Nighthawk Custom Teams with Turnbull and Agency Arms on VIP Agent II

The VIP Agent II is a collaboration between some of the best in the industry. (Photo: Nighthawk)

Nighthawk Custom, an American leader in top-shelf custom guns, is working with Turnbull Restoration and Agency Arms to offer the jaw-dropping VIP Agent II custom 1911 pistol. The new VIP combines old-world craftsmanship with modern features, with no spared expense.

Nighthawk balances the contrasting styles of Agency Arms and Turnbull Restoration for this edition to make a 1911 that’s guaranteed to turn heads. Agency Arms contributes sharp lines and lightning cuts on the slide and frame while Turnbull provides an amazing finish and highlights all over the VIP Agent II.

The new VIP pistol has a glossy bone, charcoal color, case-hardened frame and blued slide with polished charcoal blued slide stop, safety levers and magazine release button. The trigger, grip safety and hammer have a matte finish with colors to match the barrel and sights in black and bronze.

Pushing things over the top with the VIP Agent II are the mammoth ivory grips. These glossy ivory grips show their age with dark lines in the layers that compliment the black and bronze tones of the finish.

Each is engraved with Nighthawk and Agency medallions, and the finish is unmistakably by Turnbull. (Photo: Nighthawk)

Some of the more modern elements include forward and rear slide serrations, a lightened Recon accessory rail and extended controls, including the beavertail safety and contoured magazine release. The frontsrap, backstrap and extended safety and slide levers all are aggressively serrated to match the slide.

Other features are time-tested, like the 18-karat gold bead target sights and standard — but match-grade — bushing barrel. It is, of course, chambered for .45 ACP. One nice touch is a one-piece mainspring housing and magwell, which helps load and shroud the extended 10-round magazine.

Dimension-wise the VIP Agent II measures in at 8.6 inches long, 5.8 inches tall and 1.3 inches wide at the grip and .9 inches wide at the slide. It weighs 39 ounces unloaded and uses standard grips in case the VIPs who own one wish to leave their ivory grips at home.

No facet or feature is left stock, every part is custom. (Photo: Nighthawk)

There are a lot of other small, but important extra details that go into each VIP Agent II, like a recessed target crown, an Agency Arms trigger fit by Nighthawk and a deeply undercut trigger guard that ensure each one is a shooter, not just for looks. The VIP Agent II is an heirloom piece, barbecue gun and a competition pistol all in one.

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As a full-size 1911 with a 5-inch barrel and 10+1-round capacity, it will even hold its own for self-defense, although not many people would put a gun of this class into that line of work. Even the magazine is jeweled, proving that everything about these guns is custom, including the case they come in.

The price: $8,499. Between the huge amount of work by all three companies and the exotic, prehistoric mammoth ivory grips, Nighthawk is sure that this will be a limited-edition run of VIP Agency pistols.

But, for the few lucky enough to be real VIP agents, these are on an unrivaled tier, in their own class of firearms by themselves.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. Like Thomas Paine, he’s a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • martianone November 13, 2020, 4:38 am

    If I was stupid enough to acquire one of these, I would not want the ivory grip.
    Prefer Xxxxx presentation walnut with figuring that looks like it is on fire.

  • Mark N. November 12, 2020, 1:12 am

    Those grips are illegal to possess in California, notwithstanding that the source of the ivory has been extinct for tens of thousands of years. If I were the designer, I would have incorporated the curves of the ivory into the slide serrations, and serrations only in the back, and ditched the slide openings entirely. Antique grips demand an antique looking gun.

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