The General from Republic Forge

Richard Johnson
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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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  • BSpsychMD BSpsychMD on Jul 25, 2015

    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. "

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    • BSpsychMD BSpsychMD on Aug 03, 2015

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

  • Hyok Kim Hyok Kim on Jul 25, 2015

    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.