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New Witness Compact

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by wbwanzer, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. wbwanzer

    wbwanzer Well-Known Member

    Here is my new Witness Compact 9mm. Haven't gotten to shoot it yet as I just picked it up. I already have a Witness Elite Match so I'm familiar with the Tanfoglio brand, and it being a CZ clone etc... Seems like it could be carried without too much trouble. The barrel is 3.6" and it weighs about 30 oz, if I remember correctly. It feels good in the hand.

    I almost bought an Armalite AR-24 which would be very similar to this pistol, but would have to have been ordered. I saw this one in the case at the range and decided to go for it. I am aware that EAA can be a problem with service, but figured that the aftermarket for the Witness would be stronger than for the Armalite (which would be non-existant).

    Anyway, I hope that I like it as much as I think that I will when I get to try it. Hopefully that will happen this week.

    I just found out that the mag holds 13 even though the manual says 10. I figured it would be more than 10 but wasn't sure until just now. Cool beans.


    Last edited: Jun 24, 2012
  2. hAkron

    hAkron Well-Known Member

    I've been thinking HARD about picking one up myself. I love my CZ's, and Tanfoglios are excellent clones. I really love the caliber conversion option. You can buy a conversion for .22, .40, .38 Super, .45, & 10MM and they are not terribly expensive. My current debate is do I want the compact or the full sized. Once I figure that out I'll probably make the purchase.

    As far as EAA customer service, I have emailed them with questions once or twice and the were very responsive. I have heard of warranty issues but nothing first hand.
  3. hAkron

    hAkron Well-Known Member

    Oh, and I forgot - Congratulstions!!
  4. wbwanzer

    wbwanzer Well-Known Member

  5. billymarr

    billymarr Well-Known Member

    I loved mine but gave it to my Dad for Fathers day as he and mom live on the texas Mexico border. It is the 45ACP Polymer and it shoots great. I kept the fullsize though.
  6. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    Many of the parts for the Witness should be usable in the AR-24, as the AR-24 is a clone of the Witness.
    The manual was probably written for California, which is 10 round max. Standard cap mags for the Compact is 13, has been since we had a few of them years ago, good solid gun, congrats! Is that the Wonder finish?
    Most holsters for the CZ-75 Compact should work, as well as semi-boned rigs for the Glock 19.
  7. bdb benzino

    bdb benzino Well-Known Member

    Nice pick up!! I really like the newer rear sights ( look similar to Novaks ) that they have been using lately, they are much more attractive than the tall rear bar they used to use.
  8. wbwanzer

    wbwanzer Well-Known Member

    That is indeed, the Wonder finish.

    I picked up a $10 holster yesterday at a gun show that works well with the Witness. I'm really starting to accumulate a pile of holsters. The sad part is that I live in the People's Republic of Maryland and can't carry where I live. I do have my Utah non-res permit which allows me to carry in neighboring states, but that doesn't happen very often. But it's good to know that the CZ75 Compact holsters will also work. I kinda figured that they would though.
  9. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    I believe there are quite a few subtle and not-so-subtle differences, one of the latter being that the AR-24 is small framed and uses standard CZ mags.
  10. Ash

    Ash Well-Known Member

    The small frame will affect magazines - all current Witness pistols are large-frame. Yet other parts like the trigger will interchange just fine.

    One thing is for sure, parts are easy to get for either.

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