Savage Arms Stance, A New Carry Gun Arrives

Savage Arms Stance, A New Carry Gun Arrives

U.S.A. -(– Savage hasn’t produced a pistol in like, a century or so. The old Savage Model 1907 was all kinds of cool, so they had a lot to live up to with the Savage Stance. Although, if Savage brought the Model 1907 out, I would love to have one, just saying Savage. Anyway, the Savage Stance is a fair bit more traditional than the old 1907. The Stance is a polymer frame, semi-automatic, subcompact, 9mm pistol.

The Savage Stance is a simple gun, but a reliable one

Savage is aiming the Stance at the concealed carry market. In the world of micro compacts, this is the first time single stack 9mm we’ve seen in a long time. In a big wide world of pistols, the Stance might have a hard time finding its footing, especially if the gun just doesn’t run. So let’s hit the ground running and find our Stance. (Sorry, but I won’t apologize for my puns.)

Breaking Down the Savage Stance

The Savage Stance comes in three different colors, either all black, with a gray frame, or an FDE frame. It’s 9mm only and comes with two magazines. One is a flush-fitting seven-rounder, and the other is a slightly extended, pinky rest-equipped eight-rounder. Savage promises to release a ten-rounder in the near future.

The Stance comes with a7 and 8 round magazine.

The Savage Stance takes an interesting design influence from SIG. The gun features a removable chassis system. The chassis contains all the guts of the frame. By law, it’s the serialized portion and is legally the gun. Popping the chassis out would allow you to use different slides and grip modules. In the future Savage plans to release different grip models. Rumor has it we will see a bigger grip module, as well as a rail-equipped model.

The grip texture is very nice and very controllable.

Savage offers the Stance with or without a manual safety, as well as with or without a laser. I have the safety-equipped model, and it’s obviously sans laser. The barrel is 3.2 inches and made from stainless steel, and the overall length is 6.2 inches. At 22 ounces, it doesn’t tip any scales.

What About the Ergonomics?

The Savage Stance seems like a plain jane single stack 9mm with a few neat features, and to be honest, you can’t understand a gun until it’s in your hand. What you might not notice is the fact the Stance comes with truly ambidextrous controls. The magazine release, safety, and slide lock are all ambidextrous.

The contorls are truly ambidextrous.

A very nice tough we rarely see on handguns. Sure this and that might be reversible, but a truly ambidextrous pistol is rare. Those controls are also subdued and inserted deep into the frame. This helps make the pistol snap-free for deep concealment. That being said, the slide lock is just that, a lock. Good luck trying to release the dang thing, but in all fairness, it’s designed to lock, and you should release via the slingshot method in a fight.

Since the slide lock is subdued and inserted into the frame, it’s one of the very few guns in which my thumbs don’t pin down the slide locks. On most guns, especially small guns, the slide locks are useless due to my big thumbs. With the Stance, they serve their purpose.

The Savage Stance is one of the only small guns where the slide lock works with my big thumbs

The super small safety isn’t terrible. It is very small but can be pretty easy to engage with the swipe of a thumb. I tend to prefer the safety-free models of guns. The Savage Stance certainly doesn’t need the manual safety, but it’s available for those who prefer it.

An 18-degree grip angle is very 1911-like and is plenty comfy. Users can switch to a small or large backstrap to better fit the gun to their hand.

Shooting the Stance

What captured me and really surprised me about the Stance is the grip texture. The Stance wears 360 degrees of aggressive grip texturing. Your hand absolutely clings to it, and when you go bang, the gun stays put. Shoot it slow, shoot it fast, shoot it with one hand or two. It doesn’t matter, and the fun stays put. The grip design is very comfortable and quite thin. It’s long enough to fill the hand and provide a decent high grip.

The Stance provides a very nice grip texture that keeps the gun in place

You can chew through a rapid-fire burst of rounds, and the gun doesn’t move inside your hand. It’s surprising and very well done. The Stance has your typical small 9mm recoil, so it’s controllable and easy to keep on target. That grip texture certainly helps keep the gun on target.

Shooting Straight

The sights appear to be Glock 43 sights. They might be backward compatible. Stance ships with either standard sights or night sights. I have the standard sights. They are a high contrasting three-dot set of sights that feature an orange front sight and two rear white dots. You’ll never confuse which dot is which.

