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Old 11-28-2010, 03:19 PM   #1
 
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For our annual Thanksgiving weekend shoot my brother-in-law brought a weapon I'd never seen or even heard of before: an STI GP6 -- 9mm DA/SA auto made in eastern Europe with frame safety, half-cock notch, and cocked-and-locked carry option. It had adjustable sights and a single action trigger let-off that was about the lightest on any autoloader I'd ever fired. The frame mounted safety also disengaged too easily for me. In fact, it fired too easily with each shot being a surprise; I couldn't make it go off when I wanted to with the let-off being always a fraction of a second ahead of me.



I had the Bersa Thunder Pro 9mm. Of course, he didn't like the grip on the Bersa, and noted that Argentinians must all have hands the size of pro basketball players. That Bersa consistently was pitching empties to my right rear in about a 2' square; that even impressed my b-in-l. Accuracy between the two pistols was comparable with both being very accurate and reliable shooters. Trigger reset was also comparable, but I won the mag dump round. He was also impressed by the fact that mine was about $300 less than his.



Anybody ever heard of these GP6's? I've not noticed any posts about them and tried to find same without success.



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Old 11-28-2010, 06:47 PM   #2
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Hello. A friend of mine has one and I've shot it on a couple of occassions. I found that the sights were well-regulated for factory 124-gr. ball and it was reliable with both that and a few JHP's. I found the sight picture very acceptable as was the single-action trigger-pull. DA was heavy but smooth and presented no problems if memory serves.



Here is some more on the design that might be of use:



http://www.stiguns.com/guns/GP6-C/GP6-C.php



http://www.americanrifleman.org/Arti...id=1358&cid=19



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Power_K100



I was at STI a few months after the company had decided to import the pistol on their name and was told that the gun was chosen because of its cocked-and-locked capability and because it would group nicely coupled with excellent reliability. My personal hands-on experience with my friend's pistol (along with one different one) had been uniformly positive.



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Old 12-03-2010, 04:39 PM   #3
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Hello Romeofoxtrot,



sorry for the late answer. I'm not sure how could I miss this thread, but somehow I managed to... :(



The mentioned gun is manufactured in Slovakia (eastern part of Central Europe....or western part of Eastern Europe :)) by a company called Grand Power. The director of the company is called Jaroslav Kuracina, who is the designer of the Grand Power K100 pistol. He is a nice guy. He imports STI products to Slovakia and when I had some question about the STI Spartan he was kind enough to help me out on the phone.



The K100 is a polymer framed DA/SA firearm with a manual safety and excellent ergonomics (in my opinion, and the opinion of my friends is the same) but it's different than most other such pistols because it uses a barrel which rotates around the bore axis to unlock from the slide (something similar than on some Berettas). This supposedly reduces felt recoil and muzzle flip. According to my friend who competes with a K100 the gun is extremely reliable. Kuracina likes to tell, that his gun is more durable than CZs (and I think he did some tests) and that his barrel will withstand more bullets put downrange than the barrels on the CZs. Currently the Slovak police is contemplating about changing the duty firearm from CZ 83 in 9mm Makarov to the Grand Power K100 in 9mm Luger.



If I'm correct, the STI GP6 is the same gun than the K100 with some minor changes, for example the shape of the hammer is a bit different. Here is a link to Grand Power's website, if you are interested, you can compare the GP6 to the various K100 models. http://www.grandpower.eu/index.php?o...art&Itemid=119



Here you can see a link to a thread when I mentioned some basic facts about the K100 and the successes of Grand Power's shooting team. It's in the 4th reply. http://www.handgunsandammunition.com...pic.php?t=6861



At the and I want to say that my friend dearly loves his K100. I fired only a couple of magazines from it, but I was favorably impressed by the handling, ergonomics and trigger (that gun had a trigger job done by Mr. Kuracina).



Best wishes and sorry for the late response,

Zoli



PS. There is also a full auto version of the K100.... .....and the latest version has interchangeable backstraps to make the good ergonomics even better...
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:11 PM   #4
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You commented that the latest version of the K100 has an interchangeable backstrap; do you know if this will apply to the STI pistols? After looking for some time, I finally was able to fondle an GP5 last week but was disappointed to find it did not fit my hand well. The grip lower part of the grip was too full causing the muzzle to rise requiring a conscious effort to bend the wrist to align the sights. If it were not for that, I would have a new pistol now.
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Old 12-06-2010, 10:10 AM   #5
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Hello Tekarra,



I don't have information if STI will import and sell under his name the interchangeable backstrap version of the K 100, but I think, sooner or later it will happen because it is a considerable improvement of the design. The question here in my opinion is, if there is interest in the US for a DA/SA STI. If they see potential in it, they might expand the line of STI marketed Grand Powers.



The website of Grand Power has a forum attached to it. Im not registered but I'll try to find the answer to your question. At the moment I'm very busy, but I'll do it as soon as I'll have time.



Best wishes,

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PS. Please forgive me for the possible misspellings, I'm typing this on my mobile phone while traveling by train. :)
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