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  1. I've had the RIA doublestack for about 2 years now, and have no complaints. The only problem which I consider a blessing is that the fiber optic insert popped out of the front sight after not much shooting. I dislike fiber optic sights, especially shooting outdoors, and prefer the sight picture without it...so no loss for me. As for grip size, I have medium sized hands with what I think are fairly short fingers, and I like the feel of the Caspian-style doublewide frame. I also like the fact it's all metal, and I prefer the 'Parkerized' sort of finish--I very much dislike polished finishes, especially stainless ones. It has about 1,500 rounds of handloads through it, both cast and Hornady HAP and Hornady hollow points, and I don't recall a single goof-up. I like it enough I've seriously considered buying a second one--for no logical reason at all other than I think it's worth about twice the asking price and is a blast to shoot. For everyday 10mm carry I go with a Glock 29, but it's not a joy to shoot really, even with an aftermarket trigger. My personal preference for anything in 10mm is doublestack--I've always felt that's one of the big attractions of 10 and is not to be 'wasted' with an 8 or 9 round magazine...but that's not enough to stop me from getting a Kimber of Dan Wesson when the time comes. Right now, I'm looking into the Springfield XD(M), actually the short 4.5" one. It seems like a good option to me for another 10 without a 2nd mortgage. Of all my 10s, I find the Glock 20 to be the least enjoyable to shoot...but it's one of those things that's all about personal preference, feel, aesthetics, etc.
  2. I'm not sure what constitutes the 'best' pistol for any purpose, but simply based on the mechanical design including wall thicknesses of barrel and slide, I'm quite comfortable loading up to what I believe is maximum recommended loads for 10mm in both my G20 and G29. I didn't see where you specifically wanted or did not want any particular gun, nor did I see that you specifically wanted or did not want to shoot lead. I shoot lead and clean my barrels from time-to-time, and use conventionally-rifled after market barrels as well. My impression based solely on how much steel is involved is that a 10mm Glock should be at least as strong as any 1911 design I've seen, but I shoot hot loads by the 100s in my EAA Witness Hunter (basically a 1911 design) and I'm quite comfortable it's holding up well. It's an incredibly-built gun, and I think its frame-outside-the-slide interface may be a slight improvement (for strength) over the 1911 design. That's a bit sketchy, since I've never seen a 1911 slide failure so I don't know what a common failure mode might be. Barrel and locking lugs are virtually identical to a 1911 on the Witness Hunter though, so no improvement there over a 1911 that I can imagine. The most challenging aspect of your whole goal (to shoot 'hot' loads safely) is, IMO, finding published loads having published, measured pressures close to SAAMI recommended max. I see a lot of folks working up 10mm loads for which they have no earthly idea what the peak pressures are, and nothing blows up so they press on. Not my idea of a sensible approach, but hey, that's just me. My approach, which may not work, is to get hold of late 80s to 90s load manuals (one should be in my mailbox in a few days), where I hope to find loads much closer to SAAMI max recommendations that the online stuff I see from Hodgdon, for example. Anyway, all that said, I have no idea how major manufacturers design and test their barrels for particular cartridges. That's always been an interest of mine. Buying a revolver to allow shooting 10mm at max or over-max pressures seems kind of goofy to me--but I'm not a revolver enthusiast. Unless I was trying to consolidate calibers and was already shooting 10mm in an auto pistol, I'd prefer to buy a 41 or 44 mag, where you can get quite a bit more at recommended pressures. Certainly not a bad idea to use a 610 as your test platform I suppose, but I'm not sure exactly what you'd be 'testing'. This is the first time I've seen or even heard of the Star Megastar. What a lovely thing, and how nice to know how far ahead of their time Star was with the double-stack 10. It's still a real head-scratcher for me wondering why anyone would build a full-size single stack 10mm. Seems to give up so much for no good reason.
  3. I personally would simply shoot in the stock barrel and inspect to see how things go. 'Inspect' includes using a bore brush with the muzzle held over a large piece of clean paper (such as a target) to you can actually see the lead. You might find there is't much to speak of. I've never had fouling that indicated a problem, but naturally some loads have been worse than others. The problem I have had with Lone Wolf barrels is reliable feeding, even with full-length resized cases. From time to time I get a batch I haven't full-length resized and that's a definite problem if that brass was loaded heavy in a previous life. Anyway, congratulations on the G29--it's one of my very favorites to shoot. I have no idea what spring I'm running in it right now, but it handles everything I throw at it with no problems I can see, anyway. Other than dropping in a Fulcrum trigger and putting Trijicons on it, I haven't done anything and have no plans to. I have shot it on several range outings with G20 magazines, and the results weren't good--fairly regular failures of one sort or another. WIth the G29 magazines and Pierce pinkies, all is good. I love that little gun.
