STI Firearms – Texas Born and Bred



Jim Scoutten holding an STI Duty at SHOT Show 2013. (Click to enlarge)

From the 1980’s when STI founder, Virgil Tripp, first started handcrafting competition 1911 pistols to the present day, STI guns has been building firearms in Georgetown, Texas.

STI International was incorporated in 1989 and continues to produce custom quality guns at an affordable price. STI was the first to design and introduce the 2011 pistol, a double stack design based on the time tested 1911 platform that continues to dominate competitive shooting events around the world.

In addition to finished firearms, STI also provides parts for gunsmiths who want to build their own guns. Using EDM and CNC machines and precision grinding equipment, they are able to supply fitted slide/frames or short blocks, barrels, triggers, sights, grips, magazines and other small parts to assemble a complete firearm.


The 2011 Guardian is a stylish looking, purpose minded choice for defense and concealed carry use.

STI firearms are currently handcrafted by certified gunsmiths and go through over 30 quality checks before they leave the building. Many of the Employee Owners shoot either competitively or recreationally and understand what it takes to build a pistol that will perform flawlessly time after time under the rigors of competition. Every gun that leaves the factory is backed by a lifetime warranty.

“We have big plans over the coming months to increase production and add a number of exciting new products to our lineup,” said Jens Krogh, Director of Sales and Marketing for STI. “STI International is proud to be a Texas based company with a worldwide sales network.” 


STI Introduces Two New Competition Pistols with the DVC Series

Designed around the concept of Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas, the motto of the I.P.S.C (International Practical Shooting Confederation) - meaning Accuracy, Power, Speed, the new DVC Limited and Open competition pistols are designed to win matches right out of the box.

Both pistols are an entirely new design based off of the tried and true 2011 and are built specifically for competitive shooting.  The guns feature a wider than standard frame with a full length dust cover with added cuts for style and balance. An all new sear design breaks like glass at a clean 2–2.5 pounds. The grip has been hand textured, reduced and undercut by Extreme Shooters in Havasu City, Arizona.  All steel parts have been hard chromed for maximum durability in all situations.  The guide rod is a Dawson Precision tool-less and the DVC models are the first factory guns to employ this innovation.  Another first for STI is that both DVC pistols come with two 140mm magazines each. The 5” precision fit bull barrels have been coated with Titanium Nitride for optimized hardness, lubricity and longevity. 


2011 DVC Limited with caliber option of 9mm or .40 S&W.


On the Limited model, weight has been removed from the slide to help keep the gun balanced, increase cycle rate, and reduce forward recoil.  The front sight is a Dawson Precision fiber optic and the rear is fully adjustable. Available in 9mm and .40 S&W the DVC limited makes a perfect 3-Gun, U.S.P.S.A. or I.P.S.C gun.  MSRP is $2,799.





2011 DVC Open features Titanium Nitrate Finish

The DVC Open features a Trubor style integrated compensator. The compensator has been redesigned using high-speed video footage of some of the best shooters and custom compensators in the world to minimize muzzle jump and felt recoil.  The slide-racker is entirely new and has been designed to be ambidextrous so it can be used on either side of the pistol via a duel detent system. The DVC Open is topped off with a 6 MOA C-More Sight, making it the perfect gun for Open Division competition.  The gun is available in either .38 Super or 9mm (tuned for major power factor).  MSRP is $3,699.


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About STI International, Inc.
Precision made. Performance Defined. STI is an employee-owned company based out of Georgetown, Texas and is the premier manufacturer of 1911 and 2011 ® style firearms. The company is dedicated to providing the highest quality firearms for competition, duty, or self-defense use. From introducing the firearms industry into the precision world of "EDM" hammers, sears, and components to the invention of the legendary 2011 platform, STI has continually led the firearms market in product development and quality.


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