For anyone who is a fan of the classic 1911, Nighthawk Custom should need no introduction. They are pretty much like the Maserati of the 1911 world. Nighthawk Custom was started in 2004 by four individuals who shared a true passion for the 1911. Now they are staffed by roughly 65 full time employees, who all share that same burning passion for the 1911, as well as bringing their art of fine craftsmanship to the firearms industry.

Nighthawk Custom uses a slogan of “One Gun, One Gunsmith.” They aren’t kidding either, as each pistol built is built from start to finish by one single gunsmith. That gunsmith then test fires each and every pistol that they build. As a further testament to quality, the same gunsmith who built that pistol then uses a metal stamp to imprint their initials under the left pistol grip panel. If that doesn’t scream exceptional “QUALITY CONTROL,” then I’m honestly not sure what does. The finished product provides the evidence.

Nighthawk Custom Trooper Features

Nighthawk Custom has now released its new “Trooper” model for 2019. This 1911 is probably one of the most beautiful tanks I have ever seen, and I say that with nothing but love. I say “tank” as it’s got the normal weight that a 1911 is known for, rather than the plastic fantastic variety of pistols; that makes taming the recoil so much easier.

Firstly, the Nighthawk Custom Trooper comes factory with a solid, curved custom trigger with a 3.5-pound pull. The finish is a black Nitride type, and really compliments the Trooper. Also, factory is the red fiber optic front sight and Heinie Ledge rear sight.

As expected, the Trooper also ships with Nighthawk Custom’s legendary lifetime warranty. Additionally, should you have any problems, Nighthawk Custom will pay for the shipping both ways to rectify any unforeseen problems that may have occurred.  Further, that’s a huge commitment right there, and should tell you just how much they believe in their line of pistols.

The Trooper model is available in several chamberings, to include 9mm, 10mm, .45 ACP, and .38 Super. Also, the model sent for me to evaluate was in the 9mm flavor.

I was recently able to get some hands-on time with the Trooper at the 2018 Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous. It was nothing short of amazing. However, that was based upon perhaps 150 or so rounds down range. Needless to say, more range time with this beauty is in my future.

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Nighthawk Custom Trooper Specifications

  • Frame Size: Government
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Light Rail: None
  • Safety: Single Side
  • Overall Height: 5.4 inches
  • Overall Length: 8.65 inches
  • Width: 1.40 inches
  • Overall Slide Width: 0.92 inches
  • Grip Thickness: Regular
  • Overall Weight: 38.8 ounces (empty)
  • Rear Sight: Black Heinie Ledge
  • Front Sight: Fiber Optic
  • Overall Sight Radius: 6.51 inches
  • Overall Barrel Length: 5 inches
  • Finish: Black Nitride
  • Overall Magazine Capacity: 8+1
  • MSRP: $3,199

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