I was on the phone with John Kestel of STI yesterday and, knowing he and the STI sales staff were at the IPSC World Shoot XIV in Ecuador the last few weeks, I asked him how the match went and he told me about the story below, which is on their website. Apparently a competitor from Europe arrived at the match but his gun did not. When STI learned about it, they loaned him a brand new, right out of the box Edge and 4 magazines off their display table. The competitor successfully completed the 600+ round, 35 stage match with a gun that literally had not been fired even for sighting in.
That says a lot about the quality of firearms STI is making and maybe even more about the kind of people at STI. As a side note, neither John or Dave Skinner were able to compete because their ammo, shipped separately, never arrived at the match.
A Testament to STI International's Reliability
From Left to Right, Dave Skinner, Zoran Stamenkovi, Russell Skinner
After arriving at the World Shoot XIV from Serbia with no pistol, due to a customs glitch, Zoran Stamenkovic borrowed a Edge .40 cal pistol and magazines from STI International off their display table and successfully finished the match competing in standard class. Zoran never had a chance to test fire or zero the sights. He went directly from the STI booth and shot all 35 stages over 6 days. After returning the pistol, Zoran stated that the pistol performed beyond his expectations and that he was very grateful to the sales team from STI International for helping a shooter out in a time of need. Dave Skinner, the president of STI International, said that this just goes to show the camaraderie that one can expect at a IPSC competition.