One of the most interesting products that debuted at SHOT Show 2023 was Stealth Arms’ double-stack Platypus. Based on the 1911 platform, this pistol is completely compatible with Glock 17 magazines.
Yes, you read that right. You can now run a flush sitting 17-round OEM Glock mag out of a 1911. Or a 33-round factory magazine. Or even a drum mag if you so desire. Maybe use all of them just because you can!
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Taking nearly complete control of the manufacturing of the Platypus, Stealth Arms makes everything in-house for these pistols except the springs and pins. They also offer one of the easiest user interfaces for piecing together custom guns which only have a lead time of 1-2 weeks.
So first and foremost, the Platypus runs on Glock mags. Have I mentioned that yet? Due to the length of the magwell, they will need to be Glock 17 mags to sit and feed correctly.
Stealth arms mentioned that while they only have 9mm double-stack 1911s available at the moment, they may eventually offer .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .357 Sig, and 10mm.
Stealth Arms takes pride in its in-house manufacturing capabilities and boasts that everything they make is machined down from the highest quality billet to ensure superior quality and a perfect fit.
To make a unique gun even more distinctive, Stealth Arms uses one of the coolest gun builder tabs I have ever seen. All you need to do is go to their website, click on the gun you are interested in, click “customize,” and then select any option you so desire.
Not only can you choose different slides, frames, grips, barrels, and triggers, but you can also select custom paint jobs for nearly every individual component. As you are making these selections, they are displayed in real-time with the interactive builder on their website to show you exactly how the finished pistol is going to look.
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The Stealth Arms Platypus is available and shipping now. It has an MSRP starting at $1,500 but can go up from there depending on the options chosen in the custom builder tab.
During SHOT Show, there was only a 1-2 week lead time for all custom orders. To learn more about the Stealth Arms’ Platypus or to try out their custom gun builder tool, click HERE.
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My parked Rock Island 1911 will out perform and looks more manly….
Sure would be nice if ARMS Manufacturers made new weapons that’d except G22 mags first!
I love this concept. I have a ParaOrd P14, but a 9mm with a Glock mag is appealing to me. I did not see a retail price in the article. Probly $2k? If someone would make this as a production gun they would have a real winner.
Very interesting. If they make a compact model that takes G19 (3rd gen) mags, I will will be extremely interested.
Had a P14. Miss it. Prob get a P12 or P13 next time. Alot of 1911 double stacks out there. First pistol I ever owned. Bought when they just came out .
I think a Hi Point that takes 1911 mags would boost Hi Point sales.
This is a nice product but the $1,500 price tag is tough to accept.
The market will be limited to status symbol purchases.
Limited to status symbol purchase? That’s rich. There are plenty of 1911s at that price point and much higher (that don’t take glock magazines or offer the range of custom options as this pistol) which get sold everyday. One of my customers had enough Wilson Combat 1911s that he would shoot one while the two others were being cleaned and then just pile them all in the same nylon case. If these are reliable with Glock magazines as opposed to $100+ hand tuned 2011 hi caps competition shooter will eat them up. I’ll take a STI style integrally comped version please with slide mounted mrds please.