Steyr Model GB
The double-action Steyr GB pistol in 9 mm Para caliber was developed in 1974. This weapon utilizes the recoil energy of a fired cartridge and has gas induced retarding. Two gas outlet ports are located half way along the barrel.
After firing, the bullet is forced through the barrel. The gas created escapes through the ports and is channeled into a special cylinder between the barrel and the slide. The accumulation of this gas pressure reduces the recoil. After the bullet has left the barrel, the gas pressure is allowed to escape, and the slide returns to its normal position. Steyr can also supply a compensator as an optional extra that fits onto the front of the barrel.
The safety catch located on the left-hand side of the slide also serves as a uncocking lever for the hammer. This pistol also has automatic firing pin safety. The total length of the Steyr Model GB is 216 mm, the height is 143 mm and the width is 37 mm.
This pistol has a magazine capacity of 18 rounds. The barrel has a length of 136 mm. This weapon has a fixed rear sight with white dots on both sides of the rear sight, with a white aiming point on the front sight. The sight radius is 162 mm. The Steyr GB pistol weighs empty 845 grams and with a full magazine 1185 grams.
Steyr had hoped that the Austrian army would adopt the GB as their army pistol, however in 1985 they opted for the Glock 17 pistol. A few years ago, Steyr issued a North American production license to the American company LES from Morton Grove, Illinois, but this was later terminated due to a dispute over quality. The Austrian production of the Steyr Model GB pistol was stopped in 1988.
|Weight||845 g (unloaded)
1285 g (loaded)
|Barrel length||136 mm|
|Feed system||18-round detachable box magazine|