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Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: jwc007 on January 25, 2004, 10:29:34 AM
If you have gotten good service from your Tanfoglio or other clones of the CZ designed pistols, time to stand up and be counted.  I want to hear about:
1.) Accuracy
2.) Feeding Reliability with hollowpoints or semi-wadcutters
3.) Target Matches you placed well in or game you have killed
4.) Use as home defensive arm or CCW
5.) Any other comments you may have
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: stans on January 25, 2004, 11:49:35 AM
Good thread, I expect there are far more good Tanfoglio made guns out there than bad ones.  Mine is a TZ-75 Series 88, blue, 9mm.  Only two problems.  Firing pin tends to leave smears on the primers, better with a heavy firing pin spring, and stove piped empties, solved with a 12 pound recoil spring.

1.) Accuracy

Pretty good for a 9mm.  With ammo it likes, 2-1/2 inch groups at 25 yards.


2.) Feeding Reliability with hollowpoints or semi-wadcutters

Never a feeding problem, only the aforementioned stove piping.


3.) Target Matches you placed well in or game you have killed

Won 3rd place in a local IPSC match many years ago.


4.) Use as home defensive arm or CCW

Brief use as a defensive arm.


5.) Any other comments you may have

Very comfortable to shoot and shoot accurately.  The trigger on mine is a little heavy in double action, but smooth, the single action has quite a bit of creep, but is also smooth.
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: petereick(d)-czechpistols82792 on January 25, 2004, 12:09:54 PM
Ok, Lets do this in order of purchase.

Springfield P9Ultra.  
1) Very good accuracy.  It is the semi auto that got back into shooting.  The porting on it really helps keep the gun down on target.
2) It never really liked lead, but anything else it would just take.  TMJ's (155 winchesters) are its favorite with blue dot.
3) One coyote in Big bend area (outside the park) with 135 grn JHP's.  1 shot about 25 yards, and very "messy".  My only comment at the time was "bleep, that have to hurt".  About 6859 rnds fired.
4) Never done
5) Probably one of my favorites, briley put a new barrel into it because I went through a phase of 135 screamers trying to turn it into a 10mm and burned the barrel out of it.

Witness 10mm
1) good accuracy, reliable.
2) None, about 3284 rnds fired
3) none that I remember off the top of my head.
4) Was my truck gun for CCW for years.  Only replaced by a Glock 20 due to additional capacity.
5) the supersight cannot take the recoil without heavier springs.  Other then breaking mags due to the cuts no problems.

CZ97B.
1) Excellent.  50 shots, 2" 10 yrds! (not bad for 5 mag changes)
2) Excellent if the COL is less then 1.272 for FMJ's or JHP's.  DO NOT load long for the 97b, Shorter is better in this rare case. 2724 rnds fired.
3) None
4) None
5) By far the best glossy finish of any modern gun I own.  The bluing rivals the Python Royal blue from the 60's and is close to the bluing of S&W out of the 50's.

P9 9mm
1) So So but it is still very new (357 rnds fired so far)
2) Hard to say, to new to pass judgement.  No failures so far, but 357 rounds does not truly test a gun.
3) none
4) none
5) shoots low, about 3 to 4" at 15 yrds with 115 grn JHP's.  I think I need so 124 grn ammo and another 1000 rnds before I change out the front sights.
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: verbaltharhino on January 25, 2004, 05:41:09 PM
CZ 75BD
1.  The most accurate gun I've ever owned, possibly the most accurate gun I've ever shot.  Out of the box, the sights were dead-on.
2.  Hollow points- never an issue.  Only ammo to FTF or FTE was UMC.  Never shot SWC.
3.  N/A
4.  Currently MY go to gun, next to the bed.  Soon to be my girlfriends, too, now that she's shot it more than the PA-63 which resides in her nightstand.
5.  I will NEVER EVER EVER sell this pistol.  It's the best $335 I've ever spent.

Steel Witness .45 Full-Size
1.  Excellent accuracy.  Shoots dead flat, but a bit to the left out of the box.  VERY tight groups, though.  Never felt the need to adjust the sights, but I suppose I will some day.
2.  N/A
3.  N/A
4.  Never needed it for that, but wouldn't hesitate after qualifying some HP's for the job.
5.  Quite a nice gun.  I think if I were to do it again, I'd get one in Wonderfinish as the parkerizing or whatever the finish is isn't the best.  Held up so far, but not too pretty.  Came in the .22/ .45 combo.  Sold the .22 kit as it didn't do what I wanted it to do (shoot any kind of plinking ammo available for dirt cheap).  Accurate, though.

Looking to pick up another Witness 9mm (compact) or a PCR very soon.  I like the safety on the Witness better than on the 75B's as it can be used in DA mode.  Leaning towards the PCR, though, as it's lighter and I have no problems with using a decocker over cocked and locked.  PCR feels more comfy in the hand, too.  I do't like the magazine being part of my grip as on the Witness compact.
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: matthewdanger on January 25, 2004, 06:40:11 PM
My P9 has been reliable and accurate.  It shoots the .40 S&W with little recoil and feels great in the hand.  What more could you ask for?
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: FalkRG on January 25, 2004, 08:53:46 PM
Bought a Witness .40 Compact.  Absolutely reliable and a freeking tack driver.  Super accurate (under 2" groups @ 21 yards). I love it!
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Sturm-Reiter on January 26, 2004, 12:05:44 PM
This is a good thread,
Seen to many on other boards wanting to know the bad things that happen with the Tanfoglio/Witness pistols. I think they have an agenda but thats just my opine.

10mm Witness:
1.The pistol is hardy, actualy feel it is over engineered but I have no heart burn about that.

2.The pistol has been accurate, everyone that has shot this pistol has shot well. Good soild groups consistantly regardless of conditions or shooter. The pistol will shoot better then I can shoot it.

3.The pistol has been Reliable, I have fired a number of different ammo types in the weapon. It has yet to fail me and eats every type of ammo placed inside of it. No extra care needed, no polishing or porting...no such things needed.

4. I carry this pistol everyday. I work in Law Enforcement and I carry this at work and off duty. I have yet to have to use it in a defensive capacity it is my hope that I'll not ever have need, but as is said if you want peace prepare for war.

Sturn Reiter
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: barnshooter on January 26, 2004, 12:26:22 PM
Wife's 9mm was so-so, and it shoots way to the side (1ft at 25yds). Got a 40 conversion for it, and man, it is the most accurate autoloader I've ever shot. Fully reliable too. If I carried daily, this would be it.


Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Unregistered(d) on January 26, 2004, 12:57:48 PM
Witness 40/ Tanfolgio EA40, as this is one of the first Witness pistols imported, and possibly the first Witness marked 40 in the US.

        Accuracy. Honestly, I have shot more accurate guns, but I can get excellent combat accuracy from this weapon, and have no hesitation using it to defend my life, or others. Now, I have had 6 Witness pistols, and they were all a tad more accurate than mine, but I keep coming back to the original. My loving wife has a compact 40 Wonderfinish, and loves it.

        Reliability. I had mine throated and polished for Hydra Shoks the day I bought it, and it has never failed to feed a thing. I have had about 6 FTE, all with handloads. This is with well over 10,000 rounds through it.

       Matches? Whew! When I worked at the indoor range I shot every bowling pin match and IDPA we hosted for a year and a half, and won several BP,and placed well in IDPA - we had a former member of Team EAA shooting there, Tim Copperstone, so we never won IDPA....:( :lol

      Use as a defensive arm? This gun rode with me that last year with Wells Fargo Armored, all six years with AT Systems, (formerly known as Armored Transport, INC.), and now is my offcially approved off duty sidearm with AZ DOC.

      I have never kept a firearm this long, much less carried it almost every day as I have this one. I have carried others occaisinally since I bought this one, but the Witness always came back to the hip. Sidebar - the CZ Compact almost replaced it....
   Latest photo.....Hakans and HBE IWB.....

   (http://www.hunt101.com/img/089837.jpg) (http://"http://www.hunt101.com/?p=89837&c=500&z=1")


   'Nuff said!
   Dave
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: reveasy on March 07, 2004, 01:22:10 AM
Descriptions: all are full-size steel-framed guns. The 9mm is a Target Ported model; the rest are conventional. I own one Witness per caliber offered.

Loads used:
9mm: Federal PD 135-grain Hydra-Shok
.38 Stupid: CorBon +P 115-grain JHP
.40 S&W: CorBon 135-grain
10mm: CorBon's lightest bullet
.45 ACP: Federal PD 165-grain Hydra-Shok

1. Accuracy: all guns were bought for eventual concealed carry, so accuracy beyond 7 yards is a matter of indifference. At 7 yards, all shoot within an inch of POA and group 1" at most.

2. Reliability with hollowpoints: perfect.

3. (not applicable)

4. Each is carried concealed, from time to time.

5. Other comments: I've quit griping about CZ's failure to offer a .38 Super or a 10mm. I have been annoyed at EAA's failure to offer smooth hardwood grips, but now I keep seeing the word "Hakan's" - gonna have to look into this...
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Magnum Recoil on March 08, 2004, 10:45:14 AM
10mm Full Size 10 round capacity, Wonder Finish, Hogue finger grooved grips, 22lb recoil and firing pin spring, 16lb hammer spring.
Accuracy? 4" at 25yrds off hand and 1.5" at 25 yrds sandbagged.
Reliability? will feed Hornady 180XTP FMJ's all day long no stovepipes or FTF's, SWC's were another story but after slight chamfering and some major polishing 100% succes!
Haven't killed anything but paper targets and I do not quite feel proficient enough yet for competition , but that will change this coming spring, still bitterly cold here in Wyoming!
CCW? Yes, every day, about 12 to 14hrs a day, as of now I wear it in a Uncle Mike's Horizontal shoulder holster. But I will soon make my own fitted for me, the way I like 'em!
Comments? These pistols seem to take quite a bit of "out of the box" tuning, I wouldn't have it any other way, I have enjoyed all the hours of polishing and tweaking! I am closer to this pistol (emotionally) and trust it farther than even some revolvers I own.
I will add I have yet to figure out the secret to bettering the Double action pull it is about 12 lbs. but I have the single action at 4 lbs. very sweet pull, no grittiness whatsoever.
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: reveasy on March 08, 2004, 01:15:24 PM
In addition to my five Witnesses, I also own a Springfield P9, a TZ-75/88 Government, an AT-84S, and two Jerichos - and their records are as stellar as those of the Witnesses. The TZ-75 is a particularly good point-shooter. The Jerichos are a .40 S&W and a .45 ACP; all the rest are 9s.

