Why Are Double Stacks so Pricey?

Why Are Double Stacks so Pricey?

People sometimes ask us why high capacity 1911 handguns are so damn expensive. Why can I buy a Glock for so little but a double stack 1911 costs so much? First of all, calm down, everything’s going to be okay. Secondly, there are real reasons! No high capacity 1911 manufacturer is making a whole bunch of money off of you, I promise.

Double stack 1911s are really not all that expensive if you are looking at it logically and objectively and consider all angles. After you account for inflation as well as the average income, double stacks cost just about the same as they always have. They are expensive in comparison to other pistols, because newer pistol designs have been greatly simplified and optimized for production with modern technology, like as plastic molding and the use of stamped sheet metal parts. However, a quality hi-cap 1911 is made from forgings and complex machined small metal parts. This is either labor or machine intensive, or both and both are quite expensive. A CNC milling machine is a huge investment alone, not to mention the raw material needed to build a double stack.

Can you get cheaper hi-cap 1911 handguns? Sure, but you will have to sacrifice on quality. Certain parts might even be made of plastic. It is difficult to make a single metal part as large and complex as a double stack 1911 frame for what it costs to make an entire Glock.

Foreign labor can also cut costs significantly. However, the best double stack are always made piece by piece in the USA by a single skilled manufacturer and, guess what, those manufacturers have a much higher overhead cost and use higher quality materials. If you want to save nickels and dimes, it’s going to cost you quality and lost matches down the line. It’s a guarantee.

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1 Comment

  • George Roth Posted October 5, 2018 3:51 pm

    Please keep me updated

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