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GUNCRAFTER 50GI MODEL 1 1911 PISTOL
we set out to design the M1, we started with a totally
clean slate. We didn’t set a selling price and
then try to decide on parts and features that would
meet that price, instead, we carefully selected each
and every part and feature to best meet our criteria
for a superior defensive pistol. We could have completely
changed the look of the M1 but we wanted to keep the
classic Colt 1911 lines as well as the original size
and weight. Sure, we could have made the whole pistol
bigger and the round more powerful but let’s
be honest, a 5" 1911 is the biggest handgun that
most of us will carry on a daily basis and the 50GI
cartridge has the extra power needed to get the job
done while being controllable.
50GI round was designed from the ground up to launch
50 caliber bullets from the Model No.1 pistol. Many
experts agree that heavy bullets in conjunction with
a large cross sectional bullet is crucial for increased
stopping power. It is becoming
more and more evident the importance of a heavier bullet
in relation to stopping power. The 50GI is a low pressure
round that doesn’t give you a big concussion
blast like high pressure rounds such as the 10mm does.
This makes it more tactically sound in a firefight.
The 50GI case was designed with a .45ACP case head
size which allows for a barrel and magazine swap so
either round can be used in the same pistol with only
a barrel and mag swap. This further increases its versatility
and value. We also offer a variety of factory loaded
ammunition and a complete line of reloading components
for the hand loading enthusiast.
defensive pistol should have a simple, clean design
to enhance the
operation without complicating it. The M1 was designed
for hard daily use. We have been in the 1911 industry
for many years and have shot and carried 1911's during
that time. We have learned through experience what
works, what doesn’t and “why.” Every
feature on the M1 exists for a reason; to make the
pistol as user friendly and durable as possible. That
is why we completely redesigned the magazine in order
to have the best possible 1911 inside and out. Even
the cosmetics reflect the no-nonsense seriousness of
the M1, and Professional shooters everywhere can appreciate
that. We spend a great deal of time on important aspects
of the pistol such as reliability and precision fitting
of all the components. We don’t need gimmicks
on the M1. Options on the M1 are limited to items that
can enhance the pistol for specialized needs. We will
not make any modifications that would be detrimental
to the operation or reliability of the pistol.
M1 is an extremely versatile pistol that is capable
of many roles, whether
personal self-defense or offensive Police or Military
operations. It also has potential as a hunting round
and as a backup/protection pistol while hunting or
hiking. The M1's versatility is one of its strongest
attributes, and it fills the gap between a medium power
.45ACP and large hand cannons.
M1 is a true custom quality pistol that you can feel
to ask yourself why you carry a handgun. If today was “THE” day,
wouldn’t you want the best tool for the job?
We do, which is after all the true mission of the M1.
Fully Machined Forged Frame and Slide
All M1's are hand built starting with the finest of top quality components
1911 Size and Weight
Fits in standard holsters and will accept many standard 1911 aftermarket parts.
Match Grade 5" Barrel
Made of Stainless steel for corrosion resistance and oversized for precise
fitting of critical areas with precision rifling for accuracy. Thick walls
increase rigidity and strength and help to reduce recoil. It does not use a
barrel bushing which also eliminates a possible weak point.
Length Guide Rod
We know the use of guide rods is controversial in some circles, but
the only half way legitimate argument against them is field stripping,
be honest, in day to day carry that’s just not an issue, most conflicts
are over in seconds. On the plus side it keeps the recoil spring straight which
makes for smoother operation and increased spring life. With a reverse plug
system as with the M1, field stripping only requires a paper clip or small
Housing w/Integral Lanyard Loop Attachment and 20lpi Checkering
Allows for a positive grip and the attachment of a weapon retention device
to prevent loss during tactical operations and is unobtrusive when not in use.
Carry Checkering on Frontstrap
Provides a secure grip on the middle portion of the frontstrap, while leaving
the sides smooth to prevent snagging on clothing during concealed carry.
Fully checkered for a sure grip and hard anodized coating adds durability that
could last the lifetime of the pistol unlike wood grips. It also gives increased
hand protection in the event of an accidental double charged round. Hand loaders
can appreciate this feature.
M1 magazines are made of heat treated stainless steel and are of heavier gage
steel than standard 1911 mags for increased strength and rigidity. The magazines
are positioned higher in the frame to increase reliability and give smoother
feeding. The self lubricating polymer follower has a steel insert at the slide
stop contact point for longer life. Our magazines are slightly longer in order
to make room for an extra power chrome silicon spring for increased life and
reliability. The base pads are machined from aluminum for light weight and
durability and are designed so they can be grasped in the event that it sticks
due to dirt or sand. They are available in 7rd.-50GI and 8rd.-45ACP capacity.
Machined Hammer and Sear
Properly heat treated S7 Tool steel matched set ensures reliability and consistency.
The M1 uses a lightweight aluminum trigger to reduce trigger bounce and has
an overtravel adjustment screw which is secured with removable Loc-Tite to
prevent loosening. Trigger pull weight is set at 4.5-5# for duty/carry use.
Style Machined Extractor
External extractors are all the rage now and there was nothing to stop us from
using one, but we chose to stay with a traditional style even though it is
more costly and time consuming to fit. It is far less affected by dirt and
sand by design and is every bit as strong if it is of high quality and properly
fit. Poor quality and fitting is the major cause of extractor failure.
Barrel and feed ramp are properly contoured and highly polished for smooth
feeding. The fully machined match grade extractor is properly tuned for reliable
case extraction. An extended machined ejector is installed for positive ejection.
Ejection port is fully lowered and flared. Top quality extra power Wolff springs
are used throughout the pistol to ensure long life and positive, reliable operation.
GI magazines are engineered for smoother feeding and extra power chrome silicon
springs give long service life.
Products Tactical Thumb Safety
Narrow tactical width gives sufficient contact surface, while keeping the profile
to a minimum for concealed carry. M1 comes standard with strong side only safety
for maximum simplicity.
Sweep Grip Safety
Allows as high a grip as possible on the pistol to aid in recoil control and
the raised pad disengages the safety mechanism quicker when using a higher
Full machined from barstock to close tolerances and properly heat treated for
Slant Pro Tritium Sights
Superior quality fixed sights with tritium inserts for low light
shooting environments, straight “8"
style dots are fast and easy to use under stress.
Entry edges of well are beveled for smooth and quick mag changes.
All exterior edges have been beveled for smooth feel and snag free carry. Some
internal edges are also beveled for more reliable and consistent operation.
Finish Model No.1
comes standard with 2 magazines and a Black Cordura case.
Mil-Spec parkerized finish offers corrosion protection while keeping the surface