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Steyr SPP (Special Purpose Pistol) Short Review

Discussion in 'Steyr Club' started by buckhempel, May 13, 2010.

  1. buckhempel


    Jul 26, 2005
    I just bought this Steyr from a fellow MGO member and thought I'd share what I have learned so far about this unusual and cool little 9mm.

    Steyr Spp (Special Purpose Pistol)

    Factory photo:

    Caliber: 9x19mm
    Sights: Open notch type
    Barrel length: 5.1 in.
    Total length: 12.6 in.
    Width: 1 3/4 in.
    Weight: 2.6 lbs.
    Magazine capacity: 15- or 30-rounds
    (produced in the early 1990's)

    This one is mine, with 30 round mag and factory single-point sling:


    Here is the results at 10 yards (30 rounds shot from the hip and 30 rounds semi-rapid fire but using the sites):


    Osama Bone-Laden didn't stand a chance:


    5 shots at 30 yards slow fire: 2 in the groin, 2 in the chest, 1 in the right eye ball (eye socket in this case 8) ).


    Fun factor is a 10!
    Cool factor is a 10!
    Very low recoil
    Very accurate once you get use to holding it especialy using the sling
    High capacity magazines
    Very easy for an unexperienced shooter to use and operate at 25 yards

    No longer made by Steyr, they sold the rights in 2001 to the Swiss (
    Trigger pull sucks, feels like one of those old squirt gun triggers (this is not a factor for me when fast shooting, just when slow-aimed fire)

    Magazines are expensive $45 a piece from the Swiss BT (above)

    So far the scope rail I installed sucks, very unstable. Any input by othe SPP owners?

    I had some Failure to Feed issues with two of the magazines. It was definitely a magazine issue because there was no jamming, just no feeding at all of the next round. I need to do more shooting to see if this is regular.

    Sights are okay at best, you have to really hunker down to get a good picture. I added a red-dot scope and it makes a big difference in the comfort of shooting it.

    One of my new favorite guns. I added a scope rail and a Burris Fastfire red-dot and it has made it even better. Fits nicely in a laptop bag with 4 mags.
  2. interesting. I seen one of these about 2 weeks ago and i thought it was HK.

    Outside of the cool factor, I can't see myself carry one outside of the house.

  3. c5367

    c5367 Esq.

    Aug 1, 2003
    Nice write-up and pics!

    Thanks for sharing.
  4. FlaChef

    FlaChef Steyroid

    Jul 4, 2004
    granted not very practical, but I wants me the full on TMP just for fun factor. Maybe if I see a serf legal SPP and had the money I might be tempted
  5. The issue with FTF is your ammunition useage. With the 15 round mags, both from Steyr and from DSA I haven't encountered an FTF with any type of ammunition. I have tried a variety but I usually use handloads of military brass and Ranier 115gr or 124gr JHP's. If you use the 30 rounders, again I have tried both manufacturers, you must run the first 12 to 15 using military style ball rounds. Most of mine have been mil-issue 115gr FMJ's (M882). After the first 12-15 the weapon will fire the rest of the mag with JHP's. Know which mag takes how many FFMJ's and mark it accordingly. I keep a 15 rounder in the weapon, filled with hot JHP's (love the N350 @ 6.6gr under a 115gr). I keep 3 more 30 rounders in a mag pouch, loaded accordingly.