A company that’s been making only long guns for its lengthy existence recently released its first handgun. Stance is the name of a new semiauto from Savage. Its target market is the concealed carrier.
Incorporated into the Stance are numerous in-demand features for a carry gun, plus some extras we’d normally expect in subsequent-year line extensions. It’s chambered in 9mm and ships with two magazines, one of which holds seven rounds. The second mag holds either 8 or 10 rounds depending on the package. The Stance is quite compact, with a 3.1-inch barrel. It has a sporty, ported, recoil-taming slide, significantly textured grip, ambidextrous magazine release and slide lock, and interchangeable grip panels for easy, semi-custom operation. There are two choices of sights: tritium or traditional three-dot, all of snag-resistant, rear sight-driftable design. A factory-installed Viridian laser is another package option. A thumb-operated safety is yet another option. Easy field stripping is built into the design.
As a person who watches concealed carry trends closely, it looks to me like Savage has a respectable and useful pistol on their hands. Although I’ve not yet had the chance to handle a Stance, I anticipate that Savage has applied the same excellent understanding of ergonomics shown in their rifles to this pistol. As the first handgun coming from a company that’s been solidly in the rifle/shotgun realm for decades, time will tell if the Stance will last as a latecomer to a very crowded market. Even Mossberg, having released their first carry gun in 2020, is a few strides ahead of Savage. Their MC series pistols are now in their second edition. From where I sit, the only drawback of the stance is its modest capacity. A decade ago, eight rounds in a sub-compact would’ve been considered a healthy capacity. But today’s micro-compacts from, for example, Sig Sauer, Springfield Armory, and Taurus have raised the bar for capacity expectations. Time will tell if the Stance has staying power.
Specifications: Savage Stance
Capacity: 7+1 and 8+1 or 10+1
Barrel: 3.2-inch stainless steel
Overall Length: 6.2 inches
Overall Width: 0.92 inches
Overall Height: 4.6 inches
Rear Sight: White Dot U-Notch
Front Sight: Orange Dot
Suggested retail: $479 to $561, depending on options.