Review of Stribog SP9A1

A Comprehensive Guide

Stribog SP9A1

Review of Stribog SP9A1

Specification Comparison and Reviews

The Stribog SP9A1 is a modern pistol. Though its pattern and model were patented back in 2007, it was first revealed to the public last 2018 during the Shot Show held in Las Vegas. This gun comes with an eight-inch barrel, but it’s still under 16 inches in overall length in its factory format. Most of its competitors have a much shorter barrel and are still the same length or even longer. Here, we will provide you with a detailed review of Stribog SP9A1.

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The Stribog SP9A1 is an outstanding firearm that offers flexibility and unparalleled firepower for a wide range of applications, especially in the military or law enforcement sector.

Features of Stribog SP9A1

This gun has good accuracy, a high firing rate and reduced recoil due to its spring-loaded barrel. Here we will explore its features in detail.


For starters, let’s discuss its aesthetics. The Stribog SP9A1 has a very sleek profile with well-defined lines from top to bottom. There are few distinguishable features as far as angles go, but it still looks unique because of the form or lack thereof. The upper receiver looks like a piece of metal with grooves running on top. The vertical grip is also just a long-standing piece of metal. The Stribog SP9A1 looks nothing like a traditional gun because it lacks the usual bells and whistles, but that’s what makes it look futuristic. Two features could be the most attractive about the Stribog SP9A1 at first glance. The aluminium alloy, skeletonised trigger looks especially good with its blue accents, and it gives off a feeling of sturdiness when you pull it.

Stribog SP9A1 Aesthetics


The Stribog SP9A1 has an aluminium alloy upper receiver with a polymer lower receiver. It is ambidextrous, so you can operate this sidearm with ease whether you are right-handed or left-handed; it doesn’t matter. The trigger is a little bit heavy for my taste, but it’s still usable. The safety buttons are well placed and easy to use, especially the one on the left side, which you can easily reach with your thumb without having to reposition your hand.

Magazine Release

The pistol has an extended magazine release that you can use to drop a magazine even when its hands are not entirely free yet. It sometimes takes a little time to adjust to this feature. However, once you master this feature, it will become instrumental during tight situations where you need to reload as quickly as possible.

Stribog SP9A1 Magazine Release


This gun allowed me to shoot accurately up to 25 meters away from the target during live firing sessions despite having no sights. I could hit targets with relative ease using just my iron sight even though it’s not adequately aligned yet. It is one of the best features that you can find in Stribog SP9A1 because it allows you to use this gun without having to invest in any other accessory, allowing you to spend more money on your target practice or your ammunition budget.

Stribog SP9A1 Accuracy

Soft Recoil

The recoil is soft and manageable despite its 8-inch barrel, which is longer than most sidearms out there. The trigger pull doesn’t affect its accuracy since it has an added weight, giving the user time to adjust their grip before pulling away for too long, which causes misfires or jams. You can also hold the gun like a traditional handgun, with your hand firmly grasping the pistol grip and the other holding the front part of the gun.

Trigger Pull

The Stribog SP9A1 is double-action-only it only has one trigger pull for every round fired. It reduces the time to reset your shots and can create a more consistent trigger pull throughout. It’s also fitted with a decocking button that allows you to lower the hammer without firing it safely. You have to remember that this does not release the tension from the sear, so pulling this will cause the gun to fire instead. On top of its receiver, the charging handle reportedly functions as an emergency slide release if there isn’t enough time to actuate your regular slide release.

Stribog SP9A1 Trigger Pull


There are no sights on this firearm, but if there ever comes a day when you feel like putting some on it to make it your ideal sidearm, you can do so because its upper receiver is already made with Picatinny rails.

Stribog SP9A1 Sights

Water Resistant

The Stribog SP9A1’s upper receiver has been designed to withstand the harshest of conditions without getting damaged easily. It is water-resistant and can handle a few drops from significant heights or even several blows from a hammer without negatively impacting its overall function.

Recoil Shut-Off

This sidearm has a unique feature called the recoil shut-off, making firing it more accessible than other handguns. Both the front and rear parts of Stribog SP9A1 have holes that help dissipate the gun’s shock when fired, making its report much softer than other firearms. It can be advantageous to target practice alone in your backyard or even at an indoor range. The lack of noise helps maintain your privacy while still getting some target practice done without having to worry about disturbing anyone enjoying their Saturday morning breakfast in the neighbourhood.


They took the idea behind this recoil reduction mechanism from the AR15 that has done quite well over the years, giving shooters satisfaction once they get used to it after firing it at the range You might think that this would ruin its accuracy, but you’ll be surprised to know it is not even noticeable after some time of getting used to it. There isn’t any difference with its point of impact compared to most handguns out there, proving that Stribog SP9A1 is still very accurate despite using a unique recoil system.

Ease to Accessorise

The handgun comes with a Picatinny rail for your accessories to attach; there are no limitations here, whether optics or anything else. A rail comes with the muzzle at the front end of the upper receiver. And another one is located on top of the upper receiver. It gives you plenty of space to add new features to your sidearm, which is excellent if you want it to become more accurate or if you want to add accessories such as lasers and flashlights for target practice in low-light areas.

Polymer Gun

Most parts of its construction are made from polymer-like most guns out there nowadays, making it lightweight and easy to carry around. You won’t have any issues with weight distribution when firing this gun, unlike other handguns that mostly weigh down on your wrist muscles due to its metal components which can get very uncomfortable over time.

