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Staccato CS 9mm review

The Staccato CS offers a refreshing blend of innovation and tradition that reflects its maker’s roots. While Staccato may be a relatively young company, its founders have deep 1911 expertise. This impressive pistol pays homage to John Moses Browning’s venerable design while enhancing key elements. As a gun owner partial to the 1911 platform, I find much to admire in the CS.

With its meticulous fitment and classic matte bluing, the Staccato CS eschews flashiness in favor of understated quality craftsmanship apparent at first glance. The durable finish prioritizes function over form, delivering excellent corrosion resistance through its subtle beauty rather than garish adornments.

While some may desire flashy cuts or two-tone finishes, I appreciate the CS’s understated elegance. The satin bluing and classic 1911 lines convey refinement through simplicity rather than over-styling.

The textured G10 grips strike an ideal balance of providing ample traction without feeling abrasive in the hand. Their thin profile aids concealability as well. The undercut trigger guard promotes grip high on the backstrap for enhanced control.

Unlike some 1911s, the CS ships with excellent quality magazines that drop free effortlessly when reloaded. This facilitates smooth, fast reloads critical in competitive or defensive use.

The CS’s slide pointedly omits unnecessary cuts or ports in favor of a robust, continuous slide profile. While some may find this plain, I believe the increased material strength is worth the tradeoff. The long, bilateral slide serrations provide ample purchase for positively chambering rounds or clearing jams one-handed.

Attention to detail also shines through in the CS’s performance and shooting dynamics. The precisely fit match grade ramped bull barrel delivers stellar accuracy for a production 1911. Even with ordinary ball ammo, offhand groups stay tight well past 25 yards.

The crisp 4-pound trigger exhibits minimal takeup before a clean, consistent break. Reset is positive without being overly long or short. The enlarged ejection port, subtle flared magwell, and extended beveled magazine release all contribute to effortless, reliable reloads.

Small touches like the extended single-sided thumb safety and precisely tuned feed ramp make operation smoother and more intuitive. Staccato wisely avoided trendy gimmicks that compromise durability or practicality.

The CS’s slide and frame are artfully machined to remove unnecessary heft but retain steel across high stress areas. The result is a 1911 optimized for hard use with sufficient mass to tame recoil while eschewing fragile embellishments.

In my eyes, the CS’s brilliance lies in its meticulous execution of the proven 1911 design. Staccato offers models with optics cuts and other modern features. However, the pared-down CS exudes versatility, simplicity, and ruggedness.

My only critique would be the CS’s limited 8+1 round capacity. With quality double stack options now available, a single stack 1911 presents inherent compromises. But Staccato could easily remedy this by offering a double stack CS variant.

For those seeking an heirloom-grade 1911 merging tradition and subtle innovation, the Staccato CS certainly satisfies. While it may not turn heads like some race-gun 1911s, its understated elegance conceals sophistication and performance perfect for duty, defense, or competition.

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