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Old 05-24-2012, 01:02 PM
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I am coaching a number of females that are interested in learning CCW. Right now we are in the handgun selection phase with a few and I just saw the STI Elektra 9mm and it looks very good on paper. Does anyone here have any real experience with the Elektra? I have a SA EMP that I let them shoot but the Elektra looks to be even a better handgun for my candidates than the EMP. All comments and suggestions welcome. TIA
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:49 PM
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Wow, no one has feedback on the Elektra. Maybe this is not a good handgun choice. I know many of you have read this and thank you. If this forum has no feedback on the Elektra then that is a statement in itself as I consider this forum the bottom line most knowledgable group on handguns, period.

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Old 06-03-2012, 06:13 AM
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If it's anything like the Escort (and probably is) it is a great choice.

I have an Escort in 9mm, and it's the softest shooting 9 I have. Including some full sized 9s.

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Old 06-03-2012, 12:03 PM
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There is a range report somewhere in this subforum about one if you haven't done a search.
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Old 06-03-2012, 04:27 PM
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It's an STI, therefore you can't go wrong.
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:34 PM
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I was told during the factory tour I took that the Elektra is their biggest seller in Asia. The Elektra is basically a cosmetically changed Escort or Shadow, so reviews on those should give you an idea of the Elektra.
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:42 PM
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Wow, no one has feedback on the Elektra. Maybe this is not a good handgun choice. I know many of you have read this and thank you. If this forum has no feedback on the Elektra then that is a statement in itself as I consider this forum the bottom line most knowledgable group on handguns, period.

Much appreciated. Regards.
The Electra(stainless slide/ aluminum frame) is the same gun mechanically as the Off duty(not stainless slide/ steel frame) (but OD has a rail). My Escort and Ranger 1 are similar guns. I've shot them both with every kind of ammo I could get my hands on. Both function flawlessly. The only thing I've done to either, is mirror polish the feed ramps and barrel throats. The Electra is a fine choice for a woman's CCW. It's a beautiful rendition of the 1911 subcompact. It is available for a look at www.stiguns.com. STI quality is superb no matter which model. There is the limp wristing issue with short barreled aluminum framed 1911s. Gotta teach 'em to use proper locked wrist and stance. If it becomes a budget issue, steer them towards the Spartan III it's the same size gun with a substantial savings (blue steel slide and frame vs stainless/alum and Imported from STI philippines (same warranty). The Spartan is merely a lower price point top quality import. Guns guaranteed no matter how many different owners, precluding abuse/shade tree smithing.. You cant go wrong with an STI.. .ANY MODEL. Call 'em up. They'll talk to ya. Best of luck and good shooting! do a search, there is a thread on the Elektra on this forum. You might look at the LS-9. It's a very slim gun. As a matter of fact, Slimmest on the market, ANYWHERE, in 9mm. LS 9 measures .765 wide across the frame AND slide. Nice pistol! all steel gun but only weighs 3 ounces more than Elektra. Just an alternate suggestion. Like I said earlier. ANY STI very ok.! Just depends on intended use and personal preference. Important in a EDC pistol. That gun is gonna be a constant companion. Gotta like 'em.

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Old 06-08-2012, 04:49 PM
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Thanks. Keep the information coming. I am still locked on this gun for now and about ready to pull the trigger on a purchase.
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:36 PM
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If it's anything like the Escort (and probably is) it is a great choice.

I have an Escort in 9mm, and it's the softest shooting 9 I have. Including some full sized 9s.

Bob

Second that...The elektra from looks, seems close to Escort, I have an Escort as well in 9mm, its really soft and extremely accurate..and my daily CCW

