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Old 10-14-2011, 07:55 PM   #1
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Been doin' some on-line shopping and have come across STI 1911 pistols. They look good, price is fair (not cheap) but I'm not familiar with them. The model I was looking at was a STI Spartan.

Any info, reviews, knowledge or direction to an appropriate link is appreciated.

I carry Sigs (226 & 239) so I am accustomed to a quality handgun. I understand that Colt & SA are the gold standards. For me, a 1911 would probably me a range gun only.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 10-14-2011, 09:13 PM   #2
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I havent actually had any hands on with an STI but ive heard nothing but good about them.ive heard that the spartan is a very good weapon

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+1 to what Mr Wray said....
I also do not have any 1st hand experience w/them but have heard good things. There is a guy who posts here pretty regularly (bountyhunter) who talks about STI's alot and I think he has one. Hopefully he will chime in - but in the meantime, checkout these two threads where he posts about STI's:
http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f57/best-1911-800-1000-a-48966/
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http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f57/best-1911-a-46158/

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I have two STI's, one is the commander size Ranger11 the other is a long dust cover Range Master. While I like my Colt Series 70, the STI's are a serious improvement over the Colt.
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The STI Sparton is made in the Phillipines, so is a more budget friendly pistol & I've read some good reports by owners. I've only seen one & it was in a gun show with a plastic tie through the action & couldn't check it out. The few other models of STI I have been able to handle, which were made here in Texas, seemed to be really nice pistols, just a little above my budget at that time.

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The STI Sparton that I saw could be bought in the $600 range. I liked the price, which is why I'm looking for information.

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Why do they have to put SPARTAN so dang big on the slide...ugh. things like that turn me off of them. But with that aside, they look pretty good. And as others have said, I've heard nothing but good things.

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Been doin' some on-line shopping and have come across STI 1911 pistols. They look good, price is fair (not cheap) but I'm not familiar with them. The model I was looking at was a STI Spartan.

Any info, reviews, knowledge or direction to an appropriate link is appreciated.

I carry Sigs (226 & 239) so I am accustomed to a quality handgun. I understand that Colt & SA are the gold standards. For me, a 1911 would probably me a range gun only.

Thanks in advance.
I own two Trojans I bought maybe ten years ago. They are basically "hand mades" with barrels, slides, frames matched and fitted by hand. Superb guns, best value for 1911 you will find.

The Spartan has posted nothing but good reviews, but I have never handled one. I find it hard to believe they could afford the same level of hand fit on the cheaper model, but they still are probably very good guns. STI would never put their name on a dog.

I do know from personal experience the people at STI are fanatics about quality and making any problem right. In about 15 years of forums, I believe I have only heard one negative post on an STI pistol. It was one of their "compact" 1911's which did not cycle reliably. The guy sent it in and they reworked the whole gun, even stripped and re-blued so it would be as brand new. Worked perfectly afterwards.

The other thing is if you buy from dawson Precision, they do test fire the guns (at least, they always used to) so you won't get a lemon. That's good insurance, considering the cost of mailing guns around to get them worked on.
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The STI Sparton that I saw could be bought in the $600 range. I liked the price, which is why I'm looking for information.
That makes my mouth water, too. But STI is no longer legal for sale in california so I can't buy one.
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That makes my mouth water, too. But STI is no longer legal for sale in california so I can't buy one.
Whats the deal with that?
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