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Old 07-03-2008, 07:26 PM
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STI Eagle 5.0 -first time out, first post here




Shooters Connection in Kentucky had the version I was looking for and sent it out the same day I ordered it. Was looking for an Eagle 5.0 in 40 S&W with bushing barrel (IDPA ok).

The UPS email alert beeped the next day right around lunchtime, so I took the rest of the day off to go pick it up at a local FFL/Dealer and head to the range with it. Show up at the FFL/Gun store and they tell me that they might be able to get to entering the gun in they're books tomorrow or the day after, which would have been saturday (closed the 4th). Kinda shot a hole in my plans for the afternoon, and cost a half days pay to boot! Not liking that answer, I went back and got help from a couple different people willing to spend all the time in the world with me, showing me whatever I wanted to look at in the store. Finally asked one of the guys if rather than help me look at stuff I'm not gonna buy, how bout going and getting my gun entered and get the transfer done. After some complaining about doing that, he produced my gun, entered it and out the door I went.

Transfer saga aside, I finally got to get some rounds downrange and shot a few 3 shot groups off a wood block to get an idea of how it does for groups.

Shooting off a wood block sitting on top of a muck bucket, with a sock full of corn under the mag, in the bed of the Rhino. 27 yards from muzzle to target.
Winchester walmart special ammo, 165gr fmj.

Functioned flawlessly. Crisp trigger break, great feel, slide is smooth like butter and reset is ALOT shorter than I'm used to, nice. Sight adjustment detent is strong and precise and the dawson front sight works great, nice and bright red dot. Rear sight notch is .115 and front sight width is .99, both measured.

Rest setup:


Gun to target pic:


Target to rest pic:


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Had a few wolf rounds layin in the back to try, 180gr fmj:


Very happy, especially considering it's the first time out, the cheap ammo and my redneck bench restsetup. Can't wait to try some other ammo and get more time driving this thing!

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Old 07-03-2008, 07:31 PM
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Welcome

Great pics from the back of the slide.
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Old 07-03-2008, 09:14 PM
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Nice shooting

Great pistol and nice shooting. IMHO, there are lots of better looking pistols out there, but if LOTs of shooting is what you plan to do, there is nothing better than an STI. My Tripp tuned Eagle in 38 Super is a great shooting pistol. The mags have been a little less than perfect, but the pistol is sweet. I'm about to sent Howard Smith my magazines (one at a time) to have them tuned for reliablility. I carry this gun daily at work.

Anyway, good for you for buying a Texas built blaster!!

Good luck and happy shooting!
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Old 07-03-2008, 10:05 PM
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Chuck Bradley is awesome to deal with. Pretty darn fast with shipping.
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Old 07-03-2008, 11:11 PM
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So far so good. There is only one minor thing that I noticed after shooting it. The adjustable rear sight, the whole part that is facing you.....is just slightly canted with the right side higher than left.We are talking very slightly higher, but noticeable, I can't help notice mechanical stuff like this. Now that I noticed it, I can't help but see it instantly now.......it makes the front sight post appear slightly angled in the sight pic. Non straight up and down light on each side of the front post as a result also. Kinda wished it had the rear sight like the tactical model, rather than the cut in adjustable deal.

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Old 07-04-2008, 06:42 AM
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So far so good. There is only one minor thing that I noticed after shooting it. The adjustable rear sight, the whole part that is facing you.....is just slightly canted with the right side higher than left.We are talking very slightly higher, but noticeable, I can't help notice mechanical stuff like this. Now that I noticed it, I can't help but see it instantly now.......it makes the front sight post appear slightly angled in the sight pic. Non straight up and down light on each side of the front post as a result also. Kinda wished it had the rear sight like the tactical model, rather than the cut in adjustable deal.

It didn't appear to hurt your shooting at all!
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Old 07-04-2008, 09:09 AM
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Got it straight now. Not a big deal, just supported under the left side with a screwdriver blade and tapped down on the right side with a plastic tipped hammer til it was where it needed to be. Time to go out and get used to this thing today. I never realized that after shooting mainly glocks and double action revolvers for the past 10 years, it is going to take some time getting used to the crisp single action only trigger and all.
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Old 07-04-2008, 12:27 PM
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My Glock's 7yd group size is about equal to my Trojan's at 25yrds.
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Old 07-04-2008, 04:37 PM
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Ran about 200 rounds through it today. My shot times are definately down, compared to the glock 22 I'm used to......not used to having to manipulate a safety before pulling the trigger. The different grip angle thing is gonna take some time to get used to also. It's nice to have the bullets splatter on the exact point you were aiming at on a regular basis at 25 yards. Did some 50 yard shooting on my steel plates offhand, was really happy with those results too!
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