Texas-based Aeroknox may not be a well-known manufacturer right now, but with eye-catching products like these that won’t last much longer. Aeroknox is taking pre-orders for 1911 slides that make the classic handgun look anything but.
These 1911 parts aren’t for everyone, that’s for sure. The Aeroknox AX//01 slide has wide slide serrations, deep angular cutouts and lightening cuts exposing the barrel. Their Stealth grips are just as stark, with hard lines and a severe aesthetic.
The AX//01 slide has a large lowered and flared ejection port, internal extractor and “rack pads,” checkering on the slide for advanced racking techniques. The slide is cut for Novak-pattern sights to give shooters a wide range of sight options.
This is not a drop-in slide. The AX//01 requires hand-fitting to maximize its accuracy potential. Currently Aeroknox is taking pre-orders for the slides at $385. The slides are in production with shipping scheduled to start in the next four to six weeks.
For now, Aeroknox is focusing on full-size 1911s. Their slide is built for a 5-inch, .45 ACP barrels and is machined from high-tensile 4340 carbon steel, the same alloy used for crankshafts and landing gears. The grips are 6061 alloy aluminum with a hard-anodized finish.
Aeroknox currently offers two sets of grips, the standard Stealth set and their Mod 2 set. The standard Stealth grips are smooth while the Mod 2 grips feature additional cutouts and mild texturing. The grips are competitively priced at $85 for both sets.
It’s clear that this is just the beginning for the relatively new firm. Aeroknox makes a handful of other accessories
including their unique AE//01 AR muzzle brake, AR and AK pistol grips and handstops. They also produce one solid-looking bottle opener.
While their style is sure to be hit or miss with many gun owners, it’s clear that they have a strong vision. Customers are already asking for optics-ready slides and other 1911 options.
Looking at their product lineup, what are your thoughts? Would you consider outfitting your 1911 with one of their futuristic slides or grips? Does John Moses Browning’s war machine need a 21st Century makeover?