BCM Gunfighter 1911

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Bravo Company USA recently debuted their new Gunfighter 1911, a collaboration between BCM’s Gunfighter instructors and the 1911 makers Wilson Combat. They retail at a hefty $3290, currently you can reserve one and they’ll be shipped out as they’re completed. These 1911s have the 70 series safety however, so no sales to CA, MD or MA unfortunately. Check it out in action below in the video from Larry Vickers. Check out Bravocompanyusa.com for more info.

– X-TAC Pattern Frontstrap
– High-Ride Bullet Proof® Beavertail Grip Safety
– Bullet Proof® Thumb Safety
– 3 ½# – 3 ¾# Crisp Trigger Pull
– Tactical Light-Rail for Weapon Light
– Bullet-Proof® One Piece X-TAC Magwell
– G10 X-TAC Grips
– 5″ Carbon Steel Slide
– Battlesight with Tritium Front Sight
– 5″ Stainless Match Grade Barrel & Bushing, Hand Fit

The enhanced grip pattern of Wilson Combat’s X-TAC 1911 has become the standard with hard users who run the 1911 platform in extreme service environments. You can now get this unmatched grip security and styling in a special X-TAC model exclusive to Bravo Company MFG-The BCMGUNFIGHTER 1911. This outstanding tactical package retains the core features of the X-TAC and adds a tactical light rail and other select performance options that BCM’s experts demanded like the Bullet Proof® One Piece Magwell, solid medium trigger and tritium front sight. Wilson’s renowned Armor-Tuff finish was chosen to offer a non-reflective and corrosion resistant finish that can stand up to the most severe global environments. In tandem with the BCMGUNFIGHTER/VZ G-10 grips, the frame’s X-tread pattern locks securely into the firing hand and reduces muzzle flip without snagging on clothes or cover garments.

“Wilson Combat has a legendary history in manufacturing fighting 1911s, and serious hard-use guns are what BCM is all about. We are very excited to collaborate with Wilson on a special gun, built to our specifications with carefully chosen and battle ready options. BCM builds weapon systems that are manufactured to meet the unforgiving needs of law enforcement, military, security and peace keeping professionals in some of the most high stress environments and situations in the world. Forged from a gunfighter’s no-nonsense mindset, we believe the BCMGUNFIGHTER 1911 carries on this tradition in a fighting handgun.” – Paul Buffoni, President, Bravo Company MFG

*This special model is available in limited quantities exclusively from Bravo Company.*

*This is a 70 series safety. No sales to CA, MD or MA are permitted under law, no exceptions*



Ray I.

Long time gun enthusiast, archery noob, Mazda fan, Sci-Fi nerd, Whiskey drinker, online marketer and blogger. My daily firearms musings can be found over at my gun blog ArmoryBlog.com and Instagram.

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  • jeff k

    3290? come on . this is getting out of hand when you can buy an original 1911 from 1911 for less. yes its a beautiful gun but damn . i know it didnt cost 3 grand to produce

    • Zachary marrs

      I take it you haven’t priced ww1 era 1911’s recently

      • iksnilol

        Why buy WW1 era 1911s? Aren’t WW2 1911s way cheaper?

        • Zachary marrs

          Some people may want a ww1 1911 due to history

          1911 isnt the same as the 1911a1

          • iksnilol

            Uh, stupid question: What do Kongsberg Colts count as? I mean, I found one in well worn condition that was made in 1927. Seller only wanted 4k NOK (which is 530 USD) for it.

          • Zachary marrs

            I honestly don’t know, i know just enough about 1911’s to be dangerous

    • Herr Wolf

      each gun is lovingly handcrafted by angels

    • brian

      I have a1911, paid about 350 for it also also worked on them in the navy , it’s a work horse of a gun , If you are in the dark a 3000.00 gun isn’t gonna hit your target any better, and for resale no one is going no one is going to touch it

  • guest

    wohoo over 3000 bucks for an archaic single-stack gun in a “tacticool” version.
    All specops worldwide approve, as featured on “operator hotline”.

    • Curious_G

      archaic? because it was designed a long time ago?

