Texas-based STI announced this week a new pistol for 2016. The producer of popular competition 1911-platform handguns now seeks to satisfy the concealed carry market with the Guardian, a 9mm in what the company calls the 2011—its line of double stack, otherwise 1911-style pistols.
The Guardian features a single 15-round magazine, 3.90-inch bull barrel, stainless steel slide, and Cerakote “blued” frame with black grips. Competition features were not forgotten with the 4.5-pound skeletonized trigger, adjustable three-dot sights, and a lightweight aluminum frame.
As part of the 2011 line, the Guardian should hold up to high round-count practice with its steel-injected, recoil-absorbing glass filled polymer, modular grips. These should also serve to reduce overall weight, along with the shortened grip that facilitates concealment.
STI’s 2011 line retains the 1.3-inch width of a traditional 1911, while the grip is 0.25 inches wider to accommodate the larger magazine.
While this new design is friendlier for concealment, it’s not friendlier for the left-handed. The traditional one-side-only safety lever remains unchanged. The 17-degree grip angle also matches the original 1911 style. MSRP is $1,899.