Tanfoglio Witness Out of the Box and into the Match Review!

World Class shooter Patrick E. Kelley has returned with another installment of his Out of the Box To Match Review series. In these reviews, Patrick takes a brand new gun, gives it a quick clean and oil, and shoots a match with it. No modifications. No practice. No special testing versions. This time, Patrick is trying out the EAA Tanfoglio Witness Elite Stock II in 9mm at a 6-stage Steel Challenge match.

Patrick tried some on-the-fly field modifications on the grip to alleviate the “sticky mag” situation. After the match he was able to measure the magazines to find that some of them were out of spec. Patrick also noted that the double action trigger is one of the worst he’s used, but the ergonomics keep the gun easy to shoot. But, as with a lot of handguns, a quick trigger job can make all the difference. Overall, Patrick seems to like his new EAA Tanfoglio Witness Elite handgun.

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What do you think? Would you give the EAA Tanfoglio Witness a try? Let us know in the comments.

Video courtesy of Patrick Kelley. Give him a like or follow to help him keep making these videos. Got a question for Pat? Leave a comment on his video or on here and he’ll get back to you as soon as he can! Ammunition provided by Freedom Munitions. Firearm courtesy of Defender Outdoors.

10 Comments On This Article

  1. so its a expensive piece with a crappy trigger and magazines that are out of spec. that wont’t fit . So you have to spend more money on a gun thats already to expensive. I’ll stick to U.S. guns.

  2. I love my Witness. I have big meaty paws, and the Witness sits down in my grip sooo comfortably. Trigger weight doesn’t bother me in the least, and the crisp, sharp break is a delight. I disagree on the front sight post assessment, but that’s just me – I grew up shooting black-on-black 1911s, so these sights are fine for me.

    Not addressed in the review, the slide rails are reversed in the CZ75 and derivative models, lowering the barrel axis just a bit, which is also nice. I own a full-size stock Witness with the alloy frame, which means I have the option to convert to other calibers with ease.

  3. I have a EAA Tanfoglio Witness Elite Match that has the best trigger by far of any of my handguns including 1911’s. The closest thing to it is my Kimber.

  4. At 72, since I can no longer focus on the pistol;s sights, without reading glasses (with reading glasses, I can’t see the target), I would really suck trying to hit the targets. Either I see the target or the pistol sights, but not both at the same time. Someday, perhaps, pistols will be designed to accommodate red dot optics. With red dots, this would cure seeing both, the open sights and the target at the same time.

  5. I have an older Witness Match (with stock Tanflogio Single action trigger) and I love it. Accurate out of the box and only mod required is better front sight. To the other Gentleman with sight issue I suggest TRIFOCALS; Takes a little practice but work great at the range.

    If I could afford one and could find one I would love to have the Witness In 10mm too.

  6. I can help you with this. There is an article in the November 2015 issue of American Rifleman on Optics Ready pistols and appropriate sights. You can search the web for this:
    November 2015 American Rifleman Optics Ready Handguns and Mini Sight roundup.

    Hope you find what you are looking for there, but if not, you can always find a gunsmith that will mill the top of your slide and tap and drill it for one of those mini reflex sights. This has become a popular option for folks who are used to their own pistol and don’t want to spend big bucks on a new gun.

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