14 Next Gen 1911 Pistols You Want in Your Life

Springfield Aromory 1911 10mm TRP

The 1911 pistol is an American classic, but it’s time for a new breed of next-gen 1911 handguns that take the best of this icon and built on it. So this post was always going to be a bit controversial.

That’s because 1911 fans can be a puritanical bunch and if it’s not a single-stack 45 ACP then they’re just not interested.

The thing is, though, that guns are just better than that these days and you can have all the good bits of a 1911 with some serious technical breakthroughs.

Now you can have the metal craftsmanship, the solidity, the safety and a few other things besides, but you can also have the capacity. You can opt for a striker-fired option, even a double barrel handgun if you really want to spend some money. These are the next gen 1911 pistols that are missing from your life.

9mm vs 45 ACP? Next Gen 1911 Pistols Favor 9mm

The 45 ACP vs 9mm debate will rage forever and we do get the argument for the 230gr .45s over the svelte 130-150gr 9mm. But if you can get double the number of bullets in your gun, then two 9mm in the same place as one 230gr changes the equation completely.

Not all of these modern-day 1911s are 9mm, but a lot of them are. Double-stack magazines are the reason why.

Browning Hi Power AND 1911s Can be Next Gen 1911 Handguns

Some of them are also developments of the Browning Hi Power, rather than the classic 1911. We make no apology for that, because the differences weren’t that big even in the originals.

These are proper service pistols and you can get all passionate about the differences if you like, we prefer to celebrate the similarities. We’re forward thinking like that…

We hope you enjoy this blend of craftsmanship and modern tech as much as we do. These are the best 1911s and spiritual successors in the modern world. They are also some of the very best guns in the world.

EAA Tanfoglio Witness Commander 1911 Polymer. A plastic 1911, finally. Buy your gun here.

1. EAA Tanfoglio Witness Commander 1911 Polymer

  • Price: $555.99
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Barrel: 4.125 inch
  • Total: 8 inch
  • Weight: 1.8lb
  • Capacity: 8+1

A polymer 1911 makes an awful lot of sense when you say it out loud. Especially in compact form like this one. The EAA Tanfoglio Witness Commander 1911 Polymer is a mouthful, but it is also a landmark pistol.

This is the first plastic 1911 I would be happy to take into battle.

Modern materials are getting better all the time and plastics technology is a growth industry on a scale you can’t quite imagine. We already have plastic striker-fired pistols, so it was only a matter of time before a polymer 1911 went on sale.

We might treat a no-name with more side-eye. But the simple fact is that Tanfoglio in Italy makes some of the best 9mm handguns for sale in 2020. If it says we’re ready for a polymer 1911, then I am prepared to try it.

There are obvious benefits, beyond just the price. I mean the price is amazing, but then so is the weight. This is a 1.8lb 1911 Commander, and that is a seriously lightweight 1911.

Don’t think this is a tribute act. All your 1911 parts & accessories for the Commander size pistol will slot and screw right on. This is a lightweight Commander 1911, which just happens to be a black polymer handgun too.

Colt Combat Elite Defender. The best concealed carry 1911 for sale in 2019. Get the ultimate Colt carry pistol.

2. Colt Combat Elite Defender

  • Price: $1,399.99
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel Length: 3 inch
  • Total Length: 6.75 inch
  • Capacity: 9+1

The Colt Defender is widely considered the finest sub-compact 1911 in the world for concealed carry. You can get a 45 ACP version, with less bullets.

You can also get more austere versions of the Colt Defender for much less money. But we love the Colt Combat Elite Defender 9mm in all its spectacular glory.

The 45 ACP option is undoubtedly snappier with a sub-compact 1911, so 9mm gives you a better chance at grouping your shots. 9mm also means you get more rounds in your gun. That’s important too.

This stainless steel slide and frame are coated in two-tone PVD, with contrasting polished nickel and black finishes. 25LPI checkering ensures a firm grip and the gun comes with an ambidextrous safety and a skeletonized hammer.

This sub-compact 1911 is a classic single action pistol, a Series 90 1911. The Colt Defender is a legend for a reason and this is the best of the best when it comes to concealed carry 1911 handguns.

Colt ran into a lot of problems getting the smaller 1911 to cycle properly. it was a nightmare that turned other manufacturers away from the concealed carry 1911 concept entirely. Colt fixed it, and created an awesome next-gen 1911 in the process.

