I do not mind the look of the STI. The only concern I had looking at it were that the sights don't look like something that would work in a concealed carry and might snag on things, so they'd have to get replaced with some novak 3-dot sights.
They are competition sights because that is what the STI Spartan was designed for. It is a poor mans gun games pistol. You cannot swap the sights out easily due to the sight cut in the slide. It is LPA cut. There are good sights that fit that cut.... I recommend Harrison.
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