VIP BLACK Pistol from Nighthawk Custom – with Gold Bead front sight

    Nighthawk Custom’s slogan is “One Gun, One Gunsmith,” which they claim is the direct result of how they build their guns.

    The company was founded in 2004 by a group of four individuals with a passion for the 1911 platform.

    They have now expanded into approximately 65 full-time employees, and their selection and assortment of 1911s and other firearms (and knives) has also grown. They are Headquartered in Berryville, Arkansas.

    The company is starting 2019 with a bang, releasing on of their most exclusive models ever.

    For instance the grips are made out of giraffe’s bones and the front sight is a 14k Gold Bead!


    The Nighthawk VIP Black. Hand built and engraved for those who appreciate a tasteful amount of hand engraving, coupled with a black diamond like coating and Nighthawk’s high-quality build and service prep. A presentation grade work of art that has a durable finish that can be carried and used daily. As one of our most exclusive models, the VIP Black is built as a true heirloom piece. This pistol is crafted with all the finest customizations, including a DLC finish, and full hand engraving done by master engraver Bertram Edmonston. The VIP is also equipped with a 14k solid gold bead front sight and giraffe bone grips. To complete this truly elite package, the VIP comes in a custom walnut hardwood presentation case.
    Check below for some more magnificent pictures of the VIP Black, with Black Diamond like Coating (DLC) and hand engravings.


    • Custom Vertical Front Strap and Mainspring Serrations
    • Hand Serrated Rear of the Slide and Ejector Matching the Heinie Black Rear Sight
    • Nighthawk 14k Solid Gold Bead Front Sight
    • Deep Hand Engraving Featured Throughout
    • Black Diamond Like Finish
    • Crowned Barrel
    • Giraffe Bone Grips
    • Custom Walnut Hardwood Presentation Case

    If there ever was a strong argument to get a 1911 in your collection this one might be it!

    Did you sport the Gold Bead yet?

    giraffe bone grips

    All parts used in the pistols are fully machined from bar stock steel. This is the FM, Fully Machined Series of parts. Each part used is oversized and must be fit to each gun by hand – there are no drop-in, cast, or MIM parts used in the work we do.

    Once a pistol is built, the builder test fires the pistol to insure that it exceeds both The Nighthawk Standard, and his own. He then uses a metal stamp to imprint his initials under the left grip panel. While this is not the fastest, most efficient, or most cost-effective way to build a firearm, this shows the highest level of ownership, and it signifies the pride and commitment our gunsmiths take in the work they do.


    Below: This is the wrong side of the Gold Beaded front sight!


    Frame Size: Government
    Caliber .45 ACP
    Light Rail No Rail (There are several reasons to call it Black!)
    Safety Single
    Height 5.6″
    Overall Length 8.66″
    Width 1.40″
    Slide Width 0.92″
    Grip Thickness Regular
    Sight Radius 6.51″
    Barrel Length 5″
    Magazine Capacity 8
    Rear Sight Heinie Black Slant Pro
    Front Sight: Gold Bead (that’s pretty odd!)
    Finish DLC
    Below: The VIP Black comes with a custom walnut hardwood presentation case.

    In addition to 1911 pistols, Nighthawk also manufactures top-of-the-line tactical shotguns based on the world’s most popular shotgun platform, the Remington 870.


    How much is the VIP Black? If you have to ask you will to have to work harder in 2019 than you did last year, or you didn’t get youor bonus(es) just yet.

    The price starts at $7,999.00. Be a Gentleman and order one!

    Some of the Custom Options & Upgrades are for instance a Fluted Barrel Hood for 75 USD and 50 USD for a Tritium Sight Upgrade. The Ambi Safety Upgrade is 120 USD.

    Check the VIP Black out here for more information.


    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6×6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.