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Old 07-28-2006, 07:54 PM   #11
 
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Re: Yes and No

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Originally Posted by Number 6
"The way I always heard it was that Strayer-Voigt was more geared toward R&D and taking the design to the next level, where as STI was more mass-production oriented."

A fairly accurate assessment. Both have the same widebody frame/grip design as their origin, but STI has designed nothing new, therefore patented nothing, and has done nothing to develop that original design.

"Two peas in a pod?" Only to those not truly familiar with current events.

STI basically churns out certain established models on a production line. This keeps costs down and makes its products a good value. For most people, myself definitely included, the gun shoots far better than the owner.

That said, I own 3 SVIs. Because of SVIs innovations, the guns have superior features. Go to the American Pistolsmith Institute and look for Dave Skinner's name - you won't find it. Look for Sandy Strayer's and you will.

SVI has patented the Tri-Glide trigger system, a tri-lobe barrel bushing, a safety, a magwell and, of course, the removable breech face (handy if you've blown a case trying to make Major 9!). Its guns are virtually all custom pieces because of the Gun Builder program, which allows the purchaser to specifiy the design from about 8 pages of options.

All this takes time and costs money. If you are just getting started, an STI (or even a Para) would be a cost-effective way to go. If you KNOW what you want in a gun and are willing to pay for the increased quality, SVI is your choice. :wink:

Want further evidence of SVI's cachet? Michael Mann went THERE to arm Crockett and Tubbs for his new Miami Vice movie. We're not talking "product placement" here; he PAID for each and every gun! What does that tell you?



You've blown a Major 9 ?????? I am shocked!!!!!

How could you do such a thing to an SVI?????

That's ok. I 've blown some .357 SiG's, 10mm's and even some .45 ACP's in an interchangeable breechface. But so far (knock on wood) never (yet) a 9mm Major.

Again, either STI or SVI is worth what you pay for it, and priced accordingly.
 
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Old 07-29-2006, 04:02 AM   #12
 
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Read it again!

"You've blown a Major 9 ?????? I am shocked!!!!! "

Also misinformed.

I never said I'd blown a Major 9. What I said was that the removable breechface was a handy feature if you had.

I shoot .38 Super in the race gun, although it's nominally chambered for 9 x 23.
 
Old 07-29-2006, 06:13 AM   #13
 
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Re: Read it again!

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Originally Posted by Number 6
"You've blown a Major 9 ?????? I am shocked!!!!! "

Also misinformed.

I never said I'd blown a Major 9. What I said was that the removable breechface was a handy feature if you had.

I shoot .38 Super in the race gun, although it's nominally chambered for 9 x 23.

My bad... I guess I took "you've" for "you". But if you say it wasn't you ... then I suppose I was mistaken/misinformed?

Nope, I haven't blown a .38 Super or 9X23 yet either, but I'd guess it would be handy too to have the interchangeable feature if you did, in any cartridge. :wink:
 
 
Old 07-31-2006, 03:19 AM   #14
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#6 has made some good points and he is very adamant about SV's but I cannot concur with all the hype about the quality being that much better.
I have a couple of STI's and I did them because of the cost--I could get two for the cost, or less, than one SV.
Dave put his magic fingers to the STI's-one in a .45 and another in 9MM which he reamed to 9x23, and I have had no concerns with either.
It is not so much, with me, the Brand on the cow. It is with me wheather the cow will give milk on a regular basis. That said, I would, could I justify the extra cost, certainly buy an SV---but not because it would be more reliable.
TWO CENTS.
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Old 08-06-2006, 05:38 PM   #15
 
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I want to thank everyone for their feedback. It wasn't an easy choice because both the STI and the SV Infinity are excellent guns. But, in the final analysis I felt the SV was the better choice. My sense was that there was more thought spent on improving the gun, tri-glide, interchangeable breechface, front sight on the barrel Vs the slide... and I spent quite a bit of time on the web looking for information that might disprove the impressions I was getting about the Infinity. I couldn't. Time and again I found information that said the gun was top notch in quality. There are a number of top smiths building on the STI frame but the price differential between the Infinity and an STI by Brazo's was not that big so I placed the order a week ago. Now I've got to wait 5 months - it ain't going to be easy.

Thanks again for all the feedback.
 
Old 08-07-2006, 04:57 AM   #16
 
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I'm sure you'll be happy, when it finally comes! :wink:

I took the SVI .40 to AWARE this weekend. A 213-round course of fire; no gun problems.
 
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