Nighthawk’s New Tactical Ready Series for Competition and Carry

The new TRS line by Nighthawk Custom. (Photo: Nighthawk)

For more about these and other Nighthawk Custom firearms, visit the company website.

Nighthawk Custom is announcing a new line of double-stack 1911s for carry and competition called the Tactical Ready Series, or TRS. Initially chambered for 9mm Luger, these handguns combine practical features and match-grade components in order to deliver solid performance on multiple fronts.

Nighthawk is launching the TRS line with a full-size Comp model which is more range-oriented and a Commander model better suited for everyday carry. While they do have some competition features there’s no doubt that these are serious self-defense handguns as well.

The Comp model has a ported 5-inch barrel with a commander-length slide and a beefy compensator at the muzzle. The pistol has a full-length dust cover with a single slot accessory rail.

The guns have extended controls and generous magazine wells. (Photo: Nighthawk)

The Commander version drops the compensator and extra barrel length and has a shorter, but still full-length railed frame. Overall the Commander’s barrel measures in at 4.25 inches long and the gun weighs a few ounces less.

They aren’t featherweight pistols but they could be heavier at a little over 36 ounces for the Commander model and 39 ounces for the Comp version. That’s unloaded of course.

Besides the slide assemblies the pistols also use different sights. The Comp has a 18-karat gold bead front sight with a Heinie Ledge black target rear sight while the Commander has Heinie Straight Eight tritium night sights.

The extended frames keep weight toward the muzzle for less felt recoil. (Photo: Nighthawk)

These guns have a standard capacity of 17+1 in 9mm which is in line with other double-stack 1911 pistols but they use a very slim-profile grip and frame design to make them easy to handle and carry.

At the controls these pistols measure in at just under an inch and a half wide, but are relatively slender at the frame at just over .9 inches wide. The pistols feature extended thumb and grip safeties and magazine release buttons with a recessed slide catch lever.

Nighthawk uses a dimple pattern for traction on the slide and grip that goes all around the grip frame. The dimple pattern is used for slide serrations front and rear.

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Both guns have straight medium-length flat-faced triggers. They’re lightweight aluminum triggers that pop against the black finish of the guns.

Nighthawk selected a durable and highly functional black nitride finish for the slide and frame and other small parts. The barrel, like the trigger, is left stainless for a muted two-tone look.

Nighthawk’s quality and performance is superb and the company’s reputation is one of the best. And their pricing reflects that.

These are high-end semi-custom handguns. The Commander is priced at $3,999 while the Comp runs $4,599. They’re expensive, but they’re no heirloom handguns. The TRS pistols are meant to be shot and meant to be carried.

For more about these and other Nighthawk Custom firearms, visit the company website.

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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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  • Harry J Schaubel April 30, 2021, 9:48 am

    Sorry but for that cost I could buy 7 Glock 48’s and still have change left over, to buy ammo.
    I agree with the above comment. Put your price at the top, or post to those who have $4-5k to throw out for a single firearm.

  • Richard April 26, 2020, 4:00 am

    Can you do us all a favor and put the price of any gun your writing about in the first sentence. So I am not wasting my time on a over $3,000.00 gun.

  • ww April 24, 2020, 11:07 am

    I’d be much more likely to buy one of these if they didn’t have plastic frames.

  • John K. April 24, 2020, 10:07 am

    I am not sure that I would use the term “ugly. It seems as though they are manufactured as elegant instead of appealing — something akin to a Lamborghini as opposed to a bad-a$$ ’68 Chevelle SS.

  • Dennis Holland April 24, 2020, 10:02 am

    The double stack is good, however in a 45 acp would make a Grand Defense sidearm. They have been made in the past I believe by Para Ordance. What do you say?


    • Jim April 24, 2020, 12:07 pm

      RIA makes the 1911a2 in double stack configuration for a great price. The a 2 uses the same mags as the Para 14

  • JC Roark April 24, 2020, 8:56 am

    I am sure they are great guns. That thought always crosses my mind when I see something priced at four times the cost of a good, serviceable “regular” pistol. Guess I lack the soul to appreciate custom efforts.

  • Mobilemechman Tim April 24, 2020, 7:27 am

    Looks like dominos on the slide.

  • Mark N. April 23, 2020, 12:22 am

    Most 1911s are elegant. These are not. In fact, they are plain ugly. Plus I have to question, without handling one of course, whether those dimples really provide all that much traction compared to slide serrations.

    • Donald Trump April 24, 2020, 6:13 am

      Shut up Dumbass

    • Matt April 24, 2020, 9:50 am

      I agree. These are lifeless designs. Hard to look more plain , or look like you just aren’t trying to design anything that has character whatsoever …especially for a $3-4K pistol.

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