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Staccato P Review: Best Duty Pistol?

We tested out the Stacatto P -- a gun designed with law enforcement/duty-use in mind. Come see what our LEO expert thinks about this 2011 pistol!

If you want see the Staccato P in action, check out the video review above.

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Recently, Staccato came out with a 2011 pistol called P.

While marketing included a mixture of approaches, it was clear the P was at least partially intended for law enforcement.

Staccato P pair close
Staccato P pair close

Staccato claims the P is approved for duty use by more than 460 law enforcement agencies.

I think we can agree, calling a weapon duty rated sets a high standard.

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Backed by over 22 years in law enforcement, the last seven of which I served as a POST-certified handgun instructor, I intended to test the P for myself and find out if it merited that ranking.

Staccato P Sean DV
Before digital cameras

So read on as we walk you through the specs, talk about the features, and head out to the range with this gun to find out what it’s truly capable of.

Feeling lazy to read the article? We’ve summarized the pros and cons for you.

Staccato P: Pros & Cons


  • Very accurate
  • Great trigger
  • Low recoil


  • High MSRP
  • Expensive magazines

What is the Staccato P?

So, after 100 years added to a gun’s legacy, how did Staccato evolve the 1911? What are the main differences?

First off, the general aesthetic is still the same.

Those familiar with the lines of the 1911 will recognize that DNA in the 2011.

The steel frame with Leupold DeltaPoint Pro

The first big difference you notice is the grip. I’ve always appreciated the narrow but hefty feel of John Moses Browning’s beauty, but the grip on the Staccato is much thicker.

This accommodates the double-stacked, 9mm magazines. When you dig into the gun and take it apart, you notice some major differences.

The frame offers either a steel or aluminum build with a polymer exterior. This allows for increased capacity and helps mitigate some of the recoil.

Staccato P grip
Heavily textured gip

Plus, the outer texture is grippy. It’s got a raised pattern like an all-terrain tire that really hooks up in your palms.

In addition, there’s no barrel bushing. Shooters compress the guide rod and spring until a clip sticks out. This catches on the end of the muzzle and locks the compressed spring in place for removal.

This is called the Dawson Precision tool-less guide rod and it is a much-appreciated improvement.

Staccato P recoil spring
This upgrade is pure joy

The safety and hammer are still there as is the slide stop and the skeletonized trigger gives the impression of a higher-end 1911.


Let’s talk ergonomics!

First off, the grip is really big. I wear a 2X glove and I had to make adjustments. While I could reach the mag release, I couldn’t reach the slide stop lever without adjusting my grip.

It is manageable, but police agencies are a lot more diverse nowadays and can’t follow the 6 foot or better hiring practices of old. Small-handed officers might struggle with this gun a bit at first but I think the rewards would offset this.

Different techniques might be required

The P has an ambidextrous safety, but the mag release is currently only on the left side.

Interestingly, I found myself leaning more toward the aluminum frame for preference. Then again, I don’t wear a leather duty belt anymore.

Staccato P shooting side
Staccato P shooting side

The steel frame P weighed 2 pounds, 3 ounces on my digital scale, while the aluminum was 1 pound and 14 ounces.

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To the Range!

There were a couple of questions I set out to answer with this test.

I wanted to see how the 2011 was improved for the average officer on the street and if Staccato was able to keep some of the qualities I loved about the 1911 while improving some of its shortcomings.

Author's Kimber Warrior
The Kimber Warrior which I carried on duty.

I carried a 1911 on duty which means I hold it in the highest regard. But it doesn’t mean the gun couldn’t stand some improvements.

I practically ran to the range when the Staccatos came in — that’s right, I said Staccatos.

They sent two Ps, an aluminum frame, and a steel frame. Before all was said and done, I tested both and developed some preferences.

Staccato P close opposed
Ahh variety

Starting out though, I ran the aluminum frame with a Holosun 507c optic and the steel frame with the Leupold DeltaPoint Pro.

