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Which Witness Pistol Does My Son Have

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Howdy y'all!!!

 

I've been a member here for a while, but this is I believe my first post.

 

Back in May of this year, my son bought this Witness for his first handgun. I have had several Pre and Post EAA pistols, and I am a big fan of them, so I recommended he get one for his first handgun. After passing on the 1996 Witness in .45 that I now own, he he opted for this one, as he has heard a lot of good things about the .38 Super, mainly from me. I also knew that he wouldn't blow a lot of his money on ammo, due to the fact that in the area where we live, .45 is cheaper than .38 Super. BTW, he's tighter than Dick's hatband with his money, and that's a good thing. Anyway, I did find that his was made in 1995, but that's about all I have found out about it. It appears to be a semi-competition pistol, although the trigger is rougher than I-81 going through Virginia. The interrupter has a ridge in the middle of it, so it keeps popping out of place in DA. I have tried to polish this out when I smoothed the trigger out for him. I have since bought a new interrupter from Ben Stoeger, along with a lighter weight trigger bar plunger spring, as he doesn't like the factory weight. I will work on different hammer springs after I finish with the trigger.

 

This pistol has a squared and checkered triggerguard (both front and underside are checkered), checkered front strap, checkered back strap, competition style grips (plain Witness grips won't fit, they are too long), cheaper factory fixed rear sights and the usual solid front sight. According to EAA, the pistol did not come with the frame drilled and tapped, but this one has three holes on the left side, as opposed to Tanfoglio's four holes per side. The holes do not look like they were done by a gunsmith, as the finish in the holes is the same as the rest of the matte blue frame, and the holes are evenly spaced, so as to not take out the Witness name, or any of the other markings.

 

If anyone can shed some light on this, I would sure appreciate it. BTW, he is twenty-two, and has too many "important things to do" other than let me get more pics of his pistol. This is the only pic I have at the moment.

 

Thanks

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Like this right?

I'm pretty sure those three hole patterns were a factory item, they predate the tighter four hole pattern.  What you have is simply a Witness competition frame, they were sold bare in the early '90's

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Kneelingatlas, that is pretty much it, except his is matte blue, and the outside of the magwell is a little shorter from the bottom up. Other than that, and the cheaper factory sights, the slide serrations, his are the thin line serrations, and the checkered walnut grips, that is the same pistol.

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One other thing, his slide and barrel will fit perfectly on my frame, but my .45 slide and barrel will only go half way into the rails on his frame. If he gets another slide and barrel, other than just switching to a 9mm barrel, it will have to be fitted to the frame.

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