EAA Witness 45 ACP Auto Pistol


by Jeff Quinn

photography by Jeff Quinn & Boge Quinn

November 22nd, 2010


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The Witness is very comfortable to hold and shoot.



The Witness' slide rails run inside the frame.





Disassembly is quick and easy, and needs no tools.





















The EAA Witness pistols have been around for several years now, and have gained a lot of respect from knowledgeable shooters. Built by Tanfoglio in Italy, the Witness is a close copy of the excellent CZ 75 design, modernized a bit and chambered for some pretty powerful cartridges, such as the 45 ACP and the 10mm Auto. The Witness uses a wide body magazine, and in the 45 ACP version shown here, holds ten cartridges, for a total loaded capacity of eleven rounds. Still, with the higher capacity than many 45 ACP steel pistols, the Witness is comfortable in most hands, and I find it to be extremely comfortable in mine. Witness pistols are available with either lightweight polymer or steel frames, with the latter version shown here. The all-steel Witness has plenty of heft, but still weighs in at just over 41 ounces, unloaded with an empty magazine in place. As mentioned above, the feel in my hand is perfection. The design of the grip locks the hand in place, and the pistol points naturally.

The Witness uses the slide-in-frame design that makes for a very smooth-running and accurate pistol. The Witness shown here, chambered in 45 ACP, was amazingly accurate for a production pistol. EAA also has some match-grade versions of the Witness, but I do not see how they could be any more accurate than this fighting pistol. Holding eleven rounds of 45 ACP, the Witness, loaded up with high-performance Plus P ammunition, is ready for a fight, should the need arise. The Witness has an integral accessory rail, for those who like to attach a light or laser sight to the pistol. The Witness can be carried with the hammer down on a loaded round, and fired double-action for the first shot, or carried cocked-and-locked, with the thumb safety applied. The Witness shown here has the ambidextrous thumb safety, but many versions of the Witness do not, so if you are a left-handed shooter, be sure to get the ambidextrous safety lever. The safety can also be “ON SAFE” when carried with the hammer down, if desired. There is no need for an ambidextrous magazine release, as it is easily reached by the trigger finger of a left-handed shooter. The Witness shown here is made primarily of steel, and wears semi-hard synthetic rubber grips. This Witness has EAA’s Wonder Finish, which is both good-looking and corrosion resistant. Contrasted with the black grips, trigger, hammer, sights, and levers, it makes for an attractive two-tone finish. I know that looks is not the main characteristic of a defensive handgun, but it never hurts to have a fine-looking pistol! The shape of the trigger is very comfortable while shooting, and the double-action pull was very smooth. The single-action pull is also very smooth. It does not release crisply like a fine match trigger, but it still works very well, making hits reliably out at extended ranges.

Critical dimensions are listed in the chart below. Weight is listed in ounces. Linear measurements are listed in inches. Trigger pull is listed as pounds of pressure.

Chambering 45 ACP
Weight with empty magazine 41.2 oz.
Trigger Pull SA 5.3 lbs.
Trigger Pull DA 9.9 lbs.
Barrel Length 4.57"
Barrel Diameter 0.588"
Overall Height 5.66"
Overall Length 8.25"
Slide Thickness 0.98"
Grip Thickness 1.42"
Trigger Reach SA 2.66"
Trigger Reach DA 3.01"
Magazine Capacity 10
Magazines Supplied 1

I tested for velocity with my chronograph set at twelve feet from the muzzle, and an air temperature of sixty-four degrees Fahrenheit, with a sunny sky and a slight breeze. Velocity readings were taken at an elevation of approximately 541 feet above sea level. Velocities are listed in the chart below, and are listed in feet-per-second (fps). FMJ is a full metal jacket bullet. JHP is a jacketed hollowpoint. DPX is an homogenous copper hollowpoint bullet. Glaser is a specialty pre-fragmented bullet inside a copper alloy jacket. PB is Pow’RBall. EPR and AF are high performance specialty bullets as loaded by Extreme Shock Ammunition. LWSC is a cast lead semi-wadcutter bullet. Velocities are listed in feet-per-second (fps). Bullet weights are listed in grains.

Ammunition Bullet Weight Velocity
Cor-Bon JHP 200 1052
Cor-Bon JHP 165 1169
Cor-Bon JHP 230 930
Cor-Bon DPX 185 1008
Cor-Bon PB 165 1211
Cor-Bon Glaser 145 1231
Stryker FMJ 230 765
Buffalo Bore JHP 230 976
Buffalo Bore FMJ 230 961
Handload LWSC 200 962
Extreme Shock EPR 185 1124
Extreme Shock AF 125 1445
WCC 1911 Ball FMJ 230 751

Accuracy was, as expected, very good from the Witness 45, and with a couple of loads, amazing. The excellent Buffalo Bore 185 grain JHP is built for social work, but also turned in an excellent accuracy performance, grouping five shots into one inch from the Witness. I used the Ransom Master Machine Rest for all accuracy testing, and it held the EAA Witness very well using the insert for the CZ 75 pistol. I had to relieve the area around the magazine release a bit, as the one on the Witness has slightly more protrusion than the release on the CZ. Reliability was one hundred percent perfect with every type and brand of ammunition tried. There were no failures or stoppages of any kind. The Witness comes in a hard plastic case with one magazine. I would rather that a fighting pistol be shipped with at least one extra magazine, but extra magazines are readily available.

The EAA Witness is a fine pistol, available in many different configurations, and chambered for our most popular pistol cartridges, plus the excellent but less popular 38 Super and 10mm Auto cartridges. The EAA Witness is a world-class fighting pistol, and I highly recommend it.

Check out the entire line of Witness pistols at www.eaacorp.com.

To order the Witness online, go to www.galleryofguns.com.

Jeff Quinn


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EAA Witness 45 ACP pistol.



Ambidextrous thumb safety.



Slide lock.



Magazine release.






Accessory rail.



Ten-shot magazine.