No Studs

The gun has no forward or rear sling swivel studs, so you can’t attach a sling to it, but this won’t be a big problem because it weighs about 10 lbs. So carrying it wouldn’t be difficult in general. It makes the gun more stable when shooting from the standing position.


The grip is also very comfortable and fits nicely in your hands if you have medium to large-sized ones. If not, don’t worry because there are different sizes available for this firearm, so everyone can use it regardless of how big or small their palms are.

Stribog SP9A1 Grip


The price of Stribog SP9A1 has nothing in common with most handguns out there since it falls under the mid-range category making it more appealing for enthusiasts who want something new to add to their collection without breaking the bank at the same time.

Quality & Performance

You can use this handgun for various purposes such as plinking, target practice and even competition if the opportunity arises without having to worry about anything breaking or malfunctioning on your sidearm. The company has been in this industry for quite some time now, so it is no stranger to producing excellent handguns that are very reliable and can last a lifetime if properly maintained. Stribog SP9A1 has earned its place among the top-selling firearms out there because of its unique recoil system, durability and performance, which are what most gun owners are looking for when trying out something new.


Stribog SP9A1 is also designed to use Glock magazines with 20 rounds. This feature makes it easy for shooters to carry more ammo and reload with the speed that matches their needs without worrying about running out of bullets in a critical moment.

Charging Handle

Another quite noticeable feature would be the charging handle located on top of the receiver. It reportedly functions as an emergency slide release if there isn’t enough time to actuate your standard slide release—a possible result of accidental mishandling.

Stribog SP9A1 Charging Handle

Advantages of Stribog SP9A1

  1. It has a recoil shut-off system, making firing much more effortless and not ruining its accuracy.
  2. The grip is very comfortable to use, even for those who have average or large hands.
  3. It comes with Picatinny rails for your accessories to attach, such as lasers and flashlights, which would improve your target practice experience at home, outside or during low-light hours at an indoor range.
  4. This handgun allows you to accessorize almost anything on top of it. So, if you want it to become more accurate, add some optics, and there won’t be any limitations whatsoever other than the ones you impose on yourself and your budget when adding new components.

Disadvantages of Stribog SP9A1


The most significant disadvantage would probably be its price since this model isn’t the cheapest on the market. However, considering everything else about this sidearm—one can say it’s worth every penny spent because of how durable and smooth-shooting it is while being manufactured by one of the best firearm brands in the industry.


Some people may also say that this handgun is too heavy to use, but it’s only natural because of its build and sturdy construction.


For an average shooter who has never really handled such handguns before, using Stribog SP9A1 might be overwhelming, especially if you’re used to taking lightweight ones. However, after a while, you’ll quickly get used to it, and the results will come in no time.

Holster for Stribog SP9A1

Holsters for this gun are not that common in the market, but here are some excellent hand-picked options for you to explore.

IWB Holster for Stribog SP9A1

 It’s an inside the waistband holster that comes with a magazine pouch and a metal clip that will help you attach it onto your belt or pants very easily without worrying about it falling off while walking or running. I wouldn’t recommend carrying any sidearm without a holster or carrier for safety purposes, no matter how expensive or high-end it is, because there’s always the chance something may go wrong. Accidents do sometimes happen when people aren’t careful enough. So make sure to take the necessary precautions to be on the safe side.

Minimalist or Super Sleeve Holster for Stribog SP9A1

Holsters made of hard shell plastic are known to last very long without wearing out, so I recommend this one if you want something durable. It can fit your sidearm perfectly while giving you quick access when needed—allowing you to draw your gun within seconds when necessary instead of fumbling around with pockets or pouches that may take longer than expected in many cases. It’s also hassle-free because there’s no need for breaking it in. Just strap it on your gun and go out for a walk or target practice without worrying about anything else.  This holster is designed to hold your sidearm firmly regardless of how intense the activity becomes.


No, it doesn’t. However, most handguns don’t include night sights as standard equipment, so this is not surprising.

Yes, but you can only purchase them separately. You can’t find the magazines in the same store where you bought your handgun.

Yes, but only if you have the skills and use the proper tools. Otherwise, it may be risky for your sidearm because some parts are made of polymer that will break if not handled properly.

It weighs around 2.5 lbs which are already considered “heavyweight” by some people because most sidearms are made of lighter materials to make them easier to handle.

The box contains one handgun, two magazines with 15 rds capacity each, a standard cleaning kit including a solid punch and oil bottle, along with an owner’s manual, which also includes some warranty/customer service information on its last page.


The Stribog is an excellent choice for those looking to have a secondary weapon that’s reliable and versatile. The Stribog SP9 A1 is made out of steel alloy, making it quite realistic to hold and use. We liked how this pistol has improved the magazine release mechanism and safety system, improving the performance over time. Just remember that this gun is somewhat heavy to use indoors or if you ever find yourself in close-quarters combat. You might feel like it’s too heavyweight at first, but you get used to it pretty quickly after using it a couple of times. All these great features are packed into the gun, making its price reasonable and a great buy.

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Gabriel Tackett
Double major in Engineering and Geology at the University of Minnesota. Experienced shooter & hunter for over 15 years. Certified NRA officer for over 10 years working as a writer at .

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