Anyone have experience with the STI gun?

Anyone have experience with the STI gun?

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    Anyone have experience with the STI gun?

    MY Father In Law has a person that he knows that is a gunsmith. He sell STI Guns. I got on the website and saw them, but as I have never known this brand before, I am not familiar. It does seem extremely thin, and nice and concealable. It is offered in 9mm and .40 cal.

    It's at: http://www.stiguns.com/

    You'll need to scroll down the left side to look for "Complete fiirearms", and look for the LS series (LS 9/LS40).

    The only thing that I could see tha tI might be a little hesitant about is the number of rounds the magazine can carry, and that the slide does not lock once the last round is ejected.
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    I handled one of these in 40S&W at local gun store here in San Antonio. It was cool, well-fitted and nicely slim.

    I'm not sure what I think/thought about the "changes" to the more or less conventional 1911 operation, but it was a nice little handgun.


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    A lot of competition and custom guns are built on STI frames and slides.
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    STI makes a good gun. A lot of guys who shoot pistol matches swear by them around here, and most of the guys who score in the top ten have them. For a carry gun, I dont know but I know that STI does not make garbage.
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    I know STI is a good company. However it seems on the 1911 forums people do not like the LS 9/40. I love how its less than 1 inch thick but considering some of the bad reviews about it I was turned off.
    Too many complaints that it did not perform like it was supposed to.

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    I like STI-no unnecessary firing pin plungers activated by anything. I have one, have had two. That being said, I am looking at their new Escort and Guardian over the LS9 for the reasons stated above.
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    Is there a place where I can search the reviews? I know nothing about the gun, but it is interesting, expecially how slim the gun is, and the concealability of the weapon.

    If there were negative reviews, it might change my interest...
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    Curtis, I had 2 BLSs- the LS slide, on a full-size frame. Concealibility-excellent! I like the extractor much more then the standard 1911. Controls are stock. Mags were excellent. The complaints are common to all sub-compact, non-.45 caliber 1911s. One of my pair had multiple FTFs, until I buffed the chamber- it was just a hair too snug.

    Many of them run 100%, some will have to be worked (and STI has great CS!), so, FWIW... If you want a really nice carry piece, I would recommend them highly- with the understanding it may need some tuning. If you want GTG from the box, get Glock.

    I didn't notice you're in TX. If they are within reasonable drive distance, give them a call, and go visit. Heck, if its across the state, stay at Holiday Inn and have a mini-vacation!

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    Curtis,

    Are you sure the slide doesn't lock open on an empty mag?
    I don't recall noticing that. Maybe I'll head back to that store and see if they still have it. We considered it for concealed carry for my wife, but she didn't like the beavertail. I didn't like the integral front sight. The build though was great, like all the STI guns I've seen. Their Legacy is AMAZING looking.

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    Well, my experience is limited to the Glock line of weapons. I had shot my Father in Law's Kimber .45, but have been looking at a smaller, thinner concealed carry. As my wife has been looking at the P232, I was hoping for something more slim, that had a larger caliber.

    I checked on the STI website, and it shows that the slide does not lock open. I haven't picked one of, but this one greatly interested me. As I have worn the G19 for a while, I was interested in something more than a pocket or mouse gun (my S&W 442 fits that bill).

    I will also take a look at the Legacy series as you have recommended.

    Did any of you know of the thread or any posts related to the negatives about this gun?
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    When my ParaOrd P10 crapped out on me during an IDPA match (there's that less than 4.25" bbl on a 1911) a fellow Safety Officer lent me his STI. It finished the match in fine form. I have heard only that STI's are a bit spotty on their QC. Quality Control.
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    Yep, I see that now (on their site).
    Strange.
    I wonder if the idea is that you get a combat reload without needing to ditch the last round in your mag?

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    http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=176359

    http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=174439


    this guy says he made the slide lock back after last round by doing:
    You can make the slide lock back. I took a slide stop from a Colt 1911 chambered in .38 Super and fit it to a LS. It locks back after the last round every time.



    Personally, I have looked at the Guardian but I am pretty sure I will go with the Dan Wesson CBOB in .45.

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