      • guest

        Yep, that’s the meaning of the word “archaic”.
        Like for example if I would buy myself a sabre – that would be pretty archaic. I look at 1911 owners the same way I look at fantasy-obsessed nerds that buy swords and medieval armor. From one point of view – their money, their time. From another – what retards.

        • Yallan

          Yeah but those that buy steel single stack 1911’s actually think it’s a good defensive weapon to use in real life, not so the sword and armor nerds.

          • raz-0

            If you met more sword and armor nerds, you wouldn’t say that.

        • john huscio

          The counterargument being how many times will you be attacked by small armies of criminals/gangs in your lifetime? You know, when the 15+1 in your block 19 actually counts for something? Just playing devil’s advocate….

          • guest

            Ok, fine, let’s look at it from a sporting perspective: this gun vs any double stack guns, say a CZ Shadow. Which will win?
            The debate is pointless, as 1911s only have sentimental value, and have absolutely no practical advantages to offer.

          • guest

            I’m going improve on my argument: from a military standpoint (assuming none of us here are dealing with “small armies” and “crimonals/gangs”) this gun has even less value. For S/D you can get a more compact gun, even in same calibre, that weighs less. In a more fitting calibre an even smaller gun with even more capacity. For a full size *military* gun I’d personally go for something this gun can never match: a full size double stack gun with +p+ rounds in either 9mm or 357 sig that can defeat lvl III or IIIA vests. No matter how you twist and turn the 1911 platform it’s outdated.
            And if you with to ignore this, at least agree that 3000+ bucks for a handgun is… well… not very practical, since you can get a MSR with high-end optics + some extra gear for the same price. But by all means if you have the money and the interest….

          • Grandpa’s Gun

            The counterargument to your counterargument is how likely are you to hit a moving target that does not want to be shot and is trying to kill you and/or your family? You know, when the 7+1 in grandpa’s gun actually becomes useless when you run out of ammo. You better hope you can change a magazine really quickly. That’s assuming you carry a spare magazine, which most people do not.

          • john huscio

            If your in a situation like that (about as likely as a Russian invasion of the lower 48) then you have more to worry about than how many rounds are in the gun……if you can’t hit a moving target with 9 rds of 45, who says you’ll be able to do it with 15 rds of 9mm? What it comes down to is training/practice.

        • Uniform223

          One word… nostalgia

          • guest

            Now that I can not say something against… except that “nostalgia” means a longing for something on had/experienced/used, and unless you are a 70-90 year old WW2/Korea veteran I am willing to bet the words you are looking for are “sentimental value” or “specific interest in vintage/custom firearms”.

        • Curious_G

          By definition whatever pistol you think is better is likely also archaic. Other than the inclusion of polymer, no one has a new gun design.

          • Core

            Most of the new designs have reverted back to the old blowback operating system which is very old concept yet highly reliable. The newer sub guns are blowback, inertia etc. Being a scientist, I enjoy technology and develop it occasionally. But even rail gun technology is old, yet we haven’t been able to apply it to a portable weapon system yet. My retort to Glock fan boys is in a hundred years will your Glock be used in combat? The 1911 designed, tested, and fielded for combat a hundred years ago. It was thrown into so many wars and conflicts and has been revised and evolved and is currently being fielded today. Having NSW weapons training, I know the best operators use SIG and the 1911 . Arguing that a 1911 is flawed is like arguing against 100 years of proven effectiveness and platform evolution.

          • Rod Braden

            I am a team leader on a 3 man tactical PSYOP team we were attached to NSW team 5 (West coast) and team 10 (east coast) Ramadi and Fallujah. Never saw a seal with a 1911 It was all sigs and glocks. My favorite gun is a 1911 but I would not carry it in Iraq or the stan. I would not pay 3000 for a 1911 when I can get a Dan Wesson 1911 for 1300

          • Core

            I’m interested to see what comes out of NSWs use of Glocks. We never used them in my time, always SIG. Marine Corps use 1911. I worked with Polish GROM and they used Glocks, but id never use one for a host of reasons. I have a number of polymer pistols, so far the only one I like is the SA XD. I tested the entire Glock line and didn’t like the grips too blocky. Thus far the only model I haven’t tried are the single stack models. I rework most of my handguns, started customizing my M9. I would take a 1911 and work it over and take it to hell and back. Any gun with cheap parts will fail at the worst possible times, especially 1911. With that said a well built 1911 is utterly reliable and accurate and tough as hell, by a margin well beyond any polymer pistol I have used. Walther and HK make some of the best polymer pistols I have used, but IMHO they don’t hold up to hard use like a steel frame 1911.