None of these pistols has ever had a cycling failure, and none has any modification.

One reason I keep collecting these guns is because I'm trying to find one that doesn't measure up to the CZ standard of reliable accuracy at reasonable price and, so far, I've failed. 3 CZs (9mm 75, .40 S&W 75, 97), 5 Witnesses, 2 Jerichos, the TZ, the P9, and the AT all make me expect high quality at reasonable price from the Baby Eagle I'm picking up tomorrow.
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: firebird100 on March 10, 2004, 08:05:56 PM
witness .40 silver team, very accurate, better then I can shoot, no feeding problems, not very good at home defense(to big, use a SAR-1 , mossberg 500 and colt det spec)best auto I have ever owned for target shooting, want to add red dot sights to realy show its potential.
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: mstnglx50 on March 17, 2004, 01:48:22 AM
I have an extremely modified P9 with custom comp and about to have a C-More after brief experiment with doctor sight.  Converted to SA, flattened trigger, squared triggerguard, beavertail added, egw magwell welded on, egw frontstrap checkering, egw slide stop pin (slide stop delete), storm lake 9x21 barrel, dragonfire recoil system, lightweight hammer, hardened extractor wolff springs throughout, oh and JB weld covering the crack on the frame dust cover by the frame rail.  

1.) Accuracy
More accurate than quite a few of the infinitys i've seen running around

2.) Feeding Reliability with hollowpoints or semi-wadcutters
N/A  used for competition only

3.) Target Matches you placed well in or game you have killed
Consistently high finishes, I'm just going back to Open after a stint shooting production and limited with a CZ85

4.) Use as home defensive arm or CCW
N/A  used for competition only

5.) Any other comments you may have
Outstanding pistol, approx 25,000 rounds through it and aside from normal consumable parts the frame cracked at around 18000 on the left side of the dust cover by the forward portion of the frame rail.  JB weld seems to have the situation under control for now.  It should be noted that the rounds in use at the time were loaded to meet the old power factor of 175 so this kind of lifespan is impressive.  Those rounds were way outside SAAMI specs and anything an ordinary 9mm P9 was ever designed to shoot.  When it does finally go I doubt I'll find another like it.
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Grayrider on July 31, 2005, 04:59:30 AM
Gents,

   No need to rehash my Stock review, but it probably fits here as well:

p201.ezboard.com/fczechpi...1420.topic (http://p201.ezboard.com/fczechpistols82792frm35.showMessage?topicID=1420.topic)

   I have run quite a few more rounds through it and am continually more impressed.  With luck I will have one in 9mm soon for comparison.

GR
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Gun-nut-2K1 on August 05, 2005, 04:38:24 PM
I own a Blued Compact 10mm that is my main carry/trunk gun. 100% reliable after some polishing and +5% mag springs. I have shot one hole groups at 10 yards. This gun is far more accurate than I am. You just gotta love a 10mm this small. :hat  

I also have a Wonder finish Full Size 45acp. This gun is a breeze to shoot. Accurate and reliable. I am able to place all 10 rounds with in the 9 ring at 25 yards. Most rounds land in the 10 or X ring. This gun is to big for most carry for me but it is on my short list of "go to" guns.


I sell a heck of a lot of the Witness line at gun shows. We normaly sell out in fact. It's great to hear grown men yell to thier buddys across the show "HEY I FOUND ONE!!!!!!"  ;)
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: elitehunter on January 19, 2006, 01:11:07 PM
I purchased one of the hunter models in 45 acp :rolleyes last year and it has quickly become one of my favorite auto pistols. With a 4 power scope mounted on it I have gotten some 5 shot groups a little under 2'' at 50 yards. I figure a 1911 with that kind of accuracy will cost you at least $1,500.00 or almost twice what I paid for the eaa hunter. I killed 3 whitetailed deer with it this past deer season using +p level handloads with 185gr xtp bullets. The xtp's completly penetrated all 3 deer and all were one shot kills. I felt the damage was impressive for such a small or rather slow caliber. I have also killed some small game with it and it makes a good bush hoggin gun when loaded with cci shot shells. A bush hoggin gun is one you keep in your tractor to shoot the mice and rats as they flee while your bush hogging or plowing a field. I have probably put around 1,200 rounds through it and it chews everything up exept the occasional hick up with swc target loads. I do not carry this gun for defense but would love to find one of the stock models for that purpose. I think you get a lot more for your money with these pistols than with most other makes. I really like the fact that many eaa models come from the factory allready set up for optics. My screen name is elite hunter because I've been looking for more pistols in the witness elite line without success since I got my hunter model. The local gun shop guys give me funny looks when I ask them if they can find me one. I'm really interested in the elite and stock models  and would appreciate any info about where I could find one of these models. If anyone knows please email me at ryiken@myway.com. Thanks
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Grayrider on January 20, 2006, 07:36:01 AM

The best way to get the Elite guns is straight from EAA.  Call them and speak to Marc Galli at extension 210.  Tell him I sent you.  He will have the latest scoop on what is coming in, and can arrange to sell any pistol to you via your FFL.  He will also know if any wholesalers have purchased Elite model pistols lately in case EAA does not have what you want in stock.

GR
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: elitehunter on January 20, 2006, 09:33:59 AM
Thanks, Grayrider I'll try to get a hold of Mark as soon as possible. Also I was wondering if anyone has had any success with converting the 45acp witness pistols to the 45super cartridge. I haven't yet seen anyone doing this with the witness but have seen the CZ- 97 converted for the super. I could be wrong but I figure if the witness can handle the 10mm then it should be strong enough to handle the 45 super as well.
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Gun-nut-2K1 on January 20, 2006, 01:04:50 PM
I know the Elite is hard to get. We have had two Match 10mm in stock and most of the other Standard Blue and Wonder finish guns for a while now. I have been trying to get the boss to order one of the Elite for me but they are just not in our network so to speak.
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: mainmech48 on February 01, 2006, 01:21:14 PM
I've had my Wonderfinished full-sized Witness 9x19 for about ten years now. Perhaps the best handgun bargain I've ever gotten. Paid $225 OTD for it, LNIB w/2 hi-cap mags at Bradi's in Camby, IN.

It has been 100% reliable in more than 5K rds. of both ball and JHP ammo in a wide assortment of makes, both surplus and commercial. I have had exactly one failure to fire: a "dead" primer in an old surplus lot. It has never failed to feed or extract.

It shoots precisely to my POA at 25 M with 115 gr. ball OTB, and only about 2" high with 124 gr. NATO ball. Nearly all standard pressure commercial JHPs in the same weight ranges that I've yet tried correspond so closely that no correction has been necessary, for all practical purposes.

I would very much like to try it in a Ransom rest sometime. If I can shoot sub-3" ten shot groups from a bench and bags at the 25 yd. line with my aging, bifocal-clad eyes, I'd bet that the gun is capable of a not-inconsiderable bit more. I've done this on several occasions with WW 115 gr. Silvertips, Federal 124 gr. Hydra-Shoks, and Federal "Match" 124 gr. ball. Almost everything else will fall into a 4-5" average most days which
is about par for me, given the dodgey eyes and inconsistent technique I'm prone to, with most service-grade handguns.



Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: stretch64 on March 17, 2006, 10:17:50 PM
I bought my EAA Witness 45 in '94, two of them actually. One duo-tone and one blue . Still have the duo-tone and I've lost track of how many rounds have gone through it. Worst thing was trying to find a holster for it--"You have a whaaat?" Finally found that a Bianchi 7L for the Sig 226 fits it pretty well.

Accuracy is about 4" at 25yds one handed or two. Never shot it off a rest to see how accurate it really is, maybe I'll do that this weekend.

When I first got it the only thing it wouldn't feed reliably was LSWC ammo. It would skive the shoulder off the top-side of the bullet when chambering. Polishing the feed ramp and radiusing the edge on the barrel chamfer fixed that.

I've never shot in any competitions, but I've killed a lot of rabid, man-eating paper targets with it.

Thankfully I've never had to use it defensively, but I keep it loaded with Cor-Bon flying ashtrays when not at the range.

If anyone is wondering about the longevity of the pistols, I can tell you that after 12 years the only wear on mine is a little polishing (very little) on the rails and barrel support. These frames are tough!

Went out to the range today for the first time this year. Shooting from a rest at 25yds.--6" group strung vertically to the right of center "What the...?!!". Moved the target in to 15yds. and left nothing but daylight where the 9-ring of a 100yd smallbore rifle target used to be with some flyers in the six and seven ring. Whew! At least I know the problem is me.

