Final Thoughts

When you make this level of investment there’s a corresponding level of downrange precision expected, and Nighthawk never disappoints in this department…the comped Firehawk is no exception.

Nighthawk makes some of the nicest and well-built 1911 pistols on the planet. Fit and finish is excellent, slide-to-frame fit is ball-bearing smooth, the trigger is crisp and predictable. Using a similarly equipped .45 caliber pistol for a couple close-quarter schools, I would not hesitate a second to carry this one. Blast is an issue, just not a big enough issue to deter me when a full-size fighting pistol is required. There is just something about a 160-grain Barnes solid copper bullet making close to 1,200 f.p.s. at your side that is comforting. If you carry a full-size 1911 now and want the added benefit of a compensator that will fit in your current holsters this is an outstanding option. Retail price is $4,199, and it ships with three magazines in a very nice nylon case. No matter what, it’s hard to go wrong with a Nighthawk Custom 1911, and this Firehawk is no exception. See the new Firehawk at your nearest dealer, or for more information contact Nighthawk Custom; Tel.: (870) 423-4867; E-mail: info@nighthawkcustom.com; Web: www.nighthawkcustom.com

Specifications

  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • Action: Single-action, semi-automatic
  • Finish: Steel slide and frame
  • Grips: Railscales Agent 1
  • Sights: Heine Ledge black rear, gold bead front
  • Barrel: 3.9 inches/5.0 inches including compensator
  • Length: 8.47”
  • Weight: 45 ounces (loaded)
  • MSRP: $4,199.00

Performance

Cartridge                                              Velocity (FPS)                     Best Group

Doubletap 160-grain +P Barnes                   1,180                                 1.65”

Barnes TAC-XPD 185-grain +P                        987                              1.50”

Black Hills 135-grain +P HP                              1,275                           1.85”

Underwood 120-grain +P XD                            1,385                           2.00”

Doubletap 180-grain Bonded                           1,150                            1.70”