SOLD FOR: $3925
Make: STI International
Model: 5.0 Legend
Serial Number: CM17343
Year of Manufacture: 2010 (Invoice)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol with Removable Magazine.
Markings: The right side of the frame is marked with the serial number and “2011”. The dust cover of the frame is marked “STI INTERNATIONAL / GEORGETOWN, TX USA” on the bottom. The top of the chamber is marked “45 ACP”. The left side of the slide is marked “~Legend~”. The right side of the slide is marked with the “STI” Texas logo. The bottom of the magazine well is marked “STI”.
Barrel Length: 5” Bull
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Dawson blade with a red fiber-optic insert and is dovetailed into the slide. The rear sight is a fully adjustable square notch serrated STI target sight dovetailed into the slide. The top of the slide is serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is double diamond checkered black composite with STI logos in the centers. There are a few light handling marks, there are no major defects. The checkering is sharp. The grips rate in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Hard Chrome Slide, Blued Frame & Black Composite Grip
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are a few little spots of thinning on the dust cover, the most noticeable thinning is on the leading edges. The extended magazine well has some play to the grip frame. The pistol displays handling and operational wear. The grip screws are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this pistol rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This pistol has an extended ambidextrous thumb safety, an adjustable trigger, crisp trigger, short reset, strong mainspring, skeletonized hammer & trigger, extended magazine well, and the grip safety has a rise to index one’s palm correctly each time. The slide and frame have superb mating and is very smooth. We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a serial matching case, a 12-round magazine, and paperwork including the manual & STI Invoice. Please note, the magazine will not be included if prohibited by your local laws.
Our Assessment: The 1911 and 1911-A1 pistols served the military of the United States from 1911 to 1985, through two World Wars and the Korean and Vietnam wars. They gained a reputation as a reliable handgun with plenty of stopping power, and are held in high regard by those who have used them. The only drawback is the standard 7 or 8 round magazines, compared to some modern pistols that can hold over two times that amount. This is NOT your grandpa’s 1911 though, this is your new 2011 from STI. With similar controls, even your Grandpa could pick this up and safely run the next 3 Gun or USPSA Competition with limited training (of course you should never shoot a gun until you are fluent with the safe handling). With a slightly wider, polymer frame you can now cram an appropriate 12 Rounds of .45 S&W, be it for your next USPSA match or home defense. The pistol has a tri-top slide with sabertooth serrations and a full-length dust cover, the lines are beautiful along with the fit and finish. This is an earlier production model which many competitors prefer over the newer models now sold under the name “Staccato”. These pistols are the some of the best, race-ready out of the box. I don’t know what you are waiting for? Drop of bid on this hot piece today. Please see our photos and good luck!