Recently had the opportunity to visit the STI factory in Georgetown, Texas, and while there looked at their .45's. Several caught my eye, but their "Elektra" model in particular drew me in. I have carried a Wilson Sentinel for several years now in SS .45, and have several other compact .45's - but this one REALLY wanted a new home. After leaving, I called every STI dealer in Texas - none had 'em in stock. Finally got hold of the folks at "Shooters Connection" (http://www.shootersconnectionstore.com/), and they had the black .45 in stock. About the time I'd hung up, the wife came walking in, took one look at the picture on the screen and said "where's mine?". I showed her the black, then the pink and asked her what color and caliber?<ya gotta keep 'em happy...>:nod: She jumped on the pink 9mm, so I grabbed the phone an' added it to the order. Got an email a short time later with the tracking number, and picked the guns up the next day at my FFL. That was 2 weeks ago...... Went to a friends' place last weekend, and brought along the 2 new guns to give 'em a whirl. Ran 350 flawless rounds through the .45, and the wife did about 150 through the 9mm without issue. The trigger on both is about 3.5 lbs from the factory, and the slide action is as smooth as either my Wilson's or Ed Browns. Needless to say, I *will* be looking at some additional STI's in the near future - they are some of the nicest in terms of fitment and trigger of some MUCH more expensive guns - and flat-out smoke those in the same price range!