After last week’s SHOT Show, I have a bunch of guns to show you over the coming days. Actually, there are so many that it will probably require a couple of weeks.
I will start with the Stealth Arms Platypus 1911-style semi-auto handgun, which was one of the most scanned new products of the SHOT Show.
It surprised me that it’s made by a company close to where I grew up. It was unexpected coming from someone who grew up in a small farm town in the middle of nowhere, Indiana.
You might have heard about them because they started out building high-quality 80% frames and kits. When the ATF started causing headaches with 80% lowers, they expanded into a fully custom-made 1911.
They have an excellent standard Stealth Arms 1911 that can be customized starting at $1200, but at SHOT, they showed off their 9mm 1911, which they call the Platypus.
They are based out of Celina, Ohio, and introduced a double-stack 1911 in 9mm that takes a Glock 17 style magazine. Glock mags are easy to get a hold of, and if you live in a state with a bunch of restrictions like the capacity of your magazine, this gives you an additional option. They machine the frame out of a piece of 7075 aluminum, bringing the weight down closer to that of a polymer-framed gun. No imported components go into their guns. Currently, it is available in 9mm, but they will have a 45 ACP, 40 S&W, 10 mm, and 357 SIG available in the future. It felt great and had a very smooth trigger.
Their custom 1911 gun builder is impressive and allows you to customize the gun with about any feature you could ask for.
It is an impressive gun with a lifetime guarantee and a targeted starting price of under $1500. During my next trip down to see the family, I am going to stop by and take a look at how they make them and hopefully get to take a trip to the countryside for some shooting.