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Pistol Review: The Nighthawk Custom Kestrel

Working with master pistolsmith Richard Heinie, Nighthawk Custom has designed the Kestrel Model to be the ultimate concealed carry 1911.


With the Kestrel, Nighthawk offers great upgrades to the 1911 platform such as a thinned and scalloped frame, ultra-thin wood grips, crowned barrel, and beveled/recessed slide stop, all in a commander sized package.

Features Include:

  • Match Grade Crowned and Recessed Barrel

  • Reduced Overall Frame Circumference

  • Well Beveled Magazine

  • Heinie Slant Pro Straight Eight Night Sights

  • Hand Serrated Slide Rear

  • Heinie Signature Scalloped Front Strap and Mainspring Housing

  • Forged Frame & 4.25" Barrel

  • Tactical Checkered Extended Magazine Release

  • Mainspring Housing contoured for ease of carry

  • Available in: 9 MM / .45 ACP

To quote Nighthawk Custom, “The Kestrel fits your hand like Dad’s old hammer and carries like Grandpa’s pocketknife.” I could not have said it better myself.


As premium dealers with Nighthawk Custom we carry many of their handguns including the Kestrel and many more of their limited-run, custom 1911s.

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