A Matchless 10

Nighthawk Custom’s 1911 10mm Longslide.

Nighthawk Custom is a relatively new company when it comes to the production of 1911s. New they may be but they are certainly not lacking in experience and when it comes to quality and precision they are right up there with the best of them. Experience is not only provided by a staff of 45 but also by being connected with such respected names when it comes to 1911s as Richard Heinie and Bob Marvel. Both of these men provide training for the gunsmiths at Nighthawk. Heinie not only designed the Nighthawk Longslide which is the subject of these words but also has many of his pistols built by Nighthawk under his guidance. When he first saw the results of the craftsmanship built into 1911s by Nighthawk he approached them to build 1911s for him. That speaks highly of the quality of Nighthawk Custom semi-automatics.

The first thing I do with most test guns is call my friend Denis to come and look at it. Denis is a retired engineer with a critical eye and a machine shop set up in his garage. He has built such things for me as a custom crimping die for the Smith & Wesson .44 American cartridge which uses a heeled bullet; a super heavy duty, fully adjustable pistol rest; a hanging gong for long-range handgun shooting; and even a barrel vise which fits into the trailer hitch of my Chevy 4×4 and allows us to adjust windage on single-action sixgun barrels in the field. Everything he builds is more than just function as he is also an artist when it comes to forming metal and everything from his hobby shop is basically a work of art. I trust his critical eye and judgment highly. He always wants to know how everything works and normally takes down semi-automatic pistols which come into my hands so he can see firsthand just what they consist of. When he stripped the Heinie Longslide he exclaimed: “Oh my! This is nice!”
John Taffin

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