Staccato P Reviewed: Our Range Results
Staccato pistols have gotten a lot of attention lately, and we here at Gun University (well, some of us) are among those who have a big interest. In this article, on behalf of Gun University, I will walk you through my post-evaluation thoughts. Read on for the GU Staccato P review.
Staccato P Specs
- Caliber 9mm
- Barrel length 4.4 in.
- Front sight Dawson Precision fiber optic
- Rear sight Staccato 2011 T.A.S. II
- Trigger Adjustable 4-4.5 lb.
- Length/Width 8.1 in.; 1.3 in.
- Weight 33 oz. empty (no mag)
Staccato P: Some Background
2011 pistols are a modern development based on the 1911, perhaps one of the most popular and well-known pistols of all time. Staccato (formerly STI) has long produced 1911-style pistols chambered for the 9mm Parabellum cartridge. The modern 2011 pistol design allows shooters to utilize the extremely reliable 1911 design while adding the advantage of higher carry capacity by double stacking the smaller 9mm cartridges.
In addition to those benefits, it also gives 1911 enthusiasts another carry optio; one that keeps the same function and operation they are used to.
A good way to describe the Staccato P (indeed many 2011s) would be to say that it keeps all the best features of the older designs while incorporating many new and better ones.
Staccato P Features
1 1911 Controls
The same grip and controls as the familiar 1911.
2 Double stack mags
Seventeen round magazines provide more shooting and less reloading.
3 Bull Barrel
A heavy profile barrel provides accurate shooting.
4 Optics Ready
Red dot sight is easily added by installing an optics baseplate.
5 Steel/Aluminum/Polymer frame
The hybrid frame can be chosen in either aluminum or steel and polymer.
Staccato’s custom selections allow extra logo’s to be laser-engraved.
7 DLC Coating
Diamond like coating to protect the pistol.
8 Dawson Precision tool-less guide-rod
The tool-less guide rod allows field stripping without tools.
9 Picatinny accessory rail
To mount your favorite weapon light under the front.
Models and Variations of the Staccato P
Staccato pistols are available in several models; today we are looking at what is considered to be the “duty” model. It’s used by many LEOs and has been approved for service by more than 650 agencies. There are also the CS and C2 models that are specifically designed for concealed carry. Lastly are the competition models the XC and XL; they offer compensated muzzle, longer barrel, and slide.
Many of these models allow custom laser engraving by the factory, too.
You can have them in any color you want as long as it’s black.
Staccato P – Our Take
I was excited to get this pistol to the range, I am fairly inexperienced with 1911/2011 pistols but the gun nut in me wasn’t going to let that get in the way. I grabbed the Staccato and a few boxes of ammunition and headed to the range.
I had a large box of some Winchester USA handgun 124 grain ammunition, as well as some Winchester USA handgun 115 fmj’s to shoot through the pistol. The Staccato had come with three 17-round magazines, and I intended on doing some reloading exercises to put that flared magwell to use.
The first thing I noticed about this pistol is the one thing I would change about the weapon – the position of the slide release, which in my opinion, impacts shootability. The slide release is a bit of a reach for my thumb. It’s far forward that it’s almost impossible for me to drop the slide on a fresh mag without breaking your grip. Granted, this may not be a big concern for those with long fingers, but I’d want to change it. Perhaps an extended slide release would better fit me.
Other than that, the shootability of this pistol was immaculate. The trigger breaks very cleanly; I almost felt like I wished it was a bit lighter, but it makes sense for a pistol that is aimed at the service/duty market. It has a very short travel and a crisp reset, too. It’s just a great trigger. The slide feels like it glides on bearings, and the sights line up perfectly with the grip angle.
I cranked through all my ammunition in what seemed like entirely too soon. The smooth cycling of the pistol was matched with quick and seamless reloads. The metal magazines slide effortlessly through the polymer grip module, and the flare at the bottom makes it easy to stab your next magazine into place. During my testing, I fired several hundred rounds without a single malfunction; this should come as no surprise for a pistol of this high quality. Shooting rapid mag dumps or slow strings made no difference to the Staccato P.
I am a sucker for red dots on pistols; I would have really liked to get one mounted on this pistol to see if it helped my shooting (I’m pretty sure it would). I found the Staccato P quite accurate with standard fiber optic sights. Hitting my point of aim came easily when I lined up the sights right. The heavy barrel and the gun’s overall weight seemed to aid in keeping it steady through shot strings.
After my first trip to the range with the pistol, I took it apart to see how dirty it had gotten. It was still surprisingly clean, but nonetheless I gave it a wipe down and added some fresh lubrication on all the right points. I was quite surprised by how simple the pistol was inside, there were far fewer parts than I expected to find. The simplicity surely is responsible for the reliability of the design, and you won’t find me complaining about it.
After a good range trip to get familiar with the pistol, I also carried it around for a few days to see how it worked as a CCW. One thing I love about the colder months is the ability to carry full-size pistols like this one, and it was a great feeling to have it on my hip.
After spending a week or two with the Staccato, I quickly wondered how I could manage to keep it. In almost no time, I had become one of those 1911 weenies that I’d so often laughed at.
Staccato P Pros and Cons
- Smooth shooter – Everything about this pistol feels high quality
- Excellent trigger – crisp break and short reset
- Optics ready– If I was keeping this, it would get an RDS
- Accurate – Excellent control; shoots very well
- Dead Sexy – Everything about this gun is sexy
- Slide release – It have to break my grip
- Addictive– I want to keep it, and then I want another one
Excellent on all points but the short slide release
Excellent. No malfunctions were experienced
Again, excellent on all points but that short slide release.
Great accuracy, easy to point and hit your target.
Only because it is fairly spendy for a pistol, but worth it!
Reviewed by coldboremiracle
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Recommended Staccato P Ammo
I shot both 124-grain ball ammunition and 115-grain ammunition through the pistol. Both seemed to work well, but the 124s seemed to shoot a little better in my testing. For carry ammunition, I prefer the Hornady American Gunner 124 grain XTP, but some other options are listed below (and likewise some range/training options).
MagTech 9mm 115 GR FMJ Ammo
Cost Per Round
|Natchez Shooter’s Supply||$0.24|
|Palmetto State Armory||$0.34|
Self Defense Ammunition
Hornady Critical Defense 115 GR
Cost Per Round
Staccato P Accessories
There are a few things I’d use for my own Staccato, including:
Red Dot Sight (RDS)
A good pistol like this deserves a good red dot; I would get one like the Trijicon RMR.
An adaptor plate is a must to mount your red dot properly to the Staccato P.
A good weapon light is also a great (some would say vital) accessory for a pistol like this; I use a Surefire X300 and have never needed another.
A good holster is a must for a good pistol, and for shooting it well. I would absolutely recommend the Safariland Model 6360RDS.
One More Thing…
Even though you’ll have a weapon-mounted light aboard, you should always have a good flashlight.
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Staccato P Maintenance
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