GUNS Magazine June 2013 Digital Edition - Page 40

GUNS ExclUSivE! T Massad ayoob PHotos: JosePH r. noVeLoZo oday, the 39-ounce, all-steel Government format with 5-inch barrel has become surprisingly popular in the 9mm chambering, and almost every 1911 manufacturer has at least one model available. Why? Because in that big, heavy gun, the recoil of the 9mm round is negligible. Older folks like it. Folks with arthritis or thin wrists or limited upper body strength like it. (Running with a lighter recoil spring, its slide is much easier to rack than that of a 1911 .45, another advantage for the strength-challenged.) Because there are action shooting matches like IDPA where an 11-shot 9mm has some advantages in certain areas, there are competitive shooters who like it. And the same is true in some semi-automatic pistol categories of NRA PPC shooting. Now comes the STI Duty One 5.0 (“Five-Oh,” get it?) all-steel 1911 single-stack magazine pistol, available in .45 ACP, .40 S&W, and 9mm. GUNS’ test sample was in the latter chambering hence the need to frame up front the rationale of the 9mm 1911. The 5.0 is an upgrade of the earlier STI Duty One, which I believe was STI’s first with a tactical rail. Rabbit Boyett, marketing manager for STI, tells me the one tested for this article is the first to leave the factory. Needless to say, we were eager to take it to the range. The pistol is dark gray, almost flat black, finished with STI’s standard hot bluing process. Attention is 40 W W W. G U N S M AG A Z I N E . C O M • J U N E 2 0 1 3

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