Anytime I notice a new 1911 on the market, I am interested. But when the new pistol is billed as a “full-size hybrid 1911?”
I’m doubly interested!
This was the case when I read about the FXH-45M Moxie 1911 pistol from American Tactical, a US manufacturer and worldwide importer of firearms, ammunition, and tactical equipment. So, I asked for and received a Moxie chambered in .45 AUTO for review purposes. What I discovered was a quality home and self-defense handgun that’s also light enough for concealed carry at 27.5 ounces (unloaded), making it roughly ten ounces lighter than a metal framed 1911 with the same five-inch barrel.
Manufactured in the United States, the FXH-45M Moxie features a patented polymer frame with two metal inserts for added stability and durability. The Moxie also features a 4140-steel slide with a parkerized finish. The frame was designed with built-in finger grooves for an ergonomic feel to compliment the black poly grips.
Poly frame aside, the FXH-45M Moxie is pretty much traditional 1911, single action and semi-auto, 5.4-inches in height 8.7 inches long. It also sports a removable top plate that allows for the addition of an optics mount.
The Moxie accepts Glock front and rear sights, including aftermarket night sights, and has a rail under the barrel for attaching a light or laser. The oversized trigger guard will accept all but the largest gloved fingers.
This new breed of 1911 is compatible with most standard 1911 parts and grips, and ships with one 8-round magazine.
I had a handful of loose 45 AUTO rounds, so I first ran those thru the Moxie. The rounds and the semi-auto worked together fine. But for actual accuracy purposes, I focused on one self-defense load—the 230-grain Hydra-Shok JHP from Federal Premium—and two range rounds—a standard 230-grain FMJ load made by Aguila and the Team Never Quit Training Ammunition firing a 155-grain frangible bullet.
Accuracy? Very impressive with all rounds. The Aguila Ammunition 45 AUTO, at seven yards offhand, drilled a five-shot group at just .75-inches and four shots at 20 yards from a rest at 1.0-inches—pretty damned good!
Team Never Quit scored four rounds at .80-inches at the seven-yard mark, while shot #5 expanded that group to 1.25-inches. At the 20-yard test, Team Never Quit’s best group for five shots was 2.15-inches.
My self-defense load, the Federal Premium Hydra-Shok, pegged a .80-inch five shot group shooting from the seven-yard line and a very nice five shots at 1.25-inches shooting from a rest at 20-yards. Shot Number Six went wide, but the group still held at 2.0-inches.
If you need a firearm that’s more accurate than the Moxie? Buy a rifle and mount a high-end scope on it!
The Moxie’s trigger snapped off nicely at 3.7 pounds according to my Lyman Digital Trigger Pull Gauge. The trigger resets quickly, too, as I discovered when I mag dumped several magazines. Grooves cut inside the trigger’s curve helped with providing a steady trigger pull and greater overall stability. And the trigger also looks cool, with a silver-colored finish and the three triangular holes.
The sights on the Moxie are good, but they didn’t exactly pop, at least not for these aging eyes. The white line around the rear notch does show up well, as does the dot on the front post. But I did wish both were a little large and slightly higher, to put me on target quicker and easier. And the sights, it should be noted, can be replaced with aftermarket Glock sights.
If you’d like to put an optic on the Moxie, the top, rear of the slide features a removable plate to allow for the easy installation of the Trijicon RMR and Burris Fastfire Sights. (These optics and adapter plates for them must be purchased separately.)
The combination of the checkered black polymer grips and the finger grooves built into the frame’s front strap provided for a firm hold, though I felt the checkering was a little shallow. I like deeper, sharper checkering that really grabs the palm of my shooting hand, but that’s my preference and not a deal breaker when recommending a pistol.
The Moxie disassembles exactly like a 1911 should—push back the slide, pop out the slide stop going from right to left, and ease the slide forward and off. Then, remove the recoil spring and the barrel bushing, and push the barrel out through the front of the slide.
A lighter-weight, very accurate pistol, the American Tactical FXH-45 Moxie is a solid handgun, well-suited for home defense. And those who prefer to carry a 1911 but have been put off in the past by the 38 to 40-ounces of all-steel version 1911’s would do well the give this semi-auto a hard look.
Specifications: American Tactical FXH-45 Moxie
Caliber: 45 ACP
Action: Single, Semi-Automatic
Barrel: 5.0,” Match Grade
Barrel Material: 416 Stainless Steel
Slide: 416 Stainless Steel
Slide Finish: QPQ Black Nitride
Frame:Polymer, with two (2) 7075-T6 Aluminum Inserts
Trigger:Overtravel Adjustable, Skeletonized Alloy, Silver Color
Weight: 27.5 oz., empty
Grips: Black polymer
Sights: 3-dot white sights, accepts all aftermarket GLOCK sights
Safeties: Manual, Ambidextrous Butterfly and Grip Safety
Included: One 8-round magazine, removable top plate for optics.
For more information visit American Tactical