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American Tactical Imports Polymer 1911

ATI polymer 1911

At the 2015 SHOT Show, American Tactical Imports (ATI) is now showing a prototype polymer 1911 pistol. This is the same gun that I first brought news of from the 2014 NASGW expo.

The new guns are still in a prototype form, but I have been able to get some of the information about what the new guns will be like when they ship later this year. Here’s what I know…

The new ATI pistols use polymer throughout to make the guns very light. Where many compact 1911 pistols weigh in the neighborhood of 26-28 ounces, this gun feels closer to 22-24 ounces. As you can see in the photos, there are many relief cuts in the slide that help lighten the weight also.

polymer 1911 at the SHOT Show

ATI claims the new guns will be able to swap calibers easily between 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. I was not shown the process, but was told the change was very quick once the gun was field stripped.

I was not provided a MSRP, but I suspect that the guns will be affordable. ATI sells a wide range of firearms, and the guns tend to be more affordable than what is offered by some of the competition.

polymer 1911 from ATI

Obviously, this gun would need to be rigorously tested for durability and reliability before I could recommend it as anything more than a novelty. However, I spoke with one of the ATI design engineers at NASGW who seemed to be intent on making sure this gun would exceed a shooter’s expectations.

When the gun is released, I will obtain one for review and let you know how it does.

By Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.

8 replies on “American Tactical Imports Polymer 1911”

Looks like theyre using glock sight cuts which will make night sights affordable. I would like to see that gap between the bottom of the trigger and the trigger well closed though.

The reason there is a gap there is because they are trying different triggers out on it to see which one they like the best for this pistol before production. It is more than likely not going to be that trigger in the pic. They used it for the photo purposes as to not having a trigger in for the photo. No worries!!😃

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