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    S.T.I. pistols. Anyone have one? Are they any good?
    I havenít heard any of the journalists who volunteered to be waterboarded asking to have their fingernails wrenched out with pliers, or electrodes attached to their genitals.


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    Their SAA clone is made using Electronic Discharge Manufacturing and that's pretty heady stuff. At our plant we sometimes need something machined to an extreme tolerance and we send it out to somebody who does EDM.

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    I purchased one a couple of months ago and so far been happy. I purchased the Escort, it has the normal 1911 break in problems due to its very tight. The accuracy is great and the adjustable sights make it real easy to sight in. Its great for ccw after you change the thick grips to thin wood style.
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    Have fired several, over the past 10yrs. Loved the original S-V that I first handled in the early 1990's, which I didn't purchase (but probably should have). Have been drooling over the Escort and VIP. The couple of folks I've know who have them swear by their reliability and durability. Even with the larger double-stack 2011 frame, the VIP and other 2011's fit wonderful well, at least for me. It's big, yes, but there's something about the grippy nature of the checkered plastic that means it's velcroed to your hand as you fire, even with one-handed drills.
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    STI - very good quality.
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    I have been shooting STI's from day one; My first was a .38 super full house race gun I used to make Master back in the early 90s. I wore that gun out after probably 150,000 rounds or so when the frame began to suffer stress cracks from the loads required to make the comp work (13.5gr AA7, 115gr fmj). I had the frame welded back up and hardchromed, then shot it for a few more years and finally sold it and used the proceeds to build a carry/competition gun in .38 super. My gunsmith tuned the extractor to handle rimless rounds, so when I carry the gun, I load it with 9x23 124 grain silvertips traveling around 1500fps. Those kind of velocities easily put that round in .357 magnum territory, and with 19 rounds in the gun a very lethal combination.

    STI has started making many different flavors of guns these days, but their bread and butter is the handgun competition market, which they dominate almost completely.

    You can buy any STI from the manufacturer directly, but if you are willing to spend that kind of money on one, get a master pistolsmith to build you one, you will have a gun like no other.
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    STI makes some good stuff.
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    Yes have one in 40s+w Fit is tops all CNC machined over 10 years old and runs good.
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    Hmm, this post is timely because I was just thinking about an STI. Their prices aren't much different than a Kimber, and I know that the competition circuit uses their guns quite heavily. I'll be watching this thread looking for input.

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    djp:

    STI is just outside of Austin, I believe. If you're nearby, you could always go see them.
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    ccw9mm,

    Yes, they are in Georgetown. Unfortunately I'm about 3 hours away. Even still, I am curious about people that have bought an STI for NON-Competitive purposes, such as concealed carry. They look nice from the web site, but I want to understand what real life experience is with them.

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    OK...don't any Kimber guys get mad at me but regarding parts quality I think that overall STI builds a better handgun than Kimber.
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    I read a review from a guy on another Texas hunting message board. He toured their plant & was very impressed. After shooting one, I think he was sold. They are well-regarded here in Texas.

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    I had a Tactical 4.15 in 9mm. Loved it. Rue the day I let it go.

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    I've owned 3 STIs, now down to 2. Never carried them concealed (so far) but have run a Trojan pretty hard in IDPA. Couple of nice things about STI-no stupid Series 80, Series II, Schwartz, or any other extra safety to make it go click instead of bang. Second, when I had trouble with one, one of the first batch of Spartans, the STI people were very interested in making it right. I'm sort of eyeing the Escort and Rogue now, myself.
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