DoubleStar Releases PHD 1911

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DoubleStar of Kentucky has announced the release of their “PHD” 1911. No, the gun is not really smart, its just dedicated to “Personal. Home. Defense.”

Created by the “OCD” staff at DoubleStar, the full-szie PhD is the “first in a series of pistols that provide a quality production gun and the features of a high-end 1911.” Normally, our dear readers would know I would scoff at the marketing department’s attempt to make a 1911 stand-out, but the features list is impressive.

The PhD does have quite a few features normally reserved for high-end handguns. The slide is flattened and serrated to reduce glare. Sights are from XS with an Express rear and tritium front. The frame has been equipped with a rounded butt and the beaver-tail is from Wilson Combat (in their high-ride form).

Sadly and surprisingly, the PhD neglects a picatinny rail, which I would personally consider critical to mounting a light and/or laser for a handgun that is aimed “for those unexpected nighttime encounters.”

No pricing has been published yet, so we shall see how close to the “low end” pricing that the gun with “high end” features comes.

DoubleStar offers numerous other platforms including a .308 rifle.

Specs from DoubleStar:

  • WEIGHT: 33 oz.
  • OVER ALL LENGTH: 7.375″
  • CALIBER: .45
  • BARREL LENGTH: 3.5″
  • FRONT SIGHT: TRITIUM
  • REAR SIGHT: XS SIGHT
  • COLOR: BLACK


Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Kovacs Jeno

    another rebranded m1911 from Phillipines or from Turkey. YAWN.

    • No, they build them here in the US. I believe that they source their frames and slides from Remsport Mfg.

      • The April 2016 issue of Guns & Ammo has additional information. It indicates that while the previous models, now known as the C-series, use forged frames and slides, the PhD uses a cast frame. The author implies that DoubleStar now receives these forgings and castings in an incomplete state, and finishes the machining in house. The barrels come from Storm Lake, and the fire control parts are Cylinder & Slide.

        I met some of DoubeStar’s reps at the 2012 Brownells Gunsmith Job Fair. At the time, they were specifically looking for 1911-capable gunsmiths. One representative noted that while it was easy to cross-train a 1911 smith on how to assemble an AR-15 to fill rush orders, none of their AR-15 assemblers seemed interested in learning how to build a 1911.

  • Joshua

    I don’t care much about the pic rail for a light, I’d rather have the versatility of holding it, but I do want a double-stack
    this doesn’t look like a double-stack

  • FWIW: Doublestar already offers another model with a rail.

  • Vhyrus

    Advertises high end feature list, no ambi safety. Fail.

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      That’s not a high-end feature. That’s just a feature.

      As a righty, I hate ambi-safeties. I’d much rather a gun come without one, and the lefties can add one, instead of having to remove one, since the vast majority of people are righty’s anyways.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Wow… I dig literally everything about that 1911. Nice rear cocking serrations, I like what they did with the front. You’ve got a cut for front cocking serrations, without actually having the multiple serrations (which a lot of people really dislike, I happen to like them). And it makes the gun stand out more. Looks very reminiscent of the Hi Power, the later JMB design.

    Nice looking hammer and beavertail. Love the flat mainspring housing, and that nice rounding of the butt without going full bobtail. Will make carrying this full-size gun a lot easier. I can’t tell if it has a trigger guard undercut or not. It looks like there could be one, but it also looks like it could just be an artifact of the graphic. If so, that’s another plus. I also like that they flattened the takedown pin end. The sights look real nice and they match the lines real well, and that lowered and flared ejection port is done nicely.

    I’d grab this in a heartbeat and I think the only thing I would change is swapping the grips out for some VZ’s.

  • plumber576

    I handled one of their other 1911’s at a local gunshow in Lexington and was impressed with how it felt at the price point it was being offered at.

  • PW137

    $1227 according to the website