For a selection of Colt 1911 handguns, check this post.

The Beretta M9 effectively replaced the 1911 in the hands of military men and law enforcement officers around the world. It's a 1911 2.0.


3. Beretta M9

  • Price: $548.00
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 15+1
  • Barrel Length: 4.9”
  • Total Length: 8.5”
  • Weight: 2.08lb

If you love guns then you love the Beretta 92, the Beretta M9, whatever you’d like to call it. It’s really that simple.

The M9 sidearm is technically a clean sheet of paper design that borrowed heavily from previous Berettas, but it is a metal service pistol with more or less the same dimensions that replaced the 1911 as the US military sidearm.

So we’re going to say it’s an evolution at the very least.

You better believe the Beretta designers studied the very best 1911s and Browning evolutions of the day and asked what sucked about the pistols.

Beretta 92 is a Next Gen 1911 2.0

Capacity was right up there, together with the 45 ACP ammo, jams and other issues with the 1911 were all part of the M9’s early drawings. So, yes, the Beretta 92 M9 really is a next generation 1911. Wwe will fight you on this.

This Italian special was designed in 1972 and itself was an evolution of the M1923 and M1951 firearms. The M1923 donated its open slide, while the alloy frame and locking block barrel of the M1951 also made the jump to the Beretta 92 FS.

In military form it was known as the M9 and it became the US military’s sidearm of choice. As a private weapon, the Beretta 92 FS has become a legend. The black gun is actually $100 cheaper, but the stainless steel Beretta 92 Inox is a thing of beauty, if you have a few extra bucks to spend on your service pistol.

Beretta 96 Lesser Known Model

The Beretta 96 is the lesser known model chambered in 40 S&W, which comes with a solid 12+1 capacity. That’s a different recipe of stopping power and sheer capacity and it’s a halfway house between the old-school 45 ACP 1911 and a modern 9mm.

If you are an old-school 1911 fan looking to embrace the modern world, then the Beretta 96 A1 might just be the gentle nudge in the right direction you have been looking for.

CZ USA SP-01 Shadow 2 for sale. This is the CZ Shadow 2 taken up a notch. So it's one of the best 9mm handguns on sale today.

4. CZ 75 SP-01

  • Price: $1,999.99.
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 18+1
  • Barrel Length: 4.7”
  • Total Length: 8.15”
  • Weight: 2.4lb

The CZ 75 was a retirement passion project for Josef and Frantisek Koucky, two of the most influential weapons designers of the last century. It was always going to be a next gen 1911 and one of the best guns for sale, but we didn’t know it would still be going strong more than 50 years later.

The CZ75 B, in all its forms, is still one of the best selling handguns in the world and absolutely is a next gen 1911, in some ways. We’d normally go for the CZ Shadow 2 here, as we did in our full-sized 9mm pistol post. This is the tuned up CZ Shadow SP-01. it costs more, but it’s worth the money…

The brothers climbed through the ranks at the CZUB firearms company and effectively led the design team, but when CZUB offered them the chance to redesign the 1911 around a 9mm round, everybody knew this was the last ride. It is a gun that will go down as an icon.

The CZ 75 is now the most copied gun in the world, in part due to the fact that CZ did not file for patents in foreign countries to keep the project secret. Well that worked out well…

CZ 75 Borrows Browning High Power Design Cues

The gun, however, is a masterpiece, especially in SP-01 form. It’s a short recoil operated locked breech pistol that borrows from the Browning High Power pistol design philosophy.

The slide and barrel lock together during firing due to a dizzying selection of cams and trick engineering that really does show off the craftsmanship that went into the CZ 75. It also gets the manual safety, which means you can carry Condition 1.

The SP-01 is one of the sporting spin-offs and the competition shooter comes with rubber grips, improved grip geometry, a corrosion resistant coating and a higher capacity.

It’s a double stack 1911, sort of, with some other neat touches, it was one of the first and it is still one of the best.

Is the CZ 75 Greatest Handgun Ever?

The CZ 75 will go down as one of the greatest handguns of all time and the CZ 75 SP-01 is even better. This is the 1911 taken to a whole new level and it’s one of the best guns for sale in 2020 If you don’t own one, you should.

It is one of the best guns for sale in 2019 and we’ll probably be saying the same next year too.

