top of page
Wave

SAR 9C Gen 3

*Some of the external links found on this website are affiliate links. Those links use cookies to generate revenue and fund continuation of this website. By clicking an external link you are consenting to a temporary cookie, by purchasing from that link you are supporting this website. To opt out of cookies do not click external links.


SAR 9c Gen 3
SAR 9c Gen 3

In 2021 I reviewed the SAR USA SAR9 C for a magazine article and was quickly impressed as what at first glance appeared to be yet another gen 3 Glock build turned out to be a very well-made pistol with serious intent. Almost three years later the SAR 9C Gen 3 was shown at SHOT show with some smart upgrades. The branding and nomenclature has changed (from "SAR USA" to just "SAR" and nomenclature from "SAR9 C" to "SAR 9C"), let's take a look at what changes the shooters will care about.


I wasn't planning on reviewing this gun, but stumbled upon it at a price I couldn't say no to at Sportsman's Guide.


Agressive, but functional styling on the SAR 9C Gen 3
Agressive, but functional styling on the SAR 9C Gen 3

What Is It? The SAR 9C Gen 3 is a polymer-framed, striker-fired, 15-round, 4" barrel handgun. That size format has long be appreciated as the "do-all" size in that it's compact enough for carry, but usually also large enough to enjoy on theh range. Though some may be bored with description above, the value of a single gun that can be both carried and trained with is indisputable.

For the "Gen 3" slide mass has been reduced, the trigger greatly enhanced, sights upgraded, and an optics cut made.

The Meprolight night sights (front and rear) included on the SAR 9C Gen 3 are excellent.
The Meprolight night sights (front and rear) included on the SAR 9C Gen 3 are excellent.

Who's it For? Fitting in that "Goldilocks" size, and priced very competitively, the SAR 9C Gen 3 could be for anyone. As a first gun, as a carry gun, house gun, or just for fun. The feature set means the SAR 9C Gen 3 can grow with the shooter, or move right in as a next gun for an established shooter.


Take a closer look at the SAR 9C Gen 3 in the tabletop video below:

Specifications from SAR are rather basic, and since they didn't update the manual or product page (as of the time this was written) there is no guidance as to which optics fit the included plate. I was able to confirm through my own testing that Viridian RFX 15 (Shield Standard Footprint) fits perfectly and even permits co-witness with the iron sights.

The Viridian RFX 15 fits the SAR 9C Gen 3 perfectly and permits iron sight co-witness.
The Viridian RFX 15 fits the SAR 9C Gen 3 perfectly and permits iron sight co-witness.

Model

Caliber

Capacity

Barrel Length

Action

LOA

Width

Weight

SAR9 C

9mm

15+1

4 in

Striker

7.2 in

1.4 in

26.8 oz

Pricing (as of 17APR24, click links for current pricing)


SAR 9C Gen 3 Kit contents
SAR 9C Gen 3 Kit contents


I was impressed with the Gen 3 upgrades, as well as what was kept from the original, namely the ergonomic grip options and dual-spring recoil system. Witht eh SAR9's pedigree as a military tiral and potential NATO service weapon of course the typical, "but does it run with American ammo?" question was present. We'll get to that in the range review.


gger upgrade on teh SAR 9C Gen 3 was much needed and is more than just an aesthetic
The trigger upgrade on teh SAR 9C Gen 3 was much needed and is more than just an aesthetic

Range testing was done before the comparative study and followed the GBGuns standard Range Protocol including:

With that in mind we hit the range. As always, to keep things fair, the standard GBGuns range protocl was followed including:

  • Cold Shots: Truly the first rounds through the gun.

  • Full Magazine +1: Suprisingly some modern guns still struggle with this. It's a test of how much play is in the magazine as well as how the slide cycles with pressure. This is also when I do my best to learn the trigger.

  • Multi-Mag: If a firearm uses a common magazine pattern we try out possibly compatible magazines. If they work they're included in What's For Dinner with the caveat that should a malfunction occur we return to the factory-included magazines.

  • What's For Dinner™: A test to see what ammunition the gun will eat. Does the gun feed the round from slide lock, will it cycle and feed another round of the same type, does the slide lock to the rear on empty, and is there any notable point of impact change with different loads.

WFD for the SAR 9C Gen3
WFD for the SAR 9C Gen3

For this gun we used the following ammunition:

Priced and linked where found at the time this article was written

70gr Federan American Eagle Frangible $31.99 / 50 direct from Federal

100gr Hevi Shot Hevi Duty

115gr Winchester Silver Tip $19.49 / 20 at Optics Planet

115gr MagTech steel-cased FMJ $11.99 / 50 at True Shot

115gr Blazer Alumin-cased FMJ $11.99 / 50 at True Shot

124gr Hornady Critical Duty $27.15 /20 at Global Ordnance

124gr Federal Premium Tactical HST $39.99 / 50 at Target Sports USA

138gr Federal Syntech Defense SJHP $19.59 / 20 at Optics Planet 

150gr Federal Action Pistol $28.99 / 50 direct from Federal


  • Sights & Trigger Control: on a 6" spinner target at a distance of 12 yards. We got this from Titan Great Outdoors and use it to gauge how learnable the trigger is and usable the sights are for forced, timed, precise shots.

  • Practical Accuracy: Five shots from a distance of seven yards at a one inch target. This isn't so much about printing a tight group as it is a culmination of our shooting experience and time for us to collect thoughts prior to making a conclusion.

  • After Shots: Final impressions and reflections from the range session.


The entire process can be seen in the Shooting Impressions video below.

Ammunition seen in our Shooting Impressions video was made possible by our Patrons and supporters of our ammunition savings account through Ammo Squared.


On the range I had more fun witht eh SAR 9C Gen 3 than I can recall in recent memory with another compact-sized gun. They tend to be slightly too small for my hand and wahile always managable, It's hard to not remember that something slightly bigger would be more comfortabel to shoot. That wasn't the case with this "compact".

The Meprolight night sights were excellent, and I believe the combination of that dual-coil recoil assembly and great ergonomics made holding onto the gun easier than most. The new trigger, while not a wild competition trigger, is considerably better than the original. I've often said the most importabt attribute of a trigger is predictability and this new Gen 3 trigger is certainly that.

The SAR 9C Gen 3 has three changeable grip pannels with three options each for a total of 27 possible combinations.
The SAR 9C Gen 3 has three changeable grip pannels with three options each for a total of 27 possible combinations.

Considering this is an update on a gun that survived 50,000 rounds of NATO ammunition in military trials, if you're in the market for something new I have no reservations about recommending the SAR 9C Gen 3. Additional magazines are currently available directly from SAR USA, including 10-rd options for those trapped outside the Constitutional United States. What remains to be seen is what kind of holster support is or will be formed beyond those already listed by SAR USA.


1,717 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Kommentare


bottom of page