Nighthawk Custom GRP Recon Double-Stack

The flat-faced trigger on my GRP had virtually no take-up and minimal over travel, breaking crisply at exactly 3.5 pounds every time I gauged it. It is the most consistent pistol trigger I have ever encountered . . . ever. All together, the GRP weighs in at a beefy 39.6 oz, or nearly 2.5 pounds. In a world where more svelte polymer-framed pistols dominate, this is not your average 9mm. The GRP is sort of a broadsword instead of a katana, but it feels smaller than it looks and handles more nimbly than one would expect. The upside—especially with its 9mm chambering—is that perceived recoil and muzzle rise are exceedingly controllable. One-handed strong or weak side firing? Easy, with very quick shot recovery. The whole package comes in a very stylish green/gold Nighthawk Custom soft pistol case with two magazines and some other goodies.

All of the trick parts, wow-factor aesthetic cues and creative marketing are essentially as useless as a wooden frying-pan if the gun does not reliably and precisely perform its downrange duties. Not surprisingly, the GRP Double-Stack exhibited the performance we’ve come to expect from Nighthawk. Bottom line, you get what you pay for with these guns.

As great as it looks and feels, no one is going to spend a few house payments on a gun that doesn’t shoot well. No worries, though, because as expected the Nighthawk GRP shoots as good as it looks. During my first range session, I put several magazines through the GRP just to get a feel for it, and quickly blasted a hole about the size of a silver dollar through the forehead of an innocent IDPA target from 10 yards. Satisfied but out of time, I had to wait a bit to conduct accuracy testing. When I did so, I found the GRP capable of shooting consistent 2- to 2.5-inch groups from 25 yards from a rest, firing on standard Mk 1, Mod 0 paper plates with a one-inch black center. Most groups from the six types of ammo I fed it were in the 2-inch range on or just below center, with a few called flyers on me. My best group was a tight 1.25 inches using Federal 115-grain JHP. Honestly, that group was probably more of a fluke, as I am not nearly that good, but clearly the GRP is. Reliability wise, the GRP fed everything I gave it, including cheap Tula 115-gr. steel-case stuff. In any event, whether for competition, self-defense or just showing off, the Nighthawk Custom GRP is a pistol any 1911 aficionado would be crazy-happy to own. Check out the new high-capacity, double-stack offerings at your dealer, or for more information visit Nighthawk Custom, Dept. OT; Tel.: (870) 423-4867; E-mail: [email protected]; Web: