The gun world has changed dramatically over the last 100 years. While the advent of lightweight, polymer-framed, striker-fired pistols has become an industry essential, a steel link to the past remains. The classic 1911 pistol, declared “outdated” and “obsolete” by some, has managed not only to hold its ground, but gain a larger following in today’s firearms marketplace. This is especially true with custom 1911s. Fully functional firearms and pieces of arts, these custom guns are on many people’s wish lists. While there are a number of great 1911 builders in the U.S., let’s take this opportunity to look at 11 of them and their outstanding artwork.


Cabot Guns

Fusion Firearms

Heirloom Precision

Jardine’s Custom

Nighthawk Custom

Pistol Dynamics

Chambers Custom Pistols

Stan Chen Customs

Volkmann Precision

Wilson Combat

Republic Forge



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This article was published in the 2016 edition of the Complete Book of 1911s. For information on how to subscribe, please email or call 1-800-284-5668.

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