Another hundred rounds to knock the rust off my trigger finger and back out to 25yds. 10 rounds 3.5" just to the right of center from a rest. That's more like it!
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Rod Slinger on May 25, 2006, 01:55:55 PM
Sent my new Witness 45 in for warranty.  The gun was shooting low of point of aim and Paul at EAA said they would repair under warranty.   EAA received the gun on Monday and I had it back Friday the same week!  I still can not believe quality of the work proformed on my 45.  Anything that could affect  accuracy or fuction was touched, and the execution is the equal to work from the best custom shops.  I now have a tac driving 45.
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Gun-nut-2K1 on May 25, 2006, 03:20:27 PM
That is really great to hear. Sounds like at least the warranty dept is turning around.
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Cobra44 on September 09, 2006, 11:02:23 AM
1.) Accuracy: I found the Accuracy of my EAA Witness Compact to be equal to if not better than any other weapon I have owned.
2.) Feeding Reliability with hollow points or semi-wad cutters: I have not used Simi wad cutter bullets in these weapons, so I can respond to that issue, however I have used Hollow Points and found that for me the Hollow point Bullet that preformed absolutely flawlessly was the Hornady XTP/HP in 155 GR., and 180 GR.
3.) Target Matches you placed well in or game you have killed: Unfortunately I cannot respond to this issue, as I have Emphysema and am unable to participate in these activities.
4.) Use as home defensive arm or CCW: I use this weapons both Home Defense and CCW.
5.) Any other comments you may have: One major complaint is that Leather Holsters are very hard to find for these weapons.
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Big Gay Al56 on December 25, 2006, 05:34:07 PM
1.) Accuracy: For a combat handgun, more than adequate for my needs.
2.) Feeding Reliability with hollow points or semi-wad cutters:  I don't use semi-wad cutters, but with hollow points and FMJ, I've had NO problems at all.
3.) DNA
4.) Use as home defensive arm or CCW: I use this weapons both Home Defense and CCW.
5.) Any other comments you may have: After having seen the review in TR magazine, I wish I'd gotten mine in Blue instead of the "Wonder" finish.  Oh well. :)
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: AndyGe on February 05, 2007, 06:54:49 PM
Two used Springfield P9 .40 S&W Factory Comps, One with a flattened trigger, converted to SA, trigger lightened to1-3/4lb, BSA red dot, two port factory comp. Off hand it shoots Winchester white box 165 gr fp less than 2" at 25yards. Gun is more accurate than I am. The other is factory, no mods. Shoots just the same. Best pistols I have ever shot. Tried a bunch of different ammo, only thing it didn't like was the S&B stuff, tended to stovepipe occasionally, besides that S&B stuff is dirty. Since I have had them (about a year each), I've put about 3,500 rounds through each. Biggest problem I ahve is finding hi cap mags for them. I also have a Loaded Springfield Trophy Match in .45acp.
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Cobra44 on February 21, 2007, 02:58:18 PM
The only problem I had was with the EAA Witness Compact, in 40 S&W, it didn't like Hollow Points especially if they were the very agressive open style but I spoke wit my reloader Mfg. and he juggested putting a ver mild taper crimp on the brass no more than .020" which I tried and it seemed to cure the problem and stopped the stovepiping in the Feed. Never had another problem after that, and it would domp a Mag. as fast as I could pull the trigger, so I was very satisfied after that.
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Luckyshooter1 on March 25, 2007, 06:18:26 AM
Well Took First place in ESP Marksman in the Virginia Indoor Regional with an Elite Match in 9mm. Second was taken with just  a plain Witness in 9mm.
have a good one Luckyshooter1
EAA the anti-Glock
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: nrd515 on March 31, 2007, 02:05:34 AM
I've had my Witness 45 full sized in the wonder finish for a couple of months now. Absolutely zero problems, except the factory mag liked to pop out on firing if not shoved in really hard. This problem disapeared after a few dozen inserts and removals. The two aftermarket mags haven't had this issue.

Slide to frame fit is amazing, no wiggle at all, and it feels smooth as glass. I have a friend who is a Sig fanatic, and he is very impressed with it, and wants to buy one too, in 9mm.

Basically it's been perfect. It's had about 500 rounds through it, with no FTF's at all. I am very happy with this pistol, and probably won't be selling it to get a CZ97b, as I originally thought I would be doing.
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: QBToo on June 17, 2007, 08:39:45 AM
Witness Elite Limited .38 super:
(1) has been 100% reliable with all brands ammo (ball/range ammo)
(2) very accurate out to 25 yards (my indoor range doesn't go past 25 yards)
(3) smooth trigger, crisp break

Witness Elite Limited 9mm
(1) will post on it next week....it should be in my hands by Thursday :D

Cons:
Only found one source for 9mm chrome mags with the alum basepad (like the ONE mag that comes with the gun) and they are $60.  I can purchased the blued mags for $20 and the alum basepad for $5 so I haven't justified the cost of the chrome mags although I suppose I will end up getting a couple of them.

Haven't found any chrome mags for the .38 super
Title: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: usurp31 on July 17, 2007, 12:34:30 PM
1.) Accuracy - Very tight groups; a blast to shoot; even better accuracy than my S&W's.
2.) Feeding Reliability with hollowpoints or semi-wadcutters:  So far, I have shot CCI, Winchester Silvertips, and some other off brands and had no problems period.
3.) Target Matches you placed well in or game you have killed:  n/a
4.) Use as home defensive arm or CCW: Yes, this gun is as reliable and trustworthy as my Glocks.
5.) Any other comments you may have:  I am in the process of backordering a Gold Team and will post my experience with this as well.  I like pulling this out at the range when everyone else is shooting their 9mm or 40S&W (although I'm a big fan of those rounds too).  I like the grip and feel of the Witness compared to the myriad of other guns that I own; it is one of the most comfortable of all my handguns both to grip and to fire.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: rjoy on August 24, 2008, 09:01:13 PM
I bought a used Witness Match in 9 mm last week and just took it to the range to shoot it today.  To say I am impressed is an understatement.  I shot about 75 rounds through it without a hitch and it shot where I aimed it every time.  This is the first nine I have ever owned, being a huge fan of the 1911.  This gun feels and works a lot like a 1911 so it just feels natural in my hand.  I was a little leary of these guns but have read and heard a lot of good things about them, so I thought I would give it a try.  I have to say, I think it is a keeper.  I like that it is all steel and I have always been partial to single actions, even though I have nothing against a double action auto.  I think I might have been able to buy a nicer gun but not for the money I wanted to spend.  The only thing that I might say is somewhat a negative about it is the reversed slide rail system.  It doesn't seem to give you much slide to grab when racking compared to the 1911.  I think it will just take a little getting used to.  How do these guns do in USPSA?  That's what I would like to use it for if I can ever get off the evening shift at work.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: jwc007 on August 25, 2008, 01:28:56 AM
How do these guns do in USPSA?

Very well actually!  I have shot a .45 Witness for Limited 10 Major in USPSA/IPSC sanctioned matches.
Also, USPSA World Champion Eric Grauffel, uses a Tanfoglio Gold Team style Pistol in .38 Super,
for open class.  http://www.ericgrauffel.com/

Congratulations on your "New to You" 9mm Witness Match and Welcome to the Forum!
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: blackcampbell on January 18, 2009, 03:28:24 PM
Accuracy:  Superb.  2 to 2.5" groups out to 25 yards.  Out-shoots my buddy's boutique $1200 Kimber.  I have two Witness .45s in the Wonder finish, or with a ported barrel.  Both are incredibly accurate.

Feeding problems:  I have one mag that doesn't like to feed the last round in the mag on the non-ported .45.  Not the gun's fault.

They're both used for home defense, and I occasionally carry one (when I'm not toting the FN 5.7mm.)

I had one of these in the '90s and got rid of it for money.  My friend still owns it; no troubles with it.  I used to talk it up all the time, and finally decided to buy another two or three years ago.  The new .45 has not failed to perform as expected.  I bought the ported one on a whim, because I saw it in a gun shop and actually had some money to blow.  I'm selling that one to a friend this week to fund my new CZ-85B (dual tone.)

I'm doing some part time work at my local gun store while finishing my grad work.  I've been talking them up so well the shop's had to start stocking the Witness.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Cliff47 on May 10, 2009, 09:45:55 PM
I've got a TZ75 Custom 90 that I picked up used from a local purveyor of fine firearms.  Rediculously smooth trigger with a break like glass.  Super scarey accurate.  So far, all I've done is punch targets with it.  As i understand, the Custom 90 was a "custom shop" model of limited numbers.  I've only seen two others besides mine.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Tanfoglio on May 27, 2009, 11:33:18 PM
I've had two full sized wonder finish 9mm's since the mid 1990's.  One I carry weekly that has maybe 5,000 rounds through it.  The other I use for practice, IDPA competitions, tactical matches and I used to instruct with.  It has well over 60,000 rounds and has had no parts replaced.  I did change over to a Sprinco recoil reducing guide rod but that's the only part that's been replaced.  I recently bought another one, this being the 18 round magazine pistol just in case the first one goes down in a competition or training class.

Fred
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Jaymo on August 09, 2009, 01:24:05 AM
Have owned a Witness .45 full size wonder finish for 10 years now. It eats flying ashtrays like their nothing. No reliability problems at all. Very accurate.
P/U a TZ75 Custom 90 9mm last year for a song based on how much I like my .45 witness. Haven't shot it yet. Can't wait to.
Haven't hunted with either, nor have I competed.
I bought the .45 witness specifically to be a CCW defensive pistol. It holds more rounds than the AMT government model I used to own, and the grip and trigger feel much better than a .45 block, I mean, glock.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: kdanie on October 03, 2009, 11:38:29 PM
My youngest daughter (21 years old) joined the Coast Guard and was about to leave for basic training, she wanted to do well when qualifying on the pistol course so I took her to a range with my full size .45 Witness and 200 rounds of ball ammunition. She had never shot a centerfire pistol before but picked it up pretty quickly. Here's a pic of her first target-20 rounds at 25 yards:

(http://www.kengineering.info/target3.jpg)

Here's 20 rounds at 25 yards rapid fire - one round every second.

