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This Just In - Nighthawk Custom Enforcer Recon

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by awpk03s, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. awpk03s

    awpk03s

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    I very recently took delivery of the Nighthawk build I ordered back in May. The pistol itself is an Enforcer Recon model, some of the details of which I will list below:

    - Gov't Size
    - Caspian Frame with integrated magwell and plunger tube
    - Caspian forged slide with no FCS and no logo/markings
    - Diamond Black IonBond finish
    - Slide top is serrated
    - Slide rear is serrated
    - Ball Cuts on slide (perfectly matched to the frame)
    - Heinie Straight Eight Slant Pro Night Sights
    - Front sight has white outline, rear is serrated
    - Flush cut and recessed slide stop pin
    - Extended shelf style slide stop
    - Lanyard loop in MSH
    - Checkered front strap and MSH
    - 5" match barrel
    - GI recoil plug and thick bushing
    - Flush cut and crowned barrel
    - Ambi Safety (hammer pin variety)
    - VZ Alien grips
    - Rail forged into frame

    At first impression I am very impressed with this pistol. It is very tightly fit and assembled, and the fit and finish seems to be top notch. The trigger is excellent, although not quite as nice as my Heinie Tactical Carry pistol. The slide rides the frame like it's on ball bearings. The safety snicks on and off with a very tight and positive interaction and no loose play or separation.

    I am extremely pleased initially with the Diamond Black IonBond finish. It has a dull matte appearance, but is completely uniform across the pistol and I have every reason to believe it will be as durable as I've heard.

    I mounted my Surefire X300 light on the rail and it fits nice and tight like a glove. I have a couple of holsters to compliment this model, one being a C5 Leather Montana XLT IWB holster, and the other a Tucker Gunleather Silent Thunder OWB (w/light) holster. Both fit perfect.

    I have not yet been able to shoot it yet, but hope to put it through the paces soon and report back. In the past two weeks, I picked up this pistol, got married, and went to St. Lucia for a week, so coming back to reality now this long holiday weekend - I still have to make it out to shoot soon.

    As for my experience with Nighthawk, I would rate it as positive overall, but there were some things I'd say could have been better. I was pleased to take advantage of a 10% discount offered by Nighthawk for my status as a volunteer firefighter. At the time I placed the order I was quoted a 14 week lead time, which I thought was pretty reasonable. However, it was actually more like 25 weeks when it was actually complete and delivered. I had to call/email and ask for the status to learn of each of the delays, which I feel like should have been communicated to me on their initiative. One delay was explained to me that they were waiting for the Caspian slide which was a custom order being no FCS and no logo. I understand lead times of manufacturing and industry, especially for special orders, but if they'd ordered the slide and frame when I ordered the pistol, I can't believe this would have been a delaying factor. It took several phone calls for me to emphasize that I HAD to pick this up before my wedding and honeymoon. For the last couple weeks I didn't think it was going to happen, but they pulled through for me and got it in as promised.
    The only other detail I feel could have been better handled is the grips, at the time of the order I said I wanted VZ Alien grips, in "Black Desert Sand" color, which is one that NHC doesn't stock. When they had the pistol ready to ship, they said they had it ready to go, and asked if I wanted "Black" Aliens or Black Golfball grips. Rather than add another delay into the mix, I took it with black golfball grips, and then upon receipt changed them to VZ Aliens I had at home in "Tiger Stripe" color.

    This is my second Nighthawk pistol (the other being a Heinie Tactical Carry pistol) and I would be comfortable ordering/buying another.

    Enough writing - here are some pictures.

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  2. awpk03s

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    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Congrats! Very nice looking gun. Glad to see some Nighthawk pistols again.
     
  5. GJ1981

    GJ1981 Pitying Fools

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    More railed 1911's :faint: :supergrin:


    Looks great.

    If your specs took that long I'm afraid of how long it will be for my Enforcer :crying:
     
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    That would make the perfect bedside/nightstand gun. Very nice, what type of kydex holster is that? Do you have a link to the maker?
     
  7. awpk03s

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    Yep, while I do share the sentiments that a rail makes the 1911 cosmetically unappealing compared to a non-railed 1911, I wanted one dedicated for home defense and practical utility. This one compliments my other NHC which is dedicated to carry.

    As for the wait... I don't think any of the pistols offered by the top semi-custom builders (Nighthawk, Wilson, Brown, Baer) should come with a 6 month wait. I definitely hope yours comes sooner than mine did.
     
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    It's a Tucker Gunleather model, here's a link to their leather-lined kydex holsters, however I do not see the model I have listed anymore that accommodates a mounted light.

    http://rlcompanyusa.stores.yahoo.net/tacticalkydex.html
     
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    GJ1981 Pitying Fools

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    I agree, I was quoted 16 weeks and I'm already on week 12. I'm close to a year from SA, but their waits are typically long. Time sure does fly.


    How do you compare the magwell on your Enforcer to the Heinie style?
     
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    Very nice.

    Congrats! :cool:

    The Enforcer is my favorite Nighthawk.
     
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    That is a great looking pistol.
     
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    you need to send that gun to me along with 1,000 rounds of ammo so i can do an unbiased review on it...
     
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    :rofl:
     
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    Congrats!! I know a lot of people are not that fond of rails here, but for a working 1911 i think there vital. I am planning on doing a NH build soon as well, and it will look very similar to yours in a lot of respects. Im doing a Predator in Diamond Black, Rail, FCS!!!!, magwell, and some other small details. It is going to get set up to be more of a fighting styled 1911. I feel the options im looking at are really important to achieve that goal
     
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    You'll like the Predator. :)
     
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    That is stunning. Congrats on a great pistola!
     
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    Congrats. It looks great.
     
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    You got your NHC relatively quick I think my T3 comp took close to 9 months and that for just the "stock" model. Great looking NHC!
     
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    While I like both, and can see the functionality therein, I think the Heinie is a better piece than the integrated one on the Enforcer. I will try to grab some side by side comparison pics of both pistols soon.
     
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    That sounds like a really nice pistol.
    So far I really can't say enough good things about the Diamond Black IonBond - if there was anything I'd change on my Heinie pistol it would be that. The hard chrome is wearing significantly more and faster with it's carry and use than I would have expected.