Sold For: $1,936.00
Make: STI International
Serial Number: CM4555
Year of Manufacture: 2011-Present
Caliber: .40 S&W
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol with Removable Magazine.
Markings: The underside of the slide is marked “43”, the right of the slide is marked “STI” within the state of Texas. The right side of the frame is marked “2011” and the serial number, the underside is marked “STI INTERNATIONAL / GEORGETOWN, TX USA”. The butt of the magazine well and rear sight have the company logo. The barrel is marked “ED BROWN .40 S&W”.
Barrel Length: 5”, measuring 0.70″ at the muzzle.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a black Patridge blade with a serrated rear face, dovetailed to the slide. The rear sight is a wide, rear serrated and square notched leaf on a base that is adjustable for windage and elevation, it is dovetailed onto the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The trigger guard and grip frame are one piece, made of high strength synthetic material, in blue, showing a double diamond checkered pattern on the flanks, with the company logo; the fore grip strap and mainspring housing have fine cut checkering. There are a few scattered light marks, the top of the left portion has crudely cut portions to accept the oversized slide release and safety. The grips rate in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Matte & Brushed Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 96% of its metal finish. The slide and extension of the frame have surface polishing from brief holster use. The pistol does not have evidence of long term use. The lines are sharp, the construction is absolutely solid. The barrel only shows a small amount of operational wear. The grip screws are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this pistol rates in about Fine Plus to Excellent condition.
Mechanics: This pistol has a left side oversized thumb safety, adjustable trigger (which currently breaks at 4lbs 10oz without takeup, the reset is short), strong mainspring, skeletonized hammer, the grip safety has a rise to index one’s palm correctly each time. The slide and frame have superb mating. The action works correctly. Unloaded, the pistol weighs 2lbs 7oz 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: This pistol comes with four magazines with black extensions, allowing for 19 rounds of .40 S&W; these magazines have a few scuffs from normal use, in Excellent condition. Three 15-round magazines are also provided, two have stars on their black floorplates, the other is unmarked, all in Fine to Excellent condition. A black nylon 8-mag pouch with 2″ belt loops houses the magazines well, the small white barcode label is marked “MP 8 BLK”, it rates in Excellent condition.
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 draw back is the standard 7 or 8 round magazines, compared to some modern pistols that can hold over 30 rounds; who would want to reload against something like that? This is the answer; with the grip frame’s maximum width of 1.28″, you can hold up to 19 rounds of .40 S&W for cutting down on your Open class Race Gun competition time or defending against multiple intruders. With 7 magazines, it is a competitor’s dream setup. Californians; these do not come through very often, come by our shop in Simi Valley!