American Tactical Introduces the FX-H Hybrid 1911

FX-H 1911

American Tactical, who pioneered the “Omni Hybrid” Series of products including the ATI Omni Hybrid .410 Shotgun and the ATI Omni Polymer Hybrid Lower, is adding the “first of its kind”, the FX-H Hybrid 1911 handgun to their line-up of polymer-based firearms.

The FX-H 1911 is an absolute ground breaking firearm,” says Tony DiChario, President of American Tactical. “We completely designed and manufactured this product for the ultimate shooting pleasure while giving the owner a lightweight solid 1911 platform like no other. We are excited about bringing this product to market.

Details of the FX-H 1911

The  FX-H 1911 polymer frame is constructed with two metal inserts located at the stress points for reinforcement.  This hybridization allows the overall weight of the FX-H (which is a full frame 1911) to be down to 1.6 lbs. ATI is advertising their FX-H pistol as being the lightest full size 1911 currently on the market.  I am interested to see how this light platform performs in the 1911 configuration.

The FX-H features a 5″ match-grade stainless barrel and a stainless steel slide that accepts Glock style sight (which I think is a pretty interesting design decision). All of the mil-spec 1911 components are interchangeable.  The FX-H also features a removable plate to accommodate RMR style optics. The FX-H 1911 will be initially sold in .45 ACP, and will have a capacity of 8 + 1.  American Tactical says that additional calibers will be coming soon (though I still have a hard time accepting the idea of any 1911 in anything other than .45 ACP).

The FX-H Hybrid 1911 is currently available for wholesale and dealer orders and will be priced with a MSRP of only $659.95.  You can find out more information on their website at:

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  • Riot

    Wonder how the handling is different to an all metal 1911

    • Edeco

      Yeah, I wonder particularly about the stiffness during recoil.

  • hami

    I shoot IDPA with a 9mm 1911 currently. I would be very interested in trying this out if/when released in 9mm.

    • Some Guy

      I’m no competition shooter but isn’t heavier better for a gun you don’t have to carry all day?

      • hami

        I did notice an improvement when I went to the full size 1911 platform over your typical more compact polymer frame handgun. The extra size and weight managed recoil better and made for easier, faster follow up shops.

        I hate to imply that this specific ATI 1911 would improve my ability at all. It may even reduce my follow up ability. I just think its unique and it’ll be fun to try something new.

  • Chadd

    I’ve really been thinking about adding a .38 Super 1911 to my “collection”. This actually seems like it would be a really good platform for such a light recoiling round.

  • That_Guy

    Ground breaking 1911!

    Still heavy as hell
    Still 8+1 capacity

    • J.T.

      All that, plus un-needed finger grooves and the inability to use holsters designed for the 1911.

      • That_Guy

        It’s too busy breaking ground to be holstered good sir!

    • MR

      Neveh been done befo’! Nevermind that RRA piece.

  • Edeco

    Ermmm… yuck, but OK.

    I mean, yeah, don’t want the polymer genie back in the bottle.

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  • Squirreltakular

    Everything is nice except for the finger grooves.

    • THose can be removed, same as they can on Glock.

  • You won;t see me with a plastic frame 1911!

    • Joe

      I would, the Browning Black Label 380 or maybe a race gun.
      That said I’d prefer a metal frame on the Browning.
      The ergonomics on this thing may be superb for a select few, but it looks more likely to be a nightmare for everyone else.

    • MR

      I can believe that: IRL, I haven’t seen you ever.

  • mig1nc

    Not big on the frame, but the 1911 slide with RMR cuts and takes Glock sights is actually pretty darn cool.

  • Anomanom

    Can i get one in white polymer, with engraved chrome slide, gold accent controls, and grips with Jesus on them? AKA the El Jefe model?

  • MR

    Think I’ll mention this to my FFL. Would prefer nine, but I can see why they’d come out with .45 first. Might have to go full Apple on the first adopter route, then give the gun I really want some time to get the bugs worked out.

  • Marcus D.

    I don’t understand the issue with finger grooves; the uncheckered front strap of my 4″ Kimber is pretty slick and moves in my hand when firing. I also note that this gun appears not to have a bushing, and an ambi safety, both good features. I am currently looking for a .45 for my daughter, but since she is less mechanically inclined than many, I was trying to find a single stack pistol, perhaps polymer, that is easier to disassemble than a 1911, and which has an ambi safety (she is right handed but shoots south paw),