Staccato 2011 P Delivers Amazing Performance

The name Staccato may be unfamiliar to some of you. The Staccato company is the evolution of the STI gun company who were best known for their line of practical shooting competition pistols that set the baseline for the industry worldwide. The Staccato P features many of the improvements shooters and gunsmiths have been doing on top of the factory pistols for years.

However, it seems Staccato has not only changed many of their pistols’ features but also the core focus of the company. The full-blown race guns used in practical shooing are no longer offered. The focus leans toward a new generation of duty and personal guns; though the lessons from decades past have not been forgotten.

First Impressions

Dawson Universal Optics System gives shooters options in the 2011 platform.

At first glance, the most noticeable feature of the Staccato P is the Dawson Universal Optics system. This sight system has a removable plate that allows using Leupold’s Delta Point red dot optics, Trijicon RMR’s, along with the co-witness height iron sights.

Extensive grip and trigger guard modifications can be seen here.

Then, as soon as the new generation grip slips into your hand another major change is revealed. The new polymer grip is rounded on the front edges, the trigger guard is generously undercut, and the front of the grip under the trigger is smoothed and relieved to allow a very high, comfortable grip. 

I’m not sure what to call the surface effect on the grip – molded checkering maybe, but it doesn’t matter because it works very well at securing the hand to the grip. The bottom of the grip is nicely flared to allow for smooth reloads without adding additional size which could compromise concealed carry options.

After all the obvious niceties are uncovered, have a look at the length of the barrel and slide. Now you may be wondering why 4.4”? Well, when you have a red dot optic the importance of the sight radius diminishes, but if you do shoot the “P” with iron sights you find that 4.4” is spot on and that this gun tracks really well.

Performance

4.4″ stainless steel bull barrel stacked duty ammo into amazing groups.

I can’t say specifically what it is that makes the 4.4” barrel/ slide combo track and reset so well but it does. I often thought that my Glock 19 tracked and reset better than my G17, and with competition guns, it is often a combination of barrel length, slide weight, recoil spring poundage, and bullet load (weight/ velocity) that make them shoot well.

I think Staccato found another one of those “sweet spot” combinations. The weight of the slide, length of the cycle, length and weight of the recoil spring, height of the grip, the weight of the non-moving mass of the bull barrel, or just the combination of certain elements of those, make it work.

Another Staccato P with Dawson System with only iron sights that happened by the range.

The “P” was also 100% reliable for the 700+ rounds I put through it in accuracy and reliability testing. The testing was done with 10 different types of ammunition with bullet weights ranging from 115 – 147 grains.

One of the causes of malfunctions in the old STI 2011’s was the magazine. Many of the older magazines would need to be “tuned” to ensure consistent feeding. The feed lips and overall dimensions were sometimes a bit out of spec and caused occasional reliability issues, though many of us competitors managed to shoot hundreds of thousands of rounds through those guns over the years.

Staccato P is hands down the best grouping pistol author has tested.

Staccato seems to have addressed those issues too. The 17 and 20 round Teflon coated stainless steel magazines functioned flawlessly, feeding every shape and type of ammunition I could gather to throw at them.

Running speed drills with the “P”, ringing the large amount of steel on the range, blasting the plate rack, or spinning the dueling tree, all seemed effortless with the Staccato. I shot the “P” with the Delta Point Pro and with just the iron sights and both were a pleasure. 

The hand filling ergonomic grip allows a secure hold while you drive the dot or fiber optic sight and break clean shots with the 4 ½ lb. trigger.

Specifications

Caliber-           9mm

Trigger-           4 ½ pounds single action

Barrel-             4.4 inches

Grip-                2011 G2

Safety-            Ambi- thumb safeties, beavertail grip safety

Finish-             DLC Black

Sights-             Dawson Universal Optics system, (interchangeable dot plate, fiber optic front)

Length-            8 inches

Height-            6 ½ inches (w/ optic)

Weight-           34 ¼ ounces

Magazine-       17 rounds (flush), 20 rounds (extended)

MSRP-             $2499 (optic not included)

Accuracy

I really under shot this pistol when I decided to do the group testing from 15 yards. Typically, I think it’s a good distance for defensive type guns, far enough to see groups develop, but close enough to still be considered defensive or duty distances.

