By: Friedrich Seiltgen

Copyright © 2023


Stoeger Firearms was founded in 1924 by Adam Krauss. The company’s first factory was in Zella-Mehlis, Germany, producing a wide range of hunting rifles. After World War II ended, Stoeger moved its operations to Suhl. There it continued producing firearms until 1984 when it closed due to economic hardship chiefly caused by increasing taxes on firearm manufacturing in West Germany.

Today, Stoeger Industries is headquartered in Accokeek, Maryland, United States. Stoeger is now owned by Italian firearms conglomerate Beretta Holding S.A. Besides marketing a line of tactical and hunting shotguns and air rifles, Stoeger also serves as an FFL for importing firearms by Uberti.

Currently, Stoeger firearms has manufacturing facilities throughout the world in countries such as Brazil, Italy, Turkey, and the United States.


With the popularity of the STR-9 semi-automatic pistols, Stoeger expanded their series to include the .40 S&W caliber with the introduction of the new STR-40 pistols in four variations.


The pistol’s mid-size frame offers exceptional muzzle control and comfort. Features include a loaded-chamber indicator, internal safety, a reversible magazine release, and an accessory rail for lights or lasers.

The nitride-treated, matte black slide features aggressive cocking serrations at the front and rear for easy manipulation, an ergonomic grip frame with finger grooves along the front strap, and an interchangeable backstrap.

A three-dot sight system with snag-free edges delivers a clear sight picture for fast follow-up shots. Tritium sights are available, as well as one model with a milled optics ready slide shipped with four cover plates.


Type: Striker Fired, Semi-Automatic

Caliber: 40 S&W

Magazine capacity: 10 or 12 Rounds

Sights: Three Dot Sights, Optics ready

Barrel Length: 4.17 Inches

Overall Length: 7.44 Inches

Weight: 28 Ounces

MSRP: $329 Base Model



Stoeger has been putting out high-quality firearms at a great price point. This feature-rich .40-caliber handgun retails at a suggested MSRP of just $329 for the base model, so give it a look.

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Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism Counterstrategies, Firearms, and Active Shooter Response. His writing has appeared in RECOIL, Soldier of Fortune, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, Off Grid, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at [email protected].