This pic of a highly customized Predator has been making the rounds on the Internet as a firearm figure of fun (courtesy While the “mall ninja” Nighthawk is a bit OTT, if someone wants to pour Tacticoolaid on a custom 1911 I say gopher it. I called Nighhawk for their take. The gunmaker’s Director of Operations said they didn’t have a hand in the mods. In fact, Shawn Armstrong reckons the only thing “real” is the ambi safety and the light rail (for the X300). Everything else–hand-stop, flash suppressor, red dot sight—has been either stuck on or photoshopped [Nick: I’m pretty sure AAC doesn’t make a 51T mount in anything over 7.62, which means any “normal” handgun round will get stuck to┬ádisastrous┬áresults]. “Our customers like to mod triggers, grips, the safety and whether or not they want writing on the slide,” Armstrong said. “And that’s about it.” For $3.5k (plus extras), I reckon I’d be all done too.


  1. Holy fvck, that screams mall ninja. Maybe you can generate 600 yard suppressing fire with it. My first comment dissappeared because I forgut to use the v instead of the u.

  2. Wouldn’t be that tough to rig up a lathe fixture to support the leaves of the flash suppressor so you could bore it out to .470in. The potentially difficult part would be the interrupted cut in heat-treated steel (carbide cutters don’t like interrupted cut) but it probably wouldn’t be too bad since the heat-treat on these things is optimized for toughness rather than hardness.

    I know, I know, not the point. Just saying it’s possible.


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