Rock Island Armory MAPP Series CCW for sale. Tanfoglio's Witness has been reborn as an RIA, buy your gun online now.

5 Rock Island Armory MAPP MS Compact

  • Price: $409.99
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 3.6 inch
  • Total: 7.48 inch
  • Weight: 1.65lb

The best 1911 on this list? A Rock Island Armory? You know we think it might be soon. This is actually one of our favorites on this list.

It isn’t really a Rock Island Armory. At least it didn’t start out that way. Look closer and you might recognize the Tanfoglio Polymer Witness. See?

EAA Witness Compact Polymer for sale, a great 10mm concealed carry handgun.

The Tanfoglio is still available and Rock Island Armory have basically licensed the design. costs more than $100 more. If you’d prefer to have the authentic Italian gun then you can, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with Rock Island Armory’s mass manufacturing.

Owned by Philippined-based Armscor, RIA has diversified of late into the world of mag-fed shotguns and now a cheaper version of the compact concealed carry handgun that we think is better than a Glock 19.

Italian Design, Asian Pricing. This Could Work…

We raved about the Tanfoglio Compact Polymer when it was launched. We loved the cut snout, the deeply beveled slide that works as much for a smooth draw as a lighter weight.

Now we also liked the accessory rail slotted in underneath and the way that grip forces your hand into the right position. We liked the chunky positivity of the safety and hammer too.

When Tanfoglio launched this gun we said it was everything we wished a Glock 19 could be. And the only thing that has changed is that it got cheaper.

This gun could climb this list pretty sharpish.

John Wick Combat Master STI 2011 handgun for sale. Get the gun from Jon Wick 3 here. If you have almost $4,000 to spend on a pistol.

6. TTI Jon Wick Combat Master STI 2011

  • Price: $3,899
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 5.4 inch
  • Total: 8.78 inch
  • Weight: 3lb

You’re going to hear a lot more from STI International following the starring role for its 9mm double stack 1911 in John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum.

The world’s most famous assassin selects the Taran Tactical Innovations tuned STI DVC 3 as his sidearm for the legendary confrontation with the High Table’s forces. This, then is the most famous of the guns of John Wick 3. That’s a big deal in the firearms world…

STI makes competition firearms that make John Wick’s $3,899 firearm look relatively conventional and, dare we say it, a little overpriced.

Check out a selection of STI handguns here for some unfiltered gunporn. Calling some of these pistols a next gen 1911 still feels like selling them short…

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Sig P226 Legion for sale. An awesome next gen 1911 2.0 that is the complete 9mm handgun.

7. Sig Sauer P226 Legion

  • Price: $1,199
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 15+1
  • Barrel Length: 4.4”
  • Total Length: 8”
  • Weight: 2.13lb

The Sig Sauer P226 is a thorough rework of the classic Browning Hi Power design, but the differences between that and a 1911 really aren’t as big as you think and rest largely on the hinged trigger and falling block rather than a tilting link barrel.

The P226 locks the barrel and slide together for much of the movement, but it achieves this with an enlarged breech section of the barrel rather than locking lugs. This system, based on Charles Petter’s Modèle 1935A pistol and adapted by Sig’s own engineers, offers a number of advantages.

That’s what Sig Sauer started with when it created the P226, which will go down as one of the finest handguns in history. You can get a cheaper P226 in its most basic form, but the Sig Sauer P226 Legion is really the one you want. It is one of the best handguns on sale in 2020 if money is no object.

Twice the Price of a Glock

It will really have to be, because there are much cheaper 9mm handguns and you could buy two Glock 19s or even more Glock rivals for the price of one Sig Sauer P226 Legion. You get a perfect matte, flat grey finish, enhanced beavertail, custom hi-checkered grips, solid steel guide rod and a master shop flat trigger.

You also get 40 years of evolution, or thereabouts, on a gun that was first introduced in 1975 as the P220 and the Browning BDA in a confusing deal between Browning and Sig Sauer. The P220 was the first Sig Sauer handgun sold in the United States. The P226 Legion is a world away from that basic design and it is one of the best handguns for sale in 2020.

If you’re starting to spend this money on handguns, make sure you’ve got a fireproof gun safe, too, to protect your investment. Then you an buy guns online like this one, and enjoy one of the best guns for sale.

