Alchemy Custom Weaponry ACW Prime Classic Carry .45 ACP 4.25″ 1911

SOLD FOR: $2550

LSB#: 230316JH003

Make: Alchemy Custom Weaponry

Model: Prime Classic Carry

Serial Number: 

Year of Manufacture: 2019-Present

Caliber: .45 ACP

Action Type: Single-Action Semi-Automatic Detachable Magazine Fed Pistol

Markings: The right of the slide is marked with the Alchemy logo and “Alchemy Custom Weaponry”. The top of the chamber is marked with the Alchemy logo and “45 ACP”. The right of the frame is marked “ALCHEMY CUSTOM WEAPONRY, FORT WAYNE, IN / ACW188”.

Barrel Length: 4 1/4?

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated blade with a tritium insert and is dovetailed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is an ACW serrated “U” notch sight with a slide racking front face. The rear sight is dovetailed into the slide and also has a set screw. The tritium lamp is bright and easily acquired in low light.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered black composite. There are some scattered light handling marks. The checkering is sharp and aggressive. There are no major defects. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion. In my opinion, this bore is a 10 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are some spots of oxidation on the grip safety and backstrap. There are a few little marks through the finish on the trigger guard. There is faint operational wear. Overall, this gun rates in about Fine Plus condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. The slide has almost no play to the frame but moves smoothly. We have not fired this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is an 8-round magazine, manual, and ACW soft case.

Our Assessment: The 1911 and 1911-A1 pistols served the military of the United States from 1911 to 1985, through two World Wars and the Korean and Vietnam wars. They gained a reputation as a reliable handgun with plenty of stopping power, and are held in high regard by those who have used them. Still in use by militaries, law enforcement, and other civilians to this day, a wide variety of firms have produced either parts or components and there is a kaleidoscope of custom options for someone who wishes to build their own 1911.

The Alchemy Classic Carry 1911 is the baby of master gunsmith Rob Schauland. Strengthened by a steady diet of bald eagle protein shakes and steroid-fortified bacon, Schauland brooks no deviation from his high standards—the Classic Carry 1911 is ample proof of ACW’s near-fanatical devotion to the purity of the 1911 design. Continuing a 30-year quest, Rob Schauland strives for one thing: to create a 1911 pistol that is everything you need… and nothing you don’t. His guiding principle is to remain true to a design that has endured for 100 years and will endure for (at least) 100 more. The blood, sweat, and tears that go into every ACW 1911 is simply not found in a mass market pistol.

On the surface, the ACW Classic Carry looks very much like a John Browning-designed original. Upon closer inspection, Schauland’s ethos becomes more apparent. ACW has crafted the ergonomics of this new pistol to feel perfect—to feel exactly how a gun should feel in your hand. The result of this exhaustive effort is a pistol frame and slide designed the way they should be, which results in the highest 1911 grip in the industry.

Since 2011, Alchemy Custom Weaponry, a division of Cabot Gun Co., has been one of the best custom and semi-custom 1911 makers in the world. They are amongst an elite group in the industry with names like Nighthawk Custom, Wilson Combat, Ed Brown and Les Baer…their brand name just hasn’t had as long to become universally known. This is their Prime Classic Carry and has a dizzying array of premium features including: 4.25 inch hand fit barrel, frame and slide machined from forged 4140 carbon steel, beveled magazine well, 25 LPI checkered front strap, 25 LPI, checkered flat mainspring housing, tuned and polished extractor, hardened steel pin set, forged steel slide stop, lowered ejection port, extended billet steel pinned ejector, polished feed ramp, throated barrel, ACW fixed rear sight, Cylinder & Slide single side thumb safety, serrated black front sight with blended dovetail fit, and traditional guide rod and cap. This is going to make a great 1911 for target shooting or for carry. If you’re looking for a great 1911, look no further. We did say that their name is lesser known compared to other custom and semi-custom 1911 makers, but in no way did we say unknown, they currently have a lead time of four to six months. This is the time to drop a bid on a hot Alchemy Custom and see the quality first hand! Please see our photos and good luck!

Some are hot, some are not, but thankfully most can be shot!

Alchemy Custom Weaponry ACW Prime Classic Carry .45 ACP 4.25" 1911
Alchemy Custom Weaponry ACW Prime Classic Carry .45 ACP 4.25″ 1911