STI International Introduces the HEX Tactical Pistol Line

Hex DS 4.0 side right

Most readers are familiar with the STI line of 1911s and the quality that goes into them. Since STI is employee owned you can just about count on a quality gun. After all employees have a monetary investment which tends to drive everyone at the company to make the best pistol possible.

This new Hex Tactical Pistol Line has an aggressive slide sculpting providing the user with a positive grip surface which runs almost the entire length of the slide. The slide also features a triangular shape on top with an angle on both right and left side and a flat top. As with most new pistols these days the Hex comes with a fiber optic front sight and a U shaped notch rear sight which is also becoming very common as well as popular with shooters.

Hex SS 4 inch slide

Hex SS 4 inch slide

The Hex line comes in 2011 double stack and single stack 1911 models. All models have a rail for mounting lights and lasers. A wide magwell is also provided on the 2011 model while the single stack has a more traditional thinner magwell extension. Both models are available in 4 inch barrel and 5 inch barrel lengths.

Hex DS 5 inch

Hex DS 5 inch

All Hex models have a black Cerakote finish for durability. VZ grips are standard on all models. Most VZ grips have an aggressive finish providing a secure grip in any weather. The DS or double stack models MSRP is $2599.00 while the single stack MSRP is $2099.00 regardless of barrel length. Any of the models are available in 9mm or 45 acp.

Visit STI for further information.

Hex DS 5 inch in 9mm

Hex DS 5 inch in 9mm


BBL- 4.0 or 5.0 Bushing BBL
Finish- Cerakote, black color
Magazines- 1ea / Extended Base on 2011
Trigger- 4-5LBS
Sights- Rear Ledge and Fiber Optic Front
Grips- 2011, black color / 1911, VZ Alien
Other- Accessory Rail

Combining aggressive style with functionality, the new HEX Tactical line pistols from STIā„¢ are available in multiple configurations.

STI HEX Tactical guns come in both 2011 and 1911 platforms. The 1911 models are the perfect choice for home defense, competition or a solid gun to take to the range. Both the single stack 1911 and high capacity 2011 models are available with either 4.0 or 5.0 inch barrels. The fixed rear ledge sight is rugged and reliable and the front fiber optic makes target acquisition easy.

Both the 2011 and 1911 feature a flared magwell, CeraKote finish and a lightweight Tri-Topped slide. An accessory rail is incorporated to provide a solid platform for a laser or light. The 1911 models sport VZ Alien grips for a firm and secure grip purchase while shooting.

STI Logo

Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


  • aguywhoknows

    “This new Hex Tactical Pistol Line has an aggressive slide sculpting providing the user with a positive grip surface which runs almost the entire length of the slide.”

    All I see is half of the slide at max, where do you see “almost the entire length”?

    Again a poorly written article from TFB. Sorry dudes, your quality is decreasing with every article you publish.

    • Joe Schmoe

      There’s asinine posts, and then there’s yours.

      • Bill

        I was thinking the same two exact things: “full-length” and “asinine post,” but if you squint just right and the tide is high, the right side of the pistol might be “almost the entire length.” Sort of. As if it matters.

    • Well I have a feeling I know who this might be posting. The first post you make is this? Sorry Dudes—hum I know someone else that uses that phrase.

  • Major Tom

    Dat price tag. Guess I better start saving spare change for a long while.

    • El Duderino

      Well they are heirloom guns. You need to sell some of your heirlooms to get one. Or wait till a rich relative kicks the bucket.

  • DIR911911 .

    they took a thing of beauty . . . and ruined it.

    • STI has a long history of derpy slide serrations.

      • No idea on that Daniel. I do know that Legion never made very many guns so I wouldn’t think they would have that many spare slides around. They may have just used that pattern since Legion went under.
        Now that I think about it when I talked to the owner of Legion st SHOT two years ago it seems he said they used some STI parts.

        • The LF-P series frames were clearly STI 2011. Some of their other parts also had STI styling cues.

          • Yes indeed. I handled one of the handguns and rifles at SHOT the only year they were there and it obviously had an STI influence to some degree.

  • Rob

    I like the “Hex” grip concept, but yeah, it could use more of it…just as so many slides could use “more” of whatever type of grip enhancement they use. What I’d really like to see are manufactures grasping the concept that they don’t need their logo in prominent locations, which take away from function…that stops me from buying things more than the price.

    I get it, you need your logo, but you don’t need to “F-up” what could have been a better design because of it. No one cares about your logo, make it clean, small and out of the way. Let the “work” be the symbol of your company…make the people want to handle your gun to find the logo so they can ID/buy it. No one wants to see it from across the room.

    • I agree Rob I never cared for the larger logos on the slides. It just looks gaudy.

