The General from Republic Forge

The General

Based on the officer’s model 1911, Republic Forge is now building The General. The General is a single-action pistol chambered in .45 ACP. According to the company, the gun has a match grade 3.5″ barrel and the company’s proprietary recoil system.

The gun will be customizable with a variety of finish and grip options. Some of the grip panel options include VZ Grips and ivory. The front strap will have 25 lpi checkering. Both 6- and 7-round 1911 magazines will fit this pistol.

According to Republic Forge, the pricing on these handguns will start at $2,795. This is the smallest gun in the company’s catalog.

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  • iksnilol

    I imagine a general would have something with ivory grips.

    In all seriousness, it seems a bit small for the “general” name.

    • Budogunner

      Am I the only one who raised an eyebrow at, “match grade 3.5 inch barrel”?

      I know you can get decent accuracy that sort, but it seems odd. Sort of like a snubby revolver with adjustable target sights.

      • DIR911911 .

        you mean like my 2 1/2 inch 686?

    • General Officers’ pistols tend to be smaller than the average service pistol, as they are primarily a badge of office. The US Army issued the Colt M1903 Pocket Hammerless for many years, followed by a chopped M1911A1 conversion from Rock Island Arsenal, the M15.

      • iksnilol

        Weird, I thought since they are meant as a symbol that they would be fancier and whatnot.

        • The military issue General Officers’ pistols are indeed fancier. However since this is a commercial firm, they are merely playing off of Colt’s trademark for the similarly-sized Officers ACP.

    • DW

      In 1911s going up the rank makes the pistol smaller. Umm, wonder what that means… 😀

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I already sold my kids on the black market to buy a Wilson Combat 1911.

  • USMC03Vet

    They really should just rename 1911 to highway robbery.

  • Mufasa

    Be careful buying anything from republic forge, I have personally seen one of their “custom” 1911s in 10mm that looked like they fitted the barrel to the barrel bushing using a dremel. I kid you not, there were flats the entire way around the barrel. Also the barrel bushing on this pistol was not even close to fitting the barrel properly. I think their idea of match grade might be a little off.

  • OldCop

    Dont really want to badmouth any gun company and I love the 1911s they sell with the cold forged look and unique colors…that beeing said, how many new $2,750 1911s does the world need? I have them in many calibers and have built them myself…for around $1,000 anyone can build or tweak a factory gun that group sub 2 inches with a 4 pound perfect trigger. The Ruger stainless version is close as mortals needs in a 1911…did I mention I carried 1911s in the Military Police, a custom in an elite military unit, and several versions in civilan law enforcement….just saying….spend that other $1,750 on a deer hunt or fishing trip..

  • Duane Oberlies

    Good luck at that price range.

  • Bruce Stevens

    So tired of hearing the whine about how expensive semi-custom/custom 1911s are…”The truth of the matter is that the 1911 is a work of art. To the serious gun aficionado, the lines and build of the 1911 call to a time when function and form went together. A well-made 1911 is the product of true craftsmanship. The men and women who are true 1911 smiths are no less artists than any person with a paintbrush. References to the 1911 equate it to a fine car where time and attention were paid in order to create the best product. “

    • TheSmellofNapalm

      As a musician, I reject this statement. A person with a paintbrush is creating something completely new and original every time he makes a piece, not putting together an adult lego with a 100-year-old instruction manual. Musicians, especially of the jazz variety, create new melodies and ideas each time. Very different than assembling a firearm.

      • BSpsychMD

        “assembling a firearm”—u obviously don’t own a high end 1911.

        • Mufasa

          A custom 1911 is a money pit.

          • BSpsychMD

            likely spoken by someone who has never owned an American made 1911

  • Hyok Kim

    What kind of proprietary recoil system.does it have? I know of only one other company that also has proprietary recoil system.for short barrel 1911. DLsports.

    Btw. Generally I am not a fan of short barrel pistols, especially 1911. They tend to compromise reliability, ‘pointability’ controllability, terminal ballistics, muzzle blast, muzzle flash, in favor of more portability, concealability. Overall, not a very good bargain.

    I don’t begrudge them charging big bucks. 2 to 3 grand for a custom gun is not that bad.

    I am myself building a virtual ultimate custom 1911 myself, either 5 or 5.5inch.

    • Odds are it uses the EGW guide rod kit for the Colt OACP with the ISMI flat wire recoil spring.

      • Hyok Kim

        Thank you.