The STI pistols are in a class all by themselves. This particular pistol was built from the ground up to manage the 10mm platform flawlessly. It looks like a 1911, but that's just about where the similarities end.
I have 3 1911 pistols. A Colt, a Springfield, and a Ruger. All 3 are 1911's but that's where the similarities end. Each has it's strong points and weak points as well. STI is striving not to have any weak point with their pistols.
Snakedrive mentioned that he was going to get this whiz bang of a perfect pistol, about 4 or 5 months ago. So I did some research. STI took all the great features of the 1911 .45 ACP platform, and completely refined them. Every exterior surface and all of the bearing surfaces are hand detailed for a perfect fit. Not just good, but perfect.
This is like having Ed Brown take the best 1911 Colt Delta Elite pistol made and completely rebuildign and refinishing it, from top to bottom. And the cost of the STI is comparable to what Ed Brown would charge.
Look them up (STI), and do some reading about them and you'll find high praise being shared about this company, and the guns they produce.
I couldn't find one single comment to the negative. If the owners of these guns rated them on a 1-10 scale, their pistols would be a 9.99 at least.
I can't say that about any other handgun maker that I'm aware of. Not just for one handgun they produce, but for every model in their lineup.
If you can recall maybe 10 years back, when Kimber was producing some of the finest pistols at the time. And they were getting premium money for those pistols too. The level of praise for their guns was almost unheard of. But Kimber decided to rest on their laurels. And now they produce average quality run of the mill pistols, because they decided sales volume was more important than quality. And their pistol show that lack of quality detail they used to have.
So far to date, STI is now the "New Kimber", and until somebody can out perform them, they plan to stay there as long as possible.
They take orders based solely on their capacity. They don't accept orders that they can't fill in their scheduled lead time. You won't see these pistols much at all, because each one is pretty much hand made and they can't mass produce what they make. From everything I've read about them, each one of thier pistols is hand tuned to shooting perfection.
I would just hope that some day I might do well enough to own one of them. Probably not, but it's a nice thought any way.
It's been interesting learning about STI and what makes them tick. They have very high standards, they live up to them, and their products show it.