A good friend of mine just picked up his Staccato-P. I am looking forward to comparing it to my Wilson Combat 1911. It is a great looking gun.Recently I got a Staccato-XC. This thread will be to record some thoughts about it. Bottom line at the top: so far, only 120rds in, it seems great! Not for everybody ... If you see no reason to spend >$700 on a pistol, this one could shake your worldview: stear clear. If a m1911-action on a frame impossible to make in 1908 is heresy: run!
First of all, the "origin story": reading a fairly recent thread led me to the Wilson Combat site. There greatly admiring the ”X-TAC Elite Carry Comp Professional”, I started actually thinking about a role for such a pistol. But I'd want an optical sight plate system - not be locked into irons nor any particular sight footprint. More, I'd rather not wait 9months for anything less than a baby. So looking for alternatives, I asked the forum for some advice / help:
Reverse review: What m1911 maker would you choose next...
Based on prior good experiences, the Dan Wesson custom shop and Dawson Precision were in my list of finalists from the get-go. Dawson Precision is marketing a package based on a Staccato; the package is a close match for my requirements. Since I was going to ask a price-&-schedule from DP sometime anyway, I called them. What surprised me was when I asked "How soon could you ship one?" the answer was "Tomorrow." uhhh ... "Done!".
The package is a very complete kit: kit bag; three magazines*1;mounting hardware for at least two differing optical sight footprints; two iron rear sights; lots of screws and pins; an owner's manual; test target; sight drifts; a chamber flag. It appeared to be lubed but I made certain. My word! what a smooth action. The finish, I understand, is a DLC: It's attractive though simple. My skin oils and/or sweat is unusually caustic (not as bad as Dad's though). Looking at the chemistry involved in DLC, I have high hopes: it shouldn't react. Also it oughta wear like ... diamond. Still, I think no Kydex holsters. Trigger breaks cleanly just before reaching 2 1/2lbs. Thumb safety is as crisp and positive as the best in my experience.
Some family events intervened, preventing me from taking it to the range for a few days; so I did some dry-fire with it. Finally got to the range the weekend of 04/16 - 04/18. Using the pre-installed iron sights, at 13.5m / 15yds it shoots almost precisely 2" high for me. In evaluating the sight picture, with five three-shot strings, three of the strings were 1-hole. After getting the sight picture, I bagged the pistol and took it to the shop area to have the optical mounted ... and to look at lights.
With Leupold's "Delta Point" sights no longer available with a delta point, I chose a Holosun 507C, mainly for it's reticle. Zero'ing the optic was fairly impressive too. Again about 1/2 the 3-shot strings each produced only one hole. Now it's zero'd, I'm pleased with the results. More to follow.
*1- IIRC, I wanted a total of six, so going on memory of how many were included.
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