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Old 02-13-2020, 05:53 PM
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Anyone have Nighthawk build them a gun?

After owning quite a few pistols over the years I just "ordered" my first one. A Nighthawk FireHawk double stack 9mm IOS. It checked all my boxes, figured it was worth a 10 week wait and the extra $.

Anyone care to share their experience when having Nighthawk build you a custom gun? Quoted vs actual lead time? What gun and when? Overall satisfaction.

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Old 02-13-2020, 07:25 PM
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Never had the funds
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Old 02-13-2020, 07:27 PM
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Just was notified mine is done after almost a year, mine was weird though with non-NHC parts and optics
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Old 02-13-2020, 07:39 PM
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I really like the FireHawk. Would love to order one in Stainless. Did you mean 10 months instead of 10 weeks? I just got a Wilson Combat X-Tac Carry Comp and would love to compare it to the FireHawk. The double stack option is not available from Wilson Combat or I would def consider it because I like my WC EDC X9. Without actually holding the NH Custom double stack I’m not sure if I’d like the feel of the squarer grip. Let us know when you get it.
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Old 02-13-2020, 08:46 PM
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I really like the FireHawk. Would love to order one in Stainless. Did you mean 10 months instead of 10 weeks? I just got a Wilson Combat X-Tac Carry Comp and would love to compare it to the FireHawk. The double stack option is not available from Wilson Combat or I would def consider it because I like my WC EDC X9. Without actually holding the NH Custom double stack I’m not sure if I’d like the feel of the squarer grip. Let us know when you get it.
Different class of guns, the firehawk is a large type gun and bulky compared to the carry comp. They don't target the same role
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:18 PM
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I really like the FireHawk. Would love to order one in Stainless. Did you mean 10 months instead of 10 weeks? I just got a Wilson Combat X-Tac Carry Comp and would love to compare it to the FireHawk. The double stack option is not available from Wilson Combat or I would def consider it because I like my WC EDC X9. Without actually holding the NH Custom double stack Im not sure if Id like the feel of the squarer grip. Let us know when you get it.
I was quoted 10 weeks. I even confirmed once more before ordering and asked for a realistic lead time, and again was told 10 weeks. I ordered about a week before shot show.

Will do!
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:19 PM
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Just was notified mine is done after almost a year, mine was weird though with non-NHC parts and optics
Wow, did they have to source rare parts, attributing to the one year wait?
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Old 02-14-2020, 08:05 AM
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Different class of guns, the firehawk is a large type gun and bulky compared to the carry comp. They don't target the same role
Thanks Stiker, Thats exactly the kind of feed back I appreciate from this forum. I wish I had a NHC dealer near me that I could see touch the FireHawk in person. I'd hate to pay that much for a build and then be disappointed.

So comparing single stacks is the frame just bigger on the NHC vs. WC comp?
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Old 02-14-2020, 11:01 AM
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Hello Young,
Actually, I have several Nighthawks that were built for me. I just built a stainless Firehawk in 9mm. It is very accurate and I love it. I may build one like you just ordered a little later, after all, that is going to be over 5 grand for a double stack and red dot. It may be worth it though. I am sure you will be happy with yours.
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:58 PM
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Hello Young,
Actually, I have several Nighthawks that were built for me. I just built a stainless Firehawk in 9mm. It is very accurate and I love it. I may build one like you just ordered a little later, after all, that is going to be over 5 grand for a double stack and red dot. It may be worth it though. I am sure you will be happy with yours.
Thanks for the reply! I'm curious what lead time they quoted you, when did you have it built and how long did it actually take. Sounds like you're satisfied.

I've owned a bunch of NH's but first one built to order. Yeah, with an extra extractor and all blacked out, it's around $5500. I'm pretty positive I'll love it.
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Old 02-14-2020, 01:04 PM
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Thanks Stiker, Thats exactly the kind of feed back I appreciate from this forum. I wish I had a NHC dealer near me that I could see touch the FireHawk in person. I'd hate to pay that much for a build and then be disappointed.

So comparing single stacks is the frame just bigger on the NHC vs. WC comp?
You may want to Google "Single stack 1911 vs Double stack 2011" but the slides are pretty much the same size, the frames are larger to accept a double stack magazine, doubling the capacity, generally. Double stacks also usually have a light rail.

It may be tough to find a double stack NH around at LGS but you can probably find an STI 2011 that will be almost identical to the NH. At least you can see if the general size fits your hands.

It was easier for me to order such a pricey gun as I've had numerous STI double stacks and know what I'm up against.

Good luck!
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Old 02-14-2020, 01:22 PM
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I worked closely with NH on this T4, DLC slide over SS and I sent them Wilson parts for the build, trigger, Slide-release and safety.

I really like the NH guys, they are easy going and laid back to work with and it's a more personal experience than Wilson Combat.

They quoted 4-6 months and it took about 11 weeks.

They were also incredibly helpful when I bought a Counselor in a Pawn Shop and it had a magazine release issue and they sent me a new magazine release (free of charge) to resolve the problem.

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Old 02-14-2020, 06:43 PM
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I worked closely with NH on this T4, DLC slide over SS and I sent them Wilson parts for the build, trigger, Slide-release and safety.

I really like the NH guys, they are easy going and laid back to work with and it's a more personal experience than Wilson Combat.

They quoted 4-6 months and it took about 11 weeks.

They were also incredibly helpful when I bought a Counselor in a Pawn Shop and it had a magazine release issue and they sent me a new magazine release (free of charge) to resolve the problem.

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Hey, I appreciate the reply. Great T4! Sounds like you just got my dream carry gun. I handled the Counselor last week but I just couldn't make a move since I just ordered the FireHawk. How ya like it?
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Old 02-15-2020, 10:28 AM
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Hey, I appreciate the reply. Great T4! Sounds like you just got my dream carry gun. I handled the Counselor last week but I just couldn't make a move since I just ordered the FireHawk. How ya like it?
I love the T4, but I like the Counselor better, the Counselor is an amazing carry gun


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Old 02-18-2020, 07:13 PM
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You may want to Google "Single stack 1911 vs Double stack 2011" but the slides are pretty much the same size, the frames are larger to accept a double stack magazine, doubling the capacity, generally. Double stacks also usually have a light rail.

It may be tough to find a double stack NH around at LGS but you can probably find an STI 2011 that will be almost identical to the NH. At least you can see if the general size fits your hands.

It was easier for me to order such a pricey gun as I've had numerous STI double stacks and know what I'm up against.

Good luck!
I understand the difference between the single and double stack. To clarify does anyone have both the WC carry comp and NHC FireHawk in 9mm to compare side by side?
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