STI Expands DVC To Tactical & Carry Models

STI, known for their high-end 1911s, has announced another high-end 1911, the DVC Tactical and DVC Carry. The new handguns take features of their popular competition-oriented DVC line and applies them to a standard length slide, adding in “tactical” features.

Like their DVC brethren, the new Carry and Tactical models feature aggressive rear serrations and an open windowed front of the slide to see the PVD coated barrels hiding underneath. Both the Carry and Tactical feature Novak style Tritium low-profile sights with one-handed friendly cocking ledge and aggressively stippled DVC style grips with two undercuts on the trigger guard. Ambidextrous safeties complete the standard features with a 3.5 lbs trigger.

The Carry models opts for a shorter 3.9″ bull barrel and a 120mm magazine on a “VIP” length grip. It comes equipped with the Recoil Master system and features a black DLC coating on correspondingly colored magazines.

Stepping up to the Tactical model nets one a longer 5″ threaded bull barrel slide and standard-capacity 140mm magazines on a flared magazine well. The Recoil Master system is removed opting for a Dawson Precision tool-less guide rod, but one nets a matching thread protector for the barrel.

Retail pricing for both firearms clocks in at a $2,999. Included in the pricing are two magazines. Both handguns are available now from STI dealers in the United States.

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.


  • Rodney Jenkins

    Are STI guns really worth that kind of money?

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Its worth whatever they can get someone to pay for it.

    • QuadGMoto

      As far as I know, no one makes a double-stack 1911 in that carry size. Period. (Para was supposed to, but Big Green apparently disappeared them.)

      • Giolli Joker

        SVI maybe, not that it is going to be cheaper…

    • Nicks87

      Yes. I’m not a 1911 guy, at all, but I bought a STI tactical in 9mm and it works very well. It’s the only 1911 I’ve shot that has been 100% reliable. I paid around 2K for mine but you can buy a used one for cheaper if you look hard enough.

      • Jason Adams

        I have a cheap Taurus P1911 that has never once in 5000 rounds given me one problem, not even a stove pipe. But it isn’t as tight as a high end 1911. But at 25 yards or more it is still more accurate than 98% of people shooting 1911s. Granted I have other 1911’s I like better but calling a 1911 unreliable because it is built so tight that it can’t be is just unfair.

      • ozzallos .

        Everybody knows 1911 are completely unreliable and not fit to be serious sidearms and carry weapons because of reasons.

    • DFWShooter

      Depends on what you value. I would say yes if you plan to use in competition. As an everyday carry or defensive use, probably not. There are other makers that proven performers. But for me and I’m shooting 3 gun or IDPA, the the STI or Kimber is where I’ll turn to.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Youll be the belle of the BBQ.

    • kdkdkd

      You mean prince

  • Dukeblue91

    Is that price for both?

    • RSG

      Probably just the mags.

  • Disarmed in CA

    Looks angry. Better feed it soon..

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Are they ever going to release their MHS entry? If it’s what I think it is based off of their work with Detonics then that could bring an affordable 2011 based gun to the market. The guns mentioned in the article look great but are in the price range of sending it to a smith and doing $800-$1500 of work isn’t an issue to modify it or have new coating put on it.

  • David B

    3.5 pound trigger on a carry gun? That seems to be just a touch on the light side.

    • kazetsukai

      Legal issues in carry hostile states.

      • Pistolero

        Only in case of an unintentional discharge. If you intended to pull the trigger, as in self defense, what difference does the trigger pull make?

        • kazetsukai

          Google: “trigger pull weight prosecutor”. In states that are hostile to guns or carry, a prosecutor may make the case against you that having a lightened trigger pull on a carry gun is reckless behavior. They may use such modifications to call into question your character, labeling you as “trigger happy” to the jury.

  • CaptainFacepalm

    “There’s a sucker born every minute.” – P.T. Barnum

  • Surfgun

    So how is good to have holes in a slide to allow sand, dirt and othe random debris into the interior of a defense pistol?

