Nighthawk gunsmiths

Discussion in 'Nighthawk Custom' started by Flight Medic, Sep 25, 2020.

  1. stlgecko

    stlgecko I’m just here for the 1911’s

    May 24, 2014
    Just picked up this Bryan Chaney build yesterday and cannot find a flaw. Haven’t shot it yet but fit and finish are as good as possible.

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  2. Nineteen-ElevenObsession

    Nineteen-ElevenObsession Well-Known Member

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    Jun 21, 2020
    This is the one downside to having so many talented smiths at NH. I want guns built from several of them.

    Well, have to start to somewhere. :)
     
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  3. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Jul 6, 2014
    WGAS who made it? I don't know any of those names on the build sheet, nor do I care. As long as the finished product was executed correctly and looks/works to my satisfaction, the name could be Alfred E. Newman. You can bet that all builds are supervised by someone and the finished product was inspected and shot prior to shipment. I love my Nighthawk GRP and will be buying a TRS next year, and I am fine w/ Mr Gustavus or anyone else at Nighthawk to build it.

    Too many people overthink things.
     
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  4. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    Alfred E. Newman works for NH???

    I think I'll request my next build by him...... and when asked about it I could reply... "WHAT, Me Worry?"
     
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  5. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Jul 6, 2014
    You, sir, win the Internet for the day.

    Well played, sir. Well played, indeed!
     
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  6. Au Jus in Bello

    Au Jus in Bello Well-Known Member

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    May 19, 2017
    He was at Baer until he asked, "What, me slurry?"
     
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  7. Au Jus in Bello

    Au Jus in Bello Well-Known Member

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    May 19, 2017
    What's the word on NH's barrel fitting? How do they do in "the challenge"?
     
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  8. Flight Medic

    Flight Medic Well-Known Member

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    Aug 5, 2018
    I bought the Colt Hawk. It's the only NHC I will ever be able to afford on a lowly Paramedic's salary. Especially with having to drop $600 on 1000 rounds of .45
     
  9. Flight Medic

    Flight Medic Well-Known Member

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    Aug 5, 2018
    I'm absolutely guilty of that. An unfortunate side effect of OCD. That's why I came here, to gain perspective. I appreciate your input, and I'm looking forward to picking up my new pistol from FFL on Wednesday.
     
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  10. bdg501

    bdg501 Well-Known Member

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    Jan 19, 2014

    Not sure how mine wood hold up on the challenge...but I feel my 9MM thunder ranch barrel is fit every good as my older Springfield pro, and full house custom springer with kart hard fit barrel....maybe even better.
     
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  11. Jhp147

    Jhp147 Enthusiast

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    May 17, 2014
    Don't have but will have a Nighthawk. Had them work on a Colt and have looked at a couple of dozen or more. I suspect they don't list their 'smith's resume' because they want them to all be thought of as NIGHTHAWK above anything.
    Based on what I've seen I'd be thrilled with any initials under the grip.
     
  12. sarvdan

    sarvdan New Member

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    May 6, 2020
    Hey AZ, what model Hawk is in your top pic?
     
  13. Au Jus in Bello

    Au Jus in Bello Well-Known Member

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    May 19, 2017
    I'm sorry to be that guy, but I didn't know NH changed their stippling pattern -- do you have pictures of old and new?
     
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  14. stlgecko

    stlgecko I’m just here for the 1911’s

    May 24, 2014
    Newer style on left and older on the right. The newer style does vary on the smith, both of these are Atchley builds.

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  15. .38SC

    .38SC New Member

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    Oct 6, 2020
    Why does NHC only use stainless frames and slides? At least that’s all they sell in their shop. Is this true? Does NHC only use stainless for slides and frames?
     
  16. stlgecko

    stlgecko I’m just here for the 1911’s

    May 24, 2014
    Correct, except for the blued and CCH VIP models.
     
  17. wrmiller

    wrmiller The Tinker

    Oct 29, 2016
    I like the stippling on the right.
     
  18. .38SC

    .38SC New Member

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    Oct 6, 2020
    Is there a reason they don’t use carbon
    Any idea why?
     
  19. stlgecko

    stlgecko I’m just here for the 1911’s

    May 24, 2014
    @NighthawkRep
     
  20. Nineteen-ElevenObsession

    Nineteen-ElevenObsession Well-Known Member

    200
    Jun 21, 2020
    I know you can request any gun be built in carbon steel. I've asked before and they said they would accommodate.

    But I'm not sure they're primarily still using just stainless slides and frames any longer. They're website just says "forged frame". It used to specifically state a stainless frame, but no longer. Plus you have to pay extra for a stainless upgrade. But maybe that's just for the extra finishing prep. I'm not entirely sure.

    If they still are, their reasoning of primarily using stainless slides and frames, it might be easier from a production standpoint. I think Ed Brown uses stainless as the primary choice. Maybe stainless is better for the Nitride process?

    I personally prefer carbon steel guns, even if coated with a finish and would request at least a carbon slide.

    I'm pondering a DS gun here pretty soon. Assuming NHC is still using Phoenix Trinity to source these frames, I believe they are 4140 carbon steel. I'd be specifying a carbon slide for this build as well.
     
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