Roberts Defense Recon PRO .45 ACP | 1911 45 ACP Pistol Review

The Roberts Defense Recon PRO .45 ACP pistol is a new aluminum-framed 1911 that feels light and absolutely right!

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  • Roberts Defense Recon Pro .45 ACP
    Roberts Defense Recon Pro is a production gun boasting a range of custom features. Chambered for .45 ACP, this excellent single-action is certain to make waves in the sea of 1911s. It’s a gun that just feels right in your hand.
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    Roberts Defense Recon Pro .45 ACP
  • Roberts Defense Recon Pro .45 ACP
    The Roberts Defense Recon Pro’s ejection port is oversized and lowered, and features a rollover flare. Roberts Defense builds the frames and slides for all its firearms.
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    ETC-Frag by VZ Grips comes as standard issue on the Recon Pro. There is a relief cut underneath the area where the triggerguard meets the frame, which enables the operator to get a high hold on the gun.
  • Roberts Defense Recon Pro .45 ACP
    Roberts Defense Recon Pro .45 ACP
  • Roberts Defense Recon Pro .45 ACP
    A wedged-shaped, low-profile Novak-style combat rear sight was chosen for the Roberts Defense 1911 Recon Pro .45 ACP.
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    The front sight is a fluorescent, red fiber-optic. A tritium night sight is offered as an option.
  • Roberts Defense Recon Pro .45 ACP
    Roberts Defense bevels the Recon Pro’s magazine well. With 8+1 rounds of hard-hitting .45 ACP on tap, you’ll be primed for some serious shooting.
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    The thumb safety is extended, and the beavertail grip safety is blended, and fitted nicely
  • Roberts Defense Recon Pro .45 ACP
    Roberts Defense Recon Pro .45 ACP

It’s often said that, if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. And this couldn’t be more true of Rob Unger, owner of Roberts Defense. In 2011, Unger had just one goal, and that was to build a quality 1911 using only premium, American-made parts. After receiving a test sample Recon Pro from Unger, I’d have to say that he is well on his way to fulfilling that goal. The Roberts Defense Recon Pro is a full-size 1911 built on a lightweight alloy frame and boasting a host of custom features. When I removed the gun from its custom case, it immediately became clear that this is not just another production gun. This is a pistol that exudes quality! Its fit and finish is second to none, and each of the gun’s attributes make perfect sense for serious 1911 aficionados.

Unger said, “I’ve always had a real strong appreciation for a well-built 1911. I’ve been custom-building firearms for a number of years, and word has spread about my work. With my background of production and machining, I knew that I could build a 1911 that would be extremely accurate and reliable and I’d find a spot in a crowded marketplace. We think we build a product, which exceeds our customer’s expectations. At least that’s the feedback we’ve received. We make sure they get a lot of bang for their buck.”

Gun Details
Roberts Defense machines its frames from forgings. In the Recon Pro’s case, that’s a forging of 7076-T6 aluminum. After the final machining, the frame receives a proprietary anodized coating and then two coats of Teflon. Unger said, “It is a rock-hard coating with excellent anti-friction qualities.” The one thing that impressed me immediately about the Recon Pro is its precise frame-to-slide fit. With the slide in battery, there is not an iota of play between the two parts. Even after I disassembled the gun and put the bare slide back on the stripped frame, I couldn’t find any play, yet the slide moved effortlessly on the rails. Unger told me that they machine the two parts to very close tolerances: “We machine the parts close enough that the slide will just start on the frame rails. Then we hand-lap each frame and slide.” The result is a flawless fit.