“Fatboy Lightweight” might seem like an oxymoron, but American Tactical Imports’ (ATI) newest 1911 actually shaves weight from its previous iteration, the .45-caliber, steel-framed Fatboy, which is known for its high capacity. According to author Mike Beliveau, who was able to test the new pistol in the upcoming December 2013 issue of Combat Handguns, “The new Fatboy Lightweight takes the original Fatboy concept and lightens its weight even further with an aluminum alloy frame.”

Beliveau is quick to dive into the pistol’s specs: “The Fatboy Lightweight has a steel slide with a matte black finish…The aluminum alloy frame also has a matte black finish. The original Fatboy had no grip panels, per se; rather, the frame itself was grooved to provide some purchase for your hand. I’m happy to say that the Fatboy Lightweight has not followed in its father’s footsteps. The Lightweight has black plastic grip panels that are checkered to give you something to hold on to. Because these grip panels are razor thin, the Fatboy Lightweight’s grips are essentially the same width as the handle on a conventional, single-stack 1911.”

Oh, and did we mention that the pistol has a 12+1 capacity? To learn more, check out the December 2013 issue of Combat Handguns, available on newsstands and digitally September 17, 2013. To subscribe, go to http://www.personaldefenseworld.com/subscribe.

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