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First Shots: Nighthawk TRS Comp Pistol

Today we're getting our first look at a brand-new 1911-style pistol from Nighthawk Custom Firearms, the TRS Comp. The TRS (which stands for Tactical Ready Series) is a brand-new collection from Nighthawk that utilizes a double-stack, aluminum frame. 

One of the shortcomings a lot of people mention about the traditional 1911 is capacity. Using a single-stack magazine limits on-board ammunition more than double-stack, polymer pistols popular today. We've seen companies like STI and others come out with double-stack 2011 models, and Nighthawk has actually had a double-stack upgrade available for a couple years. The TRS series is the first of Nighthawk's offerings to feature a dedicated, double-stack design rather than an option on an existing single-stack frame.

So, the TRS Comp is an interesting design. It pairs the compensator that came out with the Firehawk pistol and the same operation with a double-stack frame. The grip is aluminum, while the slide and compensator are steel. A gold-bead front sight and a Heinie ledge-style rear sight complete the top of the slide, while an interesting texture in the form of small circles or divots covers the grip. What's really interesting is the width - the grip width really doesn't feel all that different from a traditional 1911.

Of course, you're going to get all the Nighthawk features you've come to expect in the excellent trigger and superlative fit, finish and function. The 17-round magazines are STI design, proven and tested for reliable operation. It's a great pairing that completes a really beautiful gun, and we can't wait to see more pistols in the TRS series line from Nighthawk Customs. 

For more information about the TRS Comp and other pistols in the new TRS line, visit Nighthawk Customs. And, of course, stay tuned to Shooting Illustrated for more First Shot videos on new firearms.

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