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I originally purchase the EAA Steel Witness 9mm (also known as the Tanfoglio T95 in some countries) a year or so ago because the I like the CZ75-type platform, the price was right, and it easily converted to 22lr. Here's what I've found so far:

Pros:
-Reliable. When the gun is in its' original 9mm configuration it's extremely reliable (I've personally never had a malfunction but my buddy borrowed the gun for a week and claimed he had one with his reloads).
-Accurate. Most CZC75 variants are very accurate guns and this pistol is no exception.
-Ergonomic. It feels great in the hand and the extended beaver tail allows you to get your hand very high up on the frame.
-Modularity. Current production EAA Witness guns are built on what was formerly known as the 'large frame.' You can purchase a separate slide assembly (40, 45, 22, ect....) and they will all work on the same frame. The frame is the serial numbered parts so there's no need to go though a FFL.
-Many (not all) of the aftermarket parts developed for the CZ75 will also work on the Witness.
-Standard 1913 rail for mounting lights/lasers/bayonets/whatever else tickles your fancy.
-It has a relatively low bore axis for a DA/SA gun due to the way the slide rides in the frame.
-Weight. The all steel version weighs 33oz unloaded which makes it a pleasure to shoot.
-Ability to be carried 'cocked and locked.' For many shooters this is a system we're used to and operating it is second nature.
-Price. I purchased mine for under $400 with the 22lr kit included. They've gone up since then but they're still very affordable.

Cons:
-No decocker.
-Only comes with 1 magazine
-Finish. It's just a paint type finish that wears relatively easily.
-The trigger has a little more overtravel than I'd like. That said, it does break crisply.

Chronograph numbers:
Winchester Ranger 115gr JHP: 1123fps, 322 ft/lbs energy
Federal HST 124gr JHP: 1145fps, 361 ft/lbs energy
Speer Gold Dot 124gr +P: 1253fps, 432 ft/lbs energy

Here's a video with some shooting, disassembly/assembly, a discussion of the pros/cons, and a chronograph test:

 

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I've been shooting a Witness Match 9mm for the last 2 years. I, too, bought it because it was a CZ clone and the price was right. The gun was very accurate right out of the box and has shot consistently well for the 2 years I have owned it. I have fine tuned it with springs and a competition trigger from henningshootsguns.com. (Henning is the man when it comes to Tanfoglios.) Overall, I would also highly recommend it.
 

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I was at my LGS the other day and saw a box that said Tanfoglio. I asked to see the gun on top of it, and it said Armscor--Made in Phillipines.

Yes, it was still a Tanfoglio, too.

Apparently they have outsourced to the PI. Hopefully everything that EAA imports from them is still made in Italy. The one I tried felt really bad on its trigger compared to an Italian version.

Not to "steal" the thread, but has anyone tried the polymer Witness to compare?
 
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I haven't shot the polymer Witness but I have been fondling one at my FLGS for a while not, still debating on getting it but the quality isn't part of that debate, it feels every bit as well made as I could ask for especially at the price.

Tanfoglio are pretty huge in Europe, they sold CZ and Beretta clones mostly IIRC.
 

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For any single actionguys the witness elit match is a even better shooter. They do make some very accurate pistols and the 10mm atleast on the match is a swapable upper. or by in 10mm and a 9mm or .22lr upper.
 

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Man...i never realized so many of you guys had Elite Matches! I have a 45 Elite match...henning trigger pin (haven't gone with the flat trigger yet...but am), Dawson front fiber sight, springs, and I polised the plunger/trigger bar/and contact points... I am a HORRIBLE handgun shooter, but this gun makes me look like I know what I'm doing! I'm hoping to add a 9mm upper this year, but am going to do an elite match slide with a hunter barrel (6") and then have it cut/threaded to accept a suppressor ;-)
 
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