  4. This is likely a repeat of a similar post here or elsewhere, but, while I've been a 1911 lover since I owned my first one in 1968, my experience with the Witness Hunter has been excellent. It's a beautifully machined, beautifully finished all-steel 1911-style gun with 15+1 capacity and no 'double-wide' feel to it. A fully-supported chamber, 6" barrel, real wood checkered grips, checkered front and back grip and an adjustable rear sight. I don't believe there have been any reported problems with EAA Witness pistols outside of the Wonder finish models, and the Elite, Steel, Hunter, Limited all share what I think is a rock solid well-fitted design. They all appear to share the same magazines and recoil springs (and probably other parts), which have always been available at Midway. I'm not a capacity nut by any means, but when one of the big benefits of 10mm is exploited while also providing an exceptionally comfortable grip, it seems unnecessary to give that up. While I love the 1911 and always will, I'm able to reserve 8+1 for cases when I want an even more compact gun. I can certainly see a 10mm Fusion CCO in my future though, but that would only be because I appreciate the 1911, not because I don't already have what I feel is the perfect 10mm carry in the G29,
  5. G29 gets my vote for carry without hesitation, and for a larger capacity all-steel 1911 type gun I'd go Witness Hunter. I've always loved the 1911 but for me, the Witness Hunter has all the wonderful aspects of a 1911 including a very nice trigger, with 15+1 capacity and no practical penalty that I can see. Plus, I feel it had a fit and finish that surpasses just about any 1911 I've seen in the same price range or even for 75% more than it's typical $1,100 asking price. Now, that's your full 6" gun there, and so somewhat more limited than a 1911 standard size package. If I had to choose Just One because you did ask for best 'all around', then to me an 'all around' gun absolutely must be one I carry--nod goes to the G29, The only thing it gives up to the G20 is capacity, and that's fixed with a magazine change. I don't believe the G29 gives up anything else to any other choice you can make other than aesthetics--you can't replace the sound of a 1911 slide slamming home, and that should be music to every handgunner's ear. If you're on the right end of it, of course.
  6. I believe this only applies to the Wonder finish guns--that's the only reference to cracking I've ever seen, at least. I've heard of no problems at all with any of the all-steel guns such as Witness Steel, Witness Elite, Witness Hunter and Witness Stock. Also, while yes there are a lot of Glocks out there, there are also a lot of aftermarket barrels in them in those cases where shooters want to minimize brass damage yet shoot max (and ridiculously over-max) hand loads. I have no idea what the connection is between Wonder finish and frame cracking--that is, if Wonder finish guns had a specific design or material or both that was the source of the problem. I assume it isn't the finish itself, but that the finish was coincidental with the actual underlying problem.
  7. There is one other option you might consider, selling usually for about $1,100 new, and that's the Tanfoglio WItness Hunter. It's basically a 1911-like gun, but it's an all-steel 15-rnd exceptionally-well machined and finished beauty with as full-supported a chamber as you're likely to find. Parts for the Witness line are plentiful, my experience with their customer service was excellent the one time I contacted them, and again, I don't think you'll find any gun that's more nicely built short of perhaps a 1911 costing 2 to 3 times as much. I would certainly recommend it over a Delta based on what I believe is well-documented lack of chamber support in the Colt. That could be internet legend, or perhaps doesn't apply to later models--but the discussions abound as do photo 'evidence' that it's not the gun for higher-power 10mm rounds. I don't know that for a first-hand fact. There are probably a dozen of them for sale right now at Gunbroker, Gunsamerica, Impact, Buds, etc., but you're not so likely to find one in a shop--however I'd think the same is true for the Omega and DE. I did see an Omega just yesterday at Gunbroker, but I'd buy a second Witness Hunter before I'd buy any of them. It's just plain gorgeous and shoots like a dream. I know you didn't ask for 'what are my options', but an all-steel 15+1 package that's not as thick as a brick (and is actually even more comfortable than a 1911 to me) isn't something to be ignored. Yes, it's got a goofy trigger guard, but as the owner of two Glocks, I don't discount a gun just because it has an ugly trigger guard.
  8. Congratulations!! I've heard of the guide rod problem, and have seen the aftermarket guide rods at Hennings, I think. I have the Witness Hunter, which has a different guide rod, so I have not seen the problem first hand. I agree, the triggers are quite nice. My only quibble is the lateral movement on mine, and apparently it's also a common thing since Henning specifically addresses the issue with his aftermarket trigger. But, it's not something can actually feel while shooting and I don't think it has any impact on my accuracy--it's really more of an aesthetic thing, IMO. While again, I don't own the Elite Match, it clearly has a lot in common with the rest of the Witness line, and I just see no reason for any upgrades. My recommendation would be to pump at least 1,500 rds downrange with it, let that trigger settle in and see if you have any problems that need to be addressed. I'm thinking you won't. My adjustable rear sight tends to loosen up over time and that's become a source of frustration, but when it is shooting, it shoots very accurately. My only tweak will be to remove the rear sight completely so I can clear the Tanfoglio sight mount I have for it, and mount a Fastfire III on it. The only reason for this is that I like shooting with a red dot and not having to ditz with prescription shooting glasses...not because I expect this to reduce my group size. Honestly, if the gun is new, my experience was that it took about 1,000 shots to smooth out the trigger--and this can be done dry firing just as well as with live ammo--with of course all the other benefits of dry fire practice.
