STI has cut a wide swath with its 2011 line of pistols.
From defending hearth and home to gunning down top honors at a match, the unique 1911 pistols have been tailored for every situation. But there is little doubt the newest additions of the series were definitely engineered for one thing.
The DVC Limited and DVC Open were both built for speed. And the Texas-based STI has provided plenty of extras to make sure these pistols help shooters to the top of the podium.
Perhaps the most helpful aspect in doing this is a feature common to the entire 2011 line — capacity. In a unique twist, STI has made the august John M. Browning design a double-stack, a feature that is certain to help shave seconds by cutting down on reloads.
Both the DVC Limited and Open feature all new sear designs that look to give shooters an edge. The triggers have a snappy 2 to 2.5 pound trigger pull, which should make it simple to quickly break shots, while keeping the pistols on target.
The competition pistols are outfitted with hand-textured grips that have been reduced and undercut by Extreme Shooters of Arizona. This should give shooters a greater purchase on the pistols, thus helping the handguns’ controllability, and reducing recoil and muzzle flip.
The two new models utilize Dawson Precision tool-less guide rods, an addition that STI said is a first among factory guns. Like its name implies, the guide rod does not require a tool or a wire to capture the recoil spring, making it possible to field strip the gun anywhere and anytime.
The DVC Limited and Open have 5-inch bull barrel, coated with titanium nitride. The thickness of the barrels should help it dissipate heat more quickly, while the coating increases the hardness, lubricity and longevity of the barrel.
The pistols each have material removed from their slides to give them more desirable tendencies. The cuts increase the firearms’ cycle rate and keep them balanced, while reducing forward recoil.
Both of the competition pistols have hard-chrome finishes and come with two 140mm magazines. Concerning the magazines, this equates to 20 rounds of 9mm or .38 Super or 17 rounds of 40 S&W.
The DVC Open has a couple of extras to make it perfect for the wild west of Open Division competition. These include a Trubor style integrated compensator (another recoil reducer), a reversible dual detent slide racker and a C-More 6 MOA Dot Sight.
The DVC Limited is available in 9mm and 40 S&W, while the Open comes chambered in .38 Super and 9mm. Presently the MSRP on the Limited is $2,799, while the Open is listed at $3,699.