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STI 2011

STI 2011

The 2011 pistol is the flagship gun of STI and is based on the 1911 frame, but with better parts and a double-stack magazine. In the past 25 years, thousands of customers have asked if they’d ever engineer a tactical or duty-use handgun. The good news is, they listened to their customers and used the decades of tactical and law enforcement experience to build some of the best guns we’ve ever seen. Every firearm they make is superior to their competition in accuracy, speed, and dependability. Today, we will be reviewing some of these models and explain why they’re some of the best shooting pistol money can buy.

Diamond-Like Carbon

Diamond-like carbon or (DLC) is the newest and most technologically advanced coating anyone could use for their guns. DLC is is a Carbon composite with many of the positive characteristics of Diamond. DLC is used to coat the internal parts of the gun, along with a barrel and frame. They use DLC because it’s proven to reduce friction between the internal mechanisms to prevent wear and tear. Its also shown to be entirely corrosion-resistant, chemically inert, and self-lubricating in dry environments.

Take a look at one of their guns, and you’ll never want to go back to another pistol that’s not coated in DLC. Adding a DLC coating to stainless steel makes their 2011 models significantly harder while giving it a slick feeling, like Tom Cruise sliding across a wood floor with brand new socks (Who doesn’t like Risky Business?). All of their pistols are coated with this extraordinary material to give customers some of the most durable, dependable, long-lasting, and accurate pistols on the market today.


The DVC-C is the concealed carry version of 2011 and is designed for optimal concealment and comfort while maintaining durability and accuracy. The DVC-C comes with a 3.9″ barrel and only weighs 1.6 lbs, making it lighter and smaller than their other models. One of our concerns is there are not a lot of holsters made for this model, so it can be challenging to find something you really want.

Obviously, concealed carry guns will need a smaller holster, but one that is still tactical. I recommend looking through this article to find what most concealed carry gun owners use and make your choice based on your personal style and need.


Weight1.6 lbs
Barrel Length3.9″
Trigger Pull Weight4.5 lbs
Mag Capacity15+1


  • Very light
  • Incredible feel in your hands
  • Built for durability and toughness
  • Compact-perfect for concealment
  • Pinpoint accuracy
  • Great trigger


  • Almost too expensive for most people
  • Recoil is more than others in the same class
  • Very hard to find holsters for this gun


  • DLC coating
  • Ambidextrous
  • Accessory rails for easy attachments
  • Dawson Precision Perfect Impact Sights

Why Should You Buy This Gun

STI has gone through a lot of effort to transfer their unique competition-style pistols to operationally capable for use as a duty pistol. Our only real issue with the DVC-C is the significant price point versus their competitors.  However, there aren’t many concealed handgun today that can match up with the capabilities of the DVC-C. This pistol is one of the best money can buy in today’s market. If you’re in Law Enforcement or a SOF soldier and you haven’t tried this gun out, do yourself a favor and shoot this gun ASAP.


A 3- Gun competition is one of the flagship races in most marksmanship competitions in the United States today. The name of the 3-Gun competition is a shooting competition, in which each shooter gets to choose 3 guns to shoot during a shooting style obstacle course.  Each shooter gets to pick from any AR platform rifle, a pistol, and a pump shotgun. 3-Gun is becoming one of the fastest-growing competitions we have today with thousands of professional and amateur shooters participating every year.  As mentioned before, STI started out for this purpose in the beginning, and they take it so seriously that they created a gun specifically designed for the 3-Gun competition. As with any competition, practice is key to success, but many people don’t know how to practice. Understanding shot placement and how your mechanics can make an impact on your placement is paramount to becoming a better shooter.


The DVC-3 pistol has been deliberately and skillfully designed and engineered for the 3-Gun competition. The STI 2011 Tactical Team has field-tested this gun with thousands of rounds each to make sure you’re getting the best possible gun for this prestigious competition.  The accuracy in this handgun makes it an incredible option to bring to this competition. The 5.4″ barrel provides a longer sight picture, giving shooters pinpoint accuracy at 25 yards. With enough practice, this pistol can easily shoot 50-75 yards with the same accuracy. If you’re interested in 3-Gun competition and you’re interested in winning these competitions, then why not buy the gun that sets the standard for accuracy and speed?


