Ever since I saw the movie Airplane, I have a hard time taking Gladiators seriously. But I do pay close attention to products “built in the USA.” Maximus Arms‘ press release (after jump) doesn’t say anything about their new 1911’s origin, but the headline at ammoland.com and the website pic trumpet the fact that their Gladiator 1911 is “100% American made.” I reckon that’s a good thing, not a bad thing. Maybe not the thing when it comes to choosing a gun, but something that deserves recognition (e.g., Henry Rifles). As for a unique selling point, the $1776 (geddit?) pistol is the first handgun made of 17-4PH steel—”the same metal used in the Abrams tank, the Dillion M134 chain gun, and the Hellfire missiles.” Now if the Maximus Gladiator was made from a Hellfire missile . . . TTAG’s contacted the company for a sample. Watch this space . . .
Franklin, TN –-(Ammoland.com)- Maximus Arms announces the release and sale of the patented Gladiator 1911 .45 ACP pistol, the product of over eighty dimensional modifications introduced by a cadre of firearm experts.
Serving as the flagship for an upcoming line of 1911 pistols, this 100 percent American-made Gladiator boasts proven and unparalleled accuracy, ergonomics, and reliability.
These key modifications include a custom high ride beavertail grip safety; an extended slide stop; extended thumb safety and extended magazine release, all with blended edges; a flared magazine well; an integral ejector; an integral plunger tube; and a tactical accessory rail.
“The Gladiator is the culmination of more than 40 years of using 1911s, both in the service and as gunsmiths,” said Steve White, Maximus Arms partner and chief operating officer.
“We have worked hard to refine every aspect of the gun to ensure it meets our exacting standards, which is why each gun is hand-assembled and tested before it is shipped. You don’t know just how comfortable a 1911 can feel in your hand until you’ve held and fired our Gladiator.”
The Maximus Arms 1911 offers numerous standard features only available by other manufacturers as optional components at additional cost. A Sprinco recoil reduction system, ghost ring adjustable rear site and fiber optic front site, and a lanyard loop are just a few of the modifications that come standard.
Additionally, the Gladiator is the first handgun comprising 17-4PH steel—the same metal used in the Abrams tank, the Dillion M134 chain gun, and the Hellfire missiles. The precipitation-hardened steel, used in aerospace, medical, industrial, and military applications requiring high-corrosion resistance in extreme-temperature environments, gives this 1911 unrivaled strength and reliability.