Maximus Arms 1911 Gladiator

Maximus Arms Gladiator

Maximus Arms is now selling a new 1911-style pistol that claims to have more than 80 different dimensional changes from Browning’s original design.  The gun is made from 17-4PH stainless steel.  According to Maximus, the Gladiator is the only pistol made with 17-4PH steel.

Maximus Arms Gladiator

“The Gladiator is the culmination of more than 40 years of using 1911s, both in the service and as gunsmiths,” said Steve White, Maximus Arms partner and chief operating officer. “We have worked hard to refine every aspect of the gun to ensure it meets our exacting standards, which is why each gun is hand-assembled and tested before it is shipped. You don’t know just how comfortable a 1911 can feel in your hand until you’ve held and fired our Gladiator.”

Maximus Arms Gladiator

Some of the standard features:

Maximus Arms Gladiator

MSRP is $1776.  For details on all of the features of the Gladiator, visit the company site here.

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  • Andrew Tuohy

    I hate giant billboard-style manufacturer names on 1911 slides.

    • Giolli Joker

      I might agree… but that’s the model name. 🙂
      Manufacturer’s logo is nice indeed…

    • KC

      At least it’s not a string of text and patent numbers (Colt’s original), common sense warnings (S&W) or the hideously large and in your face Desert Eagle 1911G

      • GuestGuy

        You can at Les Baer!

  • floppyscience

    When I see “more than 80 different dimensional changes” I think “expensive proprietary 1911”. No thanks.

    I also agree with Andrew, huge billboard stampins are a huge turn off. I’ve always liked the single logo stamped behind the slide serrations some manufacturers do. I don’t need the gun’s name in 1/2″ font right in the middle of the slide to remember what it’s called.

  • sianmink


    *sprays water all over desk


    • gunslinger

      the irony?

    • Vhyrus

      Like this?

  • bbmg

    It comes to something when “We’ve slightly tweaked the dimensions of a design that is older than your great grandfather” is a selling point.

    The all-stainless construction on the other hand, nice.

  • Lolinski

    Would like one without the Billboard ad and using doublestack magazines.

  • big daddy

    I thought a Gladheateher was a muff diver not a gun.

  • I see a lot of hype for what is basically a Caspian frame and slide kit build.

    • Andrew R

      I was thinking that same thing.

  • john huscio

    Another near-unaffordable 1911, gee, thanks….

  • Steve

    The second I see “ghost ring” on a pistol (or any other application where the sight isn’t right in front of the eye, like an AK-pattern rifle), I yawn and move along.

  • Lance

    Looks awesome except the stainless finish. Little expensive but a cool 1911 though.

  • Clint Notestine

    I love it when I see something is the only one of its kind made with that steel…. could there be a reason for that?

    • Aurek Besh

      In most cases, engineers will select a material with the lowest cost and easiest workability that meets the intended application. 17-4 Stainless is more expensive and more difficult to machine than commonly used carbon steel, which significantly raises the cost of the end product.

      • I’ve run the numbers for what it would cost to buy the individual parts
        and options retail from Caspian and Brownells. I don’t think you could
        build it as an individual for much less. This is why I strongly suspect the manufacturer’s claims are hype. It should cost far more if it was actually made from 17-4 and not 416.

  • Mystick

    I just do not see any reason for a 1911 to be this arbitrarily expensive… maybe not even a super-match. You can get 4 good AR uppers for this price… or 8 good lowers.

  • Vhyrus

    “We have worked hard to refine every aspect of the gun to ensure it meets our exacting standards,..”

    Translation: We did a bunch of drop in mods to a Wilson Combat knockoff and are charging a car’s worth of money.

    Show me an ambi slide release or mag release before you start shouting ‘neva been done befoh!’

  • tb

    Think I’ll wait 102 years.

  • Ian Goodman

    40 years of working with 1911’s and they put an ADJUSTABLE ghost ring sight onto the gun? Um…Bubba much?