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EAA 999044 Witness Polymer 16+1 9mm 3.6"
by Antony C Date Added: Saturday 16 June, 2012
When I first saw this here at Bud's, I thought that I found an awesome deal. After much research and having the opportunity to run 50 rounds of Federal FMJ through it, I am still happy but my excitement is definitely toned down. There are a few things that any potential buyer should know. This specific 9mm Witness model #999044 is a special run varying from the other current Witness 9mm's in that it utilizes 16 round magazines originally from the pre-2005 Witness Classics, NOT the 17 round mags. Luckily these can still be found (EAA model #101900), however they don't have the plastic butt-plate of the included mag. Also the picture is of the 3.6" model, not this 4.5" one.

When picking this up from my FFL I couldn't inspect it because it was swimming in cosmoline, not the thick waxy kind but more akin to 10w30 motor oil. After taking it home, field stripping and using an old pair of boxers to clean the preservative, I rem oiled it, checked the action and was able to thoroughly inspect it. Fit and finish was not par with the Witness reputation. On the inside part of the slide that has ridges that mesh with the barrel, there were metal shavings that prevented some of the surface from being blued. Also there is a spot on the slide serrations that looks as if the blueing is rubbed off or didn't take. The polymer frame had a trimming remnant along the top from the molding process, though this and also the metal shavings were easily removed by finger.

It includes a simple plastic case, brass and bristle cleaning brushes and a trigger locking mechanism. At the range I found the mag to be easy to load except the last couple rounds. Round 16 was so tight that when attempting to chamber it would not leave the magazine and would wedge up against the ramp. Usually it would chamber after 4 or more slide releases, however twice I had to eject the mag, re-seat round 16 and start over. This was only an issue when the mag was full, effectively making this a 15+1 instead of a 16+1. Aside from this it shot flawlessly, except for a single stovepipe. Accuracy is great! Not sure if it was the long barrel, smooth SA trigger pull, or little felt recoil, but never before have I shot so well. At $300 this is definitely something I'd buy again.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]
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