Hey Guys, hope everyone is doing well. I haven’t posted much in the last few months, but never really went away. The last time I posted I was selling a couple of safe queens (a Sig Legion 229 and a Wiley Clapp Colt Govt.) to get myself out of a jam on my old tractor. Once all that was settled, fast forward to about a year later and here I am back in the gun game. I recently purchased a STI Staccato C from Jess at Wichita Gun Club, and he was great to deal with. Thought I’d post a little range review on my thoughts on the gun and how it performed. I still have a Colt Wiley Clapp CCO and it’s my favorite shooter, so I tend to compare other guns to it. The Staccato is the most expensive gun I’ve purchased so I’m a stranger to anything other than run of the mill stuff. Never owned any customs, Wilsons, etc. so take my thoughts for what you wish. I picked up the gun today from my FFL, and immediately came home, field stripped it and cleaned it. With it being an aluminum frame and steel slide, I used gun grease as opposed to oil on the rails. This was something that was recommended to me on my Colt as well, as it’s also an aluminum frame. I’m not sure it’s necessary but it’s always worked so I kept with it. Took the gun out and put 150 rounds of Winchester White box 124 grain NATO through it. First thing I noticed is the gun shoots fantastic. This is my first 9mm 1911 style pistol and I really like it. Recoil is very low, as it should be, and much easier to control than my Colt CCO which is a 45. The trigger breaks clean and crisp, and is a little lighter than my Colt. STI states a 3.5lb trigger, and I’m sure it’s close but I don’t own a trigger pull gauge so I can’t give a final say on it. I had zero malfunctions with it, and hope that continues as I shoot it more. The fiber optic sight up front is great for my 47 year old eyes and works well with the blacked out rear. I have no complaints about the fit or function of the pistol at all. The thumb safety has a very positive engage/disengage action to it, which is my biggest pet peeve on the Colt CCO. It, by comparison is very “mushy” to engage and is very stiff to operate. There are really only 2 complaints that I have about anything to do with the Staccato. The mags are definitely not my favorite. They are STI mags with a bottom pad, and cause some issues with the mag release on the gun. You have to really slam them into the pistol (ridiculously hard) or hold the mag release as you insert them. I run Wilson mags in my CCO, so I tried one in the Staccato thinking it might be the mag release (they are 45 though so couldn’t fire it obviously) and they slide in and drop free without a problem. They don’t visually appear to be different in the pocket for the mag catch but I also didn’t measure anything with calipers, etc. I’m going to order a couple of Wilson 9mm mags for it tonight and I’ll report back if they are as smooth as the 45 mags I tried today. The other thing I’m having to get used to is the take down with the guide rod/recoil spring setup. There’s nothing wrong with it mechanically, but having a bull barrel it uses an uncaptured guide rod and spring setup similar to a Springer Champion, so it’s a little different on take down. I actually think the Springfield take down tool would probably fit the guide rod on this gun, but don’t own one to try it with. All in all, I have zero regrets on this purchase. I wanted to try something that was a little off the beaten path for me, and so far I like everything about it aside from the mags. I’m hoping that the Wilson’s cure that issue and then it’ll be perfect in my book.