STI International has released its new series of HEX Tactical 1911-pattern pistols. Choose from single-stack or double-stack models chambered in 9 mm or .45 ACP with 4" or 5" barrels. The tri-topped slide reduces weight and allows for quick target acquisition. The hex pattern slide serrations provide an improved gripping surface. The single-stack 9 mm version handled nicely during the SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range, exhibiting a clean, light trigger pull. Other features include an ambidextrous safety, fiber-optic front sight, ledge rear sight, a CeraKote finish and slim profile VZ Grips G10 Alien grip panels. MSRP: Starting at $2,199
SHOT Show 2017: STI HEX Tactical SS Pistols
Despite the lessons learned during World War I, the U.S. Army lacked a purpose-built sniper rifle throughout the interwar period, even after efforts were made to develop one. The need became more apparent as World War II loomed, leading to the adoption of the M1903A4, with its developmental history explored here.