STI International Introduces the HEX Tactical Pistol Line

Phil White
by Phil White

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

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

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.

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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 STI™ 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.

Phil White
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 retired as associate editor since December 14th 2017. My replacement is my friend Pete M email: you can reach Pete for product reviews etc.

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  • Forrest Forrest on Feb 22, 2016

    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 Wynter on Feb 26, 2016

    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.