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DeepBlue
01-14-2011, 09:55
Any advice on one of these (or the like)?

STI Tactical 4.15
http://i55.tinypic.com/x0z1xd.gif

lawdog734
01-14-2011, 10:01
I shot a Sti 9mm that belongs to quack and it was VERY nice

Hokie1911
01-14-2011, 10:03
Yeah, I agree. Quack's is a smooth shooter for sure. I like that Tactical...without the enormous magwell.

chrisman17
01-14-2011, 10:18
I hate the billboard on the side of them, but other then that they are GTG!

Hokie1911
01-14-2011, 10:20
I hate the billboard on the side of them, but other then that they are GTG!

Dude, that's the best part. It's 10x bigger than on a TRP.

TACTICAL

youngAR
01-14-2011, 10:28
They make good stuff regardless of the rollmarks. Plus, they're in the greatest state!

thecableguy
01-14-2011, 10:43
They make good stuff regardless of the rollmarks. Plus, they're in the greatest state!

:agree:

chakup
01-14-2011, 11:50
I love my Tactical US.

jrs93accord
01-14-2011, 12:07
I had a STI Eagle for a short while and I really liked it. I eventually traded it for three Colt 1911s.

Hokie1911
01-14-2011, 12:12
I had a STI Eagle for a short while and I really liked it. I eventually traded it for three Colt 1911s.

Nicely done, sir. :thumbsup:

Quack
01-14-2011, 12:53
Yep, I like my POS STI Edge.
Mags will most likely need tuning to run properly.

Quack
01-14-2011, 13:02
http://photosbydon.smugmug.com/photos/1004764513_tg7UX-L.jpg

DeepBlue
01-14-2011, 13:05
Yep, I like my POS STI Edge.
Mags will most likely need tuning to run properly.

I guess POS means something different when it's in front of STI?

TSAX
01-14-2011, 14:09
I guess POS means something different when it's in front of STI?

:rofl:

STI, its hard to go wrong with any of their guns except that they have so many models and I want to try them all. Oh well.

bac1023
01-14-2011, 19:49
Any advice on one of these (or the like)?

STI Tactical 4.15
http://i55.tinypic.com/x0z1xd.gif

Thumbs up to STI, but I don't care much for double stack 1911 style pistols.

Quack
01-14-2011, 19:50
c'mon Brian, it's 2011, so you should buy a 2011 ;)

DeepBlue
01-14-2011, 19:53
Thumbs up to STI, but I don't care much for double stack 1911 style pistols.

Why? (Honest question.)
Is it a personal thing or something functional?

Thanks for any input.

Quack
01-14-2011, 19:56
same reason that he doesn't like rails, or Officer sized 1911's

txleapd
01-14-2011, 20:13
Any advice on one of these (or the like)?

STI Tactical 4.15
http://i55.tinypic.com/x0z1xd.gif

That's my primary carry when working plain clothes assignments. The trigger is phenomenal. Recoil is very manageable, and it drives tacks. In three years I've not had a single malfunction.

Depending on what you are wanting it for, I can give some advice on magazines. I got four 126 mm mags, and I should have gotten two 140 mm mags and two 126 mags... Lesson learned.

DeepBlue
01-14-2011, 20:20
That's my primary carry when working plain clothes assignments. The trigger is phenomenal. Recoil is very manageable, and it drives tacks. In three years I've not had a single malfunction.

Depending on what you are wanting it for, I can give some advice on magazines. I got four 126 mm mags, and I should have gotten two 140 mm mags and two 126 mags... Lesson learned.

Yes, advice... please.
Why the different magazines?
I'm looking for something to carry from time to time, but also something to enjoy at the gun club ranges.

Quack
01-14-2011, 20:22
126 mags sit flush, I have a 140 mag in my pic I posted earlier.

I have 1 126 that came with the gun and 6 140 mags.

DeepBlue
01-14-2011, 20:27
Thanks, Quack...
And so the 140s hold more rounds?

Quack
01-14-2011, 20:29
Yeppers, you get a few more Rounds.

rsxr22
01-14-2011, 20:35
STI makes a great gun! I recommend them with all faith.

Quack
01-14-2011, 20:39
STI makes a great gun! I recommend them with all faith.

Yours doesn't count since it's a Filipino built STI. :whistling:

txleapd
01-14-2011, 20:40
Thanks, Quack...
And so the 140s hold more rounds?

126s hold 12 rounds and 140s hold 14 rounds. You can get extended basepads for 140s, but they don't work with the 126s.

If you plan on carrying, I would suggest a Krebs Custom magwell in place of the STI magwell that comes with it it has a much lower profile, and still works great. I went with an aluminum one....

DeepBlue
01-14-2011, 20:42
That's my primary carry when working plain clothes assignments. The trigger is phenomenal. Recoil is very manageable, and it drives tacks. In three years I've not had a single malfunction.

