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    Are Nighthawk Custom pistols worth the money?

    I have been looking at adding a custom 1911 to my collection and i have been looking at ed brown, wilson, les baer and nighthawk but i heard nighthawk on some models uses frames and slides from remsport which i am told are made from forgings from korea and then machined here in the US as well as caspian cast frames for a couple models. Wilson claims 100% made in usa from forgings to final product. I think baer and brown are made in USA too. Nighthawk is priced similar to wilson for similar featured pistols but to me if its true their using korean steel/forgings they should not be in same price range. If anybody can let me know if this nighthawk\remsport/Korean thing is BS or can confirm it that would be great or at least let me know that baer wilson and brown pistols are doing same thing but i heard it was only nighthawk.
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    Wilson, Les Baer, Ed Brown, Nighthawk are all very nice 1911's, but not really "custom".
    "Semi-custom" is how they are usually described.
    A true custom 1911 will cost you!!


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    These are just some, most will charge as much as a 10yr old Camry, but the quality will be impeccable.
    For a semi-custom gun, my Dan Wesson is not far off from the higher priced manufacturers.

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    I have found that the offerings from the Standard Mfg. people hold their own to and DW I have fondled/fired and that is more than a few.
    Some local smiths will build you a really nice custom 1911 to your specs. For about the same money as the Wilson/Nighthawke. And the ones I have had built are superior to those offerings.
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    After shooting a few of AllenM's pistols, that's what I'd put my money into. They may not have the resale value of one of the bigger names, but I don't think I'd sell it anyway.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 10mmfan View Post
    I have been looking at adding a custom 1911 to my collection and i have been looking at ed brown, wilson, les baer and nighthawk but i heard nighthawk on some models uses frames and slides from remsport which i am told are made from forgings from korea and then machined here in the US as well as caspian cast frames for a couple models. Wilson claims 100% made in usa from forgings to final product. I think baer and brown are made in USA too. Nighthawk is priced similar to wilson for similar featured pistols but to me if its true their using korean steel/forgings they should not be in same price range. If anybody can let me know if this nighthawk\remsport/Korean thing is BS or can confirm it that would be great or at least let me know that baer wilson and brown pistols are doing same thing but i heard it was only nighthawk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigtanker View Post
    After shooting a few of AllenM's pistols, that's what I'd put my money into. They may not have the resale value of one of the bigger names, but I don't think I'd sell it anyway.
    He is my go to guy for the heavy lifting I can not do. He has built me several complete customs and man they are stellar. He has done some serious machine work/mods on so many 1911's for me I have lost track. He has one in the "Q" right now.

    There is another member here that posts up pics of his work that might be considered. Just because it has a fancy manf. name on it does not make it a custom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10mmfan View Post
    I have been looking at adding a custom 1911 to my collection and i have been looking at ed brown, wilson, les baer and nighthawk but i heard nighthawk on some models uses frames and slides from remsport which i am told are made from forgings from korea and then machined here in the US as well as caspian cast frames for a couple models. Wilson claims 100% made in usa from forgings to final product. I think baer and brown are made in USA too. Nighthawk is priced similar to wilson for similar featured pistols but to me if its true their using korean steel/forgings they should not be in same price range. If anybody can let me know if this nighthawk\remsport/Korean thing is BS or can confirm it that would be great or at least let me know that baer wilson and brown pistols are doing same thing but i heard it was only nighthawk.
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