Hornady American Gunner 115 and 124’s showed out on targets.

Surprisingly, the Staccato P shot six of the nine types of ammunition used into groups of less than 1 inch. Throwing out a few outliers where I pulled the shot, the average group size across all 9 types of ammunition ended up being 1.05”.

Co-witnessed sight picture through the Leupold Delta Point Pro.

The red dot definitely helped achieve the small group sizes by removing sight alignment errors. This along with the obvious tight tolerances and quality components allowed some amazingly small groups for a 4.4” barreled pistol off of bags on a bench.

Staccato p’s consistent accuracy raised the standard for future tests.

The real beauty of the Staccato was that it wasn’t picky at all. It shot ammunition from 3 manufacturers and weights of 115, 124, 135, and 147’s all in groups less than one inch.

The smallest single group was shot with Hornady Critical Defense 135 grain ammunition, and surprisingly the second smallest single was CCI Blazer Brass 124 fmj ammo — this pistol just doesn’t care.

Even inexpensive ammunition shot extremely well in the 2011 P.

All in all, the accuracy was fantastic, the Staccato doesn’t care what ammunition is on hand, it was shooting great groups. Couple that with the fact that it was 100% reliable and it’s a winning performance.

Around the Gun

The fiber optic front sight seems high without the red dot installed but allows a nice sight picture in the lower portion of the dot window when it is installed. The taller sights may also prove handy if someone comes out with a threaded barrel to support a suppressor.

Every part of the Staccato has been addressed to maximize performance.

The nicely blended beavertail safety is complimented on both sides by the manual thumb safeties. The thumb safety detent has a firm positive engagement without being overly stiff to operate, no chance of slipping into an unexpected position.

The forward portion of the frame has the now somewhat commonplace accessory rail machined in for attaching a handgun light. The slide has front and rear cocking serrations that seem to have more gap than raised surface. However, they work fantastic and provide a great grip for cycling the slide.

Simplicity of the parts understates the attention to every detail.

The full-length guide rod is one of Dawson Precisions tool-less take-down units. It has a pinned lever that pops up with to hold the spring plug in a retracted position when the front part of the lever is pressed in. This system allows a quick easy field stripping of the Staccato P.

Final Thoughts

The US Marshals Service Special Operations Group (SOG) adopted a Staccato P model pistol for their duty gun and several other units are using or evaluating Staccato’s. After giving the Staccato a quick review at the range I can see why. 

Yes, I would do a longer evaluation if I was a unit looking at it for a duty gun, and I’m sure they performed due diligence, but the accuracy and reliability so far have been outstanding. In fact, I plan a longer evaluation myself to see how many rounds the Staccato 2011 will go before I see any issues.

I recently taught a class and let a number of the students run the gun as well, they all loved it and shot it well, several were pulling it up on their phones checking prices before the class was over. 

The only downside of the Staccato P is the price, it’s a relatively expensive pistol. It falls above most standard factory models, yet well below the cost of a full custom pistol from a gunsmith, while still providing the performance of a higher-level custom gun.

Staccato has blended the best aspects of the legendary 1911 with years of competition tested 2011 improvements and the latest manufacturing upgrades to deliver a unique 4.4” 2011 that will challenge most shooters to keep up with its performance.

For more information visit Staccato 2011 website.

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About the author: Jeff Cramblit is a world-class competitive shooter having won medals at both the 2012 IPSC World Shotgun Championship in Hungary and more recently the 2017 IPSC World Rifle Championship in Russia. He is passionate about shooting sports and the outdoors. He has followed that passion for over 30 years, hunting and competing in practical pistol, 3gun, precision rifle and sporting clays matches. Jeff is intimately familiar with the shooting industry – competitor, instructor, RO, range master, match director. Among his training credits include NRA Instructor, AR-15 armorer, FBI Rifle Instructor, and Officer Low Light Survival Instructor. As a sponsored shooter, Jeff has represented notable industry names such as: Benelli, 5.11 Tactical, Bushnell, Blackhawk, DoubleStar, and Hornady. He has been featured on several of Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery episodes and on a Downrange TV series. Jeff’s current endeavors cover a broad spectrum and he can be found anywhere from local matches helping and encouraging new shooters as they develop their own love of the sport, to the dove field with his friends, a charity sporting clays shoot, backpack hunting public land in Montana, or the winners podium of a major championship.