Depending on what you are wanting it for, I can give some advice on magazines. I got four 126 mm mags, and I should have gotten two 140 mm mags and two 126 mags... Lesson learned.


What holster are you using while in plain clothes?

txleapd
01-14-2011, 21:39
What holster are you using while in plain clothes?

Safariland 567 for a Glock 17/22. I tightened it up, and it works great. For anything with more that level I retention requires a custom holster. That's the main drawback. I haven't been able to find a suitable duty holster for it. I still use my government model for uniform work. Which is fine, because it's still my favorite. I wanted something with more mag capacity for plain clothes, so I wouldn't have to carry as many magazines.

ctfireman
01-14-2011, 21:44
STI makes some sweet pistols.

txleapd
01-14-2011, 21:50
STI makes some sweet pistols.

Every 1911 (and 2011) I own is an STI for a reason. Best bang for your buck.

Ruggles
01-14-2011, 21:58
They need to make that silhouette of Texas bigger on the slide baby! I have only owned 1 STI (Lawman) but it was good to go. Any guns made it Texas is GTG as well. :wavey:

glock2740
01-14-2011, 22:05
c'mon Brian, it's 2011, so you should buy a 2011 ;)
Good point. And :thumbsup:to STI. I love my Legacy.

http://i914.photobucket.com/albums/ac341/OU1911/Legacyleft.jpg

kobokie
01-14-2011, 23:16
Is my sti trojan 5.0 1911 good to go . They said 20 weeks. I had a colt defffender. And didnt like it . Is the STI better gun . I couldnt shoot the colt . It jammed everey round. I payed cash for this gun . Did I get the right 1911.

AZ Husker
01-15-2011, 00:48
I love the majority of STI's lineup, but think it's embarrassing that as a well known company for their quality they would have a Filipino gun in their stable just to get low end buyers to be fans.

txleapd
01-15-2011, 08:52
Is my sti trojan 5.0 1911 good to go . They said 20 weeks. I had a colt defffender. And didnt like it . Is the STI better gun . I couldnt shoot the colt . It jammed everey round. I payed cash for this gun . Did I get the right 1911.

I love my STI Trojan. It's my favorite out of every single firearm I own. If I had only one word to describe it in, it would be "workhorse".

txleapd
01-15-2011, 09:00
I love the majority of STI's lineup, but think it's embarrassing that as a well known company for their quality they would have a Filipino gun in their stable just to get low end buyers to be fans.

It was my understanding that the gun is assembled in the Philippines with American made parts, and it's actually NOT a Filipino made gun. The Spartan is sent over there as parts, and comes back as a complete pistol.

I've heard nothing but rave reviews of it. I haven't heard of really anyone complaining about it. Most are amazed by the quality of pistol they get for $500. I wouldn't want to carry one, because I don't like adjustable sights on a handgun. If I ever came across one at a price I couldn't pass up, I think it would make a good beater/truck gun.

Hokie1911
01-15-2011, 09:11
If you are finding a Spartan for $500....that is a remarkable price.

BlayGlock
01-15-2011, 09:38
Who has two thumbs and likes STI

<----------- This Guy

BlayGlock
01-15-2011, 09:41
I love the majority of STI's lineup, but think it's embarrassing that as a well known company for their quality they would have a Filipino gun in their stable just to get low end buyers to be fans.


I was talking to the STI rep last week who came into my local gun shop. He said that the Sparatan is killing thier Trojan sales.

Hokie1911
01-15-2011, 09:47
I was talking to the STI rep last week who came into my local gun shop. He said that the Sparatan is killing thier Trojan sales.

Drop the Trojan to $800. Problem solved. :supergrin:

El_Ron1
01-15-2011, 09:50
I grip any 1911 high thumb.

glock2740
01-15-2011, 09:54
Drop the Trojan to $800. Problem solved. :supergrin:
I agree. I'd buy one for sure. I'd like a Ranger in .40 too. I think STI would do better to advertise a little more. Alot of people don't know anything about STI. Look what it's done for Kimber. Just try to find a gun magazine that doesn't have a Kimber ad on the rear cover, and half of those also have another Kimber ad a few pages into the magazine.

txleapd
01-15-2011, 13:12
If you are finding at Spartan for $500....that is a remarkable price.

I geuss I should have said, "Around $600."

