Stress Testing the Staccato P

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About Mike Pannone: Mike is a former operational member of U.S. Marine Reconnaissance, Army Special Forces (Green Beret), 1st SFOD-D (Delta) and the Asymmetric Warfare Group. He is an active USPSA pistol shooter holding a Master class ranking in Limited, Limited-10 and Production divisions. Mike has participated in stabilization, combat and high-risk protection operations in support of U.S. policies throughout the world as both an active duty military member, and a civilian contractor. He has spent countless hours on the range and in the classroom with military units, LEO and operational personnel sharing his vast combat and practical experience to increase proficiency and organizational success.

About Shawn Armstrong: Shawn is a Staccato Master Gunsmith specializing in 1911 and 2011® platforms. Also a member of Staccato’s Research & Development team, Armstrong is skilled in parts design and engineering, and created the Armstrong Ambi-Safety. Starting his firearms industry career at Nighthawk Custom, Armstrong studied under Bob Marvel and Richard Henie before spending a year with Aero Precision as a consulting 1911 SME. Prior to entering the firearms industry, Armstrong’s experience includes: two combat tours with the US Army in Southwest Asia and Iraq, serving as an International Police Advisor in Iraq, and spending 12 years as full time Law Enforcement in Arkansas.

Mike Pannone: Alright, I’ve got a Staccato P here, and what I want to do is shoot 10,000 rounds of Wolf steel cased ammo through it. Just to see what the gun will do, how it will perform. Durability; reliability; under the extreme. Make sure that it is genuinely duty reliable. What I’m going to do is a test for some of my brothers and sisters out there in L.E. that have concerns about using duty ammo in this type of gun. So, I’ve got Gold Dot right now. From slide lock; what do you know, it works. G2 on top, slide forward. Works. 147 HST. What do you know? It goes right into battery. That’s it! 11,000 rounds. 11,000 rounds on a Staccato P. Right out of the box, lube about every 2,500 rounds. And that is it!

Shawn Armstrong: We’re gonna go over Noner’s test gun. We got it disassembled here. Everything’s been cleaned up on it. Slide to frame wear is virtually nonexistent. The slide to frame fit is still good and tight. The first radial lug has full contact, the second radial lug has full contact, and the third radial lug is just coming in…is just coming in to within .0001 of being in full contact with the slide radial lug. This barrel will last and continue to run until the rifling is shot out of it. So, the extractor fit initially pulled 20oz using a digital force gauge. At the end of the test it pulled 20oz. The extractor hook length was .0248. And at the end of the test it was .0248. This is one of the things that Mike and I talked about early, before the test started, as one of the points that we would see significant amount of wear using the steel cased Wolf ammo. Turns out not to be a factor. Muzzle velocity started out over a 10 round test group, at 1,109 (fps). And ending after the test was 1,089 (fps). So 22 fps loss in muzzle velocity. Again the Wolf ammunition, the bi-metal jacket on that projectile probably added to that significantly. So one of the last tests we did is we had several team members shoot 5 shot groups at 15 yards off of a rest. Just to get a good cross section of what this gun is still capable of in different shooters’ hands.  Hey Noner you did a great job running this gun hard. But it doesn’t appear to be too much worse for the wear. So why don’t you put another “10” through it and lets do this again.

Mike Pannone: Now that I’ve gotten the gun back, now comes the real fun. Start burying this thing in the sand. Start putting it in buckets of mud. And specifically shooting duty ammo through it. So that everyone out there that’s going to carry this gun with consequence, whether it be a L.E.O. or private citizen knows that whatever you put in it, no matter what the conditions are, if this thing goes into battery it will fire. And it will function reliably.

Mike Pannone is a former operational member of U.S. Marine Reconnaissance, Army Special Forces (Green Beret), 1st SFOD-D (Delta) and the Asymmetric Warfare Group. He is an active USPSA pistol shooter holding a Master class ranking in Limited, Limited-10 and Production divisions. Mike has participated in stabilization, combat and high-risk protection operations in support of U.S. policies throughout the world as both an active duty military member, and a civilian contractor. He has spent countless hours on the range and in the classroom with military units, LEO and operational personnel sharing his vast combat and practical experience to increase proficiency and organizational success.

Shawn Armstrong is a Staccato Master Gunsmith specializing in 1911 and 2011® platforms. Also a member of Staccato’s Research & Development team, Armstrong is skilled in parts design and engineering, and created the Armstrong Ambi-Safety. Starting his firearms industry career at Nighthawk Custom, Armstrong studied under Bob Marvel and Richard Henie before spending a year with Aero Precision as a consulting 1911 SME. Prior to entering the firearms industry, Armstrong’s experience includes: two combat tours with the US Army in Southwest Asia and Iraq, serving as an International Police Advisor in Iraq, and spending 12 years as full time Law Enforcement in Arkansas.

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