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Old 08-01-2010, 05:31 AM   #1
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I am very curious as to how great these pistols are for the amount of money required to even buy any of the firearms listed, especially this one : STI Grandmaster Open Pistol 9 x 19from Speed Shooter
I have not seen any of these ever actually fire except for youtube, we all know how those videos are deceiving without real life experience. Is it worth it? I am guessing no, because you could probably make the modifications yourself and do something possibly better for a little less or a lot less. But for serious competition use if you planned on using .38 super or 9mm major would this be considered?

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Yes, I would consider the STI/SVI. Brownells also sells their setups and have a "2011 short block kit" (#791-000-001DG).
Some manufacturer's know what is needed to make a 1911a1 sing. I have a CZ-Dan Wesson C-BOB(approx $1200), and a Ed Brown Kobra Karry (MSRP $2545). Both look to be twins (except the slides, same length, different patterns). There is a world of difference in the finished product.
When I started on 1911a1's, I thought "Hey, buy the basic gun and add parts as you go along", but each time, the final tally was about the same as buying one already setup (and my "skills" were not on the same level).
Buy the best quality you can afford.
On ammo, .38Super is the better of the two choices (but plan on reloading).

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I am still going to save-up for a more expensive 1911, or 9mm with at least a match grade and some nice sights along with all those other items listed which I haven't heard of. I would love try these out, but the ranges here have absolutely none of these guns I want to test out, they were pretty generic like what most people would either use for home defense or general plinking rather than competitive. I want to know if it's a wise investment and how much I can rely on it in terms of accuracy given enough practice.

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I seriously doubt you'll find a range that rents any high quality, high cost guns. About the only way to get some time on one of these (without buying it) is to get lucky and find a generous person willing to let you shoot theirs. To answer the question you asked, STI makes a nice 1911 on the same level as Dan Wesson and the high end Kimbers and Springers.

Don't get to hung up on "match grade" propaganda as I've seen many a Rock Island hang with the expensive guns - in the right hands. This was shot rapid fire at 25 feet (25 rounds) with a no-name gun I have $400 invested in...

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STI makes great guns. They offer some features that other high end shops don't, like full length dust covers, etc.

The most accurate pistol I own is an STI.

Sidenote: Nice shooting, Dave!

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Very nice groups. I am skeptical on spending so much on something like this. But I can't seem to find any RI 1911's yet. The cheapest they have here are: Springers, Kimbers, and Dan Wessons, I know there are cheaper, that you can invest less in and still be just as accurate. The main difference would be, looks mainly, and accuracy in correlation to looks, but that doesn't mean much. Lots of people like Kimber's or any other brand name, they "feel more accurate" because it looks better and costs more. Which is not my main reason for getting one, accuracy is my main concern. Which is all about practice and getting used to the ergonomics and general feel.

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Find an FFL that does transfers for a reasonable price and buy one from Bud's online...

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Very nice groups. I am skeptical on spending so much on something like this. But I can't seem to find any RI 1911's yet. The cheapest they have here are: Springers, Kimbers, and Dan Wessons, I know there are cheaper, that you can invest less in and still be just as accurate. The main difference would be, looks mainly, and accuracy in correlation to looks, but that doesn't mean much. Lots of people like Kimber's or any other brand name, they "feel more accurate" because it looks better and costs more. Which is not my main reason for getting one, accuracy is my main concern. Which is all about practice and getting used to the ergonomics and general feel.
In the world of High End 1911's the STI's are pretty reasonable. Compare them to the Wilsons, Night Hawks, Les Baers, Ed Browns, etc and they look like the best deal out there.
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