When .357 Mag. double-action revolvers fell out of favor with law enforcement in the 1980s, it forced many of the budget-priced and mid-grade double-actions out of the market. Fitting neatly into this gap in the market is Rock Island’s recently added AL series of double-action revolvers
The M1911 is now well into its second century of production, though many features of the design have been contemporized, including 9 mm Luger variants with double-stack magazine such as the Staccato 2011 P tested here, which is one of five M1911-style models made by Texas-based Staccato, the successor to STI International.
Looking back through the history of concealed-carry pistol development, models stand out that exemplify a just-right balance of compact size, performance and price point, and the next gunmaker to throw its hat into that ring is Taurus Intl. Mfg. with the new-for-2021 model GX4.