New Gun Day: EAA Witness P Full Size (Pics Inside)

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  1. JaPes

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    I purchased an EAA Witness P full size chambered in 9 X 19 mm. It's the Tanfoglio Force, imported from Italy by EAA. It's based off the CZ75.

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    This has got to be the smallest factory pistol case. The EAA Witness P includes one magazine, the instruction manual, a safety lock. It also includes two cleaning brushes: polymer bristle & phosphor bronze.

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    Back to the pistol...

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  3. JaPes

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    The grip texture is rough where it needs to be. First picture is the front strap. Second is the back strap. There are no interchangeable grip panels.

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    Field stripped:

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    A view into the frame:

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    Slide field stripped. The metal guide rod is a plus.

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  4. JaPes

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    A view into the slide. A close up of the rear slide serration.

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    The barrel. The locking lugs are very 1911-esque.

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  5. JaPes

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    The feed ramp on the EAA Witness is very steep.

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    With a magazine & dummy round inserted, you can see the path the round takes to the chamber. It will be interesting to find out if the EAA Witness P is hollow point ammo sensitive.

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    I can't wait until the weekend to break it in. I plan on firing a hundred factory loads and then transition to my reloads. So far it feels very good in the hand, no sloppy fit or finish. For $299, I'm not complaining.
     
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    Nice!!

    That looks like a Bul Cherokee.
     
  7. Very interesting. Great detailed photos! How does that grip feel?
     
  8. Very nice

    Congrats! :cool:
     
  9. JaPes

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    The texture felt aggressive. Not quite as harsh as Glock RTF. Not quite as mild as Glock Gen4.

    I have smaller hands, and the grip feels good. The only way I can describe it is S&W M&P full size w/small grip panel without the palm swell.
     
  10. Kinda ugly to me. Especially the dual texture side grips. What the hell is going on there? Yech.
     
  11. <==== looked at one of these as my 1st DA/SA... Let us know how she shoots!!
     
  12. Berto

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    It's hard to tell, but are the frame rails steel? It's looks like it has a steel insert at the hammer end.
     
  13. For 299 it looks great, I hope it runs great for you. Now they need one in 10mm for 379.
     
  14. Congrats! I think the Witness is pretty solid. Have shot a 10mm steel frame model. Shockingly accurate.
     
  15. I have always wanted to try one of their 10MMs.
     
  16. JaPes

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    The frame rails are steel. Hopefully this better pic will be of help:

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    A 10mm EAA Witness is on my radar for next year. I'm done purchasing firearms this year.
     
  17. EAA makes a find pistol! It was my first choice when I was looking for a 10mm however wound up buying the S&W 1006 because it was built for the 10mm!

    I may still get one (the all steel frame) because they are solid and priced right.

    Let us know how it performs at the range! :thumbsup:
     
  18. EAA makes a good 10mm, but you got the better of the two for sure. :)
     
  19. JaPes

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    Went to the range today. Between new hypertension medication & work stress, my shooting wasn't stellar. Excuses...excuses... :(

    The EAA Witness P / Tanfoglio Force flawlessly cycled 300 rounds today. 100 Winchester White Box. 100 mild reloads w/frangible truncated projectiles. 50 peppy reloads w/frangible truncated projectiles. 50 peppy reloads w/Berry's 115gr copper plated.

    The Witness P is definitely more than the sum of it's parts. Accuracy is spot on accurate. The deep curved & serrated trigger weren't a detriment as I thought it would be. The hybrid grip texture is grippy in all the right places.

    My only other comparison to a full size is to my S&W M&P 9fs. Felt recoil with factory rounds and the "peppy" rounds out of the EAA Witness P is on par with a S&W M&P 9fs.

    Using the mild handloads, the EAA witness' ejection is more positive than the S&W M&P 9fs. Using the mild loads, my M&P makes a neat pile right by my feet. The same rounds out of the Witness P are flung to the right as if they were full power loads.I perceived less muzzle flip firing the Witness P than my M&P 9fs. It made follow up shots easier.

    The EAA Witness DA trigger pull isn't bad at all. The SA trigger pull is perfection.

    The one observation I have is that I'm used to manipulating a traditional side that mounts over the frame rails. It gives me more slide surface area to grip it overhand and power-stroke the pistol. The Witness P has less surface area on the slide for an overhand grip & power stroke. No big deal.

    Target is out to 10yds./30ft.

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    I wasn't concerned about accuracy. I was paying more attention the pistol's function, felt recoil impulse, and trigger.

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    Pistol functioning perfectly. Now paying attention to how the trigger breaks, DA & SA.

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    Paying more attention to the sights & trigger. Moving around to see where POA correlates to POI.

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    Now I'm trying to put it all together. I'm getting frustrated because the new hypertension medication is affecting my shooting. This is my first time completely off caffeine & with this new medicine.

    Fifth target:

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    This was the best I could do today. The grouping is good, just off to the right of the bullseye. The Witness P is doing it's job exceptionally well. I'm just not holding up my end of the bargain well.

    I can't believe this gun cost $299. It's definitely a bargain.
     
  20. Congratulations on your new gun.

    I just bought one today online from "Cheaper Than Dirt"

    I'll get it next week - I'm looking forward to it.

    I've owned EAA's before and they are great guns.

    There is a steal of a price on them at CTD today - only a few left.

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