(http://www.kengineering.info/target2.jpg)

She qualified well with the Sig .40 S&W on the range but I let her down. We didn't practice timed fire enough and she was left with 3 rounds in the mag at the end of that segment.

I'm pretty proud of her for even wanting to do well and then REALLY doing well. The range master was quite surprised a young woman was that proficient and comfortable with a handgun.

She's thinking of buying her own handgun now. I think a Witness compact in .40 S&W would serve her well.

ken
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: blackcampbell on January 28, 2010, 01:54:48 PM
I've had three Tanfoglios over the last 15 years and I've loved everyone.  Two got sold due to money issues, but I held on to my .45.  I do occasionally carry it, but it weighs a lot more than the FN57 I usually carry (open carry here in NM) or the CZ-85 (CCW).

Accuracy is fantastic; I regularly outshoot my buddy's boutique Kimber (but not another friend's Yost-Bonitz modified Springfield.)  I can squeeze out (on a good day) a 3" group at 25 yards unsupported and standing.  At realistic self-defense ranges of up to 10yrds, a double tap will got exactly where you want it to go.  Workmanship on the weapon is tops -- this isn't a Llama or a Star.  Ergonomics on the grip are better, in my opinion, than anything else on the market.  I like my so well, I decided to pass on the new Bren and send $250 for a 10mm conversion kit for the .45.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: obxned on January 31, 2010, 09:44:42 AM
EEA WitnessP full size 9mm:  decently accurate and totally reliable with FMJs and JHPs.  We used it as a range pistol, never carried.  Currently it is my son's home defense pistol.

We originally bought this pistol because of the feel, features, and price.  It was my first long-term exposure to a CZ tpye pistol.  Since then, I have sold most of my non-CZ pistols and will be buying another CZ on Monday.  The clones are very nice, but the real thing is better.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: vinpar092 on March 14, 2010, 06:13:40 PM
Hello, New to this forum,

EAA Witness PS, purchased used for $200.00. Previous owner stated 4-500 rds and didn't care for it.
    -Very accurate
    -DA very difficult/SA very easy
    -Ejection issues after 500 rds that I ran through it. Solved by cleaning and maintenance to ejector. Trouble free since, another 7-800 rds.
    -2 years of dry firing solved most of DA difficulties/SA is now almost too light with frequent double taps, unwantingly
    -Everyone that shoots it loves it and frequently will knock down 9" plates at 25yds, first time shooter yesterday - 6 plates 6 shots
    -The only gun that I take to the range everytime I go
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Rod Slinger on March 15, 2010, 01:37:24 AM
vinpar092 ............Welcome to the forum, and thanks for the good news about your Witness.  I bet you would not sell it for $200.00.  R S
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: vinpar092 on March 15, 2010, 10:20:36 PM
Definately not! ROD SLINGER.

Vince
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: blackcampbell on April 12, 2010, 12:36:07 AM
Thumbs up for the blued 10mm conversion barrel/slide for my wonder finish .45.  Fit seemed awfully tight, but it ate the three boxes of Blazer 200gr, a box each of 200gr Double Tap, the 180 gr Double Tap, and 155gr/1500fps Action Ammunition JHPs with only a few malfunctions on the last ammo.  (I think the slide might've been moving to fast for the magazine to feed the thing properly...time for some Wolff springs in those mags.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: 0uTkAsT on October 03, 2010, 12:20:12 AM
Late-model Elite Match .45

1.) Accuracy

Superb. Best shooting handgun I've ever owned. Silver dollar sized groups at 25 yards is not difficult to achieve, even with cheap ammo. I enjoy beating a 1911-carrying friend at various friendly contests, like seeing who can shoot softballs off a fence post quicker at varying distances and so on.

2.) Feeding Reliability

Excellent. I've tested various hollowpoints from Hornady, Federal, Winchester, and Hornady. All fed reliably. It seemed to like the Winchester the best so I now carry PDX1 230-gr. in it. Steel and aluminum cased ammo also feeds and cycles reliably in it, which is a first for me.

3.) Target Matches you placed well in or game you have killed

No competitions or game taken with this gun yet, however I did out-shoot an instructor at a local indoor range in a friendly slow-fire shootout. He was only shooting a Glock 17, but hey, but he started it! ;D

4.) Use as home defensive arm or CCW

I now carry this frequently because I'm such a fan, despite its size. It is far too big for me to conceal, but after finding the perfect holster for it (a Blackhawk leather 3-slot thumb-break for the Springfield XDM, made in Italy ;D) it is very comfortable to carry. I have a Kahr CW-9 for concealed carry anyways.

5.) Any other comments you may have

This is just a fantastic handgun, and I am thoroughly hooked on Tanfoglios now.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Rod Slinger on October 03, 2010, 02:35:19 PM
0uTkAsT........I am very happy the your 45 is working out, not surprised.  These guns have to be the deal of the century.  Keep safe.  R  S



Remembering Co. Jeff Cooper
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: joseywales on October 12, 2010, 10:33:42 PM
I had the Witness match as well.  Unreal and you can't touch another 45 like it for the price.  But, it just didn't fit my hand.  A tad too big.  Shot better than my full size HK for sure.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: YosemiteSam on October 19, 2010, 08:35:26 PM
Witness Match, aka Witness Elite Match.

I've been shooting a long time, and own a lot of guns.  Over the years nearly 100 firearms have passed through my collection.  That collection currently features such names as Freedom Arms, Dan Wesson, and Sig.

The Witness Match is one of the finest handguns I have ever had the pleasure to shoot, especially for the price.  I've only had mine a couple of weeks but I have put several hundred rounds through it already.  I had a couple of instances of the last round not feeding out of the mag, but I'm chalking that up to break in.

I had a Sig Elite Stainless 9mm on order for several months and they could never get around to building my gun for me.  I gave up and canceled the order, thinking I'd just hold off on a 9mm target gun for a while.  Then the Match crossed my radar and the rest is history.  Yes, I'm comparing a $500 gun to a $1200 one, and in this case, it's a valid comparison (IMO, of course).

-- Sam
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Crow Brother on November 29, 2010, 09:28:48 PM
I owned and carried a .45 Witness in Wonder Finish for years and I lost count of the number of rounds I fired through.  From the time I bought it until I sold it prior to  going overseas, I never had a problem with it.  Nothing!!!
It fired every bullet, regardless of what it was, and not even a FTF.  One of the most accurate guns I ever owned and I plan to buy another this week.  I currently carry my CZ 75 B .40 and this gun is just as nice and accurate, but I love the .45.  I would own a CZ in .45 but the grip seems to be too big for my hand, unlike the .45 Witness. Much better design.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: YosemiteSam on December 06, 2010, 05:16:49 PM
No solid "success" trophies as far as targets, matches, or bad guys, but I am very happy with my Witness Match in 9mm, and feel it's one of the best values in a centerfire target pistol out there.  I've got a lot of guns, and have shot a bunch more than that, and IMO you would be hard pressed to better deal.  I was perfectly willing to pay the ~$1100 price for a Sig P226 Elite before I found this one:

(http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u159/YosemiteSam357/Guns/WitnessMatchleft.jpg)

-- Sam
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Crow Brother on December 07, 2010, 07:58:35 PM
Beautiful Picture Yosemite Sam.  Thanks.  I just ordered a .45 this afternoon.  Never should have sold the last one, because the new ones all have the flashlight holder.  I have zero use for a flashlight on my pistol. Wish they offered options, but I'll live with it. 
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: jwc007 on December 08, 2010, 01:39:55 AM
I just ordered a .45 this afternoon.  Never should have sold the last one, because the new ones all have the flashlight holder.  I have zero use for a flashlight on my pistol. Wish they offered options, but I'll live with it. 

I know how you feel.  I'm not particularly fond of Rails either.  However, Witnesses are now also again available in Matte Blued Finish, without the Rail and have been for the last year.

(http://www.hunt101.com/data/549/Witness_10mm_Blue.jpg)
New 2010 Witness Blue Classic 10mm (Note: no rail)
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Crow Brother on December 08, 2010, 08:16:44 PM
JWC007...thanks for the info.  I'm working part time at a gun shop, but no flat black, minus gun rail Witnesses are showing up on the EAA Website or through our any of our distributors.  I'll keep my eye out for the ones you stated and if I find one, I will buy that, too. 
Thanks again.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: papajohn on December 11, 2010, 05:46:03 PM
I picked up my first Witness in late 1990, twenty years ago this month.  I liked the CZ's but all I could find were 9mm's, and I wanted something bigger.  Walked into my local gunshop and spied a black CZ-lookalike the second I walked in.  The counter guy was all the way across the store and I pointed to the gun and said, "What caliber?"  When he said, "40" I said "write it up, it's mine."  He stared at me for a minute, then said, "got a pistol permit?"  I said "No, but I'll be back with one in an hour."

Back then Missouri required you to get a purchase permit from the local sheriff's office, which took about ten days.  I was a badge guy back then, so I was back in 30 minutes with my permit, which got his attention pretty quick.  I could tell he wanted to ask who I was, or who I worked for, but I just smiled and headed for the range.  All you could get back then (when you could find ANY 40S&W ammo) was the Winchester 180-grain load, and I bought all they had, 250 rounds. 

I got the gun hot and kept it that way until all the ammo was gone.  After the first fifty rounds any roughness in the feed cycle had smoothed out, and I was hitting 4-6 inch rocks with boring regularity at 40 yards or better.  I decided I liked it, picked up my brass, then bought dies and bullets on the way home. 

