STI has developed a reputation for producing accurate, custom-grade 1911s that won’t quit. The Lawman, designed for LEOs, certainly lives up to that benchmark
In early 2012, while attending the biggest trade show in the gun industry, I absolutely had to stop by and see Rabbit Boyett of STI International, one of my favorite gun-makers. The conversation naturally drifted to STI’s new developments, including models added to the Tactical line and the company’s new Lawman 1911 pistols.
The Lawman is just one of STI’s custom-grade 1911 offerings. Available in either 9mm or .45 ACP, it was designed first and foremost as a duty and defensive pistol for law enforcement officers. Luckily, I was able to evaluate the .45-caliber Lawman 4.0, named for its 4-inch slide length, to see just how well it would perform for our men and women in blue.
At the heart of the Lawman 4.0 is a 4.26-inch ramped and fully supported barrel. Machined from 416R rifle-grade stainless steel, the barrel has button-broached, 1-in-16-inch rifling and is capped with a 45-degree crown. The barrel is mated to a bushing fitted to a 4140 carbon-steel-forged slide. Aggressive cocking serrations are cut into the front and rear of the slide, and the Lawman’s ejection port is lowered and flared.
Ideal for CQB, breaching, patrol, the Mossberg Flex 500 Tactical shotgun adapts to overcome!
by D.K. Pridgen / Feb 8, 2013