Quack
01-15-2011, 13:22
http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1277099

G27RR
01-15-2011, 20:55
Any guns made it Texas is GTG as well. :wavey:

You mean like this one? :whistling:

http://i1143.photobucket.com/albums/n634/G27RR/800600/LaRueOBRwFlag800600.jpg

Okay, okay, back to 1911s. You could say I like STI...

http://i1143.photobucket.com/albums/n634/G27RR/STICollection-2.jpg

http://i1143.photobucket.com/albums/n634/G27RR/STIRangerII45ACP.jpg

TACC GLOCK
01-15-2011, 21:03
STI's are all the rage in IPSC and IDPA competitions also

GeorgiaRedfish
01-15-2011, 21:58
I don't think I have seen an STI that looked good.:dunno:

Quack
01-15-2011, 22:01
I don't think I have seen an STI that looked good.:dunno:

that's OK, i don't think that i've seen a Glock that looked good :tongueout:

GeorgiaRedfish
01-15-2011, 22:05
that's OK, i don't think that i've seen a Glock that looked good :tongueout:
Thats why I got rid of mine:tongueout:

I just hate all the 1911 companies that slap a billboard on the side of their guns: STI, RIA, etc....

quantico
01-16-2011, 17:51
I had always seen many of them in competition shooting. They always seemed to have a rep for feeding problems but they always looked good to me. I have never tried one. I. would love to. Sounds like they have a good reputation based on what I am reading now. Its one of those things where I have no data of my own to actually use to verify any function good or bad. Those guns I see pictures of look sharp.

Dickydo
01-18-2011, 14:14
Purchased a new STI Rangemaster in 45 ACP a few years back. Paid a considerable amount for it. When it arrived, when compared to my Colt 70 Series, have to admit it was superior. At the range it shot at 50% reliability; rounds were diving to bottom of barrel feedramp. Tried several options, including changing ammo, mags, and recoil springs. No luck, so off to Georgetown it went. In 2 1/2 weeks it returned. Same result. Luckily, I found a local pistolsmith that had worked for Wilson and after 2 weeks and $45 the pistol shot at nearly 100% reliabilty. I concluded that the pistol had not been range tested at Skinners shop. I should mention that the pistol has started galling on the slide at less than 5,000 rounds. Would I buy another STI? If my expectations are that the pistol would shoot out of the box, NO. If I expected to send it out for a tune up before I took possession, MABY. Would I use it for home defense or carry? Not unless it was the last gun in the house.

bac1023
01-18-2011, 21:10
I don't think I have seen an STI that looked good.:dunno:

I always thought they did a nice job with the Legacy.


http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/000_1755.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/000_1757.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n5/bac1023/004-4.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/002-11.jpg

Hokie1911
01-18-2011, 21:14
Hands down the best looking STI model. Shame they stopped making them. :crying:

bac1023
01-18-2011, 21:17
Hands down the best looking STI model. Shame they stopped making them. :crying:

It is a damn shame. I think it was their best single stack, period.

The Sentinel Premier has a couple extra features, but the Legacy is cleaner.

GeorgiaRedfish
01-18-2011, 21:25
Not bad, but I still don't like the Legacy down the side. I dunno, I guess I got a type.:mememe:

Hokie1911
01-18-2011, 21:27
Not bad, but I still don't like the Legacy down the side. I dunno, I guess I got a type.:mememe:

Legacy > Trojan :supergrin:

tango44
01-20-2011, 15:57
Tactical = Pricey
But my Spartan is a great buy for $690!

bac1023
01-20-2011, 16:01
Legacy > Trojan :supergrin:

:rofl:

txleapd
01-26-2011, 21:01
Purchased a new STI Rangemaster in 45 ACP a few years back. Paid a considerable amount for it. When it arrived, when compared to my Colt 70 Series, have to admit it was superior. At the range it shot at 50% reliability; rounds were diving to bottom of barrel feedramp. Tried several options, including changing ammo, mags, and recoil springs. No luck, so off to Georgetown it went. In 2 1/2 weeks it returned. Same result. Luckily, I found a local pistolsmith that had worked for Wilson and after 2 weeks and $45 the pistol shot at nearly 100% reliabilty. I concluded that the pistol had not been range tested at Skinners shop. I should mention that the pistol has started galling on the slide at less than 5,000 rounds. Would I buy another STI? If my expectations are that the pistol would shoot out of the box, NO. If I expected to send it out for a tune up before I took possession, MABY. Would I use it for home defense or carry? Not unless it was the last gun in the house.

I dont think that I've heard of anyone else have a problem with any STI pistol like you just described. You must have gotten a rare lemon. Did you ever give STI the chance to address the issues?

Comedian
01-27-2011, 02:01
I had the 5'' and the 4.5'' Tactical, both in 9mm. The 5'' version was the smoothest shooting and lightest recoiling pistol ive ever fired! I would suggest the fullsize, unless its for carry.

Dickydo
01-31-2011, 16:29
I dont think that I've heard of anyone else have a problem with any STI pistol like you just described. You must have gotten a rare lemon. Did you ever give STI the chance to address the issues?
I called customer service prior to mailing and discussed the problems over the phone; send a note in the box with the gun again explaining what the problem was; and sent the gun. They wanted me to send in the ammo I planned on using, but I had enough sense not to do that. Since they didn't fix it right the first time, nor even improved its performance, it seemed logical that they weren't to do much except burn up my postage meter.