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In my research last year for my first 1911, one of the front runners was STI, either the Escort or Off-Duty in 9mm.
That was among the 9mm EMP (that I could not find anywhere) and the Kimber CDP Ultra in 9mm.
I had read the STIs were a bit tight and may not be the best choice for a 1st 1911.
I ended up with the Kimber and had no problems with it.
But always had the yearning for the EMP being built around the 9mm caliber.
My LGS got some in a few months ago and after holding it I had to have it.
Sold the Kimber after buying the EMP.
EMP is a perfect little belt carry pistol.

Now I want another 1911.
I bought the RIA Tactical with the intention of modding it out, even though it ran pretty sweet out of the box.
I have issues because I like pretty guns, you may not, I don't care.
But after researching refinishing (wanted hard chrome $250 or so), a new trigger group (another $100 to $150), new sights, grips, etc, etc, etc.......
I just decided to sell the RIA and put that money towards a higher end 1911.
I had also heard some parts would require extensive fitting for the RIA.

So I'm back to STI.
After all they are assembled in Georgetown TEXAS and that means a lot to me.
I'd love to have my State proudly displayed on my slide..;)

I like my pistols to have the potential to be carry-able.
Although I liked the 5 inch RIA and the 200 flawless rounds I ran thru it, it isn't a carry gun.

Wanting to buy an STI Guardian in 9mm.
STI pistols are hard to find, I've got 2 LGSs trying to find me one.
But if all else fails I found one on Gun-broker.









To wrap up my long story here, I want input from anyone having personal experience with STI, either pistols, warranty work, problems, positives, etc..
I've yet to read one negative thing about them as a whole..

Thanks......1LL
 

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I have the STI Legacy, which I would put in the same class as my Wilson, Guncrafter and Baer 1911's. GREAT shooting gun and is smooth as silk. I don't have much other experience with STI's, other than shooting a 2011 at my local range that belonged to another member and fondeling most of their 1911 line-up at a gun store, who obviously was a pretty big STI dealer, when I was in Atlanta last summer. I don't see how you could go wrong with anything they make.






 

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If you are dead set on the STI check out:
Oak Hill - Items

Bought my Spartan from John and prices are pretty good. He sometimes runs deals with no CC fees or shipping fees on STI's.
 

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I have an STI Duty One, which is comparable in features to the railed TRP. I like it better than the railed TRP because it comes with fixed Heine night sights, and the checking on the front strap is not as aggressive.
It's my only 1911. I like the gun alot, and it is built well and had always functioned perfectly for me. I do not regret buying it, and will probably never sell it, but I do have two minor gripes about it.
-The finish is garbage. The slide is covered in scratches from carrying it in a kydex holster. Now, I generally don't have any issues with worn finish on working guns - they are tools, after all - but it's gotten to the point on my Duty One where I have to be careful about getting it wet, as rust will start showing up quickly. For instance, I was outside shooting earlier this spring and got caught in a sudden downpour. I packed up all my stuff and put the 1911 back in the kydex holster I was wearing. When I got home and unpacked all my gear to dry it out, the slide of the gun had a surface coating of rust. It wiped right off, but had I not dried everything off right away, I might have have bigger issues.
-STI uses the 'universal' rail on their railed guns as opposed to the picatinny rail you'd see on most 1911's. Initially, I thought this would be cool, because I'd be able to quickly swap my x300 between the 1911 and my Glock. On my gun, though, if you don't use the rail lock attachment for the x300, it will flop around on the rail. Also, in shopping for holsters, I found that some holsters made for a railed 1911 will be a little loose on the STI, due to the rail being smaller. However, I usually keep a light on it, so it's not too much of an issue.

Also, if you're having trouble locating and STI locally, you might check with either Shooter's Connection or Dawson Precision. My STI dealer locally uses Shooter's Connection as his distributor for STI.
STI 3.9 Guardian 9x19 - Stocked Item
STI Guardian Pistol Guardian 9mm 3.9" Detail Page
 

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Any FFL holder should be able to order direct from STI. Best bet would be to call and talk to Don or Chris. You'll make your mind up after talking to either of them. Warenty service is 2nd to none.
 

