By: Friedrich Seiltgen

Copyright © 2022

In the world of competition pistols, the name Staccato has meaning.  For over 25 years, the gun community knew Staccato under its former name STI, the company that evolved John Browning’s classic 1911 design for the 2011 platform.  Staccato Firearms designs, manufactures, and crafts their firearms from 100% certified American billet steel from deep in the heart of Texas; Georgetown to be exact.  Staccato’s CEO is USMC Veteran Nate Horvath, and over 25% of the company team are veterans.  This veteran-owned company strives for top shelf quality and their products show it.  From the design to the test fire, Staccato has a level of craftsmanship second to none.  They manufacture their pistols to the tightest tolerances and assemble them by hand.  Staccato is driven to deliver the best of American ingenuity and precision manufacturing; their promise is that they will always have your back!

Staccato revolutionized competition shooting with their 2011 line of pistols.  Their former brand name STI is the most decorated brand in shooting sports competition, having won thousands of matches.  Although this piece is about the Staccato XL, a competition pistol, they manufacture firearms that inspire confidence in shooters of all levels and professions.  In Fact, most Staccato pistols are used by Law Enforcement agencies across the country that rely on Staccato firearms as their duty weapons.

Not content to sit around and become stagnant, the company continues to stay in the forefront of research and development.  This is always an excellent policy.  You don’t want to compete; you want to dominate.  No quarter given!

Staccato has taken 25 years of competition shooting and incorporated it into the XL.  The proprietary design and build process produces a lighter, faster cycling slide for this pistol


Action Type: Semi-Automatic

Caliber: 9X19mm

Magazine capacity: 17 or 20 Rounds

Sights: Dawson Precision Fiber Optic Front, Staccato 2011 T.A.S. Rear

Optics Ready: Fiber Optic Front, Dawson Precision

Barrel Length: 5.4 Inch Bull Barrel

Overall Length: 8.9 Inches.

Trigger Pull: 2.5 Pounds!

Weight: 38 Ounces Without Magazine

MSRP: $3,379


The Staccato is a great pistol for new shooters as well if you think about it.  When you have a pistol that is well designed, balanced, doesn’t jam frequently, and is insanely accurate out of the box, it makes the shooter want to build on their success and practice more.  Staccato has impressive bona fides to back up their claims.  Whether you need a pistol for competition, law enforcement duty, concealed carry, or home defense, Staccato firearms has a gun that will fill the need.

That’s all for now folks!   Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article Ideas.  And as always – “Let’s Be Careful Out There”

Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department.   He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms, and Active Shooter Response.  His writing has appeared in RECOIL, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International.  Contact him at