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Staccato 2011 P
T
he M1911 is now well into its
second century of production
with no sign of Americans
dethroning it as one of the preeminent
pistols for action-shooting
competition. Though many features
have been contemporized, the
M1911's essential elements-its
grip angle, thumb and grip safeties
and sliding, single-action trigger-
still stand testament to the enduring
worth of John Browning's most
prolific design.
The Staccato 2011 P tested here is
one of five M1911-style models made
by Texas-based Staccato, the successor
to STI International. STI carved a
niche in the M1911 competition market
by developing designs compatible
with double-stack magazines, but the
company re-branded itself in 2020 and
shifted its approach from marketing
to the competition crowd to focusing
on home defenders who primarily
value reliability and accuracy.
While STI built M1911s using the
traditional custom-house method
where skilled gunsmiths create
an accurate pistol by filing and
grinding oversized parts to fit,
Staccato, in contrast, relies on CNC
machines to produce parts with
tight tolerances. This allows the
company to deliver a pistol that's
still capable of exceptional accuracy
while reducing the need for handfitting-some
is still necessary, but
it is much reduced.
Unlike traditional M1911s, the Staccato P feeds from a doublestack
magazine (inset), and an aluminum Dawson Precision Tactical
Advantage Magwell helps guide the magazine home during reloads.
One 17-round magazine and two 20-rounders ship with the pistol.
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The Staccato 2011 P is chambered in
9 mm Luger and holds 17 rounds within
its standard-capacity magazine and 20
rounds within an extended box. The
pistol is 8 " long, 5.5 " tall and weighs
33 ozs. with an empty magazine. It is
constructed with the serial-numbered
steel frame joined to a one-piece,
molded-polymer grip assembly. Three
grip styles are available that differ with
respect to their textures and sizes.
Changing the grip is a factory operation,
however, as correct seating of the trigger
bow and sear spring are necessary to
prevent doubling.
Steel parts are made from billets
or bar stock, not castings or metalinjection
molding. The frame and
slide are machined from 4140 steel,
with the slide pre-hardened. The 4.4 "
barrel is made from 416R stainless
steel, with an 11-degree target crown
on the muzzle. An internal extractor
is used, and the pistol does not
employ a firing-pin capture device,
which many shooters feel detracts
from the M1911's characteristically
crisp trigger.
Most steel parts are diamond-likecarbon
(DLC) finished for reduced friction
and increased abrasion resistance.
The slide has wide, forward-angled
grasping grooves cut into both its
front and rear, and the dustcover has a
one-slot accessory rail. Two 20-round
magazines and one 17-rounder are
included with the gun; the polished,
stainless-steel magazines have aluminum
floorplates and witness holes
along their rear surfaces.
The Staccato P uses a bushingless
barrel, and the pistol's Dawson
4.4 Adaptive Tool-less Recoil System
features a full-length, stainless-steel
guide rod with a pivoting section that
captures the recoil spring and a reverse
plug to simplify disassembly compared
to the M1911's traditional barrel bushing
and recoil-spring plug. The front
of the gently flared bull barrel mates
directly with the slide to affect a consistent,
tight fit when in battery, while
lockup at the rear is accomplished
using the M1911's traditional swinging

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