Auto Ordnance 1911BKO


Auto Ordnance will sell a new GI-type 1911 in 2015. The 1911BKO is a “no frills” pistol with styling similar to the US service pistols. The guns have a carbon steel slide with a matte black finish. The sights are low profile and the grips are plastic.

The guns have a 5″ barrel and weigh in at 39 ounces (unloaded.) A single 7-round magazine will ship with these made in the USA handguns.

Probably one of the more attractive features about the 1911BKO is its price: $571 MSRP. Though it doesn’t have some of features of more expensive 1911-style pistols, the price will make it attractive to a lot of people.

From Auto Ordnance:

Auto Ordnance® Introduces the Budget Priced 1911BKO

POMONA, NY – USA based, Kahr Firearms Group is proud to announce the introduction of the Auto Ordnance 1911BKO. The 1911BKO is only the second 1911 pistol to be introduced over the past year, following in the footsteps of the successful 1911TC model in stainless steel just last year.

The Auto Ordnance 1911BKO frame incorporates GI specs and features a matte black finish frame, barrel and slide. The carbon steel slide, sear and disconnector are machined from solid bar stock and heat treated properly to assure durability and long life over many thousands of rounds. The low-profile sights feature a blade front sight and a rear drift adjustable for windage. The grip is brown checkered plastic.

This .45 ACP has a 5” barrel, length is 8.5” overall and weighs just 39 oz. The 1911BKO is 100% made in the USA and ships with one 7-round magazine. The BKO has a thumb safety, grip safety and firing pin block.

MSRP on the Auto Ordnance 1911BKO is just $571.00. For more information on the complete line of Auto Ordnance products, please visit

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  • Yojimbo556

    I already have a plenty of frills 1911, now i just want a basic one. Old school cool factor.

  • greasyjohn

    I just want one in .38 Super.

  • MacK

    So $525ish street price and then another $700 in gunsmithing work to get it to run right? 😉

    • Beju

      Pfft, only of you want to use those new-fangled ‘hollow-points.’

    • Ben

      I think that a lot of the problems with the 1911 occur when shops try to make them to tolerances that are too tight. I wouldn’t be surprised if this inexpensive, budget 1911 turns out to be wonderfully reliable.

      Remember, the original pistol passed the US Army examination (5000 rounds I believe) with no failures. These are pistols that thousands of men took to war with them. Perhaps we need to rethink the whole “tight tolerances = quality” paradigm that permeates our community.

  • Rich Guy

    I want to see the other side…

    It better not have a lowered ejection port…

    • Bill Brandon

      Nope! It doesn’t! I just looked on the Auto Ord site.

      • Pete Sheppard

        Drool…I bought one of AO’s ‘GI’ pistols right after Kahr took over, but it has angled serrations and lowered ejection port. The pistol also came with a long trigger and ‘teardrop’ safety; both of which I changed out for the more accurate parts. It’s picky of me, but like you, I would like the details to match the M1911A1, too.

        • Bill Brandon

          I can be a nitpicky purist in some regards and a CORRECT 1911A1 is one of nits to pick!

          • Pete Sheppard

            Agree! I keep thinking about finding a ‘correct’ slide to go on my AO.

  • Mystick

    Finally, a modern-production 1911 without a billboard on the slide at a reasonable price. That’s not a whole lot more than I paid for my AMT 20 years ago. Much less, counting inflation.

    I just hope it’s has a decent production quality.

  • Ken

    Why can’t they ever get the finish to look like a USGI one? They can use DuLite bluing, brushed blue, or lighter colored parkerizing.

  • Marty Ewer

    I think it looks great.

  • gunsandrockets

    M1911a1 > M1911