I’m a huge fan of both of these red dots. (Want more red dots? Check out our article on the Best Pistol Red Dots.)

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After testing began, one thing became clear right out of the gate — I’m not used to external safeties anymore!

It took some practice to implement that into my draw stroke again.

Staccato P spitfire
Staccato P spitfire

The P comes with a slide lock safety and a grip safety.

There’s a philosophy associated with these, particularly as it applies to law enforcement — they serve as the final layers of officer safety, should de-escalation and weapon retention tactics fail.

With a good grip established, I started banging away. Going back to a hammer-fired gun is like reuniting with an old, familiar, lover.

Staccato P trigger

Gone was the achingly long, sometimes squishy, trigger pull so commonly associated with striker-fired guns.

Nope, this was sheer point and click joy with a short, crisp break and reset.

Mine averaged just over 2.5 pounds on a Lyman Digital Gauge, though Staccato lists it as 4 pounds.

Looking back down Memory Lane, I used to love how well I grouped shots with my 1911.

I attributed much of that performance to the trigger and it felt like the Staccato P would repeat that.


At 15 feet I fired off three shots for accuracy. The first and last went through the same hole but I threw the middle shot about an inch away.

Accuracy is strong with the P.

Staccato P accurate
Should have been 3-in-1 but that’s on me

Another impression I had was loving the magazines and their added capacity. The P comes with three magazines — two are 17 rounders and the third is 20.

This means officers can walk around with 20+1 in their holster and another 34 rounds in mag pouches. That first magazine is often the most important, for obvious reasons.

Staccato P loadout
20 is money

Moving onto reliability, I fired right around 1,000 rounds through each gun using American Eagle and Blazer, both at 115 grains. I also ran some 124 grain SAR USA ammo through the guns.

With the exception of two stovepipes, the guns ran flawlessly. I was able to pin this down to one box of Blazer ammo and it did not happen again.

Staccato P stovepipe
This only happened twice, from the same box of ammo

I ran different drills from my academy curriculum during testing and really began to appreciate this new breed of gun – an evolved fighting pistol with a pedigree.

In short, both Staccatos were fantastic.

For a full breakdown on the P’s…breakdown, see our Disassembly and Reassembly video below.

By the Numbers

Ergonomics: 4/5

The grip is really big, even though I wear a 2X glove, I had to make adjustments. Smaller-handed shooters might struggle a bit. Overall, though, it’s pretty comfortable.

Reliability: 4.5/5

I really believe the two stovepipes I experienced were ammo-induced because they didn’t happen again during the course of testing. Otherwise, the Ps were perfect.

Staccato P ready
Staccato P ready

Accuracy: 5/5

These guns are at least as accurate as my 1911. The excellent trigger, combined with the red dots, (the fiber optic sights are nice too) really helps with getting on target.

Add in the 4.4-inch bull barrel and you’ve got a solid package that will deliver laser-like fire if you do your part.

Staccato P reload
The flared magwell makes reloads fast and certain

Value: 4/5

The Staccato P is expensive. The standard version is $2,099 while the optics ready version will set you back $2,399.

Compared to a polymer, striker-fired gun, this might seem outrageous, but in the world of higher-end 1911s it’s entry-level to average.

Overall: 5/5

This is an outstanding firearm. I feel like Staccato honored the past of the 1911 with due reverence while vastly modernizing the design to fit the challenging role officers face today.

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Upgrades & Accessories for Staccato P

You’ll definitely want a nice pistol light with your Staccato. And for that we usually go with our gold standard…the Surefire X300. Be sure to get the B model since that works the best with metal framed handguns.

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As for optics…check out our Best Pistol Red Dots but otherwise we loved using a Holosun 507C and Deltapoint Pro in our test.

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Now how about even more customization straight from Staccato themselves? They’ve recently unleashed their CONFIGURATOR for the P…and we’ve got our hands on one of the first ones.