  9. Naturally, everyone's experience might be different and depend on all sorts of things. But, I often wonder about why so many people are concerned with bore leading or seem to have problems with it. I actually wonder if there's really a problem, or if folks see some fouling and automatically perceive it as a problem. I haven't been able to determine from online posts which is which. I recently bought an EAA Witness Hunter model in 10mm, and have fired a few hundred rounds of lead through it--most those loads at the hot end of the spectrum. While the bore appears to be about as glass-smooth as any barrel I've owned, my understanding is that it's polygonal rifling. I have not seen any lead build-up, and have certainly seen what I consider to be very fine accuracy (for me, at least). I don't pay much attention to the lead I use--it's whatever I get. I have been quenching my bullets intended for the 10mm, but I've not taken a hardness tester to them and don't worry about it much. I've used pretty much one lube and one lube only for 650 fps 45ACP loads, the full range of loads in 40SW, and up through max loads in 10mm--I have never seen anything but very minor fouling just ahead of the chamber, and very little that didn't come out with a dozen or so passes of the bore brush. This has been the case for Sig P220, M&P 45c, M&P 40 Pro, Kahr K40 and now the Witness Hunter. Again, the lead has been whatever I have, although I expect it has been largely wheel weights and maybe a good bit of reclaimed range lead. I use Jake's Purple Ceresin lube for everything, so maybe that's actually a factor in my no-leading situation that I haven't fully appreciated. I expect to take delivery of a Glock 29 in the next few weeks, and won't hesitate to pump a lot of full-up lead loads downrange with it right out of the box. While I'm not so arrogant as to not check the bore after the first 20, 50 and 250 rds, I'm really expecting smooth sailing. If not, I've got a real barrel sitting on the bench ready to drop in.
  10. That's actually the 'Gold Match Bullseye', a different model. The Hunter is still all black. Just got one delivered a few short weeks ago:
  11. I'm so thrilled I can't control my need to plaster pics everywhere. Just took possession of this one today and have just 100 rds through it. I honestly couldn't find a sight I liked better--I know this is gargantuan--but it's easy to see and it's got a 1 MOA dot...so it seems to be working for me, and heck, this wasn't going to be my carry gun anyway.
  12. Congratulations--I'm not familiar with ANY of the classic S&W auto pistols, but they certainly are beautiful. I understand from a bit of reading the 4506 was produced in 45 Super as well...that would be quite a prize I'd think.
  13. For many years I always heard about the recoil of the 45 (I've been shooting it off and on since 1968), and more recently as I've gotten back into shooting, it's always the 40SW that gets the 'snappy' recoil commentary. As for 10mm, it seems as though folks repeat what they've heard so often that it is a bigger-than-life cartridge in terms of punishing recoil. It's good, in my view, anytime someone does a little advertising and review of the cartridge and the guns chambered in it. I just recently bought an EAA Witness Hunter in 10, and should take delivery next week if all goes well. With Glock having stayed the course, EAA producing quite a number of extraordinary pistols in 10, and Fusion offering just about their entire line of 1911 guns in the caliber, I have a feeling it will be around for a long time to come. While I don't have experience with it, I have very high hopes based on all I've heard from folks who actually shoot it. Seems, on the face of it, to be just about the perfect autopistol round, providing a sweet spot of power and capacity, without a ridiculous length for the average hand. Thanks for posting the vid...that was fun. Always nice to see a firearm vid where the participants aren't complete 'tards.
  14. I have an EAA Witness Hunter on the way and thought I should start researching optics. I"ve been an iron sight guy all my life and have never fired a weapon with a red dot or reflex sight. Now, while I expect to do my research on sight options in general, I thought I'd ask about this specific handgun in case options are limited and I can avoid looking at a lot of stuff that doesn't apply. My understanding is that the Witness Hunter is drilled and tapped for a C More mount, but why this mount would be unique in this regard I don't know. I won't be hunting (ever) with this gun, but may want to do some challenging longer-range target and plinking. What are good options, what are the products, what do you recommend? Am I better off with a conventional scope if there won't be any 'action' involved (stationary target, stationary shooter). Also, while I'd like to fantasize about outdoor long range shots, reality is 90% of all shooting will likely be limited to indoor 25 yd max, the remaining 10% probably outdoor, sandbag, 50-75 yds. What are the typical products for this handgun--any ideas?
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