Competitive Shooting

STI’s New “Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas” Pistols

Black, stainless with gold barrel competition pistol

STI’s new DVC Limited and Open pistols are an entirely new design based off the 2011 platform and are built specifically for competitive shooting. The “DVC” acronym for the new series is derived from “Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas,” the motto of the International Practical Shooting Confederation. Translated, the motto means “Accuracy, Power, Speed.” The guns feature a wider-than-standard frame with a full-length dust cover that has added cuts for style and balance.

STI’s DVC Open features a Trubor-style integrated compensator to minimize muzzle jump and felt recoil.
STI’s DVC Open features a Trubor-style integrated compensator to minimize muzzle jump and felt recoil.

An all-new sear design in the trigger breaks at a clean 2 to 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.

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.

Also, the five-inch precision-fit bull barrels have been coated with titanium nitride for optimized hardness, lubricity and longevity.

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 is suitable as a 3-Gun, U.S.P.S.A. or I.P.S.C gun. MSRP is $2,799.
Available in 9mm and 40 S&W, the DVC Limited is suitable as a 3-Gun, U.S.P.S.A. or I.P.S.C gun. MSRP is $2,799.

The ambidextrous slide-racker is also new, and it can be used on either side of the pistol via a dual-detent system. The DVC Open is topped off with a 6-minute-of-angle C-More sight. The gun is available in either 38 Super or 9mm (tuned for major power factor). MSRP is $3,699.

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Comments (13)

  1. Amen, Don.

    When I shot competition with the USPSA I shot street class with a Glock, but there were guys that shot pure competition in the open class, and they had guns like these. Those guys were blisteringly good. I never even came close to them.

  2. For that price, they should be either have “Rail-Gun” capabilities or fire a “Plasma Bolt”.

  3. After reading the article and thinking about the specs, I’m sure that these are some pretty cool hot rod guns for the guys who have the money to afford them.

  4. kevinhunt, they may be ugly to you, but trust me, these are pure function over form. Flared magazine wells to facilitate rapid mag switches, ports and compensators to reduce muzzle flip and get you back on target faster, cut outs to reduce weight, provide balance and improve cooling, etc.

    1. What are you talking about, those are pure beauty… They are purpose built race guns with every detail done to increase speed and accuracy.

    2. so the copper or gold tone does what ? that way over sized magwell flare does what? beside making it easier for a blind man. also that funky plastic trigger guard? the grip looks very harsh to hold also..

      to each their own. i could not shoot that handgun, i require a arched grip as in the 1919a1. which i shoot comp all the tiime. i could buy 2 or 3 for that price.

    3. The copper tone is like the paint on my Charger . . it’s fun and cool. The mag wells allow you to swap mags in the heat of the moment so fast most other guys are still pushing the mag release.
      Dude, these are the dragsters of the gun world. Fast. Purpose built for one thing. And I’ll tell you something else . . if you ever tried to shot against the guys who know how to use these, you’d be buying the beers.

    4. Mikial I totally believe what you are posting here. You sound like you’ve really witnessed what these pistols can do. And if an expert shooter owns one of these pistols and has to use it against a bad guy, I’m sure the gun will earn every bit of it’s price.

      Are you going to buy one?

      I can’t touch this price right now. I’m just happy I recently put a 6 inch barrel on my Glock 20. I’m hoping it will improve stability and accuracy, and therefore result in faster controlled shooting capability.

    5. ss1, first, thank you for the kind words.

      Second, they’re out of my price range.

      Third, I always prefer to shoot the competition rounds with the same gun I EDC. That’s the other reason besides the price that I don’t own a gun like these.

      But, no worries, Glocks are amazingly accurate right out of the box. You can make very few modifications in the street class, so all I had done to my 21 was to put in a 4 pound trigger. You might want to think about that, but you’ll need a Glock certified smith to do the work.

    6. Come on now, are you just trying to act stupid or did you not read the article and just looked at the pretty pictures? Every aspect of these firearms has a specific purpose… The flared magwell allows a person to decrease the time it takes to swap mags… The squared off trigger guards have serrations for placing a finger to further enhance stability as one moves from target to target quickly. The larger slide serrations and the ambi slide racker allow for a better grip enabling faster racking of the slide. The grip may look aggressive and uncomfortable but it is actually quite comfortable to shoot. All the cuts in the slide were made for two reasons, to help balance the gun better and making the slide lighter allowing it to cycle faster… etc… Believe me, if you ever get a chance to have some range time with one of these firearms I guarantee your opinion would change.

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