My "John Wick" STI Adventure - A Journal

Discussion in 'STI/2011' started by CENTURIATOR, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. CENTURIATOR

    CENTURIATOR Well-Known Member

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    Dec 20, 2018
    So, I'm starting this thread to document my experience with the Taran Tactical Combat Master "John Wick" STI handgun. I'm a huge John Wick fan, just love the movies and the franchise. When I heard Taran Butler had partnered with STI to produce a handgun for the Wick franchise's third movie (coming out Summer 2019) I was intrigued, interested and ... knew I had to have one.

    I'm at a point in life and of a certain age and means where I can comfortably blow some coin on toys, (so spare me all the "That's a crazy price!" talk and "I'd never buy one" .. good for you.).

    Then this morning I paid another visit to Butler's website and noticed the Wick STI is now live and available, so this happened:

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    No word on when they may actually be shipping, but since they were showing them off at SHOT 2019 I'm kind of hopeful the fact that I was able to place an order means they may be shipping them soon.

    What had mystified me were the several videos and articles out there indicating that the TTI Wick STI was going to be chambered in 9mm MAJOR and that it was going to come with the "Sight Island" technology, but ... from what I can see from Taran's website, neither things seem to be true. In fact, it appears the Taran WICK STI model is a customized DVC model, as another member here pointed out.

    Here is what you can find on Taran's website:

    https://tarantacticalinnovations.com/john-wick-3-sti-combat-master/

    Product Description
    John Wick STI Combat Master:

    STI Combat Master Details,

    -5.4 Inch Match Grade Bull Barrel
    -FDE/Bronze BLC coated Barrel
    -Combat Master Slide Cuts
    -Extreme Engineering Fire Control Group
    -Fiber optic front sight and adjustable rear sight
    -New Extended Slide Release
    -New extended Mag release
    -1.75-2.5 LBS trigger pull
    -Stainless Steel Guide Rod
    -Grip job
    -Tactical STI magazine
    -Includes four 22 round magazines.

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  2. CENTURIATOR

    CENTURIATOR Well-Known Member

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    Dec 20, 2018
    Screen captures from the Wick 3 Trailer, apparently the handgun is useful under water and while riding horses.

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  3. CENTURIATOR

    CENTURIATOR Well-Known Member

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  4. Ethank

    Ethank Well-Known Member

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    Mar 8, 2017
    In for the review. Congrats.
     
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  5. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    Looking forward to your report!
     
  6. Wisemenofgotham

    Wisemenofgotham Member

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    Oct 14, 2017
    Haha nice screen grabs. Expected delivery is March, according to some reps.
     
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  7. Wisemenofgotham

    Wisemenofgotham Member

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    Oct 14, 2017
    I think TTI made a typo, not sure what a BLC barrel, but I’m familiar with DLC barrels.

    Try not to watch this video too much:

     
  8. CENTURIATOR

    CENTURIATOR Well-Known Member

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    Dec 20, 2018
    You might be familiar with "Diamond Coated Barrels" ... welcome to the next step up in awesome.....BACON Covered Barrels - BLC.

    You're welcome.
     
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  9. CENTURIATOR

    CENTURIATOR Well-Known Member

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    Dec 20, 2018
    Here is an interesting video showing several versions, apparently, of the TTI Wick 3 STI, notice the opening showing several, but the video shows only the model presently up for sale.


     
  10. Descartian

    Descartian Well-Known Member

    Apr 13, 2017
    Mmmm.... Bacon like coating!!! Tons of lubricity and a great smell too. You might just be on to something.
     
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  11. CENTURIATOR

    CENTURIATOR Well-Known Member

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    Dec 20, 2018
    IMG_4987.jpg IMG_4988.jpg IMG_4991.jpg And here is an interesting/informative article on the TTI Wick 3 STI, but it does indicate it would come with the Sight Tracker barrel system and shows it with the Sight Tracker and also indicates that the Wick model is chambered in 9mm MAJOR. Taran hinted around that the chambering may be discussed in the film. The photos following the link are from the article.

    https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog...nced-taran-tactical-x-sti-2011-combat-master/
     
  12. CENTURIATOR

    CENTURIATOR Well-Known Member

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    Dec 20, 2018
    So, yes, I'm kind of bummed that the model offered for sale by TTI is NOT the Sight Tracker model...I wonder why? Cost?
     
  13. CENTURIATOR

    CENTURIATOR Well-Known Member

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  14. Descartian

    Descartian Well-Known Member

    Apr 13, 2017
    Just for clarification, there is no dimensional difference between 9mm Major and 9mm. It’s just a overcharged (gun powder) 9mm round, same chamber. You need a fully supported ramped barrel and stiffer springs to shoot. I wonder if the gun comes with 2 recoil master setups.... By what Taran was saying expect velocities between 38 Super and 9x23 (I have carry guns in both).
     
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  15. TxTrail80

    TxTrail80 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Mar 24, 2018
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    Sight tracker
     
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  16. TxTrail80

    TxTrail80 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Mar 24, 2018
    Do you like the 38 super or the 9x23 ? Is there much difference in function, feeding, or recoil?
     
  17. Descartian

    Descartian Well-Known Member

    Apr 13, 2017
    The rounds are the same overall 9x23 dimensions. Cases vary slightly in certain areas. The big difference is the case thickness. The 9x23 was designed with a super strong case and can operate up to 55k and does not need a fully supported or ramped barrel. The 38 super has weaker brass (thinner Webb) operates at max 37k and you must have a fully supported barrel.

    You end up with about 100-150fps faster with a 9x23 over the 38s. I personally don’t notice a difference in recoil in the 2 rounds on a full size gun. No difference in function.
     
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  18. Descartian

    Descartian Well-Known Member

    Apr 13, 2017
    I like them both. 38S is cheaper to shoot as I don’t reload BUT I have 2 builds in the works right now in 9x23. So I’ll give the nod to 9x23.