With the invention of the pistol brace, we’ve seen a massive increase in the popularity of pistol caliber carbines (PCCs). Whether you’re wanting something for competition, personal defense, or LARPing, there’s sure to be something on the market to suit your needs. One of the newer entrants to the American market is the Grand Power Stribog SP9A1.
The Grand Power Stribog SP9A1 is a 9mm, pistol caliber carbine in the large pistol format. Taking cues from the Bruger & Thomet family of guns, the SP9A1 stands out from the legions of AR-15 style PCCs on the market today. This is both a blessing and a curse for ergonomics and customization.
Grand Power Stribog SP9A1 Ergonomics
This gun is compact! Being piston driven, the Stribog SP9A1 has no need for an AR-15 buffer tube. This allows the gun to be fitted with both folding and telescoping braces, substantially reducing the footprint during storage and transportation. The SB Tactical brace we used was a bit short for me (I’m slightly over 6’ tall), but was not uncomfortable.
Controls are all in relatively familiar positions on the Stribog SP9A1 while still being slightly off compared to an AR-15. Additionally, all controls are either ambidextrous or reversible. Safety snicks on and off without any slop. The ambidextrous magazine release is shorter in height but longer front to back than on an AR-15, making it easier for those with shorter fingers to reach.
The bolt release is very low profile--so much so that many people did not know it existed. It is a small metal piece just above the mag release which blends into the gun. Slide the lever downward to drop the bolt. Simple and effective. The charging handle is reversible and non-reciprocating, sitting high on the gun like on a CZ Bren. The Stribog SP9A1 trigger is nicer than a milspec AR15 trigger, but not as nice as my Geissele SSA.
Back up iron sights are built into the Stribog SP9A1. They are very low profile, providing a lower 1/3 cowitness with Aimpoint Micro style optics with no riser. With the equipped telescoping brace I found it challenging to use the irons. To do so I had to mash my face into the brace to get a sight picture, which required conscious effort.
Both the safety and the pistol grip are proprietary designs. Mention was made of possible future updates to the Stribog SP9A1 for the use of standard AR-15 furniture. The proprietary pistol grip is comfy, but not as nice as a Magpul MOE or K2 grip.
Range Time with the Stribog
I personally fired roughly 500 rounds through the Grand Power Stribog SP9A1 over the course of a week. The combined round count for all shooters is approximately 3,000. The Stribog ran perfectly in my hands, and I am not aware of any stoppages occurring throughout shooting. The muzzle features 1/2x28 threading for suppressor or compensator use, but we were not able to test those options during shooting.
The current version is blowback, leaving recoil comparable to a Ruger PCC9. Think something comparable to a mid-length gas system AR-15. The A3 version of the Stribog will be roller delayed blowback, like an SP5 which will further reduce felt recoil. There are options available to convert the SP9A1 into roller delayed blowback for those who don’t feel like waiting.
The Stribog ships with three 30 round straight walled, translucent magazines. There are also 20 round magazines available. I used a mix of both sizes, with the 20 rounders fitting the form factor more effectively.
Initial Thoughts on the Grand Power Stribog SP9A1
The Grand Power Stribog SP9A1 has the makings of a solid PCC. From the solid ergonomics to the soft shooting nature of the gun, and good reliability. Currently the biggest detractor for the Stribog in my mind is just that—it’s a Grand Power Stribog. The aftermarket is severely limited for this gun, but that may change as it is rapidly gaining traction in the American market.
If you’re looking for a PCC that isn’t an AR-15, MP5 or AK variant, this may be a good choice for you. It’s certainly on my list of things to buy, especially once the SPA3 is released. The MSRP on the Grand Power Stribog SP9A1 is $699, and you can find it for purchase >>HERE<<