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I want to build a 9x23 defensive type gun with a high cap frame. Which frame would you guys say is the best to use for a new project? I have an SVI gun that I like very much, but getting something from SVI is impossible. What about a new Caspian machined high cap frame? I have an old first generation cast frame Caspian that has been a good gun. I have no experience with anything from STI. I would appreciate any advice.
 

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Robe,

Welcome to the forum. I think I own a pistol like you have described. Check out my previous thread on my STI 9x23. You can see it here.

Interesting how many of us think a hi-cap 9x23 would be the cat's meow of carry guns. Just curious, what inspires you to seek a double stack 9x23? Do you have a single stack 9x23? For whatever reason, I think you will enjoy the round in a hi-cap form.

What SV do you have now? You do know you can buy the SV or STI as frames and have a gunsmith build the rest for you? No need to worry about what SV is willing to do -- although I am not sure what you mean by "getting something from SVI is impossible"? Anyway, from my perspective, I think either an SV or STI is the way to go for a double stack. Excellent quality and plenty of pre-ban mags are available. I would pass on the Caspian idea. If my BCP-STI Talisman is what you had in mind for a defensive gun, then I think you will be VERY happy with the end result. :smile:

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STI just like the SV...I have both..good product...STI..good customer service..mags are easy to find..There are some hi caps on auction arms and some on the USPSA classifieds..The Caspian is a good frame..but a gun would be a bit heavier..mags are also hard to find, but I think there were some on the USPSA classified site too. Para P-18 might be away to go to..Lots of options..Me, I'd go with a STI..1. because I am used to one, 2. I can find mags in all lengths (126mm carry, 130mm std, 140mm and 170mm)and 3. not as heavy. Sounds fun, now I may have to add one to my list of to do guns..have fun.
 

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I would go with an STI over a Caspian or SV. SV takes too long to deal with and Caspian mags are hard to find and expensive.

Two years ago I built an STI aluminum frame and SV aluminum slide in 38 Super and I love it. I should weigh it one of these days. I know it’s not much.

Good luck to you.

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Thanks for all te input. Here's some more info. I have a SVI 40 cal. Limited type gun and really like it alot. I like large or double stack guns. They feel good to me and I have no problem with the grip of a double stack. I love SVI products and designs, but I find it tough to want to buy their products because of a total lack of service. Nobody answers the phone-just a machine. Nobody returns a message. Emails go unanswered. I have a gun on order with them now for 8 months and there is no way to find out the status of my order.From phone calls to a couple of SVI dealers, slides are in short supply or nonexistent. I do not know of someone with a frame/slide kit in stock to sell. I kinda like having the frame and slide from the same company, but may have to give on that idea.
I just got a Caspian high cap 38super gun with a cast receiver thru a trade and got 4 high cap mags and two 10 round mags. I thought about another Caspian becuase I already have the mags to use.
I have never shot or held an STI framed gun. They look great and I am sure are similar to SVI guns. If STI has a warm body to answer their phone, they have got SVI beat. Desert Dog's gun looks great. I would be happy with that. If I went with and SVI or STI, I would need to buy more mags.
Everyone sounds partial to the STI or SVI so another choice would be to sell/trade off the Caspian and then build another gun. I would enjoy doing that too. Much to consider. I appreciate all the advice.
 

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Robe,

You can get STI short block frames from Brownells. The non ramped model w/standard dust cover is $382.95. The part number is 791-250-001. Personally, I wouldn't worry about finding an STI slide. My suggestion would be to get a Caspian barstock slide and have a gunsmith fit it. You could buy just the frame and have a smith do the rest. Naturally, I would recommend Dane, as my BCP-STI 9x23 is an awesome running tackdriver. But there are many other smiths hanging around here that could build a nice pistol for ya too. However, if you want a Talisman, then Dane Burns is da man! :cool: See his web site here.

DD

<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Desert Dog on 2001-05-11 12:58 ]</font>
 
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I too would recomend the STI frame, I have an STI high cap unramped 9x23 that is very similar to DD's except mine has Bomar Tritium adj. sights with an STI top end on it.
I used an Arredondo mag kit with my pre-ban mag bodies and with 140mm mags my gun holds 22 in the mag and one in the chamber.

I liked this gun enough that I sent a 10mm STI frame/slide to George at EGW to fit and setup with a Barsto 10mm unramped barrel.
A 20rd 10mm semi-lightweight gun just seems "right" to me....
 

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Robe...I was in your position about 6 months ago. Called around, looked around, then, saw Desert Dog's pistol. It was exactly what I wanted. So, called and ordered one from Dane. If it functions anything like the single stack 9x23 I have from him...it will be awesome :grin:
 

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DD, can you spec out your pistol? I am building a 9x23mm on a SVI SS Frame, and am still in the market for a slide. SVI told me that if I ship them my Frame, they could fit a slide to it in about SIX months time. Any thoughts on Slides - SS vs. Blue Carbon Steel?

Frank

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