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STi’S The SenTinel This “soft ball” load landed in a 1.3" spread from the 25 yard bench. It’s a commercial cast 230grain round nose over 5.5 grains of Unique. The Sentinel Premier is a full-featured, match-ready 1911 suitable for general use. Premier The Sentinel Premier field stripped. The chamber is fully supported for +P loads. Keeno Worley in the small parts shop at STI. He’s in charge of the EDM machinery and the lockwork of 1911 and 2011 pistols. he STI shop at Georgetown, Texas introduced the Sentinel Premier in order to field a full-featured 1911 equivalent in performance to the best of the small shop custom offerings — at a considerable cost savings to the consumer. This seems a feasible set of goals, as the company is heavily invested in precision, automated machine tools, capable of running multiple production lines and assuring the greatest possible degree of repeatability of minimum tolerance components. All of the stock superlatives such as T mike CumPSTon “Seems to Float on a Cushion of Air, etc” apply when describing the close mating of slide to frame on the Sentinel Premier and other handguns from the company. All action components are produced by Electric Discharge Machining (EDM) and require minimal, though skilled, final fitting. Skilled gunsmiths oversee final assembly and hand fitting of the parts as necessary. An added boon to the consumer is a shorter wait time than might be expected with the made-toorder custom pistols. In fact, STI handguns are frequently in-stock items with their associated distributors. The Dawson/Precision /STI Perfect Impact Sight. Dave Dawson is a preeminent custom pistol maker and a former STI shop manager. A Lotta’ Pistol The Sentinel Premier is a competition-ready pistol also deemed suitable for general use. The single available caliber is .45 ACP and options are limited to industrial hard chrome finishing and an ambidextrous safety. Basic features are those found across the board with current high-end 1911 type pistols. For instance, the balance, placement of fire controls, 30 lpi checkering and 46 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER2010