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.”
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 www.liberty1911.com. For more info on Foxtrot Mike Products Inc check out www.fm-products.com
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.