          • Rod Braden

            Glocks are ugly as hell but as far as combat guns go they are second to none. They never jam and never break Sigs are in the same class (Except I find sigs to be much more attractive with a better trigger) m9 is great but a little bulky for Tier 1 guys. The 1911 still has its place in combat but is limited to being a offensive weapon system. Most operators like being able to pull and shoot vs pull click down thumb safety and shoot. That being said my carry guns here back home are my Dan Wesson Valor or my Smith and Wesson 681-1. Give me a Glock/Sig for Iraq/Afghanistan back home its revolvers and 1911s. Always had a thing for pretty girls and pretty guns. My wife calls my 1911 and my smith 681 Barbie dolls. I like to dress them up 3 sets of grips for my 681 and 5 for my 1911 LOL

        • Core

          The Marine Corpsand Navy operators are fighting a 1911, M9, and SIG. Do you think they’re retarded? All archaic steel in design, all $1000+ retail.. Do you see a trend? Stop trying to justify purchasing a cheap plastic gun for $600, and then thinking you’re elite, and insulting those of us who carry 1911s. Klinkity clank.

          • guest

            Whoah, hold your horses! I never said cheap ot plastic! There are plenty of *better* browning guns out there, starting with Highpower.
            As far as “cheap plastic” goes well so what… it gets the job done, and weigs less. If some people are so frail that the more felt recoil in a lightweight frame with a half-cocked striker&heavy pull is too much, then these “operators” better stop limp-wristing and get used to heavy triggers and light guns.
            For the same weight (and price!) of a 1911 a gun of either SAME or BETTER calibre can be carried with more mags, ammo, and used with fewer reloads.
            Saying that *somebody* is still using 1911s is a valid reason that trumps any practical/financial aspects is like saying gold iWatch for 18000$ proves that it is better than competition – de facto by the use of the watch by someone. Very, very poor argument.

            And to clarify my use of the word “retarded” I mean it both in a technological and logistical sense.

          • Core

            I was saying if you want to save money don’t go cheap on a defensive or offensive weapon. And I went on to say the military has been using 1911 for 100 years. NSW contracts SIG. Marine Corps use 1911. Both are steel. You look at the M9 in place with most branches, also steel. Insinuating operators can’t handle the recoil of a light pistol, and citing “better calibre?” Are you serious?

        • I don’t own any Medieval armor but I do carry a 1911 most days.
          Also we don’t use that word to use as an insult which is why it’s been deleted.

  • David

    If I paid over 3k for a pistol, its not going to say Bravo Company on the side. Wilson affiliation or not.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    For three large a Delta Force guy better jump out of the barrel when I pull the trigger and cut the balls off of my assailant.
    I think we have reached “Peak 1911” here, folks.

  • Brett

    Well, my pants certainly got tighter.

  • Ethan

    IMO 7+1 is wholly inadequate for a modern combat handgun at that price point. Especially when there are so many options available in the same.

    *dons flame retardant suit*

    • john huscio

      Combat? If I ever expect to see combat I’m taking an ak or an ar…….7+1 is ok for self defense….I’d probably want a couple more in the mag myself….

      • Ethan

        True story – but presumable this is meant as a back up weapon for a combat scenario. (again, presumably)

        • Core

          Dumping mags at bad guys with lots of pistol rounds is never a good thing. Statistics prove well placed shots win gun fights. I’m not sure 8. 45 is bested by 20 9mm.