Twenty years and something over 45,000 rounds later, I still have it, still shoot it frequently, and still carry it off duty now and then.  My youngest son wasn't even a twinkle when I got it, he started shooting it when he was three, and still believes that it's his gun.  The trigger was a bit mushy when I got it, still is, but it's consistent and easily learned.  The only time I have feed or function issues is when I run junky ammo through it, and I use it as a clearinghouse for old handloads with unknown histories.  I'm surprised there's any rifling left in it, I've shot very little lead through it.

It has served many roles in two decades.  Several years back I developed a bowling-pin-blasting addiction, and worked up a scorching 200-grain load that hammered pins as hard as any 45ACP.  It has also served as a Home Defense gun, CCW pistol, test-bed for unsanctioned +P loads, and casual plinker for the kids.  When my baby boy turns 21 in a couple years it really will become his, and I'll replace it with whatever CZ-pattern gun strikes my fancy.  Who knows, I might just get another one of these.....in stainless.   :)
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Johnnie F. on December 19, 2010, 12:26:36 AM
That's a nice story papajohn. I was going to buy a Witness 9mm a few months back and bought a Zestava EZ9 instead. But I know I would've liked that other EAA just fine.

The EAA I did end up with is nothing like a CZ. It's just like a Sig 226 for those who haven't seen one.

(http://northtexasarms.com/cart/images/350000.jpg)


I absolutely love this gun, it is just a big, well built and easy to shoot Wonder 9. Very inexpensive too.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Blown Nitro Pontiac on December 19, 2010, 11:07:32 PM
JWC007...thanks for the info.  I'm working part time at a gun shop, but no flat black, minus gun rail Witnesses are showing up on the EAA Website or through our any of our distributors.  I'll keep my eye out for the ones you stated and if I find one, I will buy that, too. 
Thanks again.


The Match guns without that ugly "sawtooth-looking" rail, are discontinued, but the fine young lady at EAA gave me some master wholesalers to call.  RSR still has the "two tone" guns in stock, without the rail.

Good luck.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: flareside_ford on December 29, 2010, 06:10:52 AM
Hey PJ nice to see you here.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: papajohn on December 29, 2010, 11:46:13 AM
Howdy yerself!  When things slow down after the holidays I plan on spending some time here, asking questions and posting some pics, I have some oddball EAA stuff.   :)
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: flareside_ford on January 05, 2011, 09:05:28 AM
Hey PJ its after the holidays. I'm ready to see your pistols again. ;D
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: papajohn on January 05, 2011, 12:46:47 PM
Fair Enough!   First up is a bit of a Hybrid, both my 45ACP Witnesses were owned by a former bigshot at EAA, and he had this one built up as a dedicated CCW gun, complete with a spare slide in 9mm and a custom holster.  The gun is a Witness Compact, but features a delightful single-action trigger, improved rear sight, ambi safety, and coned match barrel.  It holds 10+1, and I carry it off-duty quite often.  I just put these checkered walnut grips on it a few days ago, and like the feel a lot.

(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l195/papajohn428/Pops%20Guns/IMG_5646.jpg)

(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l195/papajohn428/Pops%20Guns/IMG_4098.jpg)

(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l195/papajohn428/Pops%20Guns/IMG_4120.jpg)

The second gun was apparently the first Witness Match gun EVER imported into the U-S, it was sent to the American Sales Manager so he could send it to all the gun magazines, and he specified that it be as cosmetically perfect as possible for all the photos to be taken of it.  It's a bit less perfect now, but it's seen several thousand rounds of warm 45 ammo since I got it.  This gun shoots groups that make me stand in awe, especially when I'm the one pulling the delightfully sweet trigger.  (It has the originally-called-for polygonal rifling, long since discontinued, or so I hear.)   It's been passed around at the range a lot, shot by a few dozen people, and at least one liked it enough to go out and buy his own.  It took him awhile to hunt it down, but his is the one with the light rail out front.  I like mine the way it is, so we're both happy.

(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l195/papajohn428/Pops%20Guns/IMG_4166.jpg)(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l195/papajohn428/IMG_2175.jpg)

45 Match Target, 10 rounds, 2-inch paster, 25 yards, with me shooting.  21 months after I shot it, I'm STILL bragging about this one!   :D

(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l195/papajohn428/IMG_3295.jpg)

The last of my three Witnesses is the oldest, an early small-frame model, bought new in 1990, the first CZ-pattern gun I ever saw that wasn't a 9mm.  It's seen upwards of 45,000 rounds, NONE of them mild, nearly all jacketed, and I'm kind of surprised by the amount of rifling left in the barrel.  I worked up a load for bowling pin shooting that sent a 200-grain bullet out at an honest 1050 fps, and the gun never once whimpered.  It still gets carried a lot off-duty, the 40 is no slouch defensively with good bullets and I have TONS of ammo loaded for it, so I still get a lot of practice in with it.  

(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l195/papajohn428/Pops%20Guns/IMG_0735.jpg)

And then of course, there's the obligatory Family Photo.   :)

(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l195/papajohn428/Pops%20Guns/IMG_4100.jpg)
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: detroiter on January 07, 2011, 05:47:24 PM
Impressive collection papajohn! I've bought some parts off of that  EAA guy also, he's a good fella. I have never seen those walnut checkered grips for the compact .45 before. Did they come with the gun? I may have to shoot EAA an email inquiring about them. If you decide you don't like them and want to sell them I would happily buy them or maybe trade some Witness parts for them.  PM me if you have any interest in that.  The .45 compact you have is a very unique pistol, I like it alot, one of a kind.

-Scott
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: papajohn on January 07, 2011, 08:51:37 PM
PM Sent.   :)
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: dwldwl on February 05, 2011, 02:11:25 PM
10mm full-size Wonder Witness. Well, with the heavier recoil spring, the non-Wonder finish replacement slide (Wonder one cracked), heavier magazine spring, Tanfoglio .45 acp follower, (the latter two sacrifices 2rds capacity of the mag -small price to pay) some vertical electric tape strips on the right side/top1/3 of the mag to stop the side-to-side motion of the mag at the top, and using round nose (not round-nose flat tip)  copper- plated hollow-base 155 gr. bullets, ...so far the mag is actually working! But I've been fooled before. I need to put a lot more rounds through it though to be sure. I'll let you know.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: kingofquartz on February 20, 2011, 05:43:38 PM
Witness steel 9mm full size frame

1. Very accurate out of the box
2. Wont feed hollowpoints due to factory mags with the front spacer. New style mags will fix the problem
3. N/A
4. Not really used for defense at this point. I carry a revolver in the woods and use a shotgun for the house.
5. Absolutely love the wonder finish. Looks great and is very durable. Fits perfectly in my large hands.

Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: SPEAR-99 on April 14, 2011, 06:54:15 PM
1.) Accuracy
Dead on out of the box.
2.) Feeding Reliability with hollowpoints or semi-wadcutters
HP and SWC feed like a champ, like a little pig, she'll eat anything.
3.) Target Matches you placed well in or game you have killed
NA
4.) Use as home defensive arm or CCW
Primary HD, works CC, my carry is high and the grip rests just above my kidney.
5.) Any other comments you may have
More mags, ammo and another holster-thats about it.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: FireAway on July 25, 2011, 09:24:54 PM
(http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/Rod23/DSC_0643.jpg)

EAA Witness P Carry

Accuracy:
Very accurate out of the box.

Feeding:
Chambering a round was actually kinda difficult at first.  I could see the round at the top of the clip ready to be seated into the barrel, but I had to rack the slide several times to get it to actually go in properly.  Since it has gotten slightly easier, but there is still a bit of delay.  Maybe I just have to "break it in" first?  That said, once the ammo seats properly, it has no feeding problems whatsoever.

Matches:
None.  Just personal target practice.  I could easily see someone ranking with this gun, however.

Defense:
A tad heavy, so a smaller person might have a hard time with CC, but average Joe would be okay.  Perfect for home defense.

Other comments:
Other than the annoying (hopefully temporary) loading issue, I actually prefer this gun to my father's Sig.  The weight on this thing is perfect.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: jimmythegeek on August 17, 2011, 02:06:47 AM
Darn, this thread has complicated things.  I was pretty much set on a CZ-75b, then read about the versatile and much less expensive Witness.  I really liked the feel of the CZ-75b, and found it really easy to be accurate.  Complete newb, and I could put a whole magazine in the paper at 7m.  That's not quite like getting a 1" group at 25 yards, but compared to the other half a dozen pistols on the shelf ($10 all guns same  caliber at a local range- great deal with their big selection!) that one was for me.

If  the Witness feels as good and is cheaper (adding a .22lr conversion combo would be less than just the CZ-75b), I may have a dilemma. 
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: glockdude57 on December 20, 2011, 03:56:23 PM
I just bought a Tanfoglio tz 75 wow what a nice piece shot 100 rnds and it a tack driver i am truely amazed
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: BIGSHCLUNK on January 15, 2012, 11:28:50 AM
Tanfoglio TA90 - first off I have an addmission to make. When I bought this gun (barely used) about 20 years ago I had no idea this was a CZ clone or who CZ was for that matter.  :-[  Who knew? That being said..

Good accuracy IMO 3-4in groupungs @ 25  I'm not a great shooter by any means, minimal time to get to the range. Think its me not the TA

Have had occasional eject after fire issues. But over the years never paid very close mind to one type of ammo vs another.

N/A

Have carried it, a little big for CCW IMO
A bit on the heavy side too.

Comfortable in my hand, the "feel" really influences my purchases. My wife likes it also, and has done better than myself at the range at times. The finish has held up very well . 
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: body mass on March 06, 2012, 08:32:05 PM
I traded for a used Witness 9mm Match about 3 weeks ago at a local gun show.  It was dirty as a pig. I swear the guy that previously owned it never cleaned it.  It took me two days of soaking in Kroil and scrubbing to get the copper deposits out of the barrel.  I finally got it cleaned and the barrel spotless. 

