I've been wanting a double stack high capacity 1911 for some time now. STI seems to be quite dominant in the market. It looks like a good product but is it worth $1600? It looks pretty tricked out from the factory. I'm eyeballing their EDGE model.
There are no other pistols that compare with STI's in the same price range. If you want to play shooting games that require high firepower to be competitive, there is really no other pistol that can compare to STI in the price range. I've only fired one on one occasion, and it was sweet shooting pistol. Beyond shooting games or for fun shooting in general, it's hard for many people to conceal a full size .45 let alone a double stack.
STI guns are mostly aimed at the IPSC world of competition. That is why they are priced so high, because they have all the bells & whistles. If your goal is for a carry gun or for just target shooting, then I would suggest going with the Para-Ordnance. They are a good quality gun which can also be modified later on if you so choose.
Kiesler's Shooting Sports did a review of them on their TV program a few months back and I have looked at them a lot in the store. They are very nice weapons, no question about it. Much better built than my P.O. P-12. If you must have a true 1911 type pistol, the STI are indeed worth every penny from what I have seen, but for my own taste, I still have to go with HKs. Sorry, I just had to put that in there.
Sorry I really dont understand all the interest in the STI they are good comp firearm but there are alot of those out there. For outright custom few have more options SVI, you'd be hard pressed to find a better pistol right out of the box than the Para's limited series, even the Kimber's a fairly good gun(altho not as tight) for comp. I think you really need to figure out why you want to drop that big a wad for a gun when pros are winning national competitions with the likes of Kimber and Para-Ordnance. http://www.sviguns.com/ http://www.paraord.com/pages/index.html http://www.kimberamerica.com/
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