR-9C, as seen here, is the company's compact version sporting a 3.8" barrel and comes with an optic-ready slide with recessed machining and adapter plates for many of today's top-performing red-dot optics.

right side str9c gun pistol black semi-automatic

The STR-9C Optic Ready is truly a compact gun. Its overall length measures at just over 6.5"-long and it weighs almost 24 ounces unloaded. With a fully loaded magazine and one in the chamber, you'll expect to squeeze 14 rounds of 9 mm Luger inside, and for those living in restricted areas Stoeger has compliant models, too.

Man outdoors cold winter gear shooting pistol stoeger str-9c

It’s important to note that the gun is best suited for right-handed shooting, with its left-side, fenced-in slide stop lever and magazine release button. For sighting the gun without optics, there is a dovetailed rear sight that contains a square-notch window cut between two white dots. A third white dot is found on the gun’s front sight post, which is also dovetailed into the carbon steel slide, near the muzzle.

Importer: Stoeger Industries
Action Type: recoil-operated, semi-automatic, centerfire pistol
Chambering: 9 mm Luger
Barrel: 3.8"
Slide: steel
Frame: compact; black polymer
Sights: drift-adjustable, three-dot
Magazine: 13-round detachable box
Overall Length: 6.9"
Weight: 23.9 ozs.
MSRP: $399


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