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EAA Witness Reviews

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Postby wake777 » Sun Apr 18, 2010 10:29 am

I recently got the Witness in .45ACP compact. Excellent firearm. Very accurate, all 8 shots in 2 inch diameter circle at 15ft. Very similar to the CZ, definitely based on the same platform. Carrier, bolt, and trigger mech are almost identical. Great feel and very comfortable. Only downside is size and weight for a CCW.
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Postby fgdn » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:39 pm

I also recently purchased a 10mm compact witness.

and yes it was a used buy.

about the 4th clip of ammo, i noticed it started hanging up on every round.

so i removed clip and emptied chamber, after putting on my good eyes i noticed some cracking just behind the front sight about where the slide meets the reciever.

well needless to say i was a little upset.

no problem though emailed eaa and they said box it up and send it to them.

well i'am glad to say 7 days later i come home from work and it is setting on the table waiting for me.

GREAT customer service.

but what caused the cracking. i suspect like i've been reading a weak recoil spring, but not sure.

any ideas and or if some one knows the root cause i would appreciate it.
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Postby Ron40 » Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:32 am

It is my experience that the 10mm round is too hot for semi-autos. The .40 S&W was the most widely accepted caliber when many were developing this mid 9mm-.45 ACP round. The .41 AE fell by the wayside. I'd shoot lower powered cartridges. I guess that's why I don't have one in the safe.
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Postby dogishappy » Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:23 pm

How does the EAA Witness handle 22lr ammo?
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Postby Patrol » Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:39 pm

No offense Ron40 but your opinion on semi-autos not being built to handle the 10mm is beyond incorrect. The Glock 20 is one of the best models they made and will chew them up and spit them out. The Third Generation Smith's like the 1026,1076 and 1006 were also a success.
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Postby Ron40 » Sun Aug 22, 2010 10:18 pm

OK
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Postby pastorfarley » Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:51 am

Since the SAAMI pressure on 10MM is less than 9MM +P and .357 SIG the issue is not simply pressure. Some cartridges have a manufacturer ramp up to get the best performance and clearly the 10MM is one. The 45 ACP length combined with the 9MM pressure required a platform that was not readily available off the shelf. Sadly the 40 S&W loaded to be less powerful made the 10MM less commercially successful and we have fewer choices in handgun/caliber combinations.
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Postby nefprotector » Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:51 am

This is a CZ 75 rip off. It was one of the worst handguns that I had ever owned. Mine would jam so often I felt like it would be better suited to use as an impact weapon or door stop. If you want a CZ then buy the original CZ or atleast a Baby Eagle.
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Postby jarrett2k » Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:58 am

so i take it from the reviews that this gun doesn't stand up to 10mm very well? that stinks, because i really want a 10mm and i hate the ergonomics of the g20.
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Postby fgdn » Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:13 am

it kind of sucks that i had to do it, but with a little work i was able to make my aee 10mm shoot like a champ.

ended up putting a 17 lb recoil spring in it, polishing the feed ramp, and the thing that seemed to make the biggest difference is making sure the 2 magazines that i have, are open on the top the same amount. took a pair of calipers to measure the gap on the tops of both and found quite a bit of difference in them and when i finally got them the same all the problems i had with jamming went away. makes me wonder did i need to polish the feed ramp.
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