SHOT Show 2016 – Schmeisser GmbH, a German firm mostly known for its line of AR-15 based semi-automatic rifles, showcased its new Schmeisser SLP-9 semiautomatic pistol, intended both for service and defense use
First anticipated in its prototype form during the course of several trade shows all throughout the year 2015, the 9mm Self Loading Pistol (SLP-9) offered by the German company Schmeisser GmbH has made its debut to the American customers' market at the 2016 edition of the SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
The Schmeisser SLP-9 semi-automatic pistol is heavily based upon the Glock layout, as it sports a striker-fired mechanism, a light double-action trigger, a polymer frame and a modified Browning locking system. It has its own twists, though, which make it unique in the field of the striker-fired semi-automatic pistols with no external manual safety.
First of all, the Schmeisser SLP-9 pistol comes with a simplified takedown design based on a rotating lever located on the left side of the frame, requiring no trigger pull for the disassembly. The machined steel slide and the polymer frame also feature metal reinforcement parts, allowing the use of high-pressure loads for professional operators. The polymer frame – available in black or desert tan variants – also features a front MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail for tactical accessories and an interchangeable grip backstrap. The magazine holds seventeen rounds of 9mm Luger ammunition, and is manufactured out of sheet metal to keep the overall width to a minimum.
What tells the Schmeisser SLP-9 pistol apart from all other striker-fired autoloaders is the peculiar trigger system with an extremely short reset that is also capable of bringing the striker into a fully cocked position before the sear releases it and fires the round despite the fact that normally the striker itself is retained in a rearward position if the gun cycles properly. This means that, in the event of a misfire, some sort of standard-weight double action will be engaged, and the shooter will be able to try and take the shot again by pulling the trigger all the way down: a pure second-strike capability that many striker-fired pistols don't have unless the slide is cycled manually upon failure.
The manufacturer's suggested retail price in north America will range between approximately $500.00 in the United States to about C$750.00 in Canada, what makes it a truly competitive price tag.