Carolina Arms Group 1911 Lineup

Trenton Two Tone 1911

Carolina Arms Group is a fairly new company based just north of Charlotte, North Carolina. The founder of the company is a retired Navy man with a love of high quality, accurate, hand fitted 1911s.

The companies lineup is growing and will be presenting new models at SHOT. One will have an Officer frame with a 4 1/4 inch slide. The standard line is the Trenton series. Where did the Trenton name come from? They actually named these pistols after the battle of Trenton in the revolutionary war.


The Trenton series comes in an all black ION Guard finish as well as an all stainless and a two-tone model with stainless frame and black slide with ION Bond. These are full size 1911s. Each is equipped with a Kart National Match barrel with hand fitted match barrel bushing. All internal parts are wire EDM which are completely hand fitted. In fact all of the CAG 1911 pistols are hand fitted throughout including slide to frame fit.


The MSRP begins at $3300.00 and tops at $3499.00. As far as accuracy they have a guarantee of 1.5 inches at 25 yards in a ransom rest.

Warren sights available plain,adjustable as well as tritium, The front sight can be ordered with a fiber optic.

Warren sights available plain,adjustable as well as tritium, The front sight can be ordered with a fiber optic.

I’ve always liked the looks of a two tone 1911 and the Trenton model looks gorgeous in my my personal view. Depending on cost these appear to be 1911s well worth checking out.

Every handcrafted 1911 pistol built by Carolina Arms Group is machined to exacting tolerances and is meticulously inspected for precision and accuracy in our Mooresville, N.C. factory.

All Trenton 1911 pistols are hand-filed, stone-lapped, hand-fitted and test-fired for accuracy in a ransom rest as well as hand-fired for feel and function.

We only build heirloom quality 1911s that we would be proud to own. Handguns that elevate our shooting performance, protect our families and proudly pass along to the next generation.

CAG Website

Video with the owner of CAG.

Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


  • Phil Hsueh

    Dang, what is with all of these high priced 1911s coming out this year? I don’t think I’ve seen a single new 1911 mentioned here that’s not going to go for less than $2,000.

    • MR

      Mostly from companies I’ve never heard of. Think I’ll buy a couple Colts, instead. That’ll have the added benefit of putting a cap on Colt 1911 prices, because nothing I own will ever increase in value.

    • USMC03Vet

      I imagine since the AR15 market is so saturated those boutique owners are looking for something new to spend all that dosh on.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      No joke.
      They arent even doing anything new to a 100 y/o design unless you count unicorn bone grips and baby seal skull frames.

      • M.M.D.C.

        No word on the baby seal skull slide yet, but…

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Gift from Putin for mothers day no doubt.

  • Spencerhut

    I’ve had and sold many high end 1911’s like this. My 1911’s are almost exclusively Dan Wesson and Springfield Armory.
    Here is the Pepsi challenge. Take -any- 1911 and tear it down, every last part side by side with a Dan Wesson. Let me know when you find one better made at 3x the price.

  • DaveP.

    Oh wow: more hideously expensive 1911’s. Just go put them with the rest of the hideously 1911’s, that look and perform almost exactly the same.

  • Cal S.

    $3,500?!?! For a semi-auto pistol?! 1911s are getting as bad as Apple products. The richer you are, the less expensive they seem…

    • iksnilol

      I know, right? I just want a 1911 that works and has a mirrorless finish (whilst not being covered in markings).

    • Zachary marrs

      From a company absolutely no one has heard of

      • The quality looks good

        • Zachary marrs

          Looks can be deceiving.

          For over 3k, I’ll stick to other brands with proven track records, and cheaper price tags

    • ozzallos .

      Nah. That’s actually been the state of 1911 until somewhat recently. Foreign brands reversed the apple elitist trend and basically instigated a competetive PC pricing model where there’s room for luxury, but you’re no longer pigeonholed into buying 1k products for no other reason but for lack of competition.

    • Mystick

      Indeed. $1k tops, maybe $1500 for a super-match. Anything more is gouging.

  • Tisket_A_Tasket

    How many do they expect to sell at those prices, I wonder?

  • U8SM5C

    A recent range trip with two fellow retired Marines who allowed me to shoot their Dan Wesson and Ed Brown 1911s next to my RIA TAC Series Commander .45. While I enjoyed shooting the high priced 1911s the end results were so similar I could find no reason to justify the additional cost. The RIA has over 2k rounds down range without a failure. Even though the Rock Island is mass produced and a third of the cost, accuracy and reliability have proven every bit as good as the high priced hand finished models. Don’t understand the attraction for these types of pistols?