I took it to the range for a trial and could not be happier.  It is so accurate that I literally shot the bulls-eye out of the target with a group of 1.5 inches for 18 rounds.  I am a 1911 lover, but I'm having an affair with this Witness.

Great shooter.... :>)
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: jwc007 on March 07, 2012, 12:29:17 AM
I took it to the range for a trial and could not be happier.  It is so accurate that I literally shot the bulls-eye out of the target with a group of 1.5 inches for 18 rounds.  I am a 1911 lover, but I'm having an affair with this Witness.

Excellent!  8)  Welcome to the Forum!
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: georgem on March 07, 2012, 04:22:17 PM
Jimmy, do what I did, buy both.  George M.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Gunsandbibles on August 18, 2012, 01:29:13 PM
Vito is my fullsize witness 9mm

yesterday I went through 100 rounds and had 1 left over so I loaded it and put it through the center of the bullseye at 15 yards. I can't do it every time but I usually don't have much of a target left in the center after a full mag.

The gun is spectacular out to fifty yards and after that it's hard to judge between me and the gun. But I can get about half on paper at 100 yards bench rest.

I find that my witness makes me a perfectionist because I expect more out of it than any other gun. It s like a two inch group at 15 yards isn't good enough because I know the gun can do better if I would get out of its way

It goes with me everywhere except work or if deep concealment is needed my 82 goes
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: adrian on March 21, 2013, 04:15:00 AM
     Hiya, purchased my EAA witness p series after my CCW class where I learned that if one ever does use their weapon they prolly wont be seeing it again anytime real soon. So if I have my home invaded, and I survive, I'll be out the 300 dollar witness, and not my more beloved CZ's.
     (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8225/8573501549_71db136cae_z.jpg)
     The witness is a very straight shooter, the single action reset is better than my Shadow, great attention to detail and this company dosent mind giving you a SS guide rod from the get go. Brand new 299 real value.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Ebha on March 29, 2013, 11:47:01 PM
I have a Witness P Full size 40sw. Very accurate shooting with nice tight groups. I.e.it shoots where I aim. I have had no FTG or FTE issues with any of the ammo I have run through her. I use it for home defense and CCW,  not on my person as it is too large but I have been known to carry it in a car holster on more than one occcassion. I love this gun!
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: TRguy on April 22, 2013, 08:42:47 AM
Love my EAA Witness 45

totally reliable and I love the fire breathing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10EbizQbPLQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10EbizQbPLQ)
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Idahokid on May 29, 2013, 10:47:22 PM
EAA service is excellent.
Love the way they shoot.
Very accurate.
magazines are priced good.
Best kept secret in pistols.
Dawn,Cheryl have been awesome.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: e-mishka on June 12, 2013, 03:11:21 PM
I have few Tanfos: Match 9mm, Stock 2 9mm, Limited .40 sw
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: e-mishka on June 12, 2013, 03:13:26 PM
Accuracy is very good. I can shoot 1 inch group from my limited at 25 yards from the rest. Match and Stock 2 are very close to that as well.

These are my competition guns, they shoot fast with low recoil and super accurate
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: badjuijui on June 22, 2013, 02:52:54 PM
I put a hundred rounds thru my brand new Witness .40 S&W P-S today, with no problems whatsoever.  I shot Winchester and Federal brass, and the weapon is sweet so far. I gave 300 bucks for this thing brand new and can't believe they sell them that cheap.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: mct54 on June 28, 2013, 06:01:09 PM
Witness P-Carry 10mm so far not one jam. accuracy is great but shoots low. But EAA is already sending a new rear sight,,

See my posts..

mct54 :)
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: MarcP on August 03, 2013, 07:50:08 PM
I have an EAA Tanfoglio 10mm Full Size. I went into the LGS to look at the Glock 20SF. (I am not a Glock fan. Not because of reliability, but, as my brother says, "Glocks are great as long as you like vanilla.") I could not bring myself to buy the Glock. Walking out I noticed the EAA. Asked the guy to let me hold it and give it a feel. 15 minutes later I walked out with a new EAA.
Accuracy - Absolutely amazing. Everyone who shoots it comments how awesome it feels and shoots.
Reliability - 100%.
Feel - Amazing!!!
Deal - $429 + 6% tax....WOW!!!
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: badjuijui on August 03, 2013, 09:14:27 PM
I have an EAA Tanfoglio 10mm Full Size. I went into the LGS to look at the Glock 20SF. (I am not a Glock fan. Not because of reliability, but, as my brother says, "Glocks are great as long as you like vanilla.") I could not bring myself to buy the Glock. Walking out I noticed the EAA. Asked the guy to let me hold it and give it a feel. 15 minutes later I walked out with a new EAA.
Accuracy - Absolutely amazing. Everyone who shoots it comments how awesome it feels and shoots.
Reliability - 100%.
Feel - Amazing!!!
Deal - $429 + 6% tax....WOW!!!

Congrats, man!  Dontcha just love it when those right place at the right time encounters happen?  After I get a .45 Witness match or stock, the 10mm is next on my list.  Put some pics up if you get a chance.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Yer on August 03, 2013, 09:15:12 PM
CZ 75BD
1.  The most accurate gun I've ever owned, possibly the most accurate gun I've ever shot.  Out of the box, the sights were dead-on.
2.  Hollow points- never an issue.  Only ammo to FTF or FTE was UMC.  Never shot SWC.
3.  N/A
4.  Currently MY go to gun, next to the bed.  Soon to be my girlfriends, too, now that she's shot it more than the PA-63 which resides in her nightstand.
5.  I will NEVER EVER EVER sell this pistol.  It's the best $335 I've ever spent.

Steel Witness .45 Full-Size
1.  Excellent accuracy.  Shoots dead flat, but a bit to the left out of the box.  VERY tight groups, though.  Never felt the need to adjust the sights, but I suppose I will some day.
2.  N/A
3.  N/A
4.  Never needed it for that, but wouldn't hesitate after qualifying some HP's for the job.
5.  Quite a nice gun.  I think if I were to do it again, I'd get one in Wonderfinish as the parkerizing or whatever the finish is isn't the best.  Held up so far, but not too pretty.  Came in the .22/ .45 combo.  Sold the .22 kit as it didn't do what I wanted it to do (shoot any kind of plinking ammo available for dirt cheap).  Accurate, though.

Looking to pick up another Witness 9mm (compact) or a PCR very soon.  I like the safety on the Witness better than on the 75B's as it can be used in DA mode.  Leaning towards the PCR, though, as it's lighter and I have no problems with using a decocker over cocked and locked.  PCR feels more comfy in the hand, too.  I do't like the magazine being part of my grip as on the Witness compact.

Glad you know NEVER to sell your 75 BD! I'm getting the SP01 Tactical late this year.Its like the big brother of the 75 BD, which I've also shot and was my first CZ that made me looooove CZ
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: On_Target on December 08, 2013, 11:08:52 PM
Have shot a number of CZ's. Great guns. Still go to my Match Elite 9mm for every competition. Have the .22 and 45 slides also.
The 22mags required a bit of sanding but now I can practice bill drills without hiccups. If the slide stayed open on empty, the 22 would be a dream combo.
Mostly use the 9mm and have never had any issues.
Called Eaa a couple of times to ask about part mode and fitting, always friendly and knowledgeable responses.
Wish I could get my hands on a Stock 3 but maybe I'll just get another Match and turn it into DA.
Many guys who shoot against me with "open" gun$ have started looking for a Match as well.
Best dark horse on the market. If the grip was a hair thinner it would be a dream gun.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: jackwagon on March 19, 2014, 09:44:01 PM
New to the forum.

I picked up one of Cole's TZ75 Series 88's last year....the one with the wonder finish with Mossad on the slide.  It has some pretty crappy sights, but has a smoother trigger than my Sig P226.... both single and double action.  It is also a tack driver.  After picking this one up, I decided to spring for a Jericho 941.  It has a weird double action pull, but not bad, just weird.  Single action is as good as my pre-B CZ85, but again with crappy sights.  Yes, it too is a tack driver. 

If I was shooting for $$$ I would be pulling the trigger on the old Mossad Tang over a  safe full of high  end pistols.  I wish that wasn't the truth, but such is life. 

The Jackwagon
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: CopperGunGrips on April 24, 2014, 07:08:46 PM
Witness Match 9mm

1.) Had some issues with it right away. The barrel lock-up was loose and groups were in the 6" range from a rest at 25' which didn't impress me much. I dimpled the slide in a couple areas around the barrel to tighten it up. It shoots a lot better but now its a little too tight. Haven't had a chance to mess with it since I had it out last.
I hated the factory sights and went with a fiber Dawson front. I Love the trigger!
2.) 2 FTF with FMJ last trip out but I know its from me over tightening the barrel.
3.) N/A right now but I plan to use it in a shoot that's coming up next month.
4.) N/A
5.) The factory grips were awful so I was forced to manufacture a replacement   O0

EAA Stock 45 ACP  (new)

Just picked it up and have only had it out once. 100% reliability and seemed very accurate. I was shooting various steel targets and it was very windy so I didn't test the accuracy. <-- next time!
Love the look of the factory wood grips but I'm still making Lava Grips for it.

TriStar L-120

Seems every bit as accurate as my more accurate polymer guns but I shoot steel most of the time. Fit and finish is very good.
Ill have to get some paper targets and document some accuracy tests from all of my pistols. I don't reload 9mm though so all of the tests would be from white box. I'm not sure anyone would care to see that.

