Texas-based Staccato, formerly STI, announced this week that over 250 law enforcement agencies are currently using or have approved the company's 2011 series pistols for duty use.
Last year, Guns.com brought you the exclusive news of how the U.S. Marshall Service's Special Operations Group-- tasked with specialty high-risk operations such as providing support for trials involving terrorists, moving high-threat prisoners and witness security members, and responding to national emergencies-- is using 160 specialized 2011s.
Besides the SOG, major departments approving Staccato pistols include the Texas Rangers, LAPD Metro, the LA County and Riverside County Sheriffs, as well as the Long Beach Police Department, the latter after a year-long review.
“All of the stuff that shooters want for competition carries over into what a law enforcement officer would want to carry on duty,” Buck Pierson, Director of Law Enforcement and Military Sales for Staccato, previously told Guns.com. “Who wouldn’t want a pistol that holds 21 rounds and can shoot super-fast, flat, and accurately when you’re on duty?”
As for Staccato, the Veteran-led company has been around for 25 years and about a quarter of their staff are Veterans. Pierson says they provide free 2011 transition courses for law enforcement, as well as a 2011 armorers course, and other specialized on-site department training with instructors with CVs that include an array of special operations experience.
“We forged our first law enforcement relationships under two years ago," said Nate Horvath, Staccato's CEO, in a statement. "In this short amount of time, the positive response for Staccato has been humbling; we are proud to serve thousands of officers who carry our pistols both on and off-duty."