When it comes to concealed carry, it’s important to have a pistol that’s concealable and you can shoot well. Durability and reliability are also of utmost importance. Price will be largely dependent on your budget and the importance you place on quality and specific features. I would never say to overextend yourself to purchase a firearm that is too expensive for your budget, however, if it’s in the cards, a high-end carry pistol is an incredible option. For me, the high-end pistol of choice is the Staccato C2 DPO.
Staccato C2 DPO Features
Staccato pistols may be expensive, but they are absolutely feature-packed with everything you need and even some things you may not. Being the compact model in Staccato’s lineup, the C2 incorporates a 3.9-inch, match-grade heavy bull barrel, shorter grip frame with a slightly beveled magwell, and lightweight aluminum-alloy receiver. The version I selected features a black DLC barrel, but there are natural stainless variations as well.
The crisp single-action trigger is the heart of the Staccato 2011. This isn’t an ultra-light race gun trigger. Instead, it is a great 4.5-pound duty trigger. Additionally, the skeletonized trigger is adjustable for overtravel and features a textured face. The ambidextrous thumb safety exhibits firm and tactile clicks into place and the grip safety was easy to engage naturally — sure signs of quality.
The pistol incorporates front serrations to assist in racking the slide and for press checks. The serrations are wide and slightly lipped, and they work incredibly well. An accessory rail allows you to mount a light or laser to the pistol, another distinguishing duty gun feature. Of course, common to the 2011 design, the Staccato C2 is constructed from three main components: the slide, a frame insert, and a grip module. This allows the shooter to customize the pistol to their needs and replace necessary components down the road.
Not only does the pistol feature an excellent set of sights with a fiber-optic front paired with a blacked-out rear, but it also incorporates the Dawson Precision Optic (DPO) system for mounting a red dot sight. Red dots are the future and it’s good to see that Staccato supports this.
Action: Single-action, hammer-fired
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Capacity: 16+1 rounds
Sights: Fiber-optic front, blacked-out rear, DPO optics-mounting system
Barrel length: 3.9 inches
Overall length: 7.5 inches
Height: 5.5 inches
Width: 1.3 inches (1.5 inches at safety levers)
Weight: 25 ounces (empty)
What is DPO?
There are two main versions of the Staccato C2, the standard and the DPO. DPO stands for Dawson Precision Optics mounting system and it allows you to mount a red dot sight. This is a plate system similar to the Glock MOS where you use an additional plate to mount the optic of your choice. The most popular choice for this system seems to be the Trijicon RMR/SRO footprint, however, the system allows for the direct mounting for the Leupold DeltaPoint Pro without a plate. These models also come from the factory with taller iron sights to co-witness with your dot.
Accuracy and Handling
Accuracy leaves nothing to be desired, the C2 was an absolute tack driver. Shooting was done with the iron sights, as I have yet to select an optic. Standing at 15 yards, I was able to fire 10 rounds into a group the size of my fist, and if I slowed down I could close that up a bit. The Staccato C2 was far more accurate than the vast majority of shooters, myself included.
As for handling, reloads were fast and smooth, and recoil was minimal. The C2 seemed to push me faster and faster, all with a grin on my face — ear to ear. The grip texture allowed for a secure grip to keep the pistol on target and the 1911-style trigger made for some incredibly quick follow-up shots.
Concealed Carry & Blackpoint Tactical
A quality carry pistol deserves a quality holster, and that’s where Blackpoint Tactical comes into play. The Mini Wing from Blackpoint Tactical offers an excellent balance of security and concealability. This inside-the-waistband holster features durable steel clips that are completely tuckable. Additionally, the holster incorporates a sweat guard to protect your firearm when carrying in those hot summer months. Thick polymer and leather construction provides lasting durability and extremely positive retention.
With all of these features, it’s hard not to recommend the Blackpoint Tactical Mini Wing. It conceals well with just a simple T-shirt and allows you to carry comfortably all day long with no need to adjust throughout the day.
Is high-end carry worth it?
Obviously, high-end carry is subjective. What is high-end to you? Is high-end carry worth it? Well, that’s an entirely personal decision. If you just want a gun that goes bang! when you need it, then it’s probably not. However, if you believe that those extra little details and refinements are worth it, then the high-end carry gun may be for you.
The comfort and happiness that carrying a high-quality, expensive gun gives you may be worth far more than the financial cost. This is especially true if you shoot the luxury gun better. Don’t put a price on your life. That being said, don’t go into debt trying to buy the most expensive gun because you think it’s going to make you shoot better. Whichever option you choose, you still need practice and training.
Conclusion: Staccato C2 2011
The question here isn’t whether the Staccato C2 is a good pistol or whether Staccato makes a fine firearm, it’s whether the price is worth it to you. For me, this isn’t even a question. Staccato makes an accurate, dependable, and high-quality pistol that’s well worth the price tag, but we each need to make our own decision. Are you ready to step up to a pistol that’s more than just an EDC? A gun that’s an investment, both in your safety and in the future value of the firearm? Give one a shot if you can, the results may surprise you.