TTAG’s getting something of an industry rep for our Armed Intelligentsia’s constant kvetching about any firearm that costs more than a Disney World vacation for four.
I tell the upmarket shotgun, rifle and pistol purveyors that less than one percent of our readers ever comment. Those who do skew
bitter and twisted value-driven. Well, here’s fresh meat for the price-inflamed groundlings: an extremely soft-shooting STI carry gun that clocks in at $3,699: the Costa Carry Comp.
To save you the eye damage caused by reading Mr. Costa’s website (white-on-black text just missed being outlawed by the Geneva Convention), here are his bona fides:
Prior to founding Costa Ludus in 2011, Chris Costa spent 4 years as the President of Magpul Dynamics. Before founding Magpul Dynamics, Costa spent 7 years in the private sector at Applied Marine Technologies Inc. (AMTI) on assignment with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Risk Management Division (RMD). At AMTI, Costa specialized in teaching Police Tactical Assault Operations for both Maritime and Critical Infrastructure take-back.
Costa also provided Red Team Vulnerability Assessments on critical infrastructures for the US Government.
Prior to this, Costa spent 12 years with the United States Coast Guard, conducting counter-drug operations and special missions in Europe, the Middle East, and South America with such units as: the International Training Division (ITD), Maritime Law Enforcement Academy, Plank-Owner of Port Security Unit 302, and the Taclet Law Enforcement Team North.
Some say Mr. Costa is a bit too operational for “normal” folk. But I reckon he knows how to customize a 1911. We report, you deride. Or praise the capitalist system, set your sights high (so to speak) and aspire to own one just because you can.
PRESS RELEASE (courtesy ammoland.com)
STI International has teamed up with self-defense and weapons training expert Chris Costa to design the new Costa series of pistols.
The Costa Carry Comp features an island sight, which is attached to the barrel instead of the slide, with the compensator ahead of the front sight. This technology reduces muzzle jump, making it easy to stay focused on the front sight for follow up shots.
The compensator reduces recoil by 63% and the gun uses the STI Recoil Master dual spring system to reduce recoil even further, making the Costa Carry Comp one of the smoothest shooting pistols on the market.
The STI Costa Carry Comp is available in both 9mm and .45 ACP in the STI exclusive 2011 platform, which provides higher round capacity. The Modular design of the 2011 transfers recoil along a flatter plain for better control and faster follow up shots.
The barrel is 4.15 inches (5.1 inches including the Island Comp) and the gun has a black Diamond Like Carbon finish with tan TreeBark stippled grips and a Picatinny under-rail to mount accessories. Sights are a fixed ledge rear with a fiber optic front. Two magazines are included, both 126mm and 140mm.
The Costa Carry Comp sells for an MSRP of $3,699.
About STI International. Performance Defined. STI is based out of Georgetown, Texas and is the premier manufacturer of 1911 & 2011 style firearms. The company is dedicated to providing the highest quality firearms for competition, duty, or self-defense use. From introducing the firearms industry into the precision world of “EDM” hammers, sears, and components to the invention of the legendary 2011 platform, STI has continually led the firearms market in product development and quality.