Republic Forge Introduces New 1911: The Republic

If you like high-dollar 1911s, and want to show some Texas pride, there’s a new handgun for you. From the press release:

Perryton, TX- Many firearms companies claim that their products are 100% American made; with Republic Forge, this claim is authentic. Republic Forge, a true American firearms company, is setting new industry standards with their flagship 1911, the Republic.

The Republic features a match-grade 5″ barrel, 25 LPI checkering on the front strap, a wide array of custom cerakote options and color coordinated VZ or various Ivory grip options. Offered in .45 ACP, 10mm, .40 S&W, .38 Super, and 9mm calibers, the Republic has a retail price starting at $2,795.

Born and bred in Texas, this firearm was made for the American people. The Republic is a 1911 that is resilient, authentic, and patriotic; one that you can build all on your own. Now, for the first time in the custom 1911 market, consumers can navigate to Republic Forge’s website and build their very own Republic Forge Pistol. With easy navigation and an unprecedented number of customizable options, the “Build Your Own” application will transform the way you buy your next firearm.

No matter the application, Republic Forge offers a 1911 that even the most discriminating shooter will be proud to own. If you are in the market for building your very own, American-made, 1911 that blends old world craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology, the Republic model might be the next pistol for you.

• Weight with unloaded magazine: 38 ounces

• Height: 5.5″/Length: 8.5″

• Magazine capacity: 7 or 8

• Recoil springs: 16lbs

• Single stack Government

• Finishes available: multitude of Cerakote options

• 5″ barrel length

• 1-16′ Twist Rate

• Trijicon Night Sights

• Tri-Cavity Trigger

• Grips: Array VZ Grips, Mammoth Ivory and Tooth Ivory, Elephant Ivory.

Most interesting is that last line: A 1911 with mammoth ivory grips would be a conversation piece for sure. Elephant ivory is subject to considerable regulation (which I am not qualified to explain), including certifying what ivory has been legally acquired and what hasn’t. In this case, the ivory grips probably come with more legal baggage than the gun itself!

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at


  • Seems a bit steep for a Caspian slide/frame kit build.

    • raz-0

      It’s not really out of line if it is all handled by one person who knows what they are doing. I did a 2011 box of parts build and the labor came out to about $1000 for the build and surface prep for finishing it. I also did a DIY 1911 kit gun. If you took the parts cost of that and added the labor cost of the 2011, you wind up around $2200. Their price for something nearly identical is $2700. If it is well built, that’s a bunch cheaper than other guns that get one on one tlc form start to finish. Getting similar parts (smith provided) put together by smiths I know are good costs a bit more than that right now.

      Fairness of price all depends on the skill of their labor and how long the wait is to get it.

  • andrey kireev

    Not trying to sound cheapass, but I’m still trying to figure out what this gun offers over more cheaper 1911s in terms of performance ? Or is it just a luxury/ glam showpiece ? $2700 seems rather steep for a handgun, even a custom one…

    • echelon

      It’s just like owning a Ferrari. It doesn’t do anything a Corvette doesn’t do at 1/3 the price, it just looks exotic and is of a limited production run making it rare.

      I personally don’t buy wallhangers when it comes to guns, but alas to each their own!

      • FourString

        I’ll take the Corvette C7 or GT-R R35 first, but then again I’m not a flamboyant mainland Chinese customer

    • Grindstone50k

      Bragging rights.

      • andrey kireev

        Well, some of my guns become for show, when I run out of particular caliber of ammunition….Like my Tokarev, when all the surplus dried up…
        I since buy guns that use common / easy to find ammo….

        • Grindstone50k

          Yeah, but you also didn’t drop a down payment for a house on the Tok.

          • itsmefool

            Where’s that house? I’d like to invest…or maybe not, now that I think about it!

  • Don Ward

    Make mine 38 Super!

    Also, Mammoth ivory is a classy way to accessorize your firearm. Far better aesthetically than slathering it with gold plate as seen in rap videos or brandished by our favorite dictators.

  • FourString

    My eyes glazed over the “$2,795” bit, then I must admit I stopped reading

    Then again, I tend to configure Subaru WRX’s / FR-S’s instead of godless Ferraris

  • Grindstone50k

    Would this be the same kind of mammoth ivory the Inupiaq people dig up like on Life Below Zero?

  • Don’t Drone Me Bro

    After seeing these at the Texas Gunfest (along with Cabot), aside from the grips, I don’t see what this offers over a Wilson or Ed Brown. It’s made in Texas, so what? So are STI double stack raceguns. The finish didn’t even seem all the special, just another matte blue/bake-on coating.

  • It’s actually not as large as it looks. In person it’s a reasonable size.