Hello, sorry its been so long an i didnt reply b4 to your questions but i will try and answer them now.
BBBill thanks for the reply, So far ive put about 1700 rounds through the STI and it shoots flawlessly. 1200rnds with the 200grn projectile and 500 with the 180grners. Right now, and im sure for a long time to come, it out shoots my abilities by a long way. Right now, if i shoot slowly, almost one at a time, i can hold around the 9 ring of a UIT target with it, but as soon as i really speed it up they drop low left cos i keep pulling the trigger a little and squeezing the grip to tightly as im still getting used to the gun (ive come from shooting nothing but air and .22 pistols, so its my first centerfire)
and i keep flinching.... but im slowly getting that out
The most amount of shooting ive done with it in the one day was 600 rounds which i did with some friends and it wasnt cleaned untill the end, and it hardly looked like it needed cleaning. The was no leading at all down the barrel and cleaned out very quick and easily.
Slo cat, thanks for the comments and yep it sure is a FWB aw93. Ive had it for about a year now, and you guessed it the first thing i did to it was have new grips made for it. They are Nell grips from germany, but they are custom. I am lucky enough to have a great gunsmith nearby who happens to also be german, and he is friends with the FWB people and Nell Griffes. And he actually takes a mould of your hand, which is sent to Nell and a grip is made to suit your make of pistol. I have very small hands VERY small, the Factory Nell small grip was to big for my hands, and so i assume when your talking about the part of the grip the appears to be on the underside of the trigger gard as actuall on the far side, and my middle finger sits just under it.
I found the factory grip very very bad, and my friend who does the grips wont evan bring the pistols into the country with the factory grips.... and from what i could gather, it was really a money thing which seems silly with such a high end gun, but i guess they wont to save money where they can... which is why i believe they went with the grip that comes with it? But hay... a $2500 pistol and it comes in a cardboard box!!! go figure
Bloody stupid when you look at pistols like the morini's which at least come in a lined case etc... Im sure anyone who's buying one would be happly to pay a little more to have it come in a nice case...
The grip on it now cannot be compaired to the old one, i am 200% happy with it, but my only fault in it (which is no fault of its own) is that i had it made in the summer, and in the winter it is just a tiny tiny bit small, but i cannot afford to have another made for the winter.
As for the finish of the FWB. the slide is blued and the rest of it including the barrel is nickel.
The other pistol in the photos (the blue one) is a Steyr LP1 air pistol. There isnt much i can say about it but i love it. Its number of Olympic medal's taken by people all around the world using it speaks for itself
thanks for the replys and sorry it took so long for me to respond