Weight2.2 lbs
Barrel Length5.4″
Trigger Pull Weight2.5 lbs
Mag Capacity20+1


  • Aggressive grip prevents slippage from sweat or rain
  • Pinpoint accuracy
  • 20-round double-stack mag
  • Trigger pull is incredibly light
  • DLC coating increases life by decades
  • Specifically designed for competition shooting
  • Looks incredible with the gold color barrel


  • Very expensive
  • Would prefer other models for anything except competitions
  • Shoots more expensive ammo, adding to cost of ownership

Why Should You Buy This Gun

Any competition shooter will benefit significantly from buying a DVC-3 as their primary competition pistol. You should buy this gun if you’ve competed before, but want to do better or if you want peace of mind about the reliability of your pistol. This gun is costly, but the technology and effort put into this it will give you an edge over many other pistols. To avoid any issues with ammo you can always check on us


The Staccato-P model of 2011 is designed to give shooters a gun that can be used successfully in competitions and equally great as a carry pistol.  The Polymer grip of the Staccato absorbs the force of the recoil, so you don’t feel it in your hands. This allows you to focus on shooting without being interrupted by muzzle brake and recoil.  Whether you’re in a competition and being timed or a police officer fighting for your life, this pistol will give you the edge you could depend your life on.


Caliber9mm & .45 ACP
Weight2.1 lbs
Barrel Length4.15″
Trigger Pull Weight4.5 lbs
Mag Capacity20+1


  • DLC finish
  • 20-round mag offers plenty of opportunities
  • Comes in both 9mm &.45 ACP
  • Dawson Precision Perfect Impact Sights
  • Cheaper than most models
  • Incredibly accurate
  • As durable and reliable as a pistol could be


  • Changing sights can be difficult if you don’t have the right tools

Why You Should Buy This Gun

This gun is perfect for competition shooters, law enforcement, self-defense, or use in our nation’s military. Home-owners who don’t already have a home-defense pistol could go to sleep every night knowing the .45 ACP model has the stopping power to demolish the biggest of intruders with impeccable accuracy. The aggressive polymer grip will take away most of the recoil and give you the confidence you need to keep your family safe.


Most of the accessories added to the STI are to eliminate time for target identification and increase the sight picture in low light environments. The accessories that are going to be most relevant to discuss are the different sights, optics, and lights you could put on any STI pistol.

Dawson Precision Perfect Impact Sights

Dawson Precision Perfect Impact Sights are the best sights for any type of pistol imaginable. The first thing to know about Dawson Precision is their “No BS” promise that you’ll be receiving the highest quality part you could ever buy.  This promise comes with a guarantee that they’ll help you zero your pistol if you buy a sight from them.  Any company willing to replace a sight if it’s bad and guarantee a perfect zero for your gun is a company worth buying from.  Another great thing about Dawson Precision is the extraordinary amount of sight pictures for people with less than perfect vision. All of their guns come with Dawson Precision Perfect Impact Sights because they refuse to settle for anything but the best.


The SureFire X300 Ultra is one of the best lights you could put on any gun, not just on STI pistols. This specific light puts out 600 lumens of white light that, using a Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lens for a superior tight beam, will overwhelm your adversary.  This light is arguably indestructible, aside from an actual bomb hitting it, and will give you almost 2 hours of consistent light per battery. The standard accessory rails will accommodate any SureFire light and will make the difference when you need an edge.

Why U.S. Marshals Special Operations Group Adopts STI 2011 Pistols

“Who wouldn’t want a pistol that holds 21 rounds and can shoot super-fast, flat and accurately when you’re on duty?” (Photo: STI)

While there has been lots of speculation about the latest handgun program underway for the U.S. Marshals Service, got the rest of the story direct from the horse’s mouth.

