STI Introduces DVC High-End 1911s – IPSC Ready “Out-of-the-Box”

STI international, Inc. has introduced a new line of handguns “designed to win matches out of the box”. The DVC (standing in for the IPSC motto “Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas”) Limited and Open handguns are the newest top-of-the-line 2011-based handguns.

As one would expect, the pistols are graced with a bevvy of competition and aesthetically-oriented features including textured grips, all steel parts are hard-chromed, and the trigger is set up for a 2-2.5 “breaks like glass” trigger. Both handguns feature 5″ bull barrels with the Open having an integrated brake. Barrels and brakes (where applicable) are coated with Titanium Nitride.

Additional details are below and on STI’s website for the Open and Limited. The Limited retails for $2,799 and the Open tops it at $3,699. 


Full Press Release Below:

STI Introduces Two New Competition Pistols
Designed around the concept of Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas, the motto of the I.P.S.C (International Practical Shooting Confederation) – meaning Accuracy, Power, Speed, the new DVC Limited and Open competition pistols are designed to win matches right out of the box.Both pistols are an entirely new design based off of the tried and true 2011 and are built specifically for competitive shooting. The guns feature a wider than standard frame with a full length dust cover with added cuts for style and balance. An all new sear design breaks like glass at a clean 2-2.5 pounds. The grip has been hand textured, reduced and undercut by Extreme Shooters in Havasu City, Arizona. All steel parts have been hard chromed for maximum durability in all situations. The guide rod is a Dawson Precision tool-less and the DVC models are the first factory guns to employ this innovation. Another first for STI is that both DVC pistols come with two 140mm magazines each. The 5″ precision fit bull barrels have been coated with Titanium Nitride for optimized hardness, lubricity and longevity.

On the Limited model, weight has been removed from the slide to help keep the gun balanced, increase cycle rate, and reduce forward recoil. The front sight is a Dawson Precision fiber optic and the rear is fully adjustable. Available in 9mm and .40 S&W the DVC limited makes a perfect 3-Gun, U.S.P.S.A. or I.P.S.C gun. MSRP is $2,799.

The DVC Open features a Trubor style integrated compensator. The compensator has been redesigned using high-speed video footage of some of the best shooters and custom compensators in the world to minimize muzzle jump and felt recoil. The slide-racker is entirely new and has been designed to be ambidextrous so it can be used on either side of the pistol via a duel detent system. The DVC Open is topped off with a 6 MOA C-More Sight, making it the perfect gun for Open Division competition. The gun is available in either .38 Super or 9mm (tuned for major power factor). MSRP is $3,699.

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About STI International, Inc.
Precision made. Performance Defined. STI is an employee-owned company based out of Georgetown, Texas and is the premier manufacturer of 1911 & 2011 ® style firearms. The company is dedicated to providing the highest quality firearms for competition, duty, or self-defense use. From introducing the firearms industry into the precision world of “EDM” hammers, sears, and components to the invention of the legendary 2011 platform, STI has continually led the firearms market in product development and quality.

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Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Sarig

    So I lost interest in competitive shooting over a decade ago. But I’m also interested in just about any kind of gun slightly outside of the mainstream box.

    And I want this. Just look at it!

  • Nice, STI. How about a $1400 Hi-cap gun, 5″, that is a decent carry gun? I mean, I’m all about competition shooting, but at least you could give us an alternative that costs a kidney and is only practical out on the rage.

    • G0rdon_Fr33man

      Really? You cannot find an alternative for carry? Yet you click on an article that is obviously about competition?

      • I never said I couldn’t find “an alternative for carry”. I said that I would like STI to also make a version of their hi-cap guns that are cheaper than $2k.

        Their guns for competition are great guns, but it would be nice to not spend an arm and a leg to also enjoy their guns, which fit me very well, for carry as well.

        • Don

          Quality costs money and that’s a fact of life. They both have plenty of top of the line 2011, high capacity, carry models but you are going to pay a premium for them. You could always buy a lathe and or cnc machine and start producing these firearms yourself, maybe you could be the one to bring them in at your dreamy $1400 mark.

    • Nicks87

      I have an STI tactical that cost me $2100 and I don’t consider it a carry gun. It’s accurate and reliable but it’s still a 1911. I bought it a couple years ago because I convinced myself I needed a high end 1911. It mainly sits in my safe with my other look but don’t touch firearms.

