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Iver Johnson Eagle LR Zombie Review

by Eric R. Poole   |  September 5th, 2013 32

The artwork on this zombified 1911 is surprisingly resilient to use. After two hydro-dipped illustrations were applied, the entire slide was given a protective clearcoat. (Photo by Mike Anscheutz)

The reanimated Iver Johnson has made a statement with its recent introduction of the Eagle LR Zombie, a new .45-caliber Model 1911A1 rail gun with a plethora of custom enhancements. Based on the company’s black Eagle LR, this light-rail-equipped sample arrived as a zombie-themed handgun wearing a green hydro-dipped illustration of the undead on its slide and a pair of Hogue green pearlized polymer custom grips.


This three-lugged Picatinny rail is integrally machined into the dustcover and ready for lights, lasers or pistol-mounted bayonets. (Photo by Mike Anscheutz)

Specs and dimensions for this 1911 are the same as other current Iver Johnson five-inch-barreled Government models. This pistol comes with one eight-round magazine, a skeletonized hammer, as well as front and rear slide serrations. Magazines are made by ACT-MAG, and spares are available for $25 apiece. Keep in mind, we found that this pistol will feed from most aftermarket magazines.

The carbon-steel frame is cast, then CNC-machined, and carries a Picatinny rail that will accept anything from a pistol-mounted light to one of LaserLyte’s bayonets. It’s given a matte-black Cerakote finish designed to resist the corrosive effects of zombie blood and weather. Don’t get your hopes up that Iver Johnson will introduce this model with a stainless steel frame, as these pistols are built in the Philippines by Shooters Arms Manufacturing. Stainless is a difficult material to come by in that country, and attempting to procure enough of it would steeply affect the U.S. market price.

Iver Johnson currently has seven different 1911 models available, many sharing similar features. You can celebrate the fact that all are based on the Model 1911A1 with Series 70 safety system. The backstrap is complete with a flat, serrated steel mainspring housing and beavertail grip safety.

Controls are easy to reach with an extended slide stop and thumb safety. Combined with the beavertail grip safety and triggerguard relief cut, when you handle this pistol and throw your thumb up on the safety, its contours almost demand a high grip.

All models utilize metal-injection-molded (MIM) parts, and the slide and frame are hand-fitted for a smooth and tight fit. There’s no discernable wiggle with the slide-in battery, not in the slide rails or at the barrel bushing. This accounted for this pistol’s solid performance during our evaluation.

Though the Eagle LR Zombie falls in the price point of the working class, it includes a lengthy list of features more common on custom guns: beveled mag well for those inevitable reloads, thin-cut angled serrations for positive slide manipulation, lowered and flared ejection port for spent brass to cleanly escape and a three-hole match trigger.


Millett Series 100 sights are pressed into the dovetails. Audible clicks confirm precision adjustments. (Photo by Mike Anscheutz)

Iver Johnson uses Millett’s white-outline, fully adjustable rear sight and dovetail front sight. This is a classic combination in the world of 1911s designed to extract the most accuracy from your go-to zombie pistol.

What appears as a novelty to traditionalists is actually a great value and impressive performer at the range. Posting a variety of Darkotic splattering-zombie targets downrange at 25 yards, it was fairly easy to average two-inch groups from a bench. Our staff’s best five-shot group using 185-grain Hornady Z-MAX measured a write-home-to-mother 1.39 inches, and these fun targets made it worth posting them on the fridge.

The interesting finish on the slide doesn’t impede performance or handling, hasn’t worn as we thought it would have and, if anything, we’ve found the clearcoat actually aids in wiping powder residue from the muzzle after each range session.

Our conclusion is simple: It’s the last sidearm you’ll ever need.

For a limited time, these zombie pistols are available through Zanders, Hicks Inc. and Big Rock Sports. You can also order direct through your local dealer.


(Photo by Mike Anscheutz)


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  • Leatherstocking

    Yes, but I’d have to shoot it from inside of a brown paper bag at the range. It’s sad because its appearance attracts folks that don’t shoot well or often (the image-first crowd) while the traditionalists run from its appearance. Make a twin of this in black and my only knock will be the non-US manufacture

  • Dozer

    The people that buy this zombie crap are the only zombies I worry about.

  • gunner

    Until G&A gets off this stupid zombie kick, I’m not renewing my subscription. Lets get real, Please.

  • Tampablues

    That is one ugly gun!

    • petru sova

      This gun also is loaded with junk MIM cast parts well known for high failure rates. I also wonder how good the metallurgy is in the foreign made slide and frame, will it mushroom out after a few dozen rounds?

  • Fieldkorn

    Sadly, this is what happens when a company lets marketing overrule engineering.

  • huntervic

    Fine Example

    This gun/toy speaks much about the mentality of the average G & A reader. When are their readers going to get a grip and start acting like mature adults. No wonder the anti-gun nuts want to take our guns away.

    • Gunnerasch

      Guys…this is for fun! Its for the guys who get a kick out of accurate guns that actually look like fun! Hell…bright pink ARs or Dewalt yellow ARs are fun too! Would it be the weapon Id wear on duty? Hell no. But its for fun! I carry a 1911 everyday..and have a number of them, including one with Ivory grips scrimshawed in a patriotic theme and gold leaf in the lettering etc etc. Its Fun to take it to the range and show it off. Like having a cool car. Dont be so damned stiff..its supposed to be a fun Sport and everybody has their own tastes. And Ive been a competition and duty carrier for 40 yrs…so Im an old guy. Lighten up!

