At SHOT this year, I was lucky enough to meet a living legend in the industry, Richard Heinie. If that last name sounds familiar, it should; Richard Heinie is a renowned gunsmith responsible for some of the best gun sights ever created. Many pistol shooters swear by his sights, and Nighthawk Custom swears by his designs that they implement on almost every 1911 they produce, such as their new “Lady Hawk” that they’ll be releasing this year.
First off, it was real treat being able to spend the limited amount of time with Richard talking about his various projects. The project he seemed most proud of, and with good reason, was the Nighthawk Custom Lady Hawk. The Lady Hawk was a real beauty of a 1911, I mean all 1911s are beautiful in their own right, but some of the features on the Lady Hawk really stand out. As the name implies, the Lady Hawk is tailored towards women shooters (a demographic that is growing as fast as the industry itself).
Ironically, the main design feature Nighthawk Custom Lady Hawk was inspired by Richard Heinie‘s own shooting ergonomics. The new 1911 brainchild of Heinie features a slimmed down and shortened grip making it a little easier for smaller hands to handle. The Nighthawk Custom Lady Hawk also features Heinie’s Logo on the rear of the rear of the slide, match everything, a handsome skeletal trigger, and of course some Heinie night sights. The one feature that blew me away though would have to be the barrel–it’s custom fluted to not only make it look cool, but stay cool. Even though I’m sporting a pair of banana hands, I would still love to get my grips around this pistol.
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