Handled an STI Escort Today

Handled an STI Escort Today

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    Handled an STI Escort Today

    I finally located a new STI Escort .45 at a gun shop in a small town about 30 miles north of me and went to check it out. It is a beautiful pistol, and verrrry light, but did not "fit" me, especially the price and the trigger. As for the price, this shop wanted almost $150 over the advertised MSRP and wouldn't budge. Now for the trigger. I dry fired it several times always with the same result..no percieved trigger pull, none, zip, nada! It felt like all creep, with no resistance at the break point. The only way I knew it "fired" was by the hammer dropping. Now, I'm a newbie and I'm just wondering is this good or bad to have such a light "hair" trigger?? It seems like it would not be safe to me.


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    First of all, safe "to you", is likely, safe "for you"... at least at this point in your learning curve.

    The part of your post, that I dont get, is where you say, "It felt like all creep, with no resistance at the break point. The only way I knew it "fired" was by the hammer dropping."

    A "creepy" trigger does not feel that way. It feels gritty and unpredictable. Like, there are so many bumps in the road, you don't quite know where you are. If all you feel is the break, and the hammer drops, you have a great, 1911, SA trigger under your finger.

    I'm just going on what youve said, and a little bias, based on the recent STI pistols I've shot. While they don't tend to exhibit Les Baer trigger characteristics, they don't exactly stink.

    Tell us more. It seems like a gun one could fall in love with. Although, the price hike is dispensable.
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    Thanks Ping, I probably had the wrong terminology. What I meant was I never felt anything at all , not even at the point of hammer "drop/break" and the "travel" after.( I hope that's the right terms). I have fired Kimbers that were just as smooth up to the point of a clean drop/break when I met the resisitance. In other words, I knew when it had fired by the feel of the trigger, it was predictable, this STI was not. I hope this helps clarify and thanks for the reply.

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    Ouch! on the price.

    Were other firearms in the store similarily priced, or was this STI an exception?

    Locally, STI firearms are scarce. I simply don't see them in shops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frzdrdhppy View Post
    Thanks Ping, I probably had the wrong terminology. What I meant was I never felt anything at all , not even at the point of hammer "drop/break" and the "travel" after.( I hope that's the right terms). I have fired Kimbers that were just as smooth up to the point of a clean drop/break when I met the resisitance. In other words, I knew when it had fired by the feel of the trigger, it was predictable, this STI was not. I hope this helps clarify and thanks for the reply.
    If I am understanding correctly you had a perfect trigger, the break should be a surprise. That is why you do not put your finger on the trigger until you are on target, than you squeeeeezzzeBOOM. There should be that surprise. I am guessing by feeling nothing you mean you felt no change. Am I correct? Or did it feel like you had NO resistance at all from beginning to end? If so have the trigger weight checked for an carry S/A it should be about 4.25 pounds at the lightest. What are you used to shooting do you know the trigger weight on that? That may have an effect on your perception.
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    Paying over MSRP is unusual for a gun

    Since the MSRP on the Escort is $1024, the gun shop evidently wanted you to pay $1174 for it. It is an attractive little 1911 with a 3.4 inch barrel, based on the STI website info and photo. I have never seen one "in person":



    I presume that you have also looked into the alternative 3 inch 1911s from Colt, Kimber, Springfield and Para? If you are shopping in the $1000 plus price category, you could certainly buy any of the above. If you like the "3 tone" appearance of the STI with bells and whistles like checkered front strap, night sights and melted slide, you might want to look at the Kimber Ultra CDP, which is owned by quite a few members of this board.


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