DoubleStar's first handgun … or not

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

DoubleStar has issued a press release announcing their “first-ever handgun”. From the press release (emphasis mine):

Accuracy, reliability and American pride. They are qualities DoubleStar builds into each of its many AR-15 offerings. Now, the Kentucky-based manufacturer is bringing those same attributes down to size by building them into its first-ever handgun.

The new DoubleStar 1911

All very well and good except this is not the first DoubleStar handgun. The pistol below is on listed at as a “Doublestar 1911 5″ Govt 45acp made in Winchester Ky.”. THe DoubleStar logo is clearly visible on the slide. Searching Google for “doublestar 1911” comes up with many forum postings mentioning the DoubleStar 1911 Government model pistol since at least 2006.

Innocent break down in communication between management and PR? Rewriting history? Outright deception? I don’t know.

Anyway, the specs for the new pistol are:

Caliber: .45 ACP
Finish: Parkerized
Weight (unloaded): 38 oz.
Length: 8”
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights: Novak white Dot
Capacity: 8 + 1 rounds
Grips: Buyer’s choice (Ergo, Stryder, walnut, other woods)

It features 1913 rail, National Match stainless barrel, Greider trigger, Ed Brown’s Memory Grip Safety and choice of a square or round trigger guard. It will retail for under $1200.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Tim Tim on Nov 02, 2009

    You're right. They did produce a few handfuls of pistols to "test the market". They didn't have them in production until this year. Sorry for the confusion on my statement.

  • Zak47 Zak47 on Feb 16, 2010

    Double Star never MARKETED a complete "DoubleStar 1911," but you could in fact get them, if you made the trek down to Winchester, KY and got one from the factory, or from one of the employees/reps at a gun show. This new 1911, and the few, more traditional, 1911s on sale at Bud's (the "market testers" that Tim mentioned), are the first widely marketed, complete handguns from DoubleStar. Aside from the marketing confusion, this is actually a really nice shooter, but I am biased towards DSC as a whole, their factory being practically in my backyard.