          • Ethan

            Where did the word dumping come in? Having more ammo doesn’t mean it has to be fired less accurately. 😉

            Ultimately all handguns suck (compared to rifles). Accuracy counts infinitely more than caliber, but its generally agreed that you want multiple holes to increase the chance/speed of incapactiation.

            I think the 9 vs 45 debate boils down to which one you personally can use to get more effective hits faster.

  • Bill

    It’s hard to believe I’ve survived as long as I have carrying essentially COTS guns, and no way would my income and stuff like the need for food allow me to spend that kind of coin on a pistol. But……..and I’m speaking in generalities, you can get furniture at MallWart, or handmade by a custom woodworker, and they’ll both keep said food off the floor. I have a weakness for watches, and my GShock tells the same time as another watch that cost as much as a compact car, but there are intangibles that play into the equation.

    If someone gave it to me I wouldn’t turn it down, or sell it. Worse, I’d even carry, shoot and use it.

  • Mister Thomas

    Let the market decide. It would be interesting to see how much Bravo company spends in the process to make these vs how many 1911’s they will sell. I’d sure that there are some people out there with so much money that they will gladly pay this – if the pistol is indeed worth the cost for what they are getting. Then again, some people would rather buy a Lexus when they could just as easily drive a Toyota.

    • Vitsaus

      I think some people might get them just thinking they will be worth something later. A sort of “BCM exclusive” like how Remington and Winchester made gallery guns for Sears Roebuck that are now worth a great deal to collectors. The “market” as it were probably will not be too kind here as one 3k 1911 tends to get lost in the shuffle of all the other 3k 1911s at the end of the day. Its sort of an irony of it all that you could throw a two Wilsons, two Les Baers, two Ed Browns, two Nighthawks, two Coonan’s etc.. into a bucket, shake it around and chances are a guy with a blindfold would not be able to pick a specific one out. Take the blindfold off and have him shoot it, and they’ll probably largely group the same way.

    • Grindstone50k

      Collectively, we are the market. And this market says “lolno”

      • Curious_G

        No – this website is not the market. The market for Wilson Combat built 1911’s seems fine and you can spend even more than this with them.

        • Grindstone50k

          I never said “this website”. We, as firearms owners, ARE the market. For what they charge, they don’t need to sell much to get a ROI. Have fun with your over-priced 1911.

  • Vitsaus

    Every guy who buys this is going to have the following exchange:
    Person at the range: “What 1911 is that?”
    Guy who bought it: “BCM, but its made by Wilson!”
    Person at the range: “Why didn’t you buy a Wilson then?”
    Guy who bought it: “… because this one says BCM.”

    • ostiariusalpha

      “Yeah, but these go to eleven!”

      • Mike Hunt

        I’m fine with my $470 1911

  • Dan

    Wow, that is all I can really say and by that Im talking of the price.

    • Curious_G

      You can spend more on a 1911 than that right with Willson Combat.

  • jeff k

    is there a problem with my comment tfb? why do you keep deleting it? i did not break any rules infact i am a supporter of the blog and yt channel. thanks for censoring my right to free speech because you didnt like what i had to say . well you just lost a sub and im sharing my post /s with my fans on yt and my blog … go ahead and delete this too. its obvious you dont care about free speech

    • Phil Hsueh

      No need to get all worked up, chances are it was a software glitch, these do happen from time to time.

      • jeff k

        no glitch. the dude tried saying i dont know prices so i told him to look on gunbroker and he was wrong. well why be wrong when you can delete the comment ..its nazi like. i didnt break any rules and tried multiple times to post my comment and each time it was waiting to be reviewed and then deleted by tfb and no it was not a glitch dont insult us all who are posting right now with no probs. and i wont comment anymore because every day no days off is a better blog and would not do that . so peace!

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          “I got buddies who died face down in the muck so you and I can enjoy this family website!”
          -Walter Sobchak

          • Vitsaus

            Glorious.

          • Mike Hunt

            “8 year olds Dude”

        • Grindstone50k

          lol

    • SCW

      You don’t have a right to free speech on a private website.

    • anon

      Yeah, well i am going to tell my mommy on you, buster.

