The newest addition to Nighthawk’s line of custom 1911s, the…

The newest addition to Nighthawk’s line of custom 1911s, the Falcon has already set a sales record since its premier in January 2011. A combination of sleek lines and practical features makes a visually striking and extremely formidable fighting weapon.

It seems the popularity of the 1911 will never wane—a fact for which I am not at all dismayed. I cut my shooting teeth on the platform and find the variety of iterations available today to be phenomenal. There is a plethora of production ready-to-go 1911s being offered to today’s enthusiast that exceed anything available off-the-shelf during my early years by a quantum leap.

Three attractive ball radius cuts along the slide do well to break up glare on the sighting plane and draw the eye toward the front sight.

But by the same token, as production pistols have improved, custom 1911s have also made great strides over the decades. With those great strides has come an influx of new custom 1911 ’smiths. Where once the number of qualified custom crafters could have been counted on a single hand—and the kitchen table butchers were running rampant—there is a welcome abundance of true custom 1911 ’smiths. Folks still tinker on their 1911s on tabletops, but thanks to the improvement in production guns this is mostly parts swapping, with little butchery.

The rear sight is a Heine unit with glare-reducing grooves on its rear face. Note the flat “cocking” edge on its forward face.

Why all this excitement over a 100-year old platform that “surely” has outlived its usefulness? Well, despite the pontifications of the internet pundits, the 1911 remains a viable option for a defensive handgun. Ergonomically sound, with a crisp single-action trigger, the 1911 is one of the easiest handguns to learn to shoot well. Running the platform may take a little more effort, requiring mastery of the manual safety, but that is where such problems end. However, the platform has limitations, as do all platforms.

The triggerguard is undercut to allow a higher grip—closer to the bore axis—and houses a long skeletonized trigger wearing a serrated face. Grips are unique golf-ball dimple pattern G10s, available in a choice of Coyote Tan, Black or OD Green—with or without the Nighthawk logo.

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  • Steve DeLuca

    Beautiful gun but looks aren’t everything. Guess I will have to run down a few reviews. I have been forty-five shopping and it amazes me the differences in quality and price.

    I have a 100 percent disability from the military, trouble with details, so I am going back to the gun I used in the army because I had good luck with it and can take it apart in my sleep. My Glock misfired a couple of times lately, a 36. Loved the gun until then. I don’t want a gun that misfires. I am trusting Glock to fix it but I would rather not have a pistol that needs fixing or see that a guy had to go to court to get his 36 money back. (Almost all Glock 36 reviews are blindingly good and I am sure that for those people the gun was great. For carry especially. An army 45 might be sloppy but… it never misfired. I want something more mach for a SHTF scenerio and a gun that jams isn’t it. Would be worth spending a thousand more? If it went click instead of bang when you needed it that extra thousand would seem well spent.

    My kids will graduate from college in a year or so…can’t spend the money til then, but, I am going to get a really nice 45 … this LOOKS like a pistol that would work for me and my guess is it will shoot perfectly from the reputation of the company. Wonder if I can get on an order list with a down payment … from what I understand, good guns sometimes take a year or two to track down. Advice accepted on buying a 45 and on fixing my Glock 36 from anyone out there?