Nighthawk 1911 & The TI-Rant

Shooting quietly and for a good reason

Nighthawk 1911 pistols need no introduction from me, as the Nighthawk are considered by many to be an industry standard and they are known for being well built, stout and functional handguns.

The Nighthawk/Advanced Armament Company fusion of products combining the AAC Ti-Rant suppressor and Nighthawk 1911 pistol typifies both companies high-quality products. This quiet system is built on a full 5″ pistol, as it should be for a pistol designed for such a serious application. The 1911 wears fixed Heinie Slant-Pro sights, which are “taller” than normal to allow for the sights to be acquired and used effectively over the top of the can when it is in place on the pistol. Without the suppressor in place, the only visual oddity of the pistol is the slightly extended threaded barrel that projects a nominal 3/4″ beyond the barrel bushing. This slight addition to the barrel allows for the AAC suppressor to be screwed onto the barrel. If the suppressor is not in place, a knurled thread protector is provided for standard firing applications.

For best results across the board the pistol uses slightly different recoil springs, although it will fire and function with either spring weight for emergency uses. Best-case scenario the pistol uses a 15-pound spring with the suppressor and a 17-pound spring without the can in place. Subtle but effective details for the 1911, for both operation and esthetics, are a thinned frame and mainspring area with milled ball cuts on the slide that replace the bland serrations often seen on the top half of these types of pistols.

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