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  • Walleye September 15, 2020, 3:34 pm

    The FNX prints 1.5 inch groups of .45 ACP @ 25 yds. for 1/2 the cost, and weighs 1.2 oz. less.

    Caliber: .45 ACP
    Operation: Double-action/Single-action
    Magazine: 15 rds.
    Weight: 33.3 oz. (empty)
    Barrel Length: 5.3″ (with .578×28 RH barrel end thread pattern)
    Overall Length: 7.9″
    Sights: Fixed 3-dot night
    MSRP: $1,399

  • Pierre H Kerbage September 14, 2020, 11:24 pm

    Nice gun and fair price – but 4.5 pound trigger? No way! Needs to be in the 2 pound to be a competition pistol. Like the CZ Tactical Sports Orange (for half the price)

  • Mark Potter September 14, 2020, 6:41 pm

    Maybe I missed it… what is the grip frame material???

  • Kenneth September 14, 2020, 6:23 pm

    Inch groups from a bag or bench at 15 yards is an accuracy phenom…NOT.

    My old Bob Chow .45 could do 1/2″ one hole groups out of a rest at 25 yards, and I, shooting in bullseye matches at 25 yards one handed standing unsupported had better shoot 1.5″ groups at 25 to have any chance of a successful match that didn’t make allowances for Mr. Cramblit’s “Throwing out a few outliers where I pulled the shot,”

    I wouldn’t say that this pistol is accurate but it is impressive for ego display at a barbeque or some such.

  • Thomas Fowler September 14, 2020, 12:18 pm

    Nice…but would it not be nicer in .45 ACP?

  • Bubbinator September 14, 2020, 9:51 am

    Nice gun, too pricey for most of us.

  • JT September 14, 2020, 9:51 am

    I would hope that a $2500 equivalent of a gamer handgun would deliver “amazing” performance. Seriously, when considering the price I don’t think that’s really amazing, its expected…required…mandatory.

    And as far as the USMS SOG is concerned I’m curious about what this gun delivers in practical combat accuracy that a Glock that costs taxpayers one fifth the price won’t? And I don’t mean how tiny the bench rested groups at 25 yards are, I mean what is the practical combat shooting benefit? I think somebody went with the “we’re going to look really cool with these, just like CAG operators used to” procurement choice rather than what is the most practical, effective and sensible use of taxpayer…our…money.

    And speaking of the finest combat shooters in the world from CAG, don’t they use Glocks? I wonder why that’s not good enough for the USMS SOG? Of course the same could be said for the US Army…their best pistol shooters use Glocks, so I’m not sure I understand the need for a half billion doller SIG P320, but I digress.

  • Skip September 14, 2020, 9:16 am

    I’ll rely on my Glock 32 with upgraded Heine ‘older man’ sights and keep the additional $2000.00.

  • Ron Franklin September 14, 2020, 9:06 am

    Stiff price, but nice.

  • SGT-ADA September 14, 2020, 6:58 am

    The pistol looks very promising, but you’re right about the cost. I think my custom “AR-10” in 6.5 Creedmoor with a repurposed Trijicon AccuPoint® 2.5-12.5×42 scope from my 7mm-08 Savage, mags (two 5-rounds for hunting, two 10-rounds for the range, and two 20-rounds for just in case Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke shows up), and ammunition cost around the same as this pistol. Too bad, though, it is not chambered in .357 SIG (aka 9mm Magnum) because I believe Staccato could make a beautiful pistol that would easily handle this cartridge, IMHO.

  • dhumhanyhu September 14, 2020, 6:57 am

    nobody knows how to make a front sight that won`t dig a trench thru a leather holster, any more. plastic holsters suck,if you fall on one.

    • Mark September 14, 2020, 12:12 pm

      The height of the front sight is because it has an optics mount and you can then co-witness and use the optics and or iron sights. This is very common now for optics ready guns but regular guns without the optics mount will have normal height sights.

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