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  1. Throwing my $.02 in as a marketing professional. Sort of recapping what's mostly been said into a nice package. I'll take the role of STI's strategic marketing dude. My primary market segment has been competitive shooting, but it's become less attractive. Increased competition, significant warranty costs (because Ops can't build a good product), mass acceptance of USPSA divisions that preclude the use of STI's product, and a deteriorating reputation. Then, I wind up partnering with Taran Butler and my product is in a John Wick movie. My traditional market thinks they're a bit of a joke, but darned if those things aren't flying off the shelves. I receive a large bonus and buy Nebraska. People are clamoring for STI product, but those people want tacticool, not competition guns. Hmm...I can sell how many if I adjust my portfolio? Well then, I think it's about time we reposition our company; change the name and everything. Something much more edgy. Besides, it's not like Virgil's part of the company anymore. We can sell guns at roughly the same ASP to customers who won't push them hard enough to break them. And if they have issues, they can say 'look, I'm a bona fide 1911 owner'. They'll be easier to manufacture, too, so greater profit margin. And I'd give the middle finger to competition shooting, so fast, it would make your head spin. It's somewhat humorous. Within this thread, there's both a strong sentiment of STI not producing quality guns and a 'how dare you abandon us!'
  2. It depends how you define 'success' and 'recover'. I burned out 11 years ago from constant USPSA activity between April and October, yet not having a card with an M on it. I tried to return last year, if only out of boredom, finding myself living in the flatlands. A cracked slide on the used Open gun and a smith whose constant was moving out his commit date quashed that recovery. After pulling the gun out of the safe to start this season, I discovered it's like a SEAL Team without an exfil vehicle...it can't extract worth a damn. So, I'm teetering on burning out again, at the hands of a well-known gun builder. But, were that not the case, I'd be shooting again and enjoying the non-hardcore attitude I promised myself I'd stick with.
  3. Another vote for N105. Best I've found since 4756 went away.
  4. +1 on the large range bag. Mine is the largest I could find, when I bought it; has its own zip code. Holds everything I need for a match except for my belt/holster. Throw everything in the night before, so all you have to do the next morning is throw it in the car. Considering how everyone is using the collapsible wagons, these days, it's not even a hassle to lug around.
  5. I'll just have to trust you on that. Just seems like throwing a hood over Christy Turlington
  6. All I want to know is why one would cover up Damascus.
  7. A few months ago, I was talking with Bob Londrigan, and the topic of people sending his guns back to him for repair came up. He said that so many of his guns that come back for warranty work have been modified to the point where it's difficult to call them Brazos guns anymore. He's regularly amazed by what comes back to him. And if you think about the time that it takes for guns to go through a few sets of hands, etc. five years is about the point when competition guns start being breathed on by someone other than the original smith. And because they're a business, none of the prominent builders want to be known for telling an idiot who messed with his gun and broke it that he's an idiot.
  8. Glad you like it. Bumping with your support hand was a concern I had as well. I angle all of mine up about 30 degrees, just to be safe.
  9. These things didn't exist, when I decided to take a 10 year hiatus, so when I bought an Open gun last year, I wondered what the darned thing was. I've learned to like it, although I don't think it's improved my shooting.
  10. 4 months is a fantastic lead time...I just waited that long just to have my slide replaced...
  11. I think you'd wind up with a bunch of money invested, when for a little bit more, you can buy one of the Parrots in the classifieds and have something born an Open gun. Just my $.02
  12. Same situation for me. Bought a used gun from a guy with huge hands, where mine are smaller. Wound up changing out the arched mainspring housing and magwell to make the gun fit my grip better. Also shortened the long trigger. Swap it out is my vote.
  13. STI offered them, last time I had blasters built.
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