The new Nighthawk Custom Trooper is billed as a “no frills, straight forward” approach to the timeless Government Model 1911. Further, with a black Nitride finish and clean lines, the Trooper delivers on all fronts. In Nighthawk fashion, the Trooper includes all the hand-crafted custom gunsmithing that has become synonymous with the name. We got our hands on the new .45 pistol during the 2018 Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous.

Featuring the company’s “one gun, one gunsmith” manufacturing process, the Nighthawk Custom Trooper features a forged Government-sized frame. Also, the match-grade, .45 ACP barrel is crowned. Additionally, G10 Gator Back grips include the Nighthawk logo. Meanwhile, 25-line-per-inch checkering adorns the front strap and mainspring housing.

A lightweight aluminum trigger, dehorned edges and ultra hi-cut front strap add to the features. Finally, a fiber optic front and Heinie Straight Eight Ledge rear sight complete the package.

While the base model is minimal compared to other Nighthawk pistols, the company offers several barrel upgrades. Options include Bull Barrel, Fluted Barrel Upgrade (9mm only), Threaded Barrel Upgrade, Crown Barrel and Flute Barrel Hood. Upgrades range in price from $50 to $250.

Caliber options include .45 ACP, 9mm, .38 Super and 10mm. Further, changing to .38 Super or 10mm adds $100. Finally, additional upgrade options include engraving, extra barrels, finishes, frame, treatments, grips, guide rods, magwells, safety, sights, slide and more.

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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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