Though the design is more than a century old, John Browning's classic 1911 design continues to inspire modern manufacturers. For 2019, there are a range of 1911-style handgun offerings on the market, ranging from tactical-style defensive and competition pistols to finely finished, high-quality designs that qualify as works of art. Whether you're looking for a workhorse or a barbecue gun, there's something to fit every taste in our roundup of 10 new 1911s out this year. Check them out here:
Alchemy Custom Weaponry Prime Elite With a hand-fit frame and slide, the Alchemy Custom Prime Elite is a classic government 1911 pistol with multiple grip options to fit your needs.
Brownells BRN-1911 The first handgun in Brownells’s Retro line of vintage-inspired firearms, the BRN-1911 Retro Custom Government Pistol is a development in partnership with Ed Brown featuring a classic 1980s aesthetic.
Cabot Guns Drako Garra 2.0 Inspired by legends of dragons, the Drako 2.0 evokes the mythical beast with “claw mark” cocking serrations. Design details add a measure of stylishness to this high-performance, handcrafted 1911.
Citadel 1911 Tac Ultra Designed for range and competition use, Citadel’s team of pistolsmiths ensure the frame, slide and barrel are mated perfectly through a hand-fitting process applied to each Tac Ultra.
Dan Wesson DW TCP Dan Wesson has put mass in the right places to create a high-performance pistol that won’t weigh you down. The company incorporated a rail on the aluminum-alloy frame and a ramped, bull barrel make it easy to accessorize and to resist muzzle rise, respectively.
Nighthawk Firehawk Combining a bull barrel, full-length guide rod and single-port compensator, the Firehawk diminishes felt recoil and muzzle rise. The integral compensator and one-piece mag well offer performance while keeping the profile sleek.
Republic Forge Raider Meticulously hand-built, like all Republic Forge pistols, the Raider harnesses the powerful 10 mm cartridge in a Govt. Model-size, case-colored, rail-equipped frame mated to a hard-chrome slide and controls.
Roberts Defense Operator SRO Part of its Operator lineup, Roberts Defense offers a suppressor-ready, optic model available in both 9 mm and .45 ACP. Made of forged stainless steel with custom slide cuts, this 1911 means business.
Ruger Custom Shop SR1911 Competition This 1911 is chock-full of match-winning features such as a Koenig Shooting Sports low-mass hammer and competition sear, flat-faced trigger shoe, precision-machined cylinder and slide disconnector and hand-tuned sear spring.
Springfield Armory EMP Contour Carry While the EMP Contour Carry isn’t new, different color combinations are for 2019. Available in OD Green and FDE, Tactical Gray and the FDE shown, the same elements of the original that make it such a great concealed-carry pistol are all still present.