Arsenal firearms dueller prismatic AF2011

8. Arsenal Firearms 2011

  • Price: $7,000
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Capacity: 14+2
  • Barrel Length: 4.9”
  • Total Length: 8.6”
  • Weight: 5lb

Yes, this really is a double barrel 1911. Let that sink in for a moment. This is two barrels, two triggers and two magazines packed into one frame. So you’re firing two rounds of 45 ACP at the same time…

This next gen 1911 2.0 is a rare treat and you might remember the cameo appearance it made pointed at Cable’s head in Deadpool 2. Or not. It was a pretty small role. Hi Jinx fires the gun at James Bond’s plane in the 2015 film Spectre and Milla Jovovich handles one in Resident Evil.

The AF2011 is a badass gun that really doesn’t make much sense to buy. Rarity has shoved the price up beyond all reason and the gun weighs in at more than 4lb, so it’s not exactly tactical. It was a great idea, though, and we do love the fact that it’s out there.

The Dueller Prismatic is the range topper. That comes with two 6.5” barrels, dual compensators and a custom trigger set. That’s the one that featured in the Bond film.

It’s a gun to stop and stare at, maybe rather than own. But that’s OK too.

RIA M1911 A2 FS Rock Island Armory


9. RIA M1911 A2 FS

  • Price: $904.99
  • Caliber: 9mm/22TCM
  • Capacity: 17+1
  • Barrel Length: 5”
  • Total Length: 8.5”
  • Weight: 3lb

Rock Island Armory guns are some of the cheapest 1911 handguns for sale in 2020. Don’t be put off by the bargain basement price, though, Rock Island Armory do make really good guns, as long as you’re looking for a shooter and not a showpiece.

The company saves the money on the finish, the fine touches. This gun is actually one of its more expensive offerings, but it still gets a parkerized finish that won’t be to everyone’s taste.

The grips could fit flusher and the screws stand out too, but those are the only faults we’re going to pick with an otherwise fantastic gun.

Serious Tactical Touches for Next Gen 1911

The tactical rail is pretty advanced for a 1911 and the fiber optic night sight and anti snag rear sight is actually pretty cool. The contrasting finish on the ejection port is a nice touch and the trigger and hammer are skeletonized. The slide cuts are functional and then there’s that 17+1 capacity and the switchable caliber.

Now you probably won’t keep it as a 22TCM, but that’s a pretty cool conversion for the range. It means you can, run all the drills you want and get comfortable with your gun. It’s a 40gr plinking round, but don’t think you’re going to save much money.

22TCM is not 22LR, it’s a proprietary round. It’s actually a chopped down 223 cartridge that ends up as a $0.34c bullet. Honestly you can get some great 9mm rounds for that sort of budget.

So, the caliber conversion is a neat touch, but if you don’t need that kind of low recoil range toy then you might find that 22TCM barrel lies unused in a drawer.

The RIA M1911 A2 FS user reviews online says it doesn’t need the gimmick conversion kit anyway. This is a gun that the owners love. It’s a pretty traditional 1911 with the double-stack magazine and Glock+ capacity. It’s accurate, it’s reliable and it’s pretty easy to strip and maintain. At this price, we think it’s a great modern day 1911.

Springfield Armory 1911 10mm TRP 6 inch Long Slide barrel for sale. Get one of the best modern day 1911 pistols for just $1,499


10. Springfield Armory 1911 TRP 10mm

  • Price: $1,449.99
  • Caliber: 10mm
  • Capacity: 8+1
  • Barrel Length: 6”
  • Total Length: 9.5”
  • Weight: 2.8lb

It’s a work of art isn’t it? This is a full Operator-spec Springfield Armory 1911 and then some.

There are no double-digit round counts here, this is a fairly standard 8+1 round 1911, but then look again at the caliber and barrel length.

Now 10mm didn’t take off like we all thought it would, but there is no doubt in anybody’s mind that it’s a more powerful round than the 45 ACP. Much more poweful.

So this is the traditional 1911, which used the most ferocious bullet it could reasonably package, taken to the next level.

The New Bear Defense Round: 10mm Auto

10mm is becoming the favorite bear defense round, although that tends to be packaged in a Glock 20 or G40 that provides more rounds. This is a stellar weapon, though, and the level of craftsmanship on a Springfield Armory TRP has to be seen to be believed.

It’s not quite on the level of the company’s custom 1911s, but then they are three times as expensive. Still, this is a near perfect 1911, with a match-grade barrel, which is a match for any 1911 on the market right now in terms of build quality, reliability and sheer power.