    • 3XLwolfshirt

      A double-stack 1911 with a government barrel isn’t exactly a “carry gun.”

      STI does have some very reasonable prices on their single stack guns, especially when you consider the hand-fitting. I picked up my Ranger III at Cabela’s on clearance for $900. There’s no comparison for that price in terms of build quality.

      Double-stack 1911s are competition guns, and that’s why STI doesn’t build them cheap. People who buy these guns are looking to spend money to get the most accurate product they can.

      • Eh. I carry a p227 and a full size HK45 and conceal it easily. Have no problems with full size Berettas, 1911s or the Glock 41 either. Proper IWB Holster and I’m good to go. I’m also a big guy, tho, so I’m probably able to better conceal a full size handgun than others.

      • undeRGRound

        DS 2011 Rock Island IS Cheap, but most here would turn up their noses.
        A Para 14.45 is on clearance right now before the new Remi-Versions come out…
        Those have a great reputation and are double stack. They make a carry
        commander size, as well as a 5″ GI barrel in the 14.45
        Fully convertible to 460 Rowland specs also 😀

        • 3XLwolfshirt

          Personally I think Rock Island is the best entry-level 1911 out there. I actually want to pick up the 10mm they make.

      • El Mac

        Bull crap. A good 2011 can be carried concealed.

        • 3XLwolfshirt

          How is it “bull crap?” Most people will have difficulty carrying a double-stack 1911 with a 5″ barrel. There’s a reason most guns designed for carry are smaller than their full-size counterparts, not larger like the 2011.

          • El Mac

            It’s bullcrap because people conceal carry a single stack 1911 gov’t model all day long. And when you compare a 2011 to a 1911, the difference is virtually negligible. Unless you put a fatazz magwell on a 2011, there is almost no difference. And in some cases, the weight of a fully loaded 2011 is actually less than a steel frame single stack 1911. That’s how it’s “bullcrap”.

          • 3XLwolfshirt

            I suppose it’s in perspective. It’s too thick for me, but obviously it’s fine for you. Relax.

    • El Mac


  • Barry

    I always wondered how much of a difference a brake makes on a pistol? And if it does improve felt recoil significantly, why aren’t they more mainstream?

    • Don

      Because of their costs. Typically $1500 just gets you in the door with their very basic models, these basic models blow any mainstream guns out of the water hands down. Quality costs money.

    • Comps aren’t about recoil, but pushing the gun back onto target.

      They aren’t mainstream for two reasons:
      1. They are loud and obnoxious
      2. They works best with loads way over common loadings, and require tuning to get them to break the dot back to the same point every time.

      • Don

        Tell that to my S&W .460 magnum… The comp on it is all about helping reduce recoil. Most comps these days have two purposes, they reduce recoil and they help control muzzle rise. Holes on the top control the rise and the side ports control the recoil.

        • undeRGRound

          Recoil and Muzzle, two components of the same thing…
          Great explanation, Don!

    • 3XLwolfshirt

      They’re also much more effective on faster rounds. The .45 won’t see nearly as much benefit from a comp as a .357 would.

  • Mystick

    They took everything good about the 1911, and did something else.

  • Grindstone50k

    I really wish time travel was real, just because I want to see JMB’s face when he see’s this stuff. I’m not going to pretend like I would know what his reaction would be. I just want to see it.

    • guest

      He may ask you why 100 years have gone by and no one has made anything better yet, and why the only “innovations” sum up to minor technical modifications but major visual/cosmetic changes and “tacticool”.

      • Grindstone50k

        “Hey, these Glocks are pretty nifty! Wish I thought of that!”

  • HM

    How much does this actually improve accuracy over a standard pistol?

    • Don

      Try and find an SV Infinity anywhere online for sale, new or used… (You can find new and used STI’s but not SVI’s) That’s how good their accuracy is…

    • ZQuel

      If you’re meaning group sizes, a good expectation would be 3″ or less at 50yds. In general that’s what semi-custom/custom 1911/2011s are capable of.

      • HM

        Thanks for the info. That would defiantly make a difference in match shooting.

  • Doc_Way

    I’d still rather have herpes.

  • Nicholas Chen

    A friend of a friend has one in order. She is 3 on the list.