Re: STI Spartan 9mm
I can't say enough about them. STI in my book is one of the best even surpassing Colt and Kimber, and Springfield by a long shot. (sorry springfield guys, they've been shipping out some real turds lately) The spartan is the bottom line gun but its better than top of the line from other manufactures. Your right about the slides, they are really smooth even for a low end. The steelmasters feel like they are on ball bearings. The price you can't go wrong either. Arched mainspring housing and different grips is small potatoes compared to what you have to do to other manufactures to get them running right.
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