CZ 75 Shadow Target (Just ordered)
They charged me then notified me 5 days later that it was on backorder.  So I'm waiting... who knows how long for that one. Very excited to test it out though.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: E39 on November 13, 2014, 05:18:00 PM
Witness Steel Compact .45

1.) Accuracy
Accurate enough for defensive purposes.  It's consistent so any issues with accuracy can be addressed by minor adjustments in my approach.

2.) Feeding Reliability with hollowpoints or semi-wadcutters
Used aluminum and brass FMJ, and hollow points of various manufacture.  No issues at all.  Most were 230 gr.

3.) Target Matches you placed well in or game you have killed
No competition and do not hunt.

4.) Use as home defensive arm or CCW
Primary purpose is as a CCW weapon.  At this point just waiting on new grips, holster, and dual mag carrier.

5.) Any other comments you may have
I mostly have 1911's so carry will be cocked and locked.  Controls are familiar so that's important.  Also have a SAR B6P which is like the polymer Witness.  Like the capacity of the 9mm.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: 944storm on December 13, 2014, 01:20:21 PM
Just got a witness steel in 45 with the 22 conversion.

1. First time out and I think I did pretty good for a new guy. The gun seems to be more accurate than I am. Hopefully that changes the more I shoot it.

2. Put 250 rounds of 45 through it within an hour. Not one single FTF or FTE. Used federal bulk, armscor and blazer. The 22 conversion had one misfeed. But I only put 20 rounds through.

3. I won't be shooting target matches with this gun.

4. The gun will be primarily self defense. Ccw is not allowed in NJ.

5. The gun fits my hand perfectly. I have larger hands and the grips are perfect.

The attached image was the third set of mags I shot. Only 6 yards but I hit much better than expected.


(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/12/13/5ef2d7093a7b4c2eb065a1b67f1d6611.jpg)
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: BrazeauRacing on January 18, 2015, 11:50:43 PM
I've acquired three Tanfoglios so far, and all three are USPSA and IDPA game guns. Great looking and performing guns.

(http://www.brazeauracing.com/firearms/tanfoglio_triple_01.jpg)

(http://www.brazeauracing.com/firearms/tanfoglio_triple_02.jpg)
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: jwc007 on January 19, 2015, 01:46:27 AM
Very Nice Open Class Pistols you have there!  8) Welcome to the Forum!  :)
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: SteveinKC on July 18, 2015, 07:59:36 AM
If you have gotten good service from your Tanfoglio or other clones of the CZ designed pistols, time to stand up and be counted.  I want to hear about:
1.) Accuracy
2.) Feeding Reliability with hollowpoints or semi-wadcutters
3.) Target Matches you placed well in or game you have killed
4.) Use as home defensive arm or CCW
5.) Any other comments you may have

1st Range Trip for two clones, as well as two smaller carry guns, and I am happy to say after 300 combined rounds of 9mm and about 30 rounds of .22, not a single misfire, misfeed, etc from any of the four Canik Stingray (safe queen and range king), Witness P 9/22 Combo (for the SHTF kit), Ruger LC9s (daily carry) and SCCY CPX2 (car gun).

I shot the CPX first as I had one before and knew it was the longest springiest trigger, then my new daily carry the LC9s and its striker fired trigger was soooo much better. 

But then, I picked up the Canik and fired the first shot, boy what a smooth shooter and the sights fall right back on the target so nicely because of the weight of being all steel.  So smooth, the trigger wasn't even a thought, just bang bang bang every time the sights came back to the target. I could feel the difference in accuracy and when I didn't have to pull the target back to see the rather large keyhole developing around the bull! Marvelous range gun, too heavy to carry without a pistol belt but a marvelous gun, smooth, accurate, dependable.  Fired it with both Winchester White Box 115 FMJ and Federal Classic JHP in 9mm.  Love it.

Then it was the Witness' turn, deadly accurate just like its cousin the Stingray given they both use the same CZ inspired design. Not quite as heavy given that its polymer, although I had the 19 round mag in it at the time.  Again it was smooth enough the trigger wasn't even a thought, SA was beautiful on both, as was accuracy because that keyhold in the middle kept getting bigger and I was firing as rapidly as the sights came back on target with all four guns.  Again no issues with either White Box of JHPs and these were all out of the box guns, with nothing but a simple break down, wipe off, boresnake and lube on the rails.  Then I switched slides to the 22 conversion, fired off 3 mags of 10 rounds of value pack Federal 40g without a hitch, so then I thought what the heck and tried 10 rounds of subsonic and again, went pop instead of bang, ten times in a row.

I tell people the Canik Stingray is the nicest gun you've never heard of and I mean it.  The utility of the 9/22 and low cost ($360) will keep the Witness P Combo in my bugout vest too!
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: IronArcher on December 28, 2015, 01:39:19 PM
While I just started shooting my Limited Pro, so far it has been impressive.

Using both hollow point defense ammo and FMJ practice stuff I am hitting 1.5" targets reliably with both at 25 yards.

Would probably be much better with a sand bag or something

Left is HP
Right is FMJ
Center is both

1/2 size archer target, with is 1.5" X is .75"

Was using this to adjust sights....hence some high, some lower, but still grouping.
Not earth shattering yet, but this is my first semi auto that wasn't a .22 LOL!

(http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h310/mahly/5%20spot%208mm_zps3thxbkmk.jpg)
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: mrmackc on February 09, 2016, 11:46:48 AM


I never owned a CZ or a clone before I bought a EAA Witness Compact Semi Auto Pistol .40 S&W 3.6" Barrel 12 Rounds Rubber Grip Steel Wonder Finish 999098 2015 and had a problem with it out of the box, The recoil springs (inner coil and outer coil springs) The slide was so strong I couldn't get it back far enough for the slide lock to engage. I called about the  springs and the warrenty and was told to send the pistol in pay for the shipping and enclose a 20 dollar check for return shipping, and they would "look at it"  I was a gunsmith for 30 years and am now retired and I didn't renew my FFL, sorry, but that isn't what I call a warrenty. I polished the Slide rails with a hard Arkansas stone ,just a few strokes, and the top od the hammer. The slide works fine without the two springs but completely collapsed there is no way the slide would go back far enough to lock or chamber a cartridge.  I ended up removing the inner coil spring and cut off 3 coils from the factory outer spring  in order to get the slide 1//8 of an inch behint the slide lock and ordered a calibration spring set from Wolff.

Has anyone else had that same problem and what did they do to correct the problem? 
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: grumpycomputerguy on February 11, 2016, 07:15:55 PM
This is my first post on here in a long time and it was under another moniker I think.  I started "messing" with CZs and Witnesses about 15 years ago as they fit my hands and body very well.  I have owned 45, 40, 9mm, large and small frame Tanfoglios.  A few years ago I purchased a Tanfoglio Witness compact/government model in 9mm.  The S/N is AE17***.  It was/is in pretty good shape, blue, factory sights, DA/SA trigger, etc.  I bought some Mecgar magazines as I like those a lot,   found my CZ model all leather O'Rourke holster and started carrying it.  About 18 months ago, I decided to convert it to SA only and read a lot before attempting the project.  I purchased a trigger from EAA, and started fitting the SA trigger to the compact 9mm.  This is a small frame BTW.   Here are the pics of the finished project.  It is NOT a project for the in-experienced gunsmith.  This is advanced and I probably got another white hair or two from rubbing my chin working on this project.  The result is an outstanding SA, 9mm, double stack pistol.
I carry this one every day, with 9mm flat points and small cavity hollow points (alternating), 147gr only.   I have carried Sigs, Glocks, CZs, and more.  While I don't consider this a battlefield pistol, it is a wonderful CCW pistol for me.  I will not do the conversion for someone else as it is much too time consuming.
grumpycomputerguy.

Trying to figure out how to attach photos.  Soon I hope.
most guns out shoot most people

Addendum: This one is old enough to not have a firing pin block.  I also polished the feed ramp, lightly chamfered the outside edges of the chamber, and generally smoothed up the action surfaces inside the gun.  Not a mirror polish but knocked off the rough edges.  The trigger is adjustable for overtravel and creep.  I have both set a little loose so there is a slight noticeable creep in the trigger and it overtravels just a little to make sure of the reset.  It's a carry gun and not a target pistol.

https://goo.gl/photos/NR8DCsUGHquRfFyM7 (https://goo.gl/photos/NR8DCsUGHquRfFyM7)   
https://goo.gl/photos/KFxUdJY7QS3hNcBY9
                                             
[size=78%]Thanks to jwc007 for the hints for pic posting.  Much appreciated.  And I agree with the quote.  Personally seen 9mm results.  [/size]

Correction:  I have a correction to make regarding my Witness Compact carry description.  This compact with S/N AE17**** did come from the factory with a firing pin block.  I did remove the FPB.  Not trying to start an argument.  I just like simple and understand that things can malfunction.  I have a full size Tanfoglio Mossad in 9mm that does not have a FPB from the factory and it is my full size carry when needed.  Thanks for reading.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: jwc007 on February 11, 2016, 08:10:09 PM
Welcome to the Forum!  8)

Trying to figure out how to attach photos.  Soon I hope.

Very simple really.

1) Get a Pic Host account such as Imageshack, Photobucket, or Hunt101.com, the latter which I use.
2) Upload your Pics to your Pic Host Gallery
3) Copy ( keyboard - Ctrl+c ) the Forum Pic Link you get from Your host
4) Paste ( keyboard - Ctrl+v ) the Forum Pic Link into Your post
5) Click on "Save" when done editing

Of course the trick with Photobucket is to just click the "IMG" code, which automatically copies the pic link to your Computer, and all you have to do is Paste ( keyboard Ctrl + v ) into your post.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: 10mikemike on February 27, 2016, 01:46:30 PM
I recently bought a new Witness Match and put about 400 rounds through it for break in. The gun performed flawlessly with all ammo fed to it. So far so good, however the factory recoil spring was significantly deformed by this point.

