ATI FX 45 Enhanced Thunderbolt 1911

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While looking over ATI’s new offerings I came upon the new FX45 Thunderbolt Enhanced. This is one 1911 that doesn’t lack a good number of included options.

This model is an upgrade to the stainless steel FX45. They gave this one a matte blue finish with adjustable sights, ambidextrous thumb safety, rail for any light or laser the user wishes to use. ATI also added a magwell, which is well done and fits very nicely with the grip.Lateral cuts are also made on the front of the grip frame.

As with the previous model the Enhanced has a ported barrel with five ports per side. These ports are well executed and uniform in appearance and size. The trigger has a flat face that is smooth and a bit wider than the trigger body. Of course the trigger is fully adjustable.

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One new addition that immediately catches your eye are the new grip panels. These grips are made by Timber Smith and developed through Tapco. Now we’ve all seen grips with large skulls carved into them but these are a bit classier with small skulls carved into the grips. There are also finely detailed background images around the skulls.The grips also help the shooters grip by adding three strips of a material not unlike a fine grit skateboard tape. These grips come in Rosewood and black. MSRP is $ 869.95. Of course your dealer price will be less.

This just a nicely done 1911.

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Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the senior writer and moderator at TFB as well as the review manager. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • JT

    Looks like the pistol grip has checkered metal, that would tear up your hands probably after long of shooting. Guess it was made of use with gloves?

    • JT

      Other than that the scales it looks amazing.

      • JT

        Other than that, the scales and the rest look amazing* -_-

  • Matt

    I suppose it depends on the user. If you work with your hands for a living, no problem. If you sit at a desk and moisturize after every meeting, then maybe yes.

  • floppyscience

    I really liked the look of that grip until I realized the pattern was human remains. Sad.

    • AT777T

      Given that one of the main purposes of a weapon is to either protect the user from death or to kill, it seems appropriate.

      • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

        Actually the detaiing is rather small outside of the small skull. The grips do give you some griping power with those three strips built into them.

        • floppyscience

          I see plenty of skulls, various bones and a few ribcages. It’s not a subtle pattern.

          • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

            Well they aren’t for everyone I guess but the market has been full of grips a lot more graphic with huge patterns.

  • Will Harkness

    what holsters fit this make and model?