Disclaimer: this is long but hopefully entertaining. How I Went Home with an Escort No, no, no, not THAT kind of Escort. This was an STI Escort, an officer frame 1911. If you've read my review of the STI Shadow, then you know how much I love that pistol and that I carry it daily. Now you may be wondering, if I love that Shadow so much, why did I buy an Escort? Well, I hadn't bought another pistol for a while, and I started getting that feeling. You might know the one. The one where you start thinking, I just NEED to add another gun to my collection. I had the itch. Had it bad. I finally gave in and decided that I needed a backup 1911 from STI in the same size. Since I didn't want to limit myself to an identical pistol, I looked at other officer models and came away impressed with the STI Escort. Now, I have heard that there are wives out there who will buy firearms for their husbands. Birthdays, Christmas, whatever the occasion, but they buy them as gifts. Personally, I think they're a myth. It can't be true, can it? MY wife's never done that, and I'm awesome, so if anyone's wife would buy one, surely MINE would, right? Right? Well, while I was waiting for hell to freeze over, I decided I'd better buy my own birthday present. Let's look up an Escort I said to myself! No, no, no, not that kind of Escort. Sheeesh, we've been through that already! My local dealer was out of Escorts, and my birthday was just a few days away. Hmmm, maybe I'll check out Gunbroker just in case. It must have been my lucky day, because an auction was just ending on a NIB Escort from an out of state dealer, so I snagged it for $800. $355 off list, not bad I thought. Add in shipping and transfer fees and I was out the door two days before my birthday with my brand new .45ACP Escort for $850. Happy Biiiiirthday, G27, Happy Biiiiirthday to me. The Escort is an officer length 1911 with a forged aluminum frame coated in KG and a blued carbon steel slide. Many of the features are just like the Shadow.... stippled front strap, checkered MSH, undercut trigger guard, machine beveled magwell, round top, 3" ramped bull barrel, RecoilMaster guide rod system, etc. The main difference, aside from the finish, is the sights. The Shadow has Heinie Straight 8 tritium night sights recessed into a channel in the slide top. This pistol has a plain round top with TAS sights (Tactical Adjustable Sights) without illumination. The Escort also comes with standard width checkered cocobolo grips instead of the agressively textured G10 grips on the Shadow. I decided that a birthday pistol needs some custom grips. So, a few emails back and forth with Esmeralda and I had a set of grips on order to my specifications. I combined the features I liked from several of her more common grips and asked her to blend them and some personalized incsriptions into the set you see below. Alright, now down to the shooting. How did this pistol perform? In a word, great. Just like the Shadow I had no probems with any of my standard FMJ practice ammo (WWB or PMC) or with any of the JHP I tried (Speer, Hornady, Winchester, mostly). The factory mags and the thin baseplate Wilsons I favor both performed as expected. I lost track of round count on this one, but it's still low at somewhere between 600-800. It is a little easier for me to be more precise with the Escort due to the different sights (3-dot Novak style rather than the Straight 8 "dot the i" night sights on the Shadow). On the other hand, I find the Heinie sights to be quicker to pick up, especially so in lower lighting with their tritium vials. The RecoilMaster does seem to soften felt recoil, and translates that recoil into even more of a "push" back into the palm than most officer models. For comparison to a more typical guide rod and spring, my Colt Defender has a bit more muzzle rise. There are a lot of people who say an officer size 1911 won't be reliable. Both the Shadow and Escort have been very reliable for me. STI seems to have small 1911s figured out. Maybe the RecoilMaster is part of the answer. As another benefit, the RecoilMaster is said by STI to last 10x the number of rounds before needing to be changed. I haven't reached a spring change interval with my Escort, but the Shadow would more than likely have required at least one by now and is still going strong. Would I change anything about this pistol? For range use, no. For carry use, I would have preferred night sights but it's not a big enough deal to get me to swap them out. otherwise, it's another very nice 1911 that doesn't break the bank. Hope this was informative and a little entertaining. Thanks for reading, and please enjoy some pictures. STI Escort Calibers: .45ACP (9x19mm optional) Frame: forged aluminum officer length STIppled front strap undercut trigger guard machine beveled magwell Slide: carbon steel round top style rear cocking serrations oversized ejection port Barrel: 3" fully supported and ramped bull barrel Mainspring Housing: flat checkered polymer External Safety: single sided STI extended thumb safety Grip Safety: high rise beavertail Sights: Tactical Adjustable Sight (TAS) - "Novak" style white 3-dot Guide rod: STI RecoilMaster system Hammer: commander style Other: STI long curved trigger with stainless bow (~ 4.5 lbs weight) STI logo checkered cocobolo grips, standard thickness Finish: KG coated frame, blued slide Length: 7.0" Weight: 22.8oz Website: http://www.stiguns.com MSRP: $1155 Wanna kill these ads? We can help!