When it comes to custom handguns, you have two options: get the best or settle for less. Today, we’re proud to showcase a Nighthawk Custom 1911—the Kestrel. If you’ve never heard of this variant of the storied pistol, then we encourage you to discover what sets this one apart from the rest.
“One Gun. One Gunsmith.”
To gain an appreciation for the Kestrel, it’s important to learn about the manufacturer behind it. Nighthawk Customs is an Arkansas-based manufacturer that specializes in the 1911. Their motto is “One Gun. One Gunsmith.” This translates into an ethos that is applied at every step of the production process. They manufacture all pistols from forged and carefully machined parts that are hand fit by a master gunsmith. The result is a rugged and reliable piece—and a work of art.
Kestrel Key Features
The Kestrel is a Nighthawk Custom 1911 that is well-known for its ergonomics and stunning aesthetics. It is a commander-style model with a forged aluminum frame, making it lighter and more maneuverable than production 1911s on the market. Add in a checkered front strap, flat mainspring housing, thin grips, and a black nitride finish, and you have one eye-catching pistol.
Of course, the Kestrel is built to perform just as well as it looks. Key features of this pistol include:
- Match Grade Barrel
- Reduced Overall Frame Circumference
- Scalloped Front Strap and Mainspring Housing
- Beveled Magazine Well
- Heinie Slant Pro Straight Eight Night Sights
- Hand-Serrated Slide
- Extended Magazine Release
- Shortened Slide Stop and Beveled Frame
- Crowned Barrel Flush with Bushing
- Customized Aluminum Lightweight Tri-Cavity Trigger
- Checkered Recoil Spring Plug
- Completely Dehorned for Comfortable Carry
- Ultra Hi-Cut Front Strap
In addition, all Nighthawk Custom 1911s include a transferrable lifetime warranty. The manufacturer covers everything except normal wear and tear. They will also pay for shipping to and from the service center.
If you’re interested in adding a Kestrel to your collection, we may have an active listing for it right now. As always, continue to follow our blog for featured, custom firearms.