For a good part of its history, Turnbull was perhaps best known for its restoration work.
The Upstate New York company had a knack for returning classic rifles, shotguns and pistols to their former glory. But in more recent years, Turnbull’s name has become synonymous with another facet of the firearms industry — manufacturing.
The company has breathed new life into some age-old designs, offering shooters near custom-made quality along the way. And these Yankees aren’t finished showing off their ingenuity with the recent announcement of a new creation.
Turnbull has given a sneak peak at the newest handgun to grace its catalog — the 1911 Commander Heritage. And for those who follow the gunmaker’s work, the .45 ACP is unmistakably Turnbull from muzzle to beavertail.
In particular, what jumps out along these lines is the color-case hardening found on the Commander Heritage’s frame.
The vivid colors created from Turnbull’s traditional method of finishing have become a bit of a trademark. For the shooter, it makes for a unique and handsome sidearm — particularly offset by the richly blued slide.
The 1911 features a 4.25-inch barrel and measures in at 8 inches in overall length. The pistol tips the scales at 34.5 ounces unloaded and boasts a 7+1 capacity. It is outfitted with double diamond checkered walnut grips and Novak 3-dot sights.
The only problem concerning the pistol appears to be when it will be available. Turnbull is acting the tease with its new creation, with the 1911 Commander Heritage’s official debut set for the Jan. 19-22 SHOT Show. But that should give interested parties time to save up their nickels and dimes given the pistol’s MSRP of $2,850.
Turnbull 1911 Commander Heritage Specs
Caliber: .45 ACP
Barrel Length: 4.25 inches
Overall Length: 8 inches
Weight (unloaded): 34.5 ounces