Staccato P, Custom Configured
Staccato P, Custom Configured

More options will be rolled out…but we went with some custom lasering, DLC and threaded barrel, plus some front serrations.

Staccato P, Custom Other Side
Staccato P, Custom Other Side

It looks great especially with the DLC black barrel. You can also customize the grip for more grip but we stayed with the standard.

Staccato P, Custom Suppressed
Staccato P, Custom Suppressed

And how did it run suppressed? We’re only a few hundred rounds in but so far it’s been 100% and we love the suppressor height sights.

Next step is to get the correct optic plate for this P and then get shooting!

Holster-wise, I recommend the Tenicor Certum3 IWB/AIWB. This holster will get you where you need to go with the Staccato.

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Field Strip & Reassembly

Don’t want to mess up your P? Check out our quick video to field strip and put it all back together again.


You might wonder how this information applies to the civilian customer, and to me that’s pretty simple.

Whether you love, hate, or feel indifferent about law enforcement, they can at a moment’s notice, be called upon to use a firearm to save their own life or that of someone else.

Staccato P SWAT vehicle assault
SWAT training

To me, this means the equipment they use must be of the highest quality — Staccato meets that standard.

Citizens wanting to harness the P for their own protection needs would be well advised to do so.

The accuracy, reliability, and capacity are top-notch.

Staccato P steel frame right
Smooth operator

Admittedly, factors like the overall size and magwell would make it a little tough to conceal, but it could be done. I could easily envision the P serving in a dedicated home defender role too.

Tenicor Staccato P
This AIWB setup from Tenicor would be the way to go for concealment

Again, check out the full video review below.

Also please note Staccato offers a discount on the P to active duty law enforcement, veterans and first responders through their Heroes Program.

Have you tried a 2011 pistol? Would you be willing to try one out? Let us know in the comments below and make sure to check out our review of Staccato’s XC and XL models too!

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    Mike C

    I purchased my Staccato P last year via the Hero's program. I thought I was going to take forever to get here and in two weeks I had my gun. First time out at my range and 17 rounds made one jagged hole at 10 yards. Add the optic and at 75 to 100 yards I was hitting and ipsc 66% steel target. I've carried a Glock 35 for 16 years at my previous agency. I've owned 1911 and carried them on duty. This platform blows them all away. Others say I'm crazy for carrying that expensive of a gun on duty, my response is its a tool, not a safe queen.

    March 28, 2023 8:02 pm
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    Matthew Pacillo

    The STACCATO P sounds like a great pistol but as for me -and my limited income - I am satisfied with my Stainless Steel Duty TISAS .45acp .
    But as the saying goes , " Isn't that what dreams are made for " !

    March 4, 2022 3:07 pm
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      Sean Curtis

      I salute your position and aspirations!

      March 7, 2022 9:00 am
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    All my favorite guns are single action with an exposed hammer and a outside safety. I love the trigger pull on a single action 1911 style gun. I carried a Colt Commander for forty years and lost it unfortunately.

    March 4, 2022 4:20 am
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      Sean Curtis

      I hear you James, I had to switch to a striker-fired weapon when my Kimber didn't like feeding the frangible ammo my indoor range required. It was nice going back.

      March 7, 2022 9:02 am
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    JP Weir

    I would love to try out one of these weapons. I am very fond of the 1911, ever sense being introduced to it while in the USMC. I have owned numerous examples in 45acp and 38super. I was never permitted to carry one as a Police Officer, but did as a EDC. Between the Corps, Law Enforcement, and high risk personal security, I have carried a weapon the majority of my adult life. I have always favored an autoloader, when given an option. I hold Instructors certification from the S&W Academy, and a FBI trained instructors course at Camp Perry.

    March 3, 2022 9:19 pm
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      Sean Curtis


      Thank you for your service! I can't recommend the P enough, try one out when you get a chance but I must warn you--have your money ready. If you like the 1911, you'll love the 2011.