Seeing the orange dot and getting it on target quickly won’t give most shooters a challenge. A good presentation will put that dot right where you want it, and you’ll dang sure see it. It’s huge! Perfect for concealed carry engagement ranges.

The Stance comes in numerous colors.

The trigger does leave something to be desired. It’s a long trigger pull that’s heavy and spongy. The reset is very long, and you’ll release the trigger fully before it resets. I’ve had worse, but I’ve had a lot better too. The trigger is below average but not entirely terrible. With a little practice, I shot perfectly acceptable groups at 15 yards.

At 25 yards, I scored accurate offhand headshots on a Birchwood Casey 3D target. I started slow but ended up picking up speed without losing accuracy. The Stance will get the job done, but the trigger does certainly affect the weapon’s overall accuracy. For concealed carry purposes, it’s more than enough, but there is certainly room for improvement.

Taking a Stance

The Savage Stance delivers a capable concealed carry handgun. It feels a bit outdated in a world of micro-compacts with flush-fitting 10 round magazines. While the pistol proved to be reliable, with excellent ergonomics, the trigger left something to be desired. All in all, it’s not a bad pistol. I’d say it’s above average with a number of features worth noting. I hope Savage produces new grip modules new magazines and continues to evolve the Stance lineup.

The Stance is a solid pistol, albeit a dated one.

Along the way, maybe Apex can clean up the trigger for us! Savage seems to be doing a lot of new things, from the Impulse straight-pull bolt action to the Rneegauge, they are a company on the move, and the Stance is one more step forward.

About Travis Pike

Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine Gunner, a lifelong firearms enthusiast, and now a regular guy who likes to shoot, write, and find ways to combine the two. He holds an NRA certification as a Basic Pistol Instructor and is the world’s Okayest firearm’s instructor.

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sad to see yet another pistol to use the fcg module instead of the frame holding the parts


Why is that a bad thing? I see no serious value to a FCG module, but for hobbyist that like to change things around they can do so.


I had the chance to see and shoot the Stance.
Great little pistol.
The chassis comes out easily and it sounds like more grips are on the way.

It is laughable how people that have never shot something…..will criticize it.


Not only does this not take inspiration from the Sig P320, it’s not even actually a new product. This is a restyling of the Honor Defense Honor Guard, after Savage apparently bought the tooling from them (they appear to have gone out of business in early 2020). Honor Defense was founded by 3 Former Beretta employees, including one who was directly involved in the creation of the Beretta APX pistol, which is what this is really based off of.


For the most part I have no problem with Savage, they have come a long way from making crap generic guns in the 90’s to being a well desired firearms manufacturer. My opinion on the Stance is nice but no cigar. they missed it by a mile. it is just a better looking HiPoint common crap trigger, single stack 7-8 round mags, even today’s micro compacts are using 10-12 round double stack mags. I truly expected more from savage. I went to buy one picked it up, set it back down and never looked back. I just expected more from… Read more »


You held it, but did not shoot it. So you criticized it.
I don’t think you have a career in journalism.
Journalists typically write from a position of experince.

Dogma Factor

Wow! It looks like a dolled up High Point Yeet Canon! Savage would have been better served by being back the model 1907, at least they would be guaranteed some nostalgia sales. Just like every Tom Dick and Harry company jumping on the high point nostalgia sales band wagon.


Oh come on. This is nothing like a High Point. It looks better, is built better, it could stand to be made without the vent holes in the slide, a recent trend that I think has no place in the gun industry. Savage will come up with a better trigger.


The many typos are distracting ! Sorry Savage, you’re at least ten years late with this “new” design.


“A new Carry gun”.

Oh, I see that “Carry” only refers to “Concealed”. I wonder how that nomenclature arrived on the scene and why it took root? Well, it is a good thing that I don’t want to “Carry” a plastic gun openly where people will see it. I would be embarrassed.



It isn’t an ugly gun. Concealed carry is polite carry. But when summer comes it becomes open carry. The Stance isn’t something that would embarrass anyone.

Green Mtn. Boy

My stance on the Stance is Meh.


What did you think about the way it fired?
Did you take the chassis out and look at it?

Last edited 2 months ago by Safegunowner