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EAA Witness, anyone??

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Mikej, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Specifically the Elite Stock II and Elite Limited and, possibly the Elite Hunter. For some reason this company seems like they really do things right, and for a reasonable price from my research. I'm shooting a CZ75 P01 in .40 and love it, but I don't have a good full size range gun in 9mm and I'm itching to get something a little more exotic, if you could call a mid/higher end EAA "exotic".

    Supposedly these guns are the GO-TO competition guns in Europe. The equivalent of our Les Baer's, Night Hawks and Ed Browns? Word has it that these fire arms have, readily available, different caliber, barrel and spring sets so it's easy to change caliber. If I wanted to dabble in 10mm for instance, the gun would handle it.


    Witness Elite Stock 2- Tanfoglio | EAA Corporation/ USSG

    Witness Hunter- Tanfoglio | EAA Corporation/ USSG

    Witness Elite Limited- Tanfoglio | EAA Corporation/ USSG

    So, what does anyone know first hand of these (Fine-Looking) fire arms? Do you think $1,220.00+ fees to get an Elite Limited here is outrageous?

    I called "Tigard Pawn 4 More" yesterday and spoke with Tim, the owner, as I've never done an FFL transfer and was not sure how it goes. Tim was the nicest guy you could ever talk to, and put any worries/fears I had about the process completely out of my mind! So for the price of $25.00 INCLUDING the $10.00 BGC fee, I'll drive over the them, if and when.

    Thanks!

    Mike
     
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  2. guitarguy

    guitarguy Longview, WA Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    The CZ SP-01 Shadow is a comparable pistol and an excellent shooter. CZ Custom in Mesa Arizona turns out a number of pistols in your price range. Or at least they will when CZ fills the back orders.
     
  3. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    As I said, I have the CZ 75 in .40 and love it, even with the factory trigger I can shoot it better at times than my full size Kimber. I just wanted something different, not polymer, long barrel, full weight and dependable.

    The news is after yesterday, went to Keith's and put in the order! Tanfoglio Witness Elite Limited in 9mm, Witness Elite Limited- Tanfoglio, coming in considerably less that the MSRP on their site.

    Mike
     
  4. nfield4

    nfield4 Mid Willamette Valley, OR Active Member

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    I really like this style pistol. I have a 9mm and 45. I had a 40 full size that was the most comfortable shooting 40 I ever shot. (Divested myself of that caliber, so it's gone.)

    Never fired one in 10mm. The most comfortable for me in 10 was the Glock. So how does Witness style pistol shoot in this caliber?
     
  5. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I haven't the slightest idea! The CZ-75 in .40 is a pleasure, i know that, so this ought to be a cream puff in 9mm with the loads I'm doing now. You mention the Glock in 10mm....A gentleman at the range let me shoot a few from his Glock 10mm, felt pretty good for a polymer gun actually.

    I'm looking forward to developing some hotter loads for 9mm, maybe scoping the gun and seeing what kind of accuracy I could get at distance with it.

    Mike
     
  6. 97321

    97321 Albany Active Member

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    I've got a 9mm P Carry on the classifieds, but I'm not trying to shill for it. I honestly love the Witness. I switched to .45, so I'm divesting my stock of 9 mm.
    I don't know a better recommendation than that when I moved to .45, I did it with another Witness.

    I think these guns don't get enough credit for quality, accuracy, and feel. Maybe it's because you don't have to spend a lot for them. Of course you're talking about spending more for the Elite, so I can only believe that translates into an even better product.
     
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  7. 45 for me

    45 for me Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I've got the 10mm Elite Limited on my list. From what I've read, a very nice gun at a reasonable price. There is a dude on Glock Talk that has a crazy number of expensive handguns, and did a fairly comprehensive side by side review of them, and the EAA scored very highly. The winner was the Sig p226 X5L1. The review was for high end non 1911's
     
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  8. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    If the Elite Limited is as they say it is it isn't really what I'd call "High End" in my limited experience. Kimber, Colt, and certainly the Ed Browns, Les Baers, Night Hawk, Sigs, a whole lotta guns more spendy than the Elite.
     
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    97321 Albany Active Member

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    Do you define "high-end" as merely a description of the price tag? I believe the OP was more interested in the reputation for high-end quality that these guns have, and whether any members here had direct experience with them.
     
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  10. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    10mm Elite Limited, my next primary CCW
     
  11. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    I did NOT need to see that pistol. Now I am in lust!

    Witness???? Hmmm, I'd say no "witnesses" left to talk you pull that bad boy out!

    Brutus Out
     
  12. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    What's not to like?
    10MM cartridge
    15 shots
    Browning Hi Power ergos
    Looks a lot like the old Bren 10
    Quality Italian manufacture

    This guy is funny but he eventually gets to the review. BTW most factory ammo has been downloaded to about 40 S & W level. Handloading can reap a much higher velocity

    [video=youtube;ZJrIxCYwdIs]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJrIxCYwdIs[/video]
     
  13. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    They come in 38 Super, too

    [video=youtube;XuEWfF6m-RM]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuEWfF6m-RM[/video]
     
  14. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    http://i625.photobucket.com/albums/tt339/gce61/DSCF1668.jpg

    Seeing as this thread is still active! ^^^^ The gun in the photo has the after market front sight. The outfit, henningshootsguns.com, is THE go-to store for Witness anything apparently.

    I hope I don't have to wait MONTHS for this gun.
     
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  15. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Henning has some great stuff and fair prices.. look at Bladetech holsters as well. Henning sells them but the selection is limited. Bladetech will build you a custom holster in different colors, I am probably going to buy one of these in carbon.. educate yourself on the EAA model differences. Some have the new rail as depicted in the 38 super review video, and they will not fit in holsters deigned for the railless version

    I'm a leather holster guy but this may be a kydex I'll buy

    OWB Holster

    And if I like it, one of these

    OWB Pistol w/Tac-light Holster


    I'm going for one of these as well

    "Yaqui Slide" Holster

    Last I looked Impact Guns out of Utah had a bunch of EAA Witness models in stock. I've blown my gun budget until February so I have to wait
     
  16. oli700

    oli700 Rogue Valley Well-Known Member

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    Mike, I have shot exactly 200 rounds from an Eaa Hunter 45acp……nice pistol and one of the better CZ clones imo……still not as refined as my SP-01 in 9mm. I personally don’t think any of the CZ clones quite match the original but if it’s what you have your mind set on I am sure you will like it.


    Shoot one of these before you make your final decision, good luck whatever you decide
    IMG_1275_zps60c8806e.jpg
     
  17. EZLivin

    EZLivin SW of PDX Well-Known Member

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    These guys make leather holsters that fit full-size Witness models:

    MERNICKLE HOLSTERS
     
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