SOLD FOR: $2725
Make: Springfield Armory Custom Shop, Customized by Nighthawk Custom
Model: 1911-A1 Compact Carry
Serial Number: NM466233
Year of Manufacture: 2010s, Customized by Nighthawk in 2020
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single-Action Semi-Automatic Pistol, Detachable Magazine Fed with Thumb and Grip Safeties
Markings: The right side of the slide is marked “SPRINGFIELD ARMORY”, with the crossed cannon logo, and “SPRINGFIELD / Custom”. The left side of the slide is marked “MODEL 1911-A1 / CAL .45”. The barrel is marked “NM .45AUTO”. The right side of the frame is marked “SPRINGFIELD INC / GENESEO IL USA / NM466233”. The interior flat at the rear of the slide is marked “M198519” and is marked with the last four digits of the serial number, “6233”. The bottom of the chamber is inscribed with the last three digits of the serial number, “233”. The barrel link is inscribed with the last three digits of the serial number, “233”. The frame facing side of the slide stop is inscribed with the last three digits of the serial number, “233”.
Barrel Length: 4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a gold bead dovetailed into the slide. The rear sight is Henie lo-mount style square notch with a serrated rear face and is dovetailed into the slide and further secured with a set screw. The rear of the slide is serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece black VZ Grips Alien G-10 grips. There is light handling wear, no major defects. The grips rate in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Black
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are a few spots of light wear from use and handling. There is standard operational wear. The markings are strong and clear. The screw heads are sharp. Overall, this handgun rates in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp and has a short reset. The slide to frame fit is snug. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a non-factory case, three 7-round magazines, three 6-round magazines, two pairs of checkered wood grips, a spare pair of Alien texture G10 grips, a host of spare parts, and a Nighthawk Custom test target with a matching serial number.
Our Assessment: This is a Springfield Armory Compact Carry 1911 pistol in .45 that boasts a host of additional features over its original 100 year old design. It is a smaller version of the Professional Model, with the exclusion of a mag well, making it ideal for concealed carry purposes. Expertly handcrafted by their Custom Shop, this is the all-steel version of the same pistol that was specifically created for the US Marshalls SOG Group when they requested a smaller carry option for their off-duty needs. The full-size Professional was originally developed for an FBI RFP which designated a pistol which would feed any commercial hollow-point, flat nose or semi-wadcutter ammunition, 50,000 round warranty, fire three consecutive 10-shot groups of 1.5? or less at 25 yards from a Ransom rest, 20,000 round test period followed by another accuracy test with less than 15% reduction in accuracy, and a MRBF no greater than 2,500. After testing, the Springfield submission was the only candidate to meet these stringent requirements. As good, capitalist Americans, Springfield not only produced these pistols for the FBI contract, they offered them on the civilian market as well. In addition to “standard” custom features such as extended beavertail grip safety, ambidextrous thumb safety, skeletonized hammer and trigger, hand checkered 20 LPI frontstrap and mainspring housing, the pistol also had more subtle features such as a slightly recessed slide-stop pin which would not be accidentally knocked out of place, slightly extended magazine release button, beveled magazine well and, perhaps most importantly, individually hand fit National Match barrel, bushing, slide and slide-stop. Needless to say, this was a pistol produced in the Springfield Custom shop and all of the commercial produced Professionals were held to the same strict standards as the FBI contract pistols. This is the Compact Carry version and has been sent to Nighthawk Custom for upgrades but comes with a host of original parts. If you’ve been wanting a 1911 for carry, this one is up to the task. Please see our photos and good luck!