Turnbull Announces Limited Edition 1911 to Celebrate July 4th

The Limited Edition Government 1911 from Turnbull. Retails for $4,995.

Turnbull is cooking up something special for the 4th of July.

It’s the re-creation of the Commercial 1911 Government Pistol.  Purchasers will have the opportunity to snag these limited edition models that feature all the same stylings that were applied to this iconic platform during their original production in 1912.

“The 1911 is simply the best known and still most beloved pistol design in firearm history and the Commercial is the design that people most identify with it,” said CEO and Founder Doug Turnbull in a press release. “It just made sense to honor this purely American firearm design by releasing it on Independence Day.”


  • Make: Turnbull
  • Model: Commercial 1911
  • Action: Semi Auto
  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • Barrel Length: 5″
  • Sights: Standard WWI
  • Weight: 36 oz
  • Weight/loaded Mag: 38.5 oz
  • Price: $4,995

Features on this pistol include a high polish charcoal blued slide and frame, a one-piece solid steel trigger that is, along with the slide stop hammer and grip screws, nitre blued for strength.  A leather case and two 2-tone magazines are also included with the era correct lanyard loop.

The gun, chambered in .45 ACP, sports a 5-inch barrel and a WWI-style ejection port.  The sight is also of the time period, featuring a semi-circle notch.  Grips are hand-checkered in a double diamond pattern in American Black Walnut. The safety lock is in the early style with a knurled undercut thumbpiece.

Serial numbers and other stampings will appear on the left front of the frame. And every pistol will have Turnbull’s “Turning Bull” mark on the left rear of the slide.

“The history of the 1911 is a fascinating voyage through the growth and development of the American firearms industry,” said Turnbull of the Commercial 1911. “The Commercial 1911 is the gun most enthusiasts picture when you talk about the original 1911.”

The Commercial 1911 will be available for order from Turnbull starting on Independence Day. Production is limited to serial numbers C001-C020. Customers can select any of the remaining numbers when they order. The Commercial 1911 will retail at $4,995.

Visit www.turnbullrestoration.com/c1911 for more information and to place an order.

“All of us here are serious firearms enthusiasts and collectors,” added Turnbull. “It is that love and admiration for early American firearm design that drives us every day.”

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

{ 12 comments… add one }
  • Andre Smith July 8, 2017, 12:27 am

    Someone clearly isn’t a real gun person to make a statement that they would spend $5000 on a 1911 than $5 on a Glock. No real gun person would make a statement like that. You don’t need $5000 to fire a projectile.

  • AK July 7, 2017, 11:13 pm

    It’s gorgeous beyond words. Just like Sofia Milos. I can admire from a distance…..

  • Chuck in Phoenix July 7, 2017, 10:23 pm

    I would rather pay $5K for a 1911 as opposed to $5 bucks for a POS Glock.

    • American May 6, 2018, 11:12 am

      Well I agree to a point , Not about the 5K about the POS Glock. Make mine a COLT and in 45 A.C.P.

  • Campbell King July 7, 2017, 12:56 pm

    Get rich quick with another’ “artsy”‘ 1911,,lol.. Lot better places to invest 5 grand.

  • Joe Martin July 7, 2017, 10:42 am

    It’s more a work of art than anything else and if you have enough or too much money and can afford it there’s no reason you shouldn’t have it. I doubt it will be shot much if at all. You can buy a volkswagon to drive that will get you there just as well as a Mercedes, but if you want a Mercedes, and have the money, then you should be able to buy one and drive it. It’s for collectors mostly, not so much shooters and gun collectors should be able to buy what they want without getting a lot of grief, just like other “art” collectors. Some folks think Jackson Pollock’s paintings are crap, not art, but some folks still collect them because they consider them art. The bottom line is that they are worth a fortune no matter what you think of them. Turnbull’s guns are functional art that is worth the money if you can afford it.

  • Chris July 7, 2017, 9:20 am

    Pricy, but it’s beautiful.
    One has to wonder why all the nay-sayers even bothered to read the article. Some sound like they positively abhor the 1911. If I don’t like something I rarely feel inclined to read articles about it. I’d rather read about things that interest me. I guess they just felt the urge to be negative this morning. Cheer up! You will never own one of these so you don’t need to worry about it! 🙂

    • Tj July 7, 2017, 10:49 am

      I really like ALL 6 of my 1911’s. I like ALL 9 of my Glocks. I like ALL 5 of my magnum revolvers. I’m still not paying for an over priced anything for anyone of them. Now if I had crazy lottery money I might bid on that pair of 1911’s made from meteorite material.
      Just saying,

  • Bob Collinsworth July 7, 2017, 6:49 am

    The fact that the outfit is limiting the serial numbers (guns sold) to 20 does not, in any way, make this otherwise standard 1911 worth $5,000. Well, maybe they can find 20 suckers in the world. Who knows?

  • Tj July 7, 2017, 5:03 am

    You can polish a turd to look like a piece of jewelry but its still a turd. You can say that this 1911 has all these expensive $4900 features but its still a 1911. It reminds me of my boat, its a hole in the water and you never can sell it for a good return unless you find another sucker like yourself.

    • Mike July 7, 2017, 6:47 am

      Exactly TJ
      I think any one of my 3 daughters with my Gold Cup could outshoot anyone who has this or those ridiculous Kimber Cadillacs. Honestly, why does anyone reinvent the wheel when Colt already perfected the 1911?
      I wonder if they gave Mr Dinglberry a pistol to “advertise” for them.

      • Tucker&Dale July 9, 2017, 10:15 pm

        Be advised, Colt had nothing to do with the development, design and perfection of the 1911. It is all the wondrous work of Mr. John Moses Browning, the ultimate gun designer and developer of all time!

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