After 111 Years, Savage Introduces 3 New 1911s — SHOT Show 2023

Savage’s new line of 1911s comes in three finishes.

The Colt 1911 is named for the year it was made, and now 111 years later Savage has finally gotten on the bandwagon. Savage’s Model 1907 was the finalist competing with Colt for the government contract for the new military handgun. Colt won and the 1911 took its place in the history books.

Savage is now offering a finely made 1911 in three finishes: Raw stainless, two-tone with nitride slide, and all-black nitride. All three models are made of stainless steel.

Savage’s 1911s are made in the USA.
Wide ambidextrous safety levers come standard.

Savage has integrated into their first model the improvements made over the last century to JM Browning’s original. A long beavertail, carry cuts, ambidextrous safety lever, and lowered and flared ejection port are some of them.

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The barrel is target crowned.
Novak sights and steel components. No metal injection molded parts on this gun.
Tritium front sight.
Each color combination is available with or without a Picatinny rail.
The VZ G10 grips are complemented by the texturing front and back on the straps.

These are full-size Government 1911s with 5″ barrels chambered only in .45 ACP. They also come with Novak front and rear tritium sights, VZ G10 grips, and an optional Picatinny rail under the barrel. They appear to be finely made.

Savage’s 1911s in three colors are available now. MSRP starts at $1,350.


  • Action: Semi-Auto
  • Ejection Port: Right
  • Pistol Size: Government
  • Barrel Color: Black
  • Barrel Finish: Nitride
  • Barrel Length (in)/(cm): 5 / 12.700
  • Barrel Material: Stainless Steel
  • Caliber: 45 AUTO
  • Magazine Quantity: 2
  • Magazine Style: Single Stack
  • Magazine Capacity: 8+1
  • Magazine Release: Yes
  • Hand: Ambidextrous
  • Magazine: Detachable Magazine
  • Overall Length (in)/(cm): 8.45 / 21.463
  • Rate of Twist (in): 1 in 1:16 RH
  • Receiver Color: Natural
  • Receiver Finish: Matte
  • Receiver Material: Stainless Steel
  • Slide Material: Stainless Steel
  • Slide Finish / Color: Black Nitride
  • External Safety: Grip & Thumb
  • Slide Stop: Right Hand
  • Frame Material: Forged Stainless Steel
  • Grip Material: G10
  • Grip Color: Black/Dark Grey
  • Trigger Action: Single
  • Firing Mechanism: Hammer
  • Type: Handgun
  • Front Sights: Novak Tritium Mega Dot
  • Rear Sights: Novak, Tritium Bar
  • Weight (lb)/(kg): 2.54 / 1.15

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  • David Hunter February 1, 2023, 8:05 pm

    How does Savage “reintroduce” a firearm they have never made? They did make a model 1911 as part of the military trials but it was significantly different than the 1911 JMB designed.

  • Todd February 1, 2023, 4:53 pm

    I LOVE Savage products and always have but to buy anything firearms related and new-manufactured in Mass? That’s a NON-STARTER for me.
    Also…. “three new 1911s”? More like *A* 1911 in three colors.

  • Mike in a Truck February 1, 2023, 4:14 pm

    Who sez the 1911A1 is dead? Take those plastic pistols in 9mm sissy and make them into suppository’s. Long live the 45ACP!

  • Louis February 1, 2023, 6:41 am

    Very very nice pistol. thank’s for showing. I also find helpful the complete spec-sheet you give at the end. Thank you

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