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Staccato 2011 pistols duty-approved by over 250 agencies

In the world of US law enforcement, Glock has been widely accepted as the gold standard for duty guns for years


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In the world of US law enforcement, Glock has been widely accepted as the gold standard for duty guns for years. Many top federal agencies – and even the US Coast Guard – choose the highly reliable polymer-framed, striker-fired pistols, and plenty of subordinate state- and local-level departments follow suit. However, there is still a decent amount of variety beyond Glock in different jurisdictions, with some offices opting for SIGs, Walthers, and more. One such alternative can be found in the Staccato 2011.


Though some 2011s stick to iron sights, like this one, you can also get optics-ready versions.

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Formerly known as STI, until a recent name change adopting the moniker of their signature line of 2011s, the company has been putting out handguns for four decades.

The 2011 design is billed essentially as a modernization of the time-honored handgun to which its name pays tribute and its design bears striking similarity: the 1911. One key difference with the 2011 is that most of them come in 9mm, although some models can still be had in .45ACP or other common pistol calibers like .40 S&W.


Competition shooters also still choose 2011s frequently, although they’ll likely choose to set them up and accessorize them differently than a duty gun.

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Previously focused primarily on competitive shooting, in recent years these handguns have seen a surge of popularity even beyond competition circles. Although their race guns are still highly regarded by many, the Texas-based manufacturer has been gaining a growing following among law enforcement officers as well. The company proudly celebrates this fact, and recently issued the following press release announcing their handguns’ adoption by hundreds of departments and agencies across the nation. The October 13th release reads:


Georgetown, TX: Staccato 2011, LLC announced today a company milestone: over 250 law enforcement agencies across the country have approved Staccato 2011® pistols for duty use. Law enforcement is embracing Staccato not only for the company’s high-performing pistols, but also for its ongoing support that includes training. Major departments approving Staccato include LA County Sheriffs, Riverside County Sheriffs, and the Long Beach Police Department.

“We forged our first law enforcement relationships under two years ago. In this short amount of time, the positive response for Staccato has been humbling; we are proud to serve thousands of officers who carry our pistols both on and off-duty,” said Marine Corps veteran Nate Horvath, CEO, Staccato.

“Departments are approving Staccato 2011® pistols for their superior performance in qualification tests that include pistol reliability, accuracy, and ergonomics/efficiency,” said Buck Pierson (USMC GySgt ret.), Staccato’s Director of Law Enforcement and Military Business. “Departments are also choosing Staccato for our partnership mentality and ongoing support. We provide free 2011® transition courses for law enforcement, a 2011® armorers course, and other specialized on-site department instruction. Instruction is led by senior Staccato team members like Mike Pannone [former US Marine Reconnaissance, Army Special Forces (Green Beret), 1st SFOD-D (Delta) and the Asymmetric Warfare Group)], Matt Little (former Army Special Forces and Chicago PD SWAT), and Master Gunsmiths,” said Pierson.

Patrick Dougherty, Sgt. Long Beach Police Department, was a part of LBPD’s year-long evaluation of Staccato. Beyond pistol qualification, Dougherty explains that LBPD’s partnership with Staccato is valued deeply, especially in today’s climate. “LBPD appreciates everything Staccato has done for us, and the stance the company has taken alongside law enforcement when very few will publicly do that. Courage is the rarest of traits, and we thank Staccato for supporting us.”

Staccato provides law enforcement, military, and first responders a discount on pistols and magazines. As a veteran-led, Texas-based company that only uses American materials and parts, Staccato is proud to serve those who protect our freedoms daily.

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