The serrations are different and the grips, stainless slide (better IMHO than the Escorts carbon steel blued), Elektra has tritium sights (thats a 100 bucks there) but essentially looks the same, and as someone said, any STI is a great gun for CCW.. great service (one of the best ive seen), awesome build, priced right, pretty (elektra) ...functional..I love my STI's
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:55 PM
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Just a historical note on the evolution of the Elektra:
The Texas Undercover Narcotics Association came to us because they were in love with the Escort but they wanted it to be even friendlier for concealed carry. We went back and forth and decided that we could cut back the grip safety and lower the sights into the slide if we put a sight channel on it. It worked and they loved it. This was the Shadow. Being STI, we decided we needed to make a double stack version- the Total Eclipse. Then some of the ladies up here who had been asking us to do a model for women came up with the idea of doing it with pink highlights (the Elektra). We had so many guys at SHOT who also liked it that we decided to start offering it in more colors- currently we have pink, black, blue, red, and purple available. So there you go.
I'd tell you how much positive feedback we've had and how much everyone who's gotten one has loved it, but I work for STI so it might come across as a bit... biased. Concealed Carry Magazine writer Diane Walls wrote an article back in 2010, though: http://stiguns.com/resources/sti_pre...s_ccm_06_2010/
Hope it helps and thanks for considering us!
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:07 PM
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Thank you for your comments STI Rep. Yes, I have already red the review by Diane Walls and so has my daughter. Right now she is leaning towards the Black model with pink grips. I really like what you have done with the sights. Now, I just need to get the $$ saved, my daughter graduated, and the gun purchased. All this should happen next month then I will come back here and write up our findings.
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:48 AM
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I just bought my Elektra 9mm yesterday and its a great shooter, now I just need another Mag and ill be g2g...anyone know what will fit it flush? I may go with a WC Sentinel mag If i cannot find a flush mag for it.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:28 AM
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Colt's 9mm officer mags are flush.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/224...tainless-steel
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:51 PM
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I called STI, they said any officer mag should fit in it. They also recommended Dawson Precision to get mags...
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:08 PM
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I now have the Elektra on order so I will let you know what we think later in the week when we get our hands on the gun. My daughter picked the black one with pink grips.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:20 PM
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pink 9mm sti 1911

i bought one about a year ago for the wife ,we have run over 800 rounds through it, it came with 1 mag and i bought a kimber mag for it too, This gun is "really good", we have not had any feed or ejection issues ,none, really fun shooter with a 3 lb trigger, low recoil for a 9mm using federal 115 gr fmj [clean burning choice] from wally world and have run other brands too. i"m saving up to get a boy blue one. we have other black firearms , but this is our favorite shooter.This is a great range and carry pistol. we carry 1 in the chamber ,safety on, hammer back ready to fire, the hand grip safety prevents firing until you grip it ,and squeeze the trigger. i will buy more sti.

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Old 09-28-2012, 10:02 PM
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I now have the Elektra on order so I will let you know what we think later in the week when we get our hands on the gun. My daughter picked the black one with pink grips.

I think she'll be very happy with it. Look forward to the range report.
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:23 PM
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This is a great range and carry pistol. we carry 1 in the chamber ,hammer back ready to fire, the hand grip safety prevents firing until you grip it ,and squeeze the trigger. i will buy more sti.
I hope you also engage the thumb safety while carrying cocked. Grip safety is not enough margin for error. And yes, I started with a single STi. It was less than three weeks I started looking for another. It doesn't stop. I'm at five now. Enjoy. Safe shooting.
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:07 PM
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yes she does use thumb safety , sorry i omitted that ,did a little edit to that post ,thanks for the catch, don't want to mislead anybody

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Old 09-29-2012, 06:12 PM
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our elektra came with a 7 round metalform mag,bought a 8 roung kimber ,which is flush on bottom,the gun shop where i bought the sti told me to just load 7 rounds in the kimber mag and it would work great so that is what we do.
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i bought one about a year ago for the wife ,we have run over 800 rounds through it, it came with 1 mag and i bought a kimber mag for it too, This gun is "really good", we have not had any feed or ejection issues ,none, really fun shooter with a 3 lb trigger, low recoil for a 9mm using federal 115 gr fmj [clean burning choice] from wally world and have run other brands too. i"m saving up to get a boy blue one. we have other black firearms , but this is our favorite shooter.This is a great range and carry pistol. we carry 1 in the chamber ,safety on, hammer back ready to fire, the hand grip safety prevents firing until you grip it ,and squeeze the trigger. i will buy more sti.
I know exactly what you mean, I have an Escort in 9mmm the Lawman in 45 and think my next one will be a 2011.
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yes she does use thumb safety , sorry i omitted that ,did a little edit to that post ,thanks for the catch, don't want to mislead anybody
WHEW!.... Glad to hear it. I know she will enjoy that pistol for a long time. and own other different models. You'll be buying an LS9 if she ever handles one in a gun store
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:14 PM
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the gun store where we got the elektra is an hour away, and does not have every model in stock , i would like to handle the ls9 , we did run the trojan in 9mm at the range, liked it, so then she went for the shorter pink elektra she put her walther P99 40cal on the shelf which she dearly loved. we enjoy target shooting together and have several black pistols , but when she seen the "pinky bling thing" it was time to buy more ammo. she has a boy blue on order for my christmas present, i think this would be a really good present every year , a guy could suffer through this , one of our friends wife gets him a rifle every year, he never complains
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