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LLE

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After the show videos and other internet info, we concluded that since the new Witness Pavona, supposedly redesigned with female shooters in mind, sounded pretty good. The major feature was redesign of the recoil spring and hammer spring, so that jacking the slide became a much easier job for the average female.
That problem has been a major one for my wife. But the videos also intimated that the ergonomics had been somehow, also improved for the smaller hands and lower strength level of the "weaker" gender. We will forgive them for the glittery colored frames.

THE GOOD NEWS:
If anyone thought the build quality of this little Tanfoglio beauty would be somehow lacking--DON"T believe it. This is a well built pistol, with a solid feel and good pointandshoot ergonomics, especially good balance. We were concerned about a double stack grip width, in small hands/weak wrists. Not to worry--Wife loved it, and shot out the center of the target, at 10 meters. She liked the feel of the grip, and the heft and balance, and relatively low recoil.
I agreed with her on my ration of 50 rounds. Only complaint for some folks might be the size for carry. She uses a drop/offset holster which helps short and/or hippy females to make fast draws much easier. BUT ALAS, there is some thing to complain about--not surprising for a first production run.

THE NOT SO GOOD NEWS
The Witness models have a frame safety similar to a 1911. The lever is in the same general area, except if you are a female with short fingers, especially a short thumb. Our pistol had a safety lever that was almost not operatable------try to flick it with your thumb, and it felt like it was
superglued to the frame. I lubed it and worked it for hours, but nothing helped. You can imagine how a little woman with small hands had to accomplish a fast draw. She had to use both thumbs to push it down into the fire position, before extending toward the target.
Not to worry, it is on its way to EAA SERVICE and REPAIR.

Vital Specs: The Pavona appears to be a clone of the CZ-75B
Capacity is 13+1. Magazines are available, and appear to be good quality
Weight is ~30oz.
Accuracy[IMO] Compared to other name brand 9's; very good to excellent[depending on the Op]
Colors: all black; silver over Charcoal; Lavender-Pink; Blue and bruise color Purple. [all with appropriate feminine glitter]
Calibers: 380, 9mm,40S&W,

Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]
3 years 10 weeks ago, 2:24 PM

LLE

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LLE wrote:
After the show videos and other internet info, we concluded that since the new Witness Pavona, supposedly redesigned with female shooters in mind, sounded pretty good. The major feature was redesign of the recoil spring and hammer spring, so that jacking the slide became a much easier job for the average female.
That problem has been a major one for my wife. But the videos also intimated that the ergonomics had been somehow, also improved for the smaller hands and lower strength level of the "weaker" gender. We will forgive them for the glittery colored frames.

THE GOOD NEWS:
If anyone thought the build quality of this little Tanfoglio beauty would be somehow lacking--DON"T believe it. This is a well built pistol, with a solid feel and good pointandshoot ergonomics, especially good balance. We were concerned about a double stack grip width, in small hands/weak wrists. Not to worry--Wife loved it, and shot out the center of the target, at 10 meters. She liked the feel of the grip, and the heft and balance, and relatively low recoil.
I agreed with her on my ration of 50 rounds. Only complaint for some folks might be the size for carry. She uses a drop/offset holster which helps short and/or hippy females to make fast draws much easier. BUT ALAS, there is some thing to complain about--not surprising for a first production run.

THE NOT SO GOOD NEWS
The Witness models have a frame safety similar to a 1911. The lever is in the same general area, except if you are a female with short fingers, especially a short thumb. Our pistol had a safety lever that was almost not operatable------try to flick it with your thumb, and it felt like it was
superglued to the frame. I lubed it and worked it for hours, but nothing helped. You can imagine how a little woman with small hands had to accomplish a fast draw. She had to use both thumbs to push it down into the fire position, before extending toward the target.
Not to worry, it is on its way to EAA SERVICE and REPAIR.

Vital Specs: The Pavona appears to be a clone of the CZ-75B
Capacity is 13+1. Magazines are available, and appear to be good quality
Weight is ~30oz.
Accuracy[IMO] Compared to other name brand 9's; very good to excellent[depending on the Op]
Colors: all black; silver over Charcoal; Lavender-Pink; Blue and bruise color Purple. [all with appropriate feminine glitter]
Calibers: 380, 9mm,40S&W,

It's back and I have to say, the service was superb. They installed a complete new Ambidextrous Safety and it works like a charm.[or as some might say, "it works the way it should have--out of the box"]. The Pavonas are selling at attractive prices. I think EAA has a hit with the ladies--- Not because of the glitter and glitz--but mostly because of the solid feel, balance, and accuracy with relatively low recoil [CZ75B slide] and no-struggle slide pull. The build quality is surprisingly good. Great Mothers Day present for a shooter-mom. BUT WHAT PROJECT ENGINEER DECIDED NOT TO INCLUDE A RAIL !!??

Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]

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