Nighthawk Custom is the type of company that asks the question “Why not?” when developing a new 1911 pistol variant. Instead of keeping to traditional 1911 aesthetics, the company crafts pistols that are the tip of the spear in form and function, with extreme attention to detail and flawless hand-fitting. Yet, as attractive as Nighthawk Custom 1911 is, it really comes into its own when you’re on the firing line.

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At Nighthawk’s facility in Berryville, Arkansas, each frame and slide is machined from solid forgings, and the pistol’s remaining components are hand-fitted. Most of the company’s models feature Nighthawk’s National Match carbon barrel, which is expertly fitted to a matching stainless steel bushing. Many models also feature the Nighthawk/Marvel Everlast Recoil System, which dramatically reduces felt recoil and muzzle flip, and will last at least 10,000 rounds before a recoil spring change is necessary. This proprietary barrel system is definitely an accuracy-enhancing upgrade.

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Whether it’s for duty, combat or concealed carry, Nighthawk’s pistols perform as good as they look. So, without further ado, scroll through the gallery above to learn about some of the best 1911 variants the company offers.

About Nighthawk Custom

Nighthawk Custom, located in Berryville, Arkansas, is the manufacturer of superior quality 1911-style pistols. Founded in 2003, the team gunsmiths at Nighthawk Custom have over 50 years of combined experience specializing in the 1911. Nighthawk Custom builds 1911’s using no MIM parts and the finest finish in the industry. All Nighthawk Custom 1911’s come with a lifetime guarantee. For more information, visit or call 877-268-4867.

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

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