|06-25-2008, 07:43 PM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2008
My New STI Spartan
So, I bought me a Spartan. I am getting back into IPSC after a 15 year hiatus. Read: Too much work!! I am a .45ACP guy. Have a Springfield 1911 I bought way back in '90 (my first purchase), had it tricked out with the usual upgrades like trigger, hammer, grip safety and some polishing. The pistol shoots awesome. I have probably over 4000 rounds through that baby. I have a Sig P226, H&K USP,both in .45 ACP, Sig P239 (wife's), a Browning Hi-Power that was sent to Cylinder & Slide (this pistol is an extension of myself it shoots so nice!). I am retiring the Springfield and couldn't decide on a replacement so I bought the STI while I get back in the swing of things. I also reload my own. I have supplied some images and will give you a brief description. Lemme first say I am rusty big time. Other than plinking on my inlaws land and teaching my boys some fundamentals I have not seriously shot in about 12 years. I used to shoot at least twice a week, hence the reloading!!! My first reaction upon opening the box was WOW! This gun looks great for $650 bucks. The finish is pretty sweet. The fist cocking took some effort. It was tight. A few more racks wer better but I noticed it hanging up on the initial pull of the upper receiver. Hmmmm, that's weird. Too much cosmoline? Took it apart for a cleaning. The fit and finish was nice. It took over 10 minutes to get the dam extractor out! And I still marded the finish cause I had to pry it out. Cleaned and oiled and put it back together. Still had the hang on cocking. Felt like the ridges on the barrel rubbing on the receiver. Called STI, they said shoot 300 rounds thru it and it should loosen up. Ok. Did that. Still hanging up but not as bad. Just didn't feel right. I'll have the gunsmith look at it when I put some mods on it. Had the gunsmith rack it and he felt the same thing. Turns out that it is the ejector that is hanging the slide up when racking. He didn;t want to mess with that just yet. Run some more rounds thru it and see if it clears up. Well, it did after the 700'th round. Ok some mods. Originally the trigger was breaking just shy of 5 pounds. Had a trigger job done. Kept the trigger cause it felt nice and replaced the hammer with and Ed Brown combat style, plus all the innards. Trigger now breaks about 3.25 pounds. Nice! Did not like the feel of the original grip safety. It was ridding weird in my hand and causing noticeable discomfort. Put in an Ed Brown grip safety. Feels much better. Had some polishing done. The mag well was pretty crappy and had some very sharp pointy edges. So I put in an extended mag well from S&A. This is the first extended mag well that I have ever used and I am pleased. Don't laugh! I put on these cool grips from Hogue just cause they looked cool and they actually are very comfortable. The pistol does not slip around in your grip at all. Didn't think they would be practical but the fell great. I might put some checkering on the front strap down the road.
Here is a before:
Go to the Image Gallery for more. OR if you want I can send you some hires pictures off line.
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