      You’re friggin grounded, kiddo

    • Grindstone50k

      That’s not how free speech works, son.

  • Mmmtacos

    Mmm, too-rich-for-my-blood-1911, one day though.

    On another note can we petition Larry to dress up as Walter Sobchak from Big Lebowski for a video? I swear when I see a video with him and a 1911 I can’t help but think of Walter.

    • Mike Hunt

      “over the line!”

    • veritaz

      Funny man er I mean “dude”

  • Dukeblue91

    I don’t understand why people get so worked up over a higher priced 1911.
    There are tons of them in pretty much every price range from $350 to thousands.
    Buy what you feel will do the job for you and leave the rest to others.

  • Grindstone50k

    And I bet it jams like crazy. No thanks, I’ll stick with my $400 “sub-par” 1911 that DOESN’T jam.

    • Curious_G

      Probably doesn’t jam like crazy. Have you heard of Wilson Combat?

      • Grindstone50k

        Sure have. They make fine, over-priced wall hangers for range ninjas.

        • Curious_G

          Keep telling yourself that.

  • FrenchKiss

    Is this gun any more accurate than my $400 Rock Island special?

    • Dan

      Yes, for 3k it comes with a top tier shooter

  • Nicks87

    Why didn’t BCM just make their own 1911s. Maybe they could’ve shaved a few dollars off the price tag. Wilson makes good 1911s but BCM makes really good AR15s so you would think that the quality would carry over to the pistol as well.

  • john huscio

    Not a 1911 aficionado, but ruger’s new lightweight commander made a serious case for itself when I got to shoot one last week…..seriously jonesing for one now…

  • Amsdorf

    I love BCM. Love Wilson 1911. Love 1911. Don’t get this, at all.

  • Zachary marrs

    A single auction listing is not indicative of the going price of a firearm

    Ww1 1911’s, by and large, will sell at or above 3k

    • iksnilol

      What about WW2 1911s?

      • Autumn ketcher

        Hey will u be my friend

        • iksnilol

          Why not?

  • Glock Guy

    Looks like a sweet gun! I love a 1911 just as much as the other guy; however, in todays economy, three large does buy quite a few Glocks. LOL.

    • MrApple

      Or one Glock and a pile of magazines, a sh*tload ammo, and some training.

  • Uniform223

    I saw a used Springfield 1911 TRP with about 400 rounds down the pipe for 1000. that is still out of my price range 🙁

  • tony

    My car beats it by $600

  • jng1226

    The real irony here is that the “BCM Gunfighters” that supposedly had input on the design of this gun would never carry it for serious purposes. Most of them came up on 1911s while in the service and probably enjoy them on the range due to the unbeatable trigger. However when push comes to shove, something plastic is going to be carried. Even Chris Costa admitted in a recent interview that while he has several high end 1911s (and has a marketing deal with Nighthawk Custom 1911s), “99% of the time I carry a Salient Arms Glock.” If I was rich, sure I would by one as I’m one of those that came up on tuned 1911s and appreciate them for what they are. For now I’ll stick to my Sig 1911s, less than 1/3rd the price of this and accurate + reliable enough for me to carry when I’m feeling nostalgic.

  • BD

    Ok, so what makes it a “better” 1911 for $3500?

  • Core

    For this money does it have a NM barrel, frame, and slide? If so, it sounds like a nice investment. If not, it’s too pricey.

  • Mystick

    $3k+???? Is BCM going to buy you dinner, or at least hand you a towel afterwards?

    No thank you. This new 1911 pricing is completely out of control.

  • Bruce Stevens

    A great 1911 made by one of the best 1911 manufacturers with input from a great AR/tactical company = one hell of a defensive/tactical gun. I just put down my deposit on one! When it comes to guns and esp 1911s, you get what u pay for…

  • The Brigadier

    Or you can buy a Taurus with most of the same features for about five hundred and change. Is this company insane? That is as much as a Scar Heavy and and that rifle is grossly doubly overpriced. Maybe $1200 if the Bravo comes with a built in camera. Perhaps we should ask Apple or Samsung to make a high end 1911. Geez Louise.