IVER JOHNSON ARMS 1911 HAWK COMMANDER .45 ACP PISTOL,
iver johnson: Established in 1883 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Company has produced a wide variety of firearms during its existence. In 1894, the firm became “Iver Johnson’s Arms & Cycle Works.” It is perhaps best known as a major manufacturer of inexpensive but serviceable pocket-size revolvers in .22 rimfire, .32 S&W, and .38 S&W calibers, serving the same sizable market niche as Hopkins & Allen and Harrington & Richardson in the late-19th through mid-20th centuries.
During that time, beginning in 1890, the Iver Johnson owl’s head logo appeared on the grips of most of its revolvers. Its best-known marketing slogan, “Hammer the hammer,” referred to a hammer-block safety and frame-mounted firing pin that prevented a revolver from firing accidentally if dropped on the hammer spur, introduced in 1904 on the popular Safety Automatic double-action revolver line.
Iver Johnson continued arms production until it was liquidated in 1993. Many 19th century handguns made by Iver Johnson and its predecessor Johnson and Bye are difficult to identify due to the lack of a maker’s name on the gun.
- Series/Collection: 1911 Hawk Commander
- Action: Single
- Caliber/Gauge: 45 ACP
- Capacity: 8+1
- Sight: Dovetail Front, Novak Lomount Rear
- Slide: Blue Steel
- Safety: Extended Slide Stop, Thumb, Beavertail Grip with Memory Bump
- Grip Type: Walnut, Double Diamond, Fine Line Checkered
- Frame Material: Steel
- Frame Finish: Matte Blue
- Barrel Length: 4-1/4″
- Overall Length: 8″
- Weight: 38 oz
- 45 ACP, 4-1/4 inches barrel, Commander size 1911
- Novak Lomount rear sight with dovetail front sight made by Kensight
- Front and rear angled serrations
- Extended slide stop and thumb safety for easy reach
- 3-hole trigger and skeleton hammer
- Ejection port lowered and flared
- Slightly beveled magwell to make magazine changes quicker and easier
- 45 ACP mag: 8 round with finger rest
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