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Steyr GB

Semi-Automatic Pistol (1974)

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The Steyr GB system had to overcome many obstacles in its design evolution.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 02/26/2018 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
The Steyr GB underwent many alterations during its production run, obtaining a history for itself as being a poorly-produced and designed handgun. Originally produced as the Pi 18, the pistol was designed around an optional automatic fire control system that could utilize an extended 36 round detachable box cartridge and be utilized as a submachine gun. When that idea came to naught, the design was picked up under Steyr licensing by an American firm in the United States of America named Rogac, Incorporated. Unfortunately, the pistol once again ran into some heavy operation and production issues, making the market for this sub par weapon that much smaller.

Ultimately, Steyr took back control of the series with a few modifications and extensive testing, showcasing it now as the more traditional Steyr GB in the hopes that it could still attract some market interest. Steyr GB would go head-to-head against the Glock 17 to fulfill the role of standard sidearm for the Austrian Army, though the contract was eventually given to Glock and their Model 17.

In all, the pistol overcame its early deterrent features to become a quite capable and respected handgun. Unfortunately for the GB (and Steyr for that matter) the market had already passed on the GB system.


Service Year

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Semi-Automatic Pistol

Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG, Steyr Austria
National flag of Austria National flag of Pakistan National flag of the United States Austria; Pakistan; Pakistan; United States
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Pistol / Sidearm
Compact design for close-quarters work or general self-defense.
Special Forces
Qualities of this weapon have shown its value to Special Forces elements requiring a versatile, reliable solution for the rigors of special assignments.

Overall Length
216 mm
8.50 in
Barrel Length
136 mm
5.35 in
Empty Wgt
1.85 lb
0.84 kg




Blowback Operation
Gas pressure from the rearward movement of the ignited cartridge case provides the needed bolt movement, ejecting the spent case and stripping a fresh case from the magazine.
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9x19mm Parabellum

Sample Visuals**

Graphical image of a 9mm pistol cartridge
Rounds / Feed

18-Round Box
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Max Eff.Range
147 ft
(45 m | 49 yd)

GB - Base Series Designation
Rogak P-18 - LES, Incorporated model

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