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Nighthawk Custom 1911 Drop-In Trigger System – First Look

Nighthawk Custom has announced the release of a first-of-its-kind Drop-In Trigger System (DTS) for the 1911 platform.

Nighthawk Custom 1911 Drop-In Trigger System – First Look

Debuted at SHOT Show 2020, the Drop-In Trigger System (DTS) is a true drop-in part that offers shooters a high-quality trigger job that can be installed in the time it takes to complete the routine cleaning of a 1911. The crisp, clean break of a quality trigger job installed right at home by any shooter with minimal gunsmithing experience. The Drop-In Trigger System is offered with either a stainless or black nitride hammer to accommodate customer needs.

“Nighthawk Custom has invested heavily into R+D for the 1911 platform over the last 15 years,” said Mark Stone, owner and CEO of Nighthawk Custom. “We are very excited about our new Drop-In Trigger for the 1911 because this is something I have always dreamed of, and it is one of the biggest areas that can be improved upon for many factory-built 1911’s.”


An all-inclusive unit, the DTS replaces the existing hammer, hammer strut, sear, disconnector, and sear spring. The traditional three-legged sear spring is replaced with a single-leg grip safety spring, the only part of the system not built into the housing. The existing sear and hammer pins will be retained, but no other parts are necessary for installation. A steel housing secures all Fully Machined (FM Series) stainless steel internal components. Precision CNC machined from premium-grade 416 stainless steel billets, each component of the DTS is designed to perform reliably round after round for an unmatched service life.

“This is an incredibly innovative product that has been in development with Mark Dye for almost a decade,” Stone added. “Over the last two years we have thousands of hours of prototyping, research, development, and testing that allows a 1911 user the ease of improvement that has been available on other pistols and rifles for years.”

The Nighthawk Custom Drop-In Trigger System is designed for use in most 1911 models, and installation is simple enough that minimal gunsmithing skills are necessary. With a proper safety check and minor gunsmithing skills, the Drop-In Trigger System can give most 1911’s the high-quality trigger job every 1911 shooter desires.

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