Liberty MkIX 80% 1911
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Press release: USA, NV, Las Vegas — Freedom Concepts Laboratory, a new player in the firearms industry, has brought something new and exciting with them to the 2018 SHOT Show. The Liberty line of 80% polymer 1911 frame kits is a unique new alternative for those who want to build a feature-rich, custom 1911, without the hefty price tag normally associated with such projects.

Developed by Foxtrot Mike Products Inc, the Liberty frames accept standard 1911 slides, magazines, and internal parts.

Representing a reEVOLUTION of the 1911 platform, the pistol frame is made from a proprietary blend of long strand, glass-filled polymer that is the strongest available on the market today. Safely and accurately manufactured into a complete receiver with a reusable jig and patent pending, heavy duty, steel rail inserts.

The result is a 1911 polymer frame that weighs 50% less than a standard 1911, and uses 40% less parts. The reusable jig, sold separately from the build kits, includes all the unique tools needed to complete the process.

“FCL was formed to produce innovative, high-quality firearm products that are within the reach of all consumers,” said Paul, CEO of FCL. “We use cutting edge materials, combined with trend setting manufacturing techniques, to push the boundaries of performance.”


Freedom Concepts Reusable 80% 1911 jig


In the past, custom 1911 builds have had a reputation for requiring a lot of hand fitting. The design of the Liberty 80% frames greatly simplifies this process, requiring far less fewer parts than a standard 1911, featuring a patent-pending modular back-strap with a captured mainspring assembly, making it easy to finish your pistol.

Bringing modern ergonomics to a 100-year-old design, the interchangeable back-straps are available in different sizes, and the sides of the frame have generous scallop cuts. These features make operating the handgun’s controls comfortable for shooters of all hand sizes.

On the topic of controls, all Liberty frames are set up to be completely ambidextrous with an aftermarket 100% ambi kit, with at a suggested retail of $75. If you choose not to go with the ambidextrous route, all Liberty frames come with a right-hand magazine release, and readily accept standard 1911 thumb safeties and slide stops.

To support the Liberty frames Freedom Concepts Laboratory is also launching a comprehensive line of competitively priced parts kits and complete top end assemblies. The Liberty MKIV Frame completion kit has a suggested retail of $75.

With standards that meet or exceed mil-spec, and a commitment to continually innovating and expanding product offerings, customers will be able to build everything from a lean concealed carry sidearm to a race gun with all the bells and whistles.

The Liberty MkIX, featuring a full-length grip which accepts 8-round 1911 magazines, will be available March 2018 in the following models:

  • MkIX-G Government Model for a traditional 5” slide
  • MkIX-Gx Extended Model for a 5” slide with a full-length rail
  • MkIX-O Officer Model for a traditional 4” slide
  • All three models have a suggested retail price of $139

Designed to accept 1913 rail accessories, all models feature a rectangular trigger guard that is compatible with some GLOCK frame light-rail accessories. These variants combined with the modular backstrap result in a firearm that is infinitely customizable.

All three Liberty MkIX frame models and accessories will be shipping in March, available exclusively at Brownells and the Glockstore. You can get more information at each store’s booth at the 2018 SHOT Show.

Liberty will be focusing on 9mm and .45 ACP top ends in the beginning. The Liberty 1911 frame accepts standard single-stack (no double-stack available yet) 1911 magazines and the steel frame rail inserts are cut for a Wilson/Nowlin ramp barrel. If your caliber of choice is available in that magazine and barrel configuration then you should be able to build your Liberty 1911 in that caliber.

With complete firearm packages starting at $399 MSRP Liberty is within the reach of every hard-working American.

To learn more about Freedom Concepts Laboratory, visit For more info on Foxtrot Mike Products Inc check out


About Freedom Concepts Laboratory

No two shooters are the same. Why should their gun be? Freedom Concepts Laboratory is inspired to help our customers build firearms as unique as they are. Our flagship product, the Liberty 1911, embodies this ideal. Available in a variety of frames, rail lengths, and backstrap sizes, the Liberty line of products is infinitely customizable. Proudly offering a comprehensive line of competitively priced build parts so firearms enthusiasts, of any skill level, can confidently complete their own firearm, with the assistance of our extensive online builder’s knowledge base, in a single afternoon.

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  1. Interesting, but I wish they had found a way to allow for standard 1911 grip scales. I am sure some purists will also abhor the missing grip safety too.

  2. The easier it is for all of us to make guns the hard it is for anyone to ever ban guns. LOVE THIS! MOAR POLY80 type designs please :D.

  3. The grip definitely looks large but in a double stack you could really have something 🤔🤔

    • “Interesting. I might just have to get one of these to check it out.”

      If one of those frame kits were to somehow arrive in your mailbox, would you consider doing a review on it?

      (If yes, “Attention TTAG Management. TTAG Management to the white courtesy telephone, please. This is a non-subtle *HINT*” 😉 )

      • I’ve been carrying a 1911 everyday for 5 years, and have access to the tools to complete one. I’m very qualified for this.

  4. I heavily invested in 9mm. I have more primers, brass and 115 bullets than I care to count. If I can build a 9mm 1911, this has possibilities.

    I have a habit of confining my fire arms to as few calibers as I need.
    So far everything in my safe, both rifle and pistol is either:
    9mm NATO
    5.56mm NATO
    7.62 NATO

        • Purely out of curiosity, how much does a mold for something like this set you back?

          I’m not looking to compete – I’m looking for information for some of my students who ask such questions.

  5. Any plans on doing a CCO frame (commander slide and short officer grip)? A lightweight CCO in 9mm would make a great carry gun.

  6. Any plans on doing a CCO frame (commander slide and short officer grip)? A lightweight CCO in 9mm would make a great carry gun.

  7. I was very recently toying with building my own 1911, but I eventually decided to hold off due to all of the specialized tools you need to complete it. This looks like it might be an easier way to get into it.

  8. Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

  9. anyone else notice the Glock and 1911 are swapping places where aftermarket frames are concerned?

    Aluminum Glock frames are getting popular and poly 1911 frames are popular…. Eventually someone is going to make a knockoff Glock that comes from the factory with a metal frame and I think EAA still does a poly framed 1911.

  10. So let’s take the nice, heavy frame that soaks up that .45 recoil, and make it 50% lighter so that follow up shots are even harder . . .

    • Glass filled Nylon is an impact modifier. Plus the 9 has almost no recoil. The high grip also helps. The gun is actually a blast to shoot, points real easy due the ergonomics.

  11. If they come out with a double stack version, I’m buying at least 3. And without worrying about separate grip scales to attach, it could still be reasonably thin.

  12. I can’t wait to order one and build it. I’ve done a couple AR 80% builds and it’s too cool to be able to say that I built it including the finish machining. Now you went and made a great looking pistol that is actually competitively priced with a finished product.

  13. Ok, it’s now May 6th, 2018. I’ve checked Brownells & Glockstore weekly in anticipation, along with searches galore, and still no kits available. When is the latest ETA as 3/1/18 past 2 mos. ago. And yes I want to order one, but no one is even taking pre-orders.

    Haven’t seen any feedback from Paul regarding double-stack, but you’ve got my vote for the 9MM.

    • I’m in a similar spot, book-marked a couple of places that I check regularly.
      From the little I can glean this has gone completely dark. Hopefully it will still show up, but I’m not confident after about 5 mos of silence.

  14. So…. is this project dead? The Facebook page no longer exist and I have not heard anything about it in months.

  15. I’m guessing this was a big scam and thetruthaboutguns basically advertised it as a real product.

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