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Witness Elite Match range report

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by wbwanzer, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. wbwanzer

    wbwanzer Well-Known Member

    Today was my first chance to try out my new-to-me Witness Elite Match in 9mm. The gun is in excellent condition. I got it from Gun Broker and was told that it only had 200 rounds through it. I believe it. I also emailed EAA with the serial no. to find out the import date. It was imported on May 29, 2009, so it has not been around very long. So I'm satisfied with my deal.

    At the range, it gave me the accuracy that I was hoping it would. I was putting up five shot groups that were 1.75 inches, unsupported at 10 yards. That may not be great, but it's better than I can do with my other semis except for my .22s. I was very pleased.

    The pistol fills my hand nicely and recoil is more comfortable than on my other 9mms. I have had a CZ P-01, CZ 75B, and currently have an XDm and SIG P229. All in 9mm. The P-01 felt the best in my hand but was too light for me. This Witness feels good and handles recoil the best, in my opinion. I love my P229, but its shorter grip is now not as nice as the full length grip of the Witness in comparison.

    The only problem I had was with one of the two magazines. The slide would lock back without shooting the last bullet in the magazine. The other mag worked fine so I'll assume that its a magazine problem. I'll take apart and clean both before the next outing.

    So right now I'm loving this pistol. I had read many good things about it on the various forums and nothing bad, save for EAA as an importer. The gun is used so any repairs I need would be paid by me, so I'll send it to Henning if something goes wrong.

    Short of buying a 1911, I think I've found the holy grail I had been looking for. It looks good, feels good, and allows me to perform better than I do with my other nines. It's a winner.

    Here's a pic in case my previous thread had not been seen:

  2. jfh

    jfh Well-Known Member

    a nice overview, wbwanzer. The Elite Match is, IMO, one of the best-value firearms out there.

    Now, when you want to get adventurous, you can do the 'switch-top' drill and make it into a .45ACP, a 10mmAuto, or.... The .22LR top end is the best one to get to begin with, AFAICT.

    Jim H.
  3. Gunfighter123

    Gunfighter123 Well-Known Member

    I knew you would be happy with the Elite Match ---- as we talked about , it really is a Best Buy in the semi-auto market.

    Line your mags up and see if the slide stop hole is the same height on both --- I had to file a very small amount from the bottom of the slot in one of my mags that was engageing the slide stop --- also look at the "little edge" of the mag followers to see if they are the same hgt.
  4. loop

    loop Well-Known Member

    Congrats on your purchase. The Tanfoglio is a superb firearm.

    Your issue is a mag spring problem. Order a set of Wolff springs.
  5. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    Magazine issues are the weak spot of the EAA/Tanfoglio pistols, Fantastic guns once you get good mags.


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