Hello all, this is my first post although I have been stalking for awhile. A lot of great information here!
Anyways, I thought I would share my recent experience with my STI Spartan. I picked up the gun new from a local dealer about 3 months ago. I was really excited after reading all the wonderful reviews. The fit and finish was great for the price. The lockup was perfect and the slide-frame fit was tight.
Then the issues...
First time at the range shot only FMJ. In the first 100 rounds the gun locked back on a half empty mag once. I figured It was just getting broken in. Nope. It happened several more times on different range trips so I decided to investigate... I noticed that if the rounds shifted in the magazine at all, they would touch the slide stop and push it up and thus lock the slide back. Came to the conclusion that it needed to be fit by a gunsmith.
During these range trips I also noticed that the gun would not reliably feed hallow points. Big issue as I planned to occasionally carry this gun.
So I called up STI and decided to send the gun back on my dime. $60. Fine.
Couple weeks later I get a call from them letting me know that they couldn't fix my gun and they were sending me a new one. Turns out the barrel was being held too high in the slide. They said they were going to get another one and test it out then send it to me. Great!
Fast forward to today...
Just picked up the gun. Loaded up a mag to hand cycle some rounds... and jam... The ejecting live rounds wont clear the ejection port and get suck. No matter how hard I rack the slide they just get more and more stuck. Big problem. So I check to see if the rounds are touching the slide stop...YEP! I can actually see where there are copper marks all over the slide stop! I can look at ejected rounds and see scratches in the copper jacket! It doesn't look like this slide stop was fit at all! I also noticed that the cocking lug was not polished on the new pistol and showed lots of machine marks and that the loaded mags fit very loosely in the frame.
So defective Spartan #2 going back to STI on their dime this time.
I'm sorry my first post is so negative but I needed to vent a bit.