    • Ask Beretta.

      • lannaa

        The beretta p92 open slide doesn’t stop before the ejector.
        Those holes in the slide are stupid but they look cool. In anycase I doubt, sand or dust will be a problem for your average suburban. And you can always use epoxy, put one of those little japanese keyring things on it.

    • Sam

      You roll around in the sand a lot?

      • kazetsukai

        For folks like me who actually carry a decent amount of the time, it matters. A gun that lives on your hip gets dirty.

    • kazetsukai

      That’s what I was thinking…
      My Springfield 1911 ($800 and no-nonsense) is actually on my hip much of the time. It gets dirty as-is- why would they do this to a gun made for carry or duty use? I just do not need more entry points for sand and grime, PITA.

    • Jason Adams

      Well let’s examine your question. If the holes allow in dust and dirt then they would also allow it to be flushed out almost as well. First let’s hope you manage to not drop your fire arm in the dirt. Then let’s hope you keep it in a good holster. Let’s also assume you clean and inspect it regularly. Finally if the worst happens grab your canteen dump some water on it cycle it a few times and if it isn’t built as tight as a nat’s ass then you will be ok for a while until you can clean and lube it.

  • manna

    Say what you will the 1911 is a classic pistol, as such, owning one for aesthetic reasons is no different to owning a car that isn’t the latest model for it’s looks and not it’s performance.
    This pistol is reliable and has high mag capacity, the only must have reasons when it come to a pistol. So this time the hate is unjustified.

    • Jason Adams

      I agree… And the only reason I carry tupperware instead of one is the capacity and the weight of plastic guns. Kind of like a Bic lighter. They work great but you don’t mention them in your will like you would a Zippo maybe. If you are carrying a plastic or polymer (which means long chain molecule nothing more) gun in 45acp and it has the same capacity as a 1911 then you are missing out. Actually 1911’s carry really nice due to the slide width a key component for CCW. So STI keep up the good work!

  • mazkact

    I wonder if STI still uses parts made in the Philippines ? Nothing wrong with that but it is somewhat disingenuous. Kind of like Springfield Armory-“The oldest name in US Firearms” using Imbel parts on their 1911’s. Once someone told me about their XD and how they were glad to buy an American pistol instead of one made in Austria to which I said “how about Croatia ?”

    • Sam

      I believe the only part they source from the Philippines is the frame for the Trojan, which is their least expensive 1911. That’s it.

      • mazkact

        FWIW My understanding is that the frame,slide and barrel on the Spartan are Armscorp.

        • Full Name

          This is definitely a vote of confidence for Armscor pistols. Maybe I’ll give them a look.

  • Charles Meredith

    I have the STI “FatBoy” 45 auto and it holds 11 rounds easily.
    Recoil is nominal for a shorty barrel.

  • Jason Adams

    This looks like a nice 1911.

  • DFWShooter

    Okay, I pulled the “trigger” on the STI DVC Tactical. Super surprised to find one available. After an extensive search, the shop I went to had a .45 and 9MM. I went with the 9MM. My review of this gun – there was something about holding and shooting the gun which made me giggle with glee. Is it necessary to have a 2011 tactical platform that holds 21 cartridges, with a 3-3 1/2 lb trigger which shoots and function smoother than silk and costs more than my mortgage? Abso-frinkin-lutely!! After several hundred rounds, one ragged hole or with the relative ease of knocking down steel, was all the justification for my purchase. This is my second STI, the other is a 1911 Rangemaster 45, which again is an awesome product. There is just no comparison to my other pistols whether they are 1911 or polymer toys but that’s to be expected given the attention to quality and fit.

    The downside to tactical is trying to find spare 2011 magazines for less than $75 and a holster. I had to go custom on the holster. But I tried a HK Tactical Holster which kinda fit, but I what I found is that pistol is not very comfortable given the flared mag well. So going concealed or inside the waist is probably out on this large frame gun.