Once relegated to the world of high-end competition handguns, the “2011” two-piece hybrid M1911-style frame that allows for the use of double-column magazines has become mainstream. Not only are 2011-style pistols more affordable, they are made in a variety of configurations for every purpose from law enforcement to concealed carry. Turkish manufacturer Tisas is no stranger to the M1911 design, the company is now dipping its toes into the 2011 market with its “DS” models. New for 2024, Tisas is offering 1911 DS models in Carry, Duty and Night Stalker configurations.
Tisas DS models utilize a hybrid 2011-style frame that uses a forged steel main frame and polymer grip module.
Tisas DS pistols have a Picatinny rail machined on their dust cover. The frames’ dimensions are designed to be compatible with holsters already on the market.
The Tisas grip module has textured side panels and 25 LPI checkering on its front and rear straps.
Tisas DS models are chambered in 9 mm Luger and use a frame made of a forged 4140 steel main section mated to a glass-filled polymer grip module. The steel portion of the frame has a Picatinny rail section on its dust cover. The grip module has textured “panels” molded into its sides and has 25 LPI checkering on its front and rear straps. A removable aluminum magazine well is supplied. Using STI-pattern magazines, two 17-round magazines are supplied with each pistol.
Standard features include a skeletonized hammer, an extended beavertail safety and extended magazine release. The frame dimensions are sized to be compatible with many holsters already on the market. An optics-ready design, the slides on Tisas DS pistols are cut for a RMSc optics footprint and iron sights are of a height that should allow for lower 1/3 co-witness with most optics. Rear sights use a Glock-compatible dovetail.
The Tisas 1911 B9R DS Duty is a full-size pistol with a hybrid frame that accepts double-column magazines.
The Tisas 1911 B9R DS Carry is a more compact carry version of the DS pistol.
The basic B9R DS models are offered in “Duty” (5” barrel) and “Carry” (4.25” barrel) configurations. Slides are QPC-coated black, the frame and small parts Cerakoted black and the barrels are chromed. Sights are a front post with a white dot and serrated notch rear. The Carry model weighs 29.9 ozs. and the Duty model weighs 32.5 ozs. Both the B9R Duty and Carry have MSRPs of $800.
The Tisas 1911 Night Stalker SF DS9 is a suppressor-ready pistol optimized for use in low-light conditions.
Last year, Tisas introduced a pistol designed to be used in low-light conditions, labeled the “Night Stalker”, on their conventional frame, single-stack 1911 platform. This year they are making a Night Stalker version of their DS model. The Night Stalker SF DS9 is visually distinctive, with its slide lightening cuts. Frame and slide are finished in a Platnium Grey Cerakote finish and the barrel and small parts are Cerakoted black, with the extended 5.5” barrel having its muzzle threaded 1/2x28 TPI. The front sight is an orange ring with a Tritium insert and the rear is a serrated notch. Weighing 35 ozs., the Tisas 1911 Night Stalker SF DS9 has an MSRP of $960. For more information, visit tisasusa.com.