A 10mm round and a 6-inch barrel mean that basically every shot is a killshot and this gun is way more dangerous than the traditional 45 ACP. This is sledgehammer stopping power and short of a Desert Eagle, S&W500 or truly specialist revolver then you’re not going to get much more punch in a handgun.

For a larger selection, check out our best 10mm handguns for sale in 2020 here.

Kimber Micro 9 1911 handgun for sale. Get the best Kimber Micro 9 pistols in 9mm here. A massive range here at the USA Gun Shop.

11. Kimber Micro 9

  • Price: $549.00
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 6+1
  • Barrel Length: 3.15”
  • Total Length: 6.1”
  • Weight: 0.98lb

Yes, this is the concealed carry 1911 9mm pistol that you might not have been waiting for.

It’s a clever gun, a shrunken 1911 that comes with a 3.15 inch barrel and a tiny footprint. Realistically, this gun couldn’t be much smaller and remain functional.

It’s about the same size as a Springfield Armory XDMOD 2 and a little bigger than a Sig Sauer P365 Nitron. It also holds less rounds than both of them, but it is a fully functional 1911 with a proper hammer.

Some people just don’t want a striker-fired polymer pistol nestling against their nuts. For them, it needs to have a hammer or it just doesn’t work. The Kimber Micro 9 was made for that person.

It’s an ornate gun that can slip into a purse, a waistband or even your pocket. It won’t weigh you down and it’s a great option for a CCW with a difference.

Do you want more options? Check out the the best 20 Concealed Carry Guns For Sale in 2020 here.

IWI Jericho 941 For Sale. Buy handguns at America's favorite gunbroker, the USA Gun Shop.

12. IWI Jericho 941 F9

  • Price: $479.00
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 16+1
  • Barrel Length: 4.4”
  • Total Length: 7.6”
  • Weight: 2.3lb

It’s another cheap double-stack 1911 2.0 with the DA/SA action that carries the same number of bullets as a Glock 19, or thereabouts. So next gen 1911 is kind of right.

The  Jericho threatens to become the company’s breakout success, simply because of its accessibility and rugged build quality. It’s a favorite with the Israeli police and it’s basically standard issue in the military. Law enforcement agencies around the world use them too.

So, this is a full service pistol, plus a few tricks, for the price of a bargain basement Glock 19.

The Jericho isn’t our first choice for a next gen 1911, but it is a choice…

Hudson MFG H9: A great EDC Gun and a cool alternative to a 1911 and a Glock. It's a custom gun, in a way.



13. Hudson MFG H9

  • Price: $1079.00
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 15+1
  • Barrel Length: 4.28”
  • Total Length: 7.6”
  • Weight: 2lb

Is the Hudson MFG H9 the best next gen 1911 on the market right now? Some people think so, while others will make you wash your mouth out with soap and water for calling it a 1911 at all.

It’s a new striker-fired handgun that totally rethinks traditional pistol design.

You end up with a metal Glock, with elements of next gen 1911. The recoil control is slung beneath the barrel, out front, in a way that balances the gun and helps reduce felt recoil even more. This makes it one of the flattest shooting handguns for sale in 2020.

It weighs in at 2lb, but it’s a slimline gun. If you can manage a Glock 19 as your everyday carry, then this gun won’t give you any problems.

Remington R1 Recon. A high quality double stack 1911 with massive capacity. Buy yours online now.

14. Remington R1 Recon

  • Price: $950.00
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 18+1
  • Barrel Length: 4.25”
  • Total Length: 8.5”
  • Weight: 2.5lb

The Remington R1 is another sign of quality engineering that we think means we should probably give Remington more props in the handgun charts.

It’s another 1911 with huge capacity and a series of subtle technical innovations, small tweaks that mark it apart from the old 1911s. It has a thumb safety, grip safety and Colt Series 80 firing pin safety.

That aside, this is a thoroughly modern take on a traditional gun. That makes sense, as Remington cut production of its 1911 from 1919 and only restarted with the R1 in 2010.

You can get enhanced competition shooters with match grade everything and fiber optic front sight. You can also get specialist carry guns and just about everything else. This is a model line, not just a high-tech pistol.

That’s why it works for everyone, from Law Enforcement with cash to burn through to home users.

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