Obscure Object of Desire: STI Grandmaster Open Pistol 9 x 19

I woke TTAG scribe Brad Kozak this morning with an urgent request: convince me not to spend $3,101.01 on an STI Grandmaster Open Pistol 9 x 19 target pistol. “You don’t want a luxury to become a necessity,” Brad warned. “What happens if you get used to firing a gun with all the bells and whistles and push comes to shove? Will you be able to shoot something less accurate without a scope?” Uh, yes. I fire as many guns as often as I can. And I own more than a few guns from different genres, and they all get hammer time. Besides, I need a weapon that provides me with a frame of reference: a handgun that’s the standard by which all others can be judged. As the Brits say, that’s my story and I’m sticking with it. Convinced? Specs after the jump.

Built on the patented modular steel frame with a blue polymer grip, the STI GM utilizes the Trubor compensated barrel which is machined from ONE PIECE of 416, Rifle Grade, Stainless Steel. The Trubor is designed to eliminate misalignment of the barrel and compensator bore or movement of the compensator along the barrel threads, giving the shooter a more consistent performance and reduced muzzle flip.

The GM slide has classic scalloped sides, STI saber-tooth rear cocking serrations, flat top and slide lightening along the rear of the slide. Additional enhancements include STIs RecoilMaster guide rod system, STI stainless steel magwell, stainless steel ambidextrous safeties, stainless steel high rise grip safety, drilled and tapped mag release, and hard chrome finish with color inlay in the engraving. The GM comes complete with either a mounted C-More Railway or a mounted OKO Reflex sight. An STI team shirt, STI cap, and factory grouping target are also included with the GM. The STI GM is 9×19 (9mm Major)