So, in the last 9 months, STI has eliminated 80% of its model lineup, introduced 5 new models in various configurations, only to then immediately discontinue 4 of those 5 new models, and reduce the standard features on the one left. Its definitely a head scratcher, and I consult in the hi-end goods manufacturing Industries for a living. Now STI is about to try their hand, as so many have in the past, at bringing to market a single-stack / 1911 with a composite grip / frame. Well, if anyone can be successful here where so many have failed in the past... its STI. I've personally fondled or fired 4 examples of STI pistols ever. Two of them had MAJOR issues which would be unacceptable on guns a third the price right out of the box, one wouldn't fire 5 rounds out of 10 without several hundred dollars worth of work after purchase according to its owner, and the last was absolutely perfect and some of the most fun I've ever had with a pistol. I've been drooling over these guns for a long time, and I'm currently hunting for a Tactical 3.0 l, DVC Carry, VIP or even Hextac in 45acp... but I'd love to hear some both some firsthand experiences with these shorter lengths, and especially any inside news as to what we might expect from the Company itself in coming months.