    • myndbender

      In my opinion, the logo is neither too large nor gaudy to be an issue. Plus, if I could spend between $2-3k on a pistol, I’d like to see the logo. From pics the STI Logo on the slide is smaller than a thumb print with no ill effect on function so what’s the problem?!?

    • Formynder

      Like Dan Wesson 1911s, you mean?

  • BravoZulu

    So, did the guys from Legion Firearms start working for STI? Or did STI just decide to copy it since I don’t believe Legion is making them anymore….

    • “No idea on that Daniel. I do know that Legion never made very many guns so I wouldn’t think they would have that many spare slides around. They may have just used that pattern since Legion went under.

      Now that I think about it when I talked to the owner of Legion st SHOT two years ago it seems he said they used some STI parts.”

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    That DS-5 looks like something out of Black Ops III.
    Yet another .45 I cant afford.

    • Honestly I can’t either so believe me you aren’t alone. I still appreciate a good gun though:-)

      • iksnilol

        There’s cool irons and then there’s irons you use.

        Doesn’t have to be cool, just do what you need it to do. At least that’s what I tell myself whenever I use the Krag turned recruit rifle.

  • Wolfgar

    Great info Phil, thank’s for the up date. I would have preferred the “Legends” full length dust cover but what a great looking hand gun. If one fail’s with this handgun, blaming the handgun is not an option. STI pistols are second to none.

  • Reef Blastbody

    Meh. What I really want to hear about is the forthcoming Detonics/STI collaboration on their STX/MTX striker/hammer fired handguns.

    • Detonics hasn’t put out much in a long time. They only make them when they get an order.

      • Are they being made currently? I’ve been intrigued by the design but there’s almost nothing out there in terms of info. Last update on their facebook was June 2015.

        • That pretty much tells the story. When the last update is that old it’s a warning sign to me.
          I’ve attempted to get information from them for readers and my own interest but I haven’t had much success even after talking with the owners on the phone. That’s how I found out I couldn’t get a test gun to review they make them when they get an order. At least it was that way. Real shame I’ve always liked the CombatMaster and carried one for years.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    I have 4 STI Single-stack guns at this point. They are such nice 1911’s, and actually really affordable when you look at the amount of hand-work that goes into them compared to other manufacturers that do the same.

  • Bill

    They stole this for ZEV Tech ahaha

  • Nigel Tegg

    I recently bought a STI Lawman in 9mm (Australian so I can’t use a .45 ACP in IPSC).

    They are honestly one of the most underrated guns, even doing a search on youtube only comes up with airsoft variants or the duty one version.

    It was almost everything I wanted in a high end 1911 but 2/3 of the price. Only thing I needed to add was a fiber optic front sight and speed chute from Wilson Combat. The fit and finish are amazing.

    • G0rdon_Fr33man

      Why no .45 in Australia? Max diameter? What are the requirements for owning handguns in AUS?

      • Nigel Tegg

        – must be part of a registered pistol club
        – 6 competition shoots a year for center fire and 4 for rim fire (if you have both its 8 in total)
        – .38 caliber maximum (unless shooting silhouette comps or black powder)
        – 4.72″ barrel length for semi autos and 3.93″ for revolvers
        – maximum 10 round capacity
        – usually has to be kept in a proper gun safe that is bolted to the foundations of the house, although some states allow a safe over 330 pounds to be used
        – ammunition stored separately in a locked container (yes this means no self defense allowed)

  • Cymond

    Hey, could you dumb it down for me and give an overview of how this is different from their Tactical 2011 line? (Aside from the obviously different serrations.)

  • cody

    Looks a lot like the pistol they used to make for Legion.

  • I’ve been shooting an STI Apeiro for a little bit now for USPSA and 3gun. The only issue I have with it is the lack of front serrations. The Hex pattern on this model, which is equal parts function and fashion, does bring a neat look to the table. Yet I tend to agree it’s not groundbreaking. It’s not a bad idea, nor a new good one. It just “is.”
    Take it or leave it STI makes good products. Even in the race gun crowd they’re not the shiniest toy. I’d like them to start selling their magazines with a better baseplate though. After a few months of practice and competitions the plastic baseplates started cracking.

  • Wynter

    Seems like one of those things you like or dislike but either way there is simply no denying that STI makes fantastic guns with a level of quality that far supercedes their price. You may argue that $1200 (for example) is a high price but not when you compare it to what you actually get.

    I have an STI Elektra in .45acp that is an amazing 1911. It cost around $1300 (iirc), which is pricy but you won’t find a gun this nice anywhere in the world anywhere near that price. That’s what makes STI such a great buy. I couldn’t afford to buy another but if I had that kind of money to spend again there’s no other manufacturers out there (that I know of) where I can get so much gun for the money.