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They have a long wait, check the dealers mentioned above plus Brazoscustom.com for a stocked gun. I love the Duty One, little disapointed in the finish comment. I'm leaning towards a SIG 1911, awsome guns, little cheaper
 

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If you are dead set on the STI check out:
Oak Hill - Items

Bought my Spartan from John and prices are pretty good. He sometimes runs deals with no CC fees or shipping fees on STI's.
Hey Pops..

Those are the guys selling one on Gunbroker.
They seem to have several STI pistols in stock on their website..
On Gunbroker, looks like they ship for free, on their website they charge for shipping.
Also on GB they don't charge to CC fess like you stated.
I have the cash, but would rather CC it and pay the card my cash.
I need to give them a call..

Just so y'all know, ETexPops is paying for a big piece of my STI...:shock:;)
Isn't that nice of him....
 

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I'd def go with a sti. Like others have said, they'll run with all the other high end 1911's. I've got a custom built Trojan from their custom shop. Wouldn't trade it even for a night hawk.
 

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I have a Spartan and while it may be a RIA rebranded, STI put me first when I had initial issues with the wrong height front sight on it, even sending me a new sight to instal myself to prevent me having to bother with shipping the gun. I really like STI products. I have a 2011 too but they didnt exactly build it, just provided the frame..lol
 

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I really want one of their Trojan 5.0s or maybe the Ranger.

However, there is no place nearby that carries these guns (yeah...in TX...isn't it odd?) and the few ranges nearby don't have one to try.

I like to shoot something that runs over a grand, before I buy it....funny that way.

For a nice looking pistol...made in this state...I really know nobody that owns one and few shops that carry them. Seems odd....doesn't it?

- brickboy240

PS: One thing that does keep me from buying....that huge ugly "billboard" lettering....even the outline of our great state does not outshadow that huge obnoxious lettering.
 

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If you do any USPSA or IDPA brickboy ask this guys if they have one. Also if you check out any of the large matches STI is usually a sponsor and they set up a booth for everyone to fondle their goodies. I always say I want a Spartan when it's the Trojan I want.
 

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Around here, most IPDA shooters run Glocks or M&Ps.

...seriously!

-brickboy240
 

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I really want one of their Trojan 5.0s or maybe the Ranger.

However, there is no place nearby that carries these guns (yeah...in TX...isn't it odd?) and the few ranges nearby don't have one to try.

I like to shoot something that runs over a grand, before I buy it....funny that way.

For a nice looking pistol...made in this state...I really know nobody that owns one and few shops that carry them. Seems odd....doesn't it?

- brickboy240

PS: One thing that does keep me from buying....that huge ugly "billboard" lettering....even the outline of our great state does not outshadow that huge obnoxious lettering.
Have you tried Dawson Precision? They are just north of Austin. https://www.dawsonprecision.com/Home.jsp?refresh=true

STI is in Georgetown, also just north of Austin. STI International - STI
 

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I really want one of their Trojan 5.0s or maybe the Ranger.

However, there is no place nearby that carries these guns (yeah...in TX...isn't it odd?) and the few ranges nearby don't have one to try.

I like to shoot something that runs over a grand, before I buy it....funny that way.

For a nice looking pistol...made in this state...I really know nobody that owns one and few shops that carry them. Seems odd....doesn't it?

- brickboy240

PS: One thing that does keep me from buying....that huge ugly "billboard" lettering....even the outline of our great state does not outshadow that huge obnoxious lettering.

there is a full list of stocking dealers here there are quite a few in Texas, and two in Houston
 

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there is a full list of stocking dealers here there are quite a few in Texas, and two in Houston

That list is bullsh*t..
Believe me, I called many a dealer on that list.

STI pistols are hard to find right now.
To order one from a stocking dealer is an 18 to 26 week wait.

I went with the 9mm Dan Wesson Guardian anyway...;)


 
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