      • Spike1point5

        I don’t, personally, hae an issue with the colour. It’s a piece of fun (not one I’d spend money on, but that’s just me).

        The thing for me is just that there seems to be an overabundance of the Zombie-gimmick right now, and while it was initially funny, it’s starting to wear off.

        • Rudy

          AMEN! Everyone is trying to cash in on the zombie craze. The first few I was actually suprised that the industry would embrace something like that. Then everyone starts doing it and it is ridiculous. Same reason I no longer use facebook. When your grandma has a facebook page, it’s time to move on.

          • Not_Rudy

            You are such a trend setter……

    • petru sova

      Here, Here, I finally found a sane mature adult who realizes how bizarre this Zombie nonsense is.
      I wonder if G&A knows how ridiculous they make their magazine and themselves look when they print articles for only the mentally retarded. They also have been guilty of printing Jethro Bodine articles on how to destroy historic military rifles by sportsitizing them, as if we did not already have enough butchered military rifles over the last 100 years to give 3 to every person in the U.S.

      • Gunnerasch

        “Historic” Military rifles. Son…there are so damned few of those out there that they are already in collections. If you are talking about MNs and SMLEs and Enfields…millions were made. They are first and foremost tools of the working man. They were made for war by the most common denominator. When they went from their war role to a civilian role..the needs changed.Or are you claiming that Fords and Chevies should be kept factory stock? Then millions of 39 Fords were butched into street rods and we should all cry? Buy what you want and keep it or convert into whatever role you want. As for me..Ive got enough Star Gage Springfields tucked away for the grandkids. Ive converted 03A4s to deer guns and they fit their new roll just nicely thankyouveddyveddymuch.

  • Poppagriz

    I was going to add my thoughts to it, but reading the 5 or 6 below said well enough for me, and I will refrain to adding mine to it too. Well, said good people below. Well said . . .

  • RealDeal

    The only things I like about this pistol are 1 its a 1911 platform and 2 the adjustable sights. I agree with the other post this zombie mentality is out of hand. Get over it G&A this crap is not fun or appealing to any responsible gun owner. I want to see improvements in firearm technology/materials not trendy overpriced junk such as this.

  • al

    I know, let’s paint the next one like a peppermint candy and put mud flaps and reflectors…maybe some rear view mirrors and hang a cd player off of it or have an optional usb port and Bose speakers so we can play Jaws music as we fight off the zombie. This is like painting a dress on a nude pic of Marilyn Monroe.

  • Tim-LV

    It’s just kids having fun. It’s their money. I just don’t want to see one with little rainbows and peace signs.

    • David Wilson

      Tricks are for kids. Guns are for adults.

  • tonyH110

    how to ruin a good looking gun – but heck whatever floats your boat – could be worse though: pink zombies next for the ladies ?

  • cdr479bde

    Let’s get off this Zombie crap and dedicate the space to something worthwhile.

  • Tom Webb

    Guns that look like toys, some are little more than toys. with all the wild colors how will you know if they are real. I’m not a big fan of shoot first and ask questions later.

  • Alec

    “Zombie Guns” disgust me! Carrying a deadly weapon, capable of taking a human life in a heartbeat, is in no way A GAME! In the lives of the informed, there is nothing more serious. Look at the ammo provided to the “Antis”, “Oh lookit, these nut cases are playing ghosts and vampires with real guns!!!!!” Beyond that as much as I love a 1911, I could NEVER carry a pistol decorated as in the article!

  • Damond James

    You obviously didn’t see the movie the crazies, minus the oozing eyeballs and whatever else in the movie , in real life people are behaving irrationally. They (G&A) are calling people in “real” life zombies for insane acts they try to pull on the innocents. Until they run into a prepared Zombie killer. You would probably get turned.. go ahead and cancel your membership. You’ll be one more less informed person in the world, just what we need. Thanks
    Your no imagination having ass..Gosh..

  • richshooter

    I can’t believe how many of my gun colleague readers can be so concerned over what some people like to own and shoot. Lighten up. Live and let live. As long as a practice is safe and legal I don’t have a problem with it. Leave some room for fun in the hobby
    However, I draw the line on pink guns! :)

  • David Wilson

    Only an immature mind would buy a gun like this. Immature minds have no business with a gun in their hands. Gun ownership is serious business.

  • Louis M.

    Chartreuse is the new black

  • jett

    how much for the zombie green zombie gun?

  • Brian

    Ugly as hell. Prepare to get laughed off the range.

  • Pedro Guerra

    this is the ugly one

    Peter War

  • 2GunzFresh

    I love it…I’m a really big fan of the customization and artwork of ANY 1911…THIS is the reason I love 1911 platform…people are free to do whatever they want to them and they’ll always look amazing..that is unless you just suck at doing it. lol But yeah…it looks cool..I wouldn’t buy this one in particular, but it’s great work

  • Fighterinact

    Whats with all the hate on the Zombie gun? I think it gives it charactor and in my opinion better then a pink gun!

  • Fighterinact

    I rather hear the aspects of the gun and if anyone has shot one and if so will it get the job done, I could care less to read about what you think the decor should be

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