I then installed the Hennings basic upgrade kit (firing pin/spring, guide rod, 18# recoil spring, and reduced power trigger plunger spring and hammer spring). Success! The gun exhibited perfect function even with low powered ammo (like HSM 1150FPS 200 grain FMJ) and 100% ignition with the kit installed. However, the improvements really draw attention to the side-to-side slop in the factory trigger that is truly unbecoming of an otherwise entry level "Match" pistol.

Note: the factory trigger return (torsion) spring was not upgraded and does not appear to be offered by Hennings Shop. I ordered the 25% reduced power CZ75 trigger return spring offered by Cajun Gun Works. Hopefully this is a high reliability replacement part with a slight reduction in trigger pull should I keep the factory trigger. I also ordered Cajun's CZ75 floating trigger pin and slave pin, although I'm not certain it will work at least without fitting. If anyone has experience with "drop in" adjustable CZ75 triggers (or even just something that presents less slop) that work in a Witness Match, please let me know and thanks in advance!
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: jertex on February 29, 2016, 08:54:16 AM
I purchased a polymer frame, Baby Eagle semi-compact (3.93" barrel) 9mm in early 2000's as my second handgun and the gun is extremely accurate. Used it for my CHL test here in Texas and had about a 3" ragged hole in the dead center of the silhouette target with only a 6 or 8 fliers that were certainly my poor shooting. The gun is just flat out accurate and a nice, steady shooter with very light felt recoil. There are 3 negatives, however, one of which has had me thinking about selling it or trading it:

#3 - Lack of holsters, general aftermarket accessories, but this has actually gotten better the last couple of years with the Canik/Tristar clones becoming so popular & the re-intro of the gun by IWI.

#2 - The initial reach to the trigger, when de-cocked, is a tad long for me.

and #1 - The decocker on the slide rather than on the frame. This is a big issue and is the one that makes me think about getting rid of it. If you want to rack the slide when reloading, it can rip your hand big time if you're not extremely deliberate and it just hurts, even when you are deliberate. It's not the end of the world, but it's annoying enough to make me think about parting ways. The only thing stopping me is that it's such a good shooter.

(https://nansonsp.smugmug.com/photos/i-k2sKGtM/1/L/i-k2sKGtM-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: NineN10mm on April 30, 2016, 04:48:02 PM
@10mikemike
I replaced the Trigger Return Spring with one Reduced Power from CGW.  It works well.  I'm keeping it in !!  I highly recommend it.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: jdeko on March 26, 2018, 04:30:27 PM
I passed my CCW test with a 10mm Witness and my accuracy floored me. Those 4 fliers where from having to shoot on the move which means 8 of those other holes where from moving whilst shooting as well. Only stoppages I've had were during that test when I was petrified and I've shot a lot of different hollow points with no issues.

(https://scontent.fdet1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/22555695_1756588737736353_13459972698201686_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=4ecadc2409b21b3e517b79a03d5a1142&oe=5B2714E2)
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: DWARREN on March 26, 2018, 04:50:38 PM
I have a Witness P series 9mm. Got it in March 2017, broke the left front guide rail 13 Feb. 2018. Got it back today and it is repaired and just as accurate as ever.
It is as accurate as any of my CZs, Sigs or any other brand except for my RIA 1911 9mm.
It is easy to shoot well.
Eats everything I feed it.
Very good pistol and only cost $320 OTD at the local Rural King.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Barebow on June 01, 2018, 12:35:18 PM


If you have gotten good service from your Tanfoglio or other clones of the CZ designed pistols, time to stand up and be counted.  I want to hear about:
1.) Accuracy
2.) Feeding Reliability with hollowpoints or semi-wadcutters
3.) Target Matches you placed well in or game you have killed
4.) Use as home defensive arm or CCW
5.) Any other comments you may have



I tell people the Canik Stingray is the nicest gun you've never heard of and I mean it.  The utility of the 9/22 and low cost ($360) will keep the Witness P Combo in my bugout vest too!

Couldn't find one when I was looking. Picked up a 45 steel Witness Compact , no complaints.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk

Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: champe on July 19, 2018, 10:53:41 AM
Got a 10mm EAA Witness Hunter recently.  It has a 6" barrel and is SAO.  Very accurate with no feeding issues. Have shot S&B "FBI loads"  as well as some 170 grain lead target handloads and some hot 180 grain JHP handloads.  It was supplied with 3 springs, but I am still using the one that came in it.  Am not noticing any battering but I have not tried the crazy hot stuff from Underwood yet.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Slingin9mm on October 11, 2018, 07:31:01 AM
https://imgur.com/AQSzNAu



Picke this up a few days ago myself, Magazine was kind jinky. Got a new spring for it & a newer Mec-gar mag. Hopefully that helps with the failures to feed issues. Cannot wait to get back on the range to shoot this again. Such a real smooth shooting pistol.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Slingin9mm on October 11, 2018, 07:33:00 AM
https://imgur.com/AQSzNAu

(https://i.imgur.com/AQSzNAu.jpg)

Picked this up a few days ago. Had only one Mag, which was having FTF issues. I got a new Mec-Gar mag & a new spring for the original mag that came with it. I cannot wait to get back to the range. This is a real smooth shooter, when I wasn't having issues.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: hemiram on May 02, 2019, 04:57:00 AM
I've never had an issue with any of my Witness/Tanfoglio or other clones. Even the nastiest looking of them just needed a recoil spring to be 100% perfect.

At this point I have the two Tanfoglio "Mossad" guns, a fullsized and a compact. The FS is my favorite gun of all I own, even more than my $1000+ Sig P226 SSE, another one is my "Combat Cohai" two tone fullsized. Great shooter, and almost as accurate as the "Mossad" FS above is. I have two Jericho 941's, a just bought Israeli surplus one in chrome, and a black one that is almost new. It has a rail, the surplus one doesn't. I like them both about equally, but wouldn't mind if the older one was converted back to DA/SA.

I've had 2 9mm Witnesses, one with a rail, one older one without, and a .45 without a rail. I had a .40 with a rail for a short time, but got an offer on it almost as soon as I picked it up for more than I paid for it, so off it went without me even shooting it.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Marty8613 on May 03, 2019, 01:53:24 PM
I had a Witness P-F in .45.   It was boring to shoot.  No matter what bullets I used, they all went through the same hole.   The very 1st round I put though it at 7 yards was dead center on the X.  I have yet to make that shot again with anything.  It concealed amazingly well for a full sized double stack.   I?ve since moved to all metal framed compacts or sub compacts so someone else is enjoying this Witness now.   

I?ve got my eye on a compact steel Witness 10mm at a LGS.   


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Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: TheKnack on May 11, 2019, 12:40:32 AM
Have owned 2 Witness Match .45s and a .40 and they were accurate and reliable.
Recently got a SAR K2 and even better accuracy for less money plus higher capacity.
A Witness will serve you well, but the SAR is better.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Rigidman on October 26, 2019, 06:29:39 AM
10mm Full Size 10 round capacity, Wonder Finish, Hogue finger grooved grips, 22lb recoil and firing pin spring, 16lb hammer spring.
Accuracy? 4" at 25yrds off hand and 1.5" at 25 yrds sandbagged.
Reliability? will feed Hornady 180XTP FMJ's all day long no stovepipes or FTF's, SWC's were another story but after slight chamfering and some major polishing 100% succes!
Haven't killed anything but paper targets and I do not quite feel proficient enough yet for competition , but that will change this coming spring, still bitterly cold here in Wyoming!
CCW? Yes, every day, about 12 to 14hrs a day, as of now I wear it in a Uncle Mike's Horizontal shoulder holster. But I will soon make my own fitted for me, the way I like 'em!
Comments? These pistols seem to take quite a bit of "out of the box" tuning, I wouldn't have it any other way, I have enjoyed all the hours of polishing and tweaking! I am closer to this pistol (emotionally) and trust it farther than even some revolvers I own.
I will add I have yet to figure out the secret to bettering the Double action pull it is about 12 lbs. but I have the single action at 4 lbs. very sweet pull, no grittiness whatsoever.
traveling

Check out Mcarbo. Their spring kit reduces both SA/DA. Cut it in half actually.
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: jaegersapper on January 22, 2020, 08:22:57 PM
Jericho 941 .45 ACP
* slings spent shells 25 feet.
* new recoil spring, haven't tried it yet though
* more accurate than i am
* Stovepipes sometimes on loading, I think it is a function of the recoil spring.

Sphinx SDP Compact
* Awesome pistol
* Very accurate
* put some lighter springs in = more awesome
* No failures at all.
* never fails

OD Green CZ P-01
* Angels sing when i pick it up.
* Never fails
* Sexxxxxy
* Fits like a glove
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: jng1226 on September 01, 2020, 02:14:33 AM
Had a Tanfoglio Limited Pro, put a lot of the typical aftermarket stuff from Ben Stoeger's shop in it. Incredible gun that was super reliable and accurate. Won a bunch of local USPSA Production and IDPA ESP matches with it. Not sure if this YouTube video will show but here it is in action:

https://youtu.be/0QlQrvI9JJE
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: jng1226 on September 01, 2020, 02:17:39 AM
I have a made in Switzerland Sphinx SDP Compact that I just love. Absolutely reliable and incredibly accurate. With just a ZR Tactical spring kit the trigger is near perfection for me. Here it is in action at a steel match and an IDPA match:
https://youtu.be/M1PNpZI_aNM
https://youtu.be/8Jw0Dl0DA0w
 
Title: Re: Tanfoglio/EAA Witness Successes
Post by: Gunnerdad80 on September 01, 2020, 04:48:17 AM
I’d like to own a Sphinx SDP one day.