The buzz over the new USMS pistol initiative cranked up in earnest when Leupold and Dawson Precision issued a joint statement late last month that the agency had chosen the respective company’s DeltaPoint Pro optic and DUO/Perfect Impact co-witness sights, alluding to the “STI SRA Pistol project.”

As in the same Texas-based STI Firearms which is renowned for their high-end competition guns often seen in the hands of the fictional John Wick, not necessarily their law enforcement offerings.

This announcement ignited internet gun groups with discussion sourced mainly from Wikipedia pages, Tommy Lee Jones movies and basic cable shows based on Elmore Leonard books, but the truth is a little different animal. While today’s Marshals Service fields some 5,000 operational and administrative employees charged with duties ranging from court security, prisoner transportation, witness protection, and fugitive apprehension, the new STI guns will be used solely by the agency’s secretive Special Operations Group, stationed in Camp Beauregard, Louisiana.

“SOG deploys to enhance the tactical capabilities of the Department of Justice and the USMS operations, domestically and internationally,” Drew J. Wade, chief of the Marshal Service’s Office of Public Affairs, explained to Wade elaborated that SOG missions include a lot of specialty high-risk operations such as providing support for trials involving terrorists, moving high-threat prisoners and witness security members, and responding to national emergencies.

The unit, unlike rank-and-file Marshals, has “extensive training in the operation of single-action pistols, which they feel best meets their tactical carry requirements,” said Wade, with SOG operators having previously carried Springfield Armory pro-rail 1911 .45ACP platforms for the past 16 years. “Only SOG will use the STI pistols,” he said.

USMS SOG STI pistols (4)

USMS SOG with their new STI pistol platforms. (Photo: USMS)

The group has been actively researching double-stack 9mm 1911-style systems for at least four years, with various models tested. This included lots of talks with STI.

“All of the stuff that shooters want for competition carries over into what a law enforcement officer would want to carry on duty,” Buck Pierson, Director of Law Enforcement and Military Sales for STI Firearms, told “Who wouldn’t want a pistol that holds 21 rounds and can shoot super-fast, flat and accurately when you’re on duty?”

The STI Staccato-P-DUO, as used by the Marshal Service's SOG (Photo: STI)

The STI Staccato-P-DUO, as used by the Marshal Service’s SOG (Photo: STI)

Pierson said STI has responded to increased interest from big-name LE tactical teams who are looking at their 2011 platform for the same reason pro-shooters have been running them for 25 years: lighter recoil, a higher magazine capacity than a 1911 single-stack, incredible accuracy, and reliability. While SOG evaluators put somewhere over 15,000 rounds through their evaluation pistols, Pierson said some agencies that are testing STI guns have far exceeded that, with positive results.

The model the USMS has selected was developed as a result of feedback from law enforcement users, specifically SOG itself. After evaluating various 5- and 4.25-inch rail gun models, Pierson said changes needed to be made.

“The guns just had solid black sights. They didn’t have ambidextrous safeties on them. They didn’t have tactical mag wells on them, and they were blued,” said Pierson. “With the Marshals’ guys specifically being in Louisiana, the humidity out there were getting the guns to rust from being outside for multiple days.”

The solution was a durable Diamond Like Carbon finish on the whole gun — barrel, slide, frame, and small parts — everything — along with Treebark stipple grips, a slim tactical mag well, and a 4.15-inch bull barrel.

Then came the sights. With the Marshals and other agencies already set on Leupold’s Delta Point Pro, they needed a co-witness back up sight solution. That’s when Pierson said Dave Dawson with Dawson Precision came in and developed the DUO (Dawson Universal Optic) rear sight that fit the bill. Coupled with a Dawson Precision Perfect Impact front sight, the new model became the STI Staccato-P-DUO.

And the gun has been a hit. “As we sit right now from the development of that gun that was done jointly with the Marshals and other guys, we’re now in over 60 departments in 19 states selling that model specifically,” said Pierson. “So, what we ended up developing for [the USMS] as their go-to-gun has now been our primary production model for all of law enforcement.


