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Old 12-08-2008, 05:17 AM   #1
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Default Bought my first Handgun (sti-LS 9mm)

So I bought a brand new STI-LS9 off of a friend who won it at a gunshow.

The gun is $725-$800 new from what I've gathered. The pricetag he had with it said the lower.

I don't know ANYTHING about STI... At all.

Are they reputable or did I buy myself a hi-point? (joking)


It's marketed as the 'Slimmest full power 1911 on the market'


Any help is appreciated.


EDIT: I forgot to add. I purchased it for $300.


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Old 12-08-2008, 08:12 AM   #2
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It's junk. I'll give you $350 and you can save yourself the hassle of owning it.

I have minimal range time with a buddies STI EDGE. I don't shoot 1911 style guns often, much less the more expensive ones, but the STI was pretty darn nice. Again, this was only a few hundred rounds so I can't speak for the long haul with one.

Their stuff is higher end, so I would say you got a great deal on a nice gun.

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I took it to the range this morning...

Jamming/chambering issues...

Sometimes when the slide cocks back after a shot and the slide is returning, it doesn't fully lock forward and must be pushed an inch or less down range to be operable..

Highly aggrivating...

I'm getting a 'shoulda bought a glock' sensation.

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What ammo were you using? If the slide failed to lock it is most likely an ammo issue. STI makes some of the finest single action autos on the planet. They tend to be very accurate with tight chambers.

Any decent auto pistol will require a break in period. Do not rush to judgement until you have shot at least 250 rounds thru it. If it still gives you trouble after that, return it to the factory (about 10 miles up the road from me) and they will de bug it.

If you are shooting reloads try the ammo in a case gauge, I'll bet it is out of specs.

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I'm not sure what brand the ammo is.

It's what ever the gun club had, I just told them I needed some 9mm.

Should I pick up some JHP's?


Also, When the magazine is full and in the gun and I pull the slide back....

Then release... The slide catches on the round, this is the same issue I have after firing a round as well.

Just to clarify...

So what brand of ammo would you recommend?

Thanks for the help

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Any newly manufactured 9mm ammo should work just fine. Just to be clear, is the nose of the bullet catching on the feed ramp (failure to feed)? Or is the slide stopping short of fully forward (failure to lock)?

Two different issues. Two different cures.

FTF- likely causes- bad magazine / change magazine.
bad feed ramp / polish or return to STI

FTC- likely causes- dirty chamber / clean
overly tight tolerances in locking lugs /break in for 200 rds
overly tight at bushing/muzzle / break in
overly tight chamber / return to STI

I would have a competent gunsmith well versed in 1911 pistols look it over. Make sure something is not terribly out of spec and shoot it in. Rack the slide several hundred times to help facilitate the break in. Change ammo to rule that out.

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Robo's got a good list there of things to try. I would second to have someone familiar with the platform like a professional gunsmith take a look at it.

On the surface, from what I have read, it sounds like your feed ramp needs a good polishing and you should try a different mag and ammo combo.

STI makes a quality product, but like everything else, sometimes a bad one gets out the door. If it is their fault, I am sure they will fix it or make it right for you.

I don't know if you posted at pictures ( a downside to accessing from work where hosted photos are blocked ) but some chamber and inner workings pictures might help the guys here help you.

Best of luck

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It does both of these...

Yes, the nose of the round is hitting the feed ramp.
Short of being able to load freely.


And even once I get that round in the chamber and fire, it will do one of three things.

1.) FtF again.
2.) FtC..
3.) or work correctly, then repeat.




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Any newly manufactured 9mm ammo should work just fine. Just to be clear, is the nose of the bullet catching on the feed ramp (failure to feed)? Or is the slide stopping short of fully forward (failure to lock)?

Two different issues. Two different cures.

FTF- likely causes- bad magazine / change magazine.
bad feed ramp / polish or return to STI

FTC- likely causes- dirty chamber / clean
overly tight tolerances in locking lugs /break in for 200 rds
overly tight at bushing/muzzle / break in
overly tight chamber / return to STI

I would have a competent gunsmith well versed in 1911 pistols look it over. Make sure something is not terribly out of spec and shoot it in. Rack the slide several hundred times to help facilitate the break in. Change ammo to rule that out.
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Have you tried it a different mag? Or do you just have the one mag?

Also, have you tried it with just one round ( the last round ) properly positioned in the mag and pull/release the slide. What happens then?

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I only have one mag.
This is something I need to change.


Here's the pictures of the gun, the f2f and the feed ramp.



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