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I've decided to order an STI, and thought I'd get a Trojan. Looking at the STI website, I'm thinking I might choose a Sentry instead.

I'm no gun expert, so I'm trying to see the differences. The fiber optic front sight would be nice (I have that on a Ruger MkIII Hunter), and I also see that the Sentry has the Recoil Master guide rod (don't know how much of a difference that would make).

Are there other improvements in the Sentry over the Trojan? Is it a more solid, reliable gun? Or would a relative novice not really be able to tell the difference? I'm not/won't be a match shooter, but want a good, solid gun.

Thanx for your help/Jerry
 

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Jerry, Main thing is the Sentry has a forged frame with front strap checkering, Trojan a cast frame with STIppling/Chain link type pattern. I considered both the Sentry and Lawnman before buying my last Trojan. I don't think most shooters would ever detect any significant difference, other than cosmetic. I didn't want the magwell, ambi safety or Recoilmaster. My first Trojan had been/is excellent, so finallly decided on another Trojan. If the Sentry has features you want, and feel the price is right, go for it. You can't go wrong from a build quality, function, durability, accuracy, trigger quality perspective with either gun IMHO...ymmv.
 

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A coworker bought two Sentries (.40 & .45) at the same time I acquired two Trojans in the same calibers. We shoot every Friday morning. His Sentries are prettier than the Trojans but shoot no better. Sure the frames are built differently but you can't see the difference. I doubt most of could tell BUT the finish is different and the Sentry LOOKs better.
 

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Thanx for the input. It looks like either should work just fine...it does sound like there are some differences, so I need to spend a little time researching those differences to see if they're worth the money to me. Or I can tell my wife that the Sentry is prettier...that would answer it! ;)

Thanx again/Jerry
 

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Thanx for the input. It looks like either should work just fine...it does sound like there are some differences, so I need to spend a little time researching those differences to see if they're worth the money to me. Or I can tell my wife that the Sentry is prettier...that would answer it! ;)

Thanx again/Jerry
Yeah, but then you'll end up with an Elektra... ;)
 

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If you like a fiber optic front sight, you can have them put on either model. Not a big deal to install yourself (with the right tools), or you could order the pistol from Dawson's and have them put it on for you.

Some people like the recoil master others don't. Its a personal thing.

IMO you won't go wrong with either pistol.
 

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I have a Sentry 45acp. Beyond the forged frame, checkered strap, ambi safety etc the slide is polished on the sides showing the true beauty of carbon steel.

Will you be happy with the Trojan? Absolutely. But you can usually find the Trojan for right at $1000 and the Sentry for about $350 more.

All comes down to personal perference.
 

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I've got a Sentinel and two Trojans. Be damned if I can tell the difference when it comes to performance. All are excellent and can shoot better than I can. Probably the same story between a Trojan and a Sentry. As soverystout said, it comes down to features and personal preference.
 

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OK...I finally decided. I bought a High Performance Edge 9mm hard chrome from Brazos, should get it in mid-January. I think I'll like it! /Jerry
 

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OK...I finally decided. I bought a High Performance Edge 9mm hard chrome from Brazos, should get it in mid-January. I think I'll like it! /Jerry
Going out on a limb here, but I think you might see a tad difference in capacity between the Edge and your OP about the Sentry... :rofl:

Congrats, welcome to the world of 2011's. My personal thoughts with regard to people who desire a 1911-style gun chambered in 9mm, unless $ is an issue, why wouldn't you get it in a 2011? 17 rnds in a stock 126mm mag vs 10 in a 1911 mag. Bump up to a 140mm 2011 mag and you get 22, 23-24 with some after market followers and basepads.

9mm in a 1911/2011 platform is a ton of fun. Extremely soft recoil, feels like puff puff puff after shooting major PF .40 and .45...

Good choice for Steel or 3-gun matches!
 

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"Congrats, welcome to the world of 2011's. My personal thoughts with regard to people who desire a 1911-style gun chambered in 9mm, unless $ is an issue, why wouldn't you get it in a 2011? 17 rnds in a stock 126mm mag vs 10 in a 1911 mag. Bump up to a 140mm 2011 mag and you get 22, 23-24 with some after market followers and basepads."

I've got two STI 1911s (Trojan and an Escort) and one STI 2011 (VIP). I love all three, but the VIP does have a bit thicker feel to it when I hold it. The Trojan and Escort are a bit thinner. All three shoot dead-on!
 

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Thanx. I was concerned a little about the grip of the 2011, but I read that there's only 1/4" difference in the circumference over the 1911, so I wouldn't think it would be a big deal (especially considering the increased capacity). I'm sure I'll get used to it. I have a S&W Pro Series 1911 and a Springfield EMP (1911-ish), so I'm anxious to get this Edge -- I bet I'll like it even better!
 

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The side to side and fore-aft dimensions of the 2011 grip are the same as a 1911. Its just that the 2011 feels blockier and is more square in the front and back to accommodate the double stack magazine whereas the 1911 is more oval shaped. Being made of plastic/polymer, the grips are easy to modify. Lightly filing down the corners of the front strap can make a big difference in feel, plus you can undercut the trigger guard pretty easily for a high hold.

I have a couple 2011s that I shoot in competitions and you get used to the feel of the grip pretty quickly. I also shoot 1911's and I find it pretty easy to transition back and forth between guns.
 
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