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How to Make Your 1911 Tactical

Posted by Team Armscor on Oct 25, 2019


The 1911 has stood the test of time. Military and law-enforcement organizations still use the model today, though now they are modified.  To get the most out of your 1911, opting to make it a tactical pistol will showcase its highest potential.

A tactical pistol is a handgun that features certain customizations and improvements designed to give the user a previously unattainable advantage. This is usually obtained with gun accessories or augmentations.

Follow these tips on how to make your 1911 tactical and get the most bang for your buck.

Lights & Lasers

Today, tactical pistols are usually defined by their rails for mounting tactical lights or lasers. Lights are a typical tactical addition. With the opportunity to eliminate blind spots in the dark, they are a great self-defense tool. The ability to illuminate threats in the distance or up close makes this tool critical if danger breaks out.

Extended Magazine

In a defense situation, adding a few rounds to your 1911 can be the difference between life and death. Though the extended magazine’s length might take some time to get used to, it is worth avoiding the hassle of grabbing a whole other magazine to reload. Getting used to a customized 1911 takes practice but is worth the time and extended effort.


Tactical grips are a must for anyone wanting to increase a pistol’s reliability or control. Nowadays, there are grips that can suit your style or preferred handling. Wood, plastic, or rubber grips are all great choices for a 1911. Grips are also a distinct way of differentiating your 1911’s look from others’. 

There are loads of other tactical options to add to your 1911, including:

  • Adjustable triggers
  • Threaded barrels
  • Silencers 

The 1911 offers great opportunity for extending its controls. Part of the 1911’s charm comes from the amount of customization it supports.

All RIA TAC Series 1911s include  full-length tactical rails to allow any choice of custom attachment. We have the opportunity to make 1911 pistols as tactical and superior as ever.

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Topics: Ammo, 1911