New STI GP6 pistol is really of Slovakian K-100 Grand Power pistol

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

An observant forum poster, warhawke, noticed that “new” STI GP6 pistol bore a striking resemblance to the Slovakian K-100 Grand Power pistol. They are in fact one of the same, although there is no mention of the pistols’ heritage on the STI website ( here or here).


The STI GP6

The K-100 Grand Power pistol

I assumed it was a clone by Wikipedia shed some light:

The K100 was designed by Jaroslav Kuracina, a former weapons officer in the Slovak Army. Kuracina sketched drawings of the K100 as early as 1992, but manufacturing activities were highly restricted during the Communist era. Kuracina would be forced to wait until 1996 to continue development of his design. Grand Power has recently announced a deal to produce 100,000 units for the US market.

Now we know where they are sending those pistols! This was further confirmed as I dug around the Grand Power website and found STI listed as the North American dealer.

I certainly do not have a problem with STI rebranding the pistol, but inferring it is a new design and not mentioning its heritage is wrong, in my humble opinion.

UPDATE:

It appears that they did disclose this on a “Skinnergrams” (STI newsletter). Read the comments by S Carruth below.

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  • Louie P Louie P on Oct 01, 2009

    thanks for the advice dan. will try some other guns before i decide then. unfortunately, not too many ranges here have demo units that i can try. guess will just have to find friends who use XD and M&P. thanks again. very sound advice.

  • Johnny Johnny on Oct 08, 2013

    Funny thing is that unlike the STI USA website the STI-Finland's website clearly mentions that GP6 is made in Slovakia by Grand Power

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