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Review: WE Tech “Knighthawk” Custom M1911

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Impressions:

These days its hard to find an M1911 that isn’t custom, in the airsoft world and real steel worlds alike the good old bread and butter M1911 GI is hard to find. So when reviewing a yet another ‘custom’ gun, one must ask themselves a couple questions: How special does it feel? Does it feel truly custom and unique? With the Knighthawk the answer is a solid yes on both points. The gun looks and feels like someone customized it, like someone took the time to improve on a base gun. It has a nice suite of ‘customizations’ including:

-Flat mainspring housing.

-Skeletonized hammer and trigger.

-Laser engraved “Knighthawk” trademark on the slide.

-Various internal upgrades.

However, the upgrades don’t take it too far, it doesn’t have a light rail, which will grab on you holster and vest, and it doesn’t have a hideous wide bodied ‘Hi-Capa’ frame that many WE pistols come with. No, the Knighthawk isn’t some fancy Race Gun, from the practical upgrades to the convenient lanyard loop, the pistol is meant for combat.

 

Quality:

The pistol is solid, with a minimum of plastic parts. The frame starts off very wobbly, but, oddly, a little shooting will get it seated properly. The trigger was CNC machined from a single block of aluminum, and though it lacks a truly ‘crisp’ feel it isn’t gritty either. The internals are good too, the only problem is the spring and I’d order a second one with the gun if I did everything over again. I’ve noted one multiple occasions the slide getting stuck on the hammer when it locks into place after emptying a mag, so lubricating the underside of the slide and the hammer is important if you want your reloads to be quick and trouble free. One problem I noticed with build quality, small though it is, is that the grips have stickers in the middle of them, where an engraving or metal medallion really ought to be. Another big issue is that the finish on the black metal parts, (hammer, grip, safety, slide release) is very thin and will wear off quickly but can be touched up easily with some black paint or even something like a Sharpie.

 

Shooting:

The pistol shoots great, three inch groupings at 50 feet, beyond that, accuracy is limited by one’s ability to use the rather restrictive iron sights. The blowback is nice, if not always consistent, the recoil is comparable to a .22 which isn’t bad, but a little disappointing If you’ve shot real steel M1911’s in .45 ACP. For a pistol my airsoft POU (philosophy of use) is quick deployment close quarters personal defense and the Knighthawk fills that role very well. I recommend .25 High Precision BBs for close quarters performance and .20 gram for longer range.

 

As a collectible:

The pistol is very collectible, its a limited run and if you order soon you may get one with a serial # under 1000, which is fairly low. The serial # and manufacturer’s info (it has the Nighthawk Custom shop info, not WE Tech, in fact I couldn’t find ‘Made in Taiwan’ anywhere on the gun) are on the gun’s frame, meaning you can swap the slide and not lose the unique trademarks.

 

Overall Ratings:

Quality: 4/5 (the lousy finish on some parts shaves off a point)

Looks: 5/5 (its the most unique M1911 I’ve seen in a while)

Shooting: /3.5/5 (the iron sights can be quite tricky and the range is not great)

Link: http://www.airsoftpost.com/product_info.php?products_id=34364