The Sar 9 is a pistol that I took notice at Shot Show this year. I walked away impressed by all that it had to offer for a budget price. As I studied the multiple compact size polymer frame 9mm handguns throughout the show, the Sar 9 stood out as nice pistol for an amazing deal. It wasn’t just me either. Guns and Ammo magazine ranked the Sarsilmaz Sar 9 as the best value for a 9mm striker fired pistol. The Sar 9 MSRP is $429, but it can be purchased online for around $360 from multiple sites.
Imagine a handgun with a lower grip that models the Heckler and Koch P30 models. The HK P30 is one of the few pistols that offers inter-changeable grip panels and back-straps to fit any hand size and shooting style. The Sar 9 copied the exact same HK grip ergonomics. This grip style typically is hardly seen in handguns, let alone budget-priced pistols.
The upper slide mimics a Glock 17 except it offers front serrations and has three dot metal sights. The barrel length is 4.4 inches with a magazine capacity of 16 rounds and a dis-assemble process that copies a Glock. It even has a 5.5-pound striker-fired trigger with a trigger bar safety. When shown side by side with a Glock, the slide cut and dimensions seem identical. So, what we have here is the offspring of an HK lower and a Glock upper, creating the Sar 9 at a much lower price.
Claiming the HK and Glock had a baby and named it Sar 9 is a catchy phrase, but it means nothing if the gun doesn’t perform well. Yes, it’s feature-loaded with great ergonomics and clean lines, but most shooters want to know how it performs at the range.
Right out of the case, the Sarsilmaz Sar 9 shot very accurately. It fed, fired and ejected every single round I put through it. I liked the way it pointed with the long sight radius on the 4.4-inch barrel. The trigger felt just as nice on the range as it did dry firing. The quick 5.5-pound trigger had a short reset for on-target follow up shots, and double taps were a breeze even in 10 degree weather with numb fingers.
Overall, the Sar 9 is a quality made pistol. It is considered a budget gun but not of budget quality. It is feature-loaded, shoots accurately and looks outstanding. For a handgun priced in the mid $300s, the Sar 9 is impressive.
Watch the table top and range review videos, and let us know if the Sar 9 is a pistol you are interested in.
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