      March 7, 2022 9:05 am
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    Pretty sweet tools and great thorough review...but unless that $2300+ package was issued, I'd take my RIA .45 TacUltra FSHC 14+1 for $700...super reliable, nice trigger and bright non-optic sights...and spend the 1600 saved on training ammo.

    March 3, 2022 9:07 pm
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      Sean Curtis

      Thank you!

      It certainly would be nice to have one issued to you, but it's good we have options if not. I can't agree more with the training comment though, that's foundational.

      March 7, 2022 9:07 am
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    Monte Walsh

    Excellent pistol, worth every penny. I was fortunate to have a client show up with 3 versions, base model, race gun and a intermediate. He was gracious enough to give me some trigger time. Follow up was like shooting a .22 ( with a .45). The perfect duty gun! Wish I’d had one in a past life!

    March 3, 2022 6:45 pm
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      Sean Curtis

      Glad you got to try them Monte.

      When I'm reviewing guns, I try to start from a neutral position and see which direction I go. I did the same with the P, though I was intrigued from the start. As I continued shooting them, I was more and more impressed.

      March 7, 2022 9:10 am
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    I recently acquired a Staccato P And was very anxious to see what all the hype’s about. And man it did not disappoint. Doing the 222 drill I have never in my life felt closer to John Wick level shooting with any other pistol. But this came down to the big showdown as I have been a shadow to you for the past six years and although I carry glocks and my trusty P30…. Nothing hurricane close to the shadow two in terms of accuracy and performance that is until I ran it head to head against the sticatto P. It was faster lighter and more accurate than my all-time favorite pistol. The only problem is as great all around as this little bass performs I just can’t carry it as a duty gun for fear of some thing happening to it so I will continue to carry my P 30 in save the staccato for special occasions (kinda like my scar20). The problem is it does have a higher price point but with anything in life if you want ultra high performance you got a pay for it. And not to sound like a total douche bag I had a severe knee surgery go wrong at my local VA so I ended up selling my Subaru STR and went all Lynn and bought a used BMW M4 and I’ve never looked back I feel the same way about the stacatto. Granted I’m a disabled veteran and I definitely can’t do the things I used to do before the military chewed me up so I’m still an adrenaline junkie and addicted to speed so to me it’s worth the money. My point is if you ever get the chance instead of buying a couple Glocks or Sigg’s save your money and get a Sticatto. I promise you it’ll be the only pistol you ever want to shoot from now on because everything else is just “not quite”.

    March 3, 2022 4:39 pm
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      Sean Curtis

      Hart, thanks for your service.

      Yeah it's funny, but as a firearms instructor, I often saw issues generated from the longer trigger pulls often associated with striker-fired weapons. Granted, this can and should be trained through, but not having to in the first place is optimal in many instances.

      March 7, 2022 9:15 am
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        Thank you sir. I agree the trigger pull is a little long but Upon doing some research they did that purposefully with this particular model as opposed to the old STI race guns. For me one of the best videos out there is Grand Thumb How to shoot faster with Mojo. His rhythmic trigger cadence approach has really helped me not just with speed but with accuracy and granted I’m still light-year slower than Mojo is And he’s using a stock Glock 17.

        March 7, 2022 10:02 am
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          Sean Curtis

          Training is everything! But admittedly, a good pistol goes a long way.

          March 7, 2022 10:29 am
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    Not happening at that price…

    March 3, 2022 4:20 pm
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      Sean Curtis

      Understandable, but shoot one if you get a chance.

      March 7, 2022 9:17 am
  • Commenter Avatar

    I bought an XC in December, best pistol I've ever fired. Super flat and fast!!
    If you can buy one do it if you get the opportunity to shoot one you'll end up buying one!!
    I think next will be the P or C2

    March 3, 2022 3:25 pm
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      Sean Curtis

      I'm going to have to check out an XC. Based on what I've heard, it is superlative!

      March 7, 2022 9:18 am
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