In the upcoming December 2013 issue of Combat Handguns, author Caleb Giddings is quick to compare the competition pistol he tested, the Tanfoglio Stock III (imported into the U.S. by European American Arms, or EAA), to a Formula 1 racecar: “Not everyone can drive a Formula 1 racecar. It requires years of training, practice and incredible skill to drive the world’s premier sports cars properly in competition. Built from the ground up for unbelievable levels of performance, the F1 racecar is a precision machine. So is the Tanfoglio Stock III, but the difference between a Stock III and an F1 car is that anyone can own and shoot a Stock III.”
So what makes the Stock III such a race machine? According to Giddings, “The Stock III’s trigger immediately jumped out at me because it’s quite simply the best factory DA/SA trigger I’ve ever used. The first DA pull from the factory came in at 8 pounds, and the SA pull for follow-up shots was a crisp 3 pounds on my factory sample. To put that in perspective, my professionally gunsmithed Ruger GP100 has an 8-pound trigger, and the DA trigger pull on my Sig M11 is 14 pounds. The DA/SA trigger on the Stock III is so good out of the box that Eric Grauffel, current IPSC World Champion, uses a Stock III trigger in his Tanfoglio Stock II pistol.”

So how did it fare on the range? Did its trigger help it win any matches? To learn more, check out the December 2013 issue of Combat Handguns, available on newsstands and digitally September 17, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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