Note the mag plate emblem. SOG continues to research holster models to carry the STI pistols. (Photo: USMS)

Interestingly, although the platform is offered in both .45ACP and 9mm, most agencies have elected to go with the latter. In addition to the optic-ready DUO guns, Pierson said they have also made a carry version of the same pistol that was non-optic bearing, by request. “So basically, we took a Staccato P and we put a shorter carry grip on it,” he said.

USMS SOG STI pistols

The optic-free carry version. (Photo: STI)

To date, USMS has purchased 160 STI pistols for SOG operators.

STI Firearms Changes Company Name To Staccato

STI, the inventors of the 2011, has rebranded itself as “Staccato,” the same name as the company’s line of duty and personal defense-oriented pistols that were released last year. The newly dubbed Staccato says “the Staccato brand reflects the company’s vision for the future.”

“We are honored that thousands of law enforcement officers across the country trust and carry our Staccato pistols both on and off-duty – these brave men and women put their lives in danger on a daily basis, protecting our freedoms,” said Marine Corps veteran Nate Horvath, CEO, Staccato. “Because Staccato pistols are duty-proven, reliable, durable, and easy to shoot well, they are a great choice for shooters of all skill levels. Whether your needs are duty, home defense, CCW, or just hitting the target every time at the range, our pistols will increase your confidence and help you improve.”

The company’s ownership and staff have not changed. For additional information about the name change to Staccato, tune in to a Facebook Live chat on Thursday, May 28. Chief Experience Officer, Tony Pignato (US Army 1SG ret), will discuss the name change and field live questions.  


About Staccato: 25 years ago, Staccato (formerly STI) revolutionized competition shooting by bringing the world a whole new gun platform, the 2011®. Built with FlaTec™, the 2011® is the best shooting handgun available and trusted by elite law enforcement teams like the U.S. Marshall’s SOG team, the Texas Rangers, and LAPD Metro. Staccato pistols are approved for use on duty by over 150 agencies across the country. Reliable, durable, insanely accurate, safe, and easy to shoot well, Staccato pistols are fast becoming the pistol of choice for serious professionals and civilians alike. With a lifetime warranty, Staccato handguns are designed, precision-engineered, and handcrafted in the heart of Texas, built with American steel and parts.

As an American firearms manufacturer, Staccato is proud that over 25% of its team members are veterans and 100% are patriots.

What are the best STI Staccato Guns on Sale?

STI Guns on Sale include the STI 2011 DS PistolSTI Staccato XCSTI Staccato XLSTI Staccato P, STI Staccato P DUOSTI Staccato C DUOSTI Staccato C2 DUO, STI Staccato C2, STI Staccato R, STI DVC 3, STI DVC C, STI DVC L, STI DVC S, STI DVC O, STI DVC P, STI DVC Omni, STI DVC Limited Island, STI DVC Limited, STI DVC Open, STI DVC Steel, STI DVC Carry, STI DVC Tactical, STI Tactical, STI DVC 3-GUN, STI Costa Carry Comp, STI EDGE, STI STACCATO C, STI STACCATO P, STI HEXTAC 3.0 DS.

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what you need to know about STI STACCATO

STI Guns created the 2011 platform, The world of Today’s Competitive shooters has been won over by its unique design and craftsmanship. The STI 2011 gives todays shooter the flexibility to customize their gun to his or her paticular needs both on and off of the range. STI Guns has taken a already time honored 1911 platform and transformed it to the 2011, A serious performing work of art. The STI 2011 has created a level of gun that gives you the ability to be a more proficlient shooter. Like slamming targets or protecting your livelihood.

STI Guns include the STI 1911 SS Pistol: STI Staccato C, STI Trojan.

STI improved on a already revolutionary design, The notably famous 1911 pistol platform. STI’s foundation is to build a solid 1911 pistol with unquestionably superior performance and workman ship. It stand’s out from the crowd, by not standing up to the status quo of simply settling for “good enough”. Building a custom quality 1911 is more than putting on pretty grips or accessories, Its dedication to quality, detail and superior craftsmanship. Xtreme Guns and Ammo is proud to carry the STI Guns Line of pistols, Because it is a quality Texas made with Pride Product.

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