Auto-Ordnance Case-Hardened 1911

For those wanting the flavor of the older Model 1911 with a touch of class, look no further than the Auto-Ordnance Case-Hardened 1911.

Auto-Ordnance Case-Hardened 1911

Today, shooters have the pick of the litter when it comes to a 1911 with personality. One of the newest editions to the fold is a case-hardened Model 1911 by Auto-Ordnance ($1,327). The gun is stunning with its unique color case-hardened finish, executed in what Auto-Ordnance calls a “swirling” pattern. The finish is found not only on the frame and slide but also has been carried over to the trigger and controls. It is well done and very even on all parts.

All of the slide, slide cocking serrations and frame flats are true, with no over polishing or rounded corners. For traditionalists, the words “Model 1911A1 U.S. Army” are stamped boldly on the left side of the slide.

Both the trigger and hammer are serrated for a non-slip surface, and it comes fitted with the traditional five-inch machined barrel.

Breaking at 7.5 pounds, the trigger is not going to win any competition medals. The hammer is wide, has a safety stop position and includes the modern firing pin block.


If you didn’t already know this, Auto-Ordnance warns never to use this half-cock position as a manual safety, as it was designed to prevent the hammer from hitting the internal firing pin if it should slip from your thumb while cocking. To use it as a safety could damage the sear, leading to an accidental discharge.


The beavertail grip safety seems a bit wider than the original Model 1911, but it’s in step with modern times with its memory groove. The gun has an arched mainspring housing, something I have always approved of since it positions the gun correctly in your hand.

This housing has been vertically serrated, and the base sports a lanyard loop as per original guns. The frontstrap is polished smooth, while the magazine release is checkered with the base of the single seven-round magazine fitting perfectly flush with the bottom of the frame.

Auto-Ordnance took a bit of license with the thumb safety. There’s a small, checkered nub that sticks out for easy access rather than a longer, tapered appendage. The slide lock/release is standard fare, serrated for non-slip use.

The low-mounted sights are rudimentary at best, with a blade front sight and a rear sight assembly drift-adjustable for windage.


The wood grips are a standout, as they are not only nicely checkered with the traditional double-diamond pattern but also have a large U.S. logo engraved in an oval in the center. Oil finished, they are a distinctive part of this fabled .45.

For those wanting the flavor of the older Model 1911 with a touch of class, look no further.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

All About Handgun Ammo

All About Handgun Ammo

Rich and Jim get into the nitty gritty of the FBI ammo protocol, firing into various barriers to illustrate what can happen to a bullet.

The New Speer Gold Dot G2 Duty Handgun Load

The New Speer Gold Dot G2 Duty Handgun Load

Speer's Jared Hinton shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead the new Speer Gold Dot G2 Duty Handgun load.

Handgun Basics

Handgun Basics

SIG Academy's Hana Bilodeau joins Rich and Jim to discuss the essential skills all handgunners should master.

Kyle Lamb and Eric Poole talk SIG pistols

Kyle Lamb and Eric Poole talk SIG pistols

G&A Editor Eric Poole and Viking Tacticals's Kyle Lamb talks about 2 new pistols from SIG Sauer and a Lipsey's Special of the P365.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

As you will learn in this detailed review, the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ 380 (manufacturer SKU # 180023) is an easy-racking, soft-shooting pistol. Compact

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ 380 Review

James Tarr - November 06, 2018

As you will learn in this detailed review, the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ 380 (manufacturer...

The Ruger SR1911 is offered in two versions, an all-stainless in .45 ACP (model # 6762) and a two-tone aluminum-framed model in 9mm (model # 6758). This review by James Tarr will focus on the 9mm. 1911

Ruger SR1911 Officer-Style 9mm Review

James Tarr - May 01, 2019

The Ruger SR1911 is offered in two versions, an all-stainless in .45 ACP (model # 6762) and a...

Eliphalet Remington's world initially revolved around flintlock rifles at the time, and while early 1911

Remington Timeline: 2011 - R1 Pistol Is Introduced

Handguns Online Staff - September 09, 2016

Eliphalet Remington's world initially revolved around flintlock rifles at the time, and while...

Available in .38 Super, 9mm and .45 ACP, the Ed Brown 1911 Executive Commander offers a terrific balance of weight, power and shootability. 1911

Ed Brown 1911 Executive Commander 9mm Review

J. Scott Rupp - May 08, 2019

Available in .38 Super, 9mm and .45 ACP, the Ed Brown 1911 Executive Commander offers a...

See More Trending Articles

More 1911

The G. Madore pistol has a sense of history and emotional attachment combined with excellent performance. 1911

G. Madore 1911

Bob Campbell - October 02, 2019

The G. Madore pistol has a sense of history and emotional attachment combined with excellent...

The Wilson Combat EXPERIOR series pistols are a unique blend of classic 1911 design with modern reliability and ergonomic enhancements that optimize overall handling and shooting performance. 1911

Modern 1911 Pistols – Wilson Combat EXPERIOR Series

Handguns Digital Staff - December 11, 2019

The Wilson Combat EXPERIOR series pistols are a unique blend of classic 1911 design with...

Wilson Combat has tweaked its CQB to create what is an essentially new pistol. 1911

Review: Wilson Combat CQB

Patrick Sweeney - April 01, 2019

Wilson Combat has tweaked its CQB to create what is an essentially new pistol.

A fitting tribute to the legacy Dan Wesson left behind. 1911

Handgun Beauties: Dan Wesson 50th Anniversary

Stan Trzoniec - October 11, 2018

A fitting tribute to the legacy Dan Wesson left behind.

See More 1911

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Handguns subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now