Among the best of the best in terms of craftsmanship, 10-8 Performance delivers an extraordinary handgun with the Foxtrot, developed through years of practical, tactical, hands-on experience.
For those not familiar with Hilton Yam, he is a full-time law enforcement officer who started out tinkering with 1911s as a hobby. He is fortunate to be a member of a tactical team that runs Springfield Professional Models as their duty weapon. His team shoots thousands of rounds every year and Yam has learned what it takes to build a solid, hard-use 1911. Along the way he sought out several mentors—to include well-known names such as Steve Nastoff, John Miller, Chuck Rogers, and Larry Vickers.
A hobby soon became a second job and 10-8 Performance opened as a one-man shop. Unlike some shops, Yam does not take orders or work on customers’ guns. Instead he builds custom 1911s, one at a time, and then offers them up for sale. They never last long. Experience has also led Yam to design and produce a variety of OEM 1911 parts. These are made to his exacting specifications and are intended to improve the 1911 platform. You could describe 10-8 Performance as a “skunkworks” for the 1911—when something breaks, Yam finds a better way to make it, install it, or fit it.
The Foxtrot model I received for evaluation is actually a prequel to Yam’s Alpha and Bravo model, in that the project was started before the Alpha or Bravo. To quote Yam, “I would characterize this pistol as more of a display of craftsmanship and less a display of design concepts like the Alpha and Bravo.” The Foxtrot is based on a high-end frame and Caspian slide that Yam had “laying around the shop.” The project was started and then other projects caused it to be shelved for a while. When Yam found a few extra minutes in the day, he decided to complete the pistol and name it under the current sequence of pistols.
Among the best of the best in terms of craftsmanship, 10-8 Performance delivers an…
by P. J. White / Sep 1, 2011