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Tisas Night Stalker 1911 in 45acp


Tha handsome Tisas Night Stalker 45
Tha handsome Tisas Night Stalker 45

I was on the search for the much-requested Night Stalker PX-9 (since we've reviewed so many other versions of that pistol it just make sense) when I found this Night Stalker 1911. What caught my attention about the Night Stalker 1911 was the feature set and price point. At around $600, the Night Stalker offers a lot of features, but for less money than I paid for my first 1911 nearly 20 years ago. We've known Tisas to be great value guns, but the Night Stalker 1911 is so inexespensive for the feature set that not buying it felt foolish.

The Night Stalker is nicely textured and features angular aluminum grips.
The Night Stalker is nicely textured and features angular aluminum grips and tasteful magwell.

What Is It? The Tisas Night Stalker is a 70's-series 1911 built with forged steel frame and slide that is hardened before machined. Other features include lightening cuts in the slide, factory front night sight, railed dustcover, extended ambidextrous safety, smart texturing on the front and back strap, and a tastefully extended magazine well. Quite the package for around $600. The guide rod is GI-length and a standard barrel bushing is used. The Night Stalker is essentially a classic 5" still 1911 that has had the major external upgrades done by the factory.

Night Stalker case contents
Night Stalker case contents

In the Box are two MecGar magazines, a cleaning rod, bore brush, bushing wrench (a nice extra), manual, and a unique trigger lock that appears to be quite effective without requiring extra storage space like the common cable locks do.

Unlike cable locks, the one included with the Tisas doesn't take up anymore space for storage as the slide can remain closed.
Unlike cable locks, the one included with the Tisas doesn't take up anymore space for storage as the slide can remain closed.

Tabletop Look:

Specs and Details from Tisas USA's Website:

The factory night sight of the Night Stalker also has a polymer ring for use in daylight.
The factory night sight of the Night Stalker also has a polymer ring for use in daylight.

  • SKU:10100512

  • Tisas Forged Foundation Construction – Forged Frame & Slide**

  • Tisas Hammer Forged Barrel

  • Colt® Series 70 Based Internals

  • Lowered & Flared Ejection Port

  • Platinum Grey Cerakote Finish

  • Contoured Trigger Guard Under Cut

  • Rear Slide Cocking Serrations

  • SF Machined Mainspring Housing

  • Machined Aluminum Grips

  • Novak Style U-Notch Rear w/ Tritium Front

  • Skeletonized Hammer

  • SF Trigger

  • SF Style Ambidextrous Safety

  • Extended Beavertail Grip Safety

  • Available in .45ACP

  • Tisas Premium Owners Kit (2 Magazines, Cleaning Kit, Lockable Rugged Case)

  • Covered by 1-Year Warranty and the Tisas Lifetime Service Plan

  • Frame: Carbon, Full-Size w/ Picatinny Rail

  • Slide: Carbon Steel, Government Length

  • Caliber: .45ACP

  • Barrel: 5" Cold Hammer Forged, Ramped

  • Internals: Colt® 70 Series

  • Sights: Novak Style U-Night Rear - Tritium/Orange Front

  • Grips: Machined Aluminum

  • Finish: Platinum Grey Cerakote

  • Weight: 2lb 4oz

  • MSRP: $749.99

Features like a chamfered takedown were once reserved for custom guns, but are standard on the Night Stalker
Features like a chamfered takedown were once reserved for custom guns, but are standard on the Night Stalker

Pricing as of date this article was written:

As low as $589.98 around the Web

$699.99 at Firearms Depot

$699.99 at Guns.com


For the Range of course it would be our standard battery of experiences with one additional task. 1911 folks know that, more than most guns, 1911s can be sensitive to the magazines used. No single 1911 magazine has proven itself perfect in all 1911, so having an assortment on hand helps to figure out which mags any 1911 is going to like or not like. It's a nice bonus that Tisas USA included two nicely-made MecGar magazines with the Night Stalker, but will it run with other magazines?

Not all 1911 magazines are the same, and not all 1911s run well with all 1911 magazines.
Not all 1911 magazines are the same, and not all 1911s run well with all 1911 magazines.
  • Cold Shots: Truly our first rounds through the gun.

  • Full Mag +1: Oddly not all firearms function well this way. It's a function of the ammunition chosen and magazine design.

  • Multi-Mag: Altough only a sample size of one, this can help in the search for the right magazine.

  • What's For Dinner™: A test to see what ammunition the gun will eat. Does the gun feed the round from slide lock, will it cycle and feed another round of the same type, does the slide lock to the rear on empty, and is there any notable point of impact change with different loads.

75gr Liberty Ammunition Civil Defense $43.41/20 at Firearms Depot

118gr Inceptor ARX

155gr Alchemist Ammunition Frangible

185gr Hornady Critical Defense $28.99/20 at Optics Planet

200gr Black Hills SWC $18.87/20 at Brownell's

230gr Blazer Aluminum $28.39/50 at Optics Planet

230gr Wolf Steel

230gr Federal Premium Tactical HST

230gr Armscor JHP $12.38/20 at Firearms Depot

230gr Remington Golden Saber BJHP $39.99/20 at Optics Planet

  • Sights & Trigger Control: on a 6" spinner target at a distance of 12 yards. We got this from Titan Great Outdoors and use it to gauge how learnable the trigger is and usable the sights are for forced, timed, precise shots.

  • Practical Accuracy: Five shots from a distance of seven yards at a one inch target. This isn't so much about printing a tight group as it is a culmination of our shooting experience and time for us to collect thoughts prior to making a conclusions

  • After Shots: Final impressions and reflections from the range session.

Range Video:

Ammunition seen in our Shooting Impressions video was made possible by our Patrons and supporters of our ammunition savings account through Ammo Squared.


My Range Experience quickly reminded me that it had been a while since I've shot a 5", steel-framed 45acp 1911. After so much time with lightweight, quick-cycling 9mm polymer guns I had to relearn how to properly control the "shook-chook" of a classic gun design. Additionally, because I hadn't shot 45acp in a while, and haven't shot many different range loads I have no idea if the Idaho Ordnance ammo I was using was particularly hot or weak.

I love the shape of the Night Stalker's grips, but they do not provivde much traction.
I love the shape of the Night Stalker's grips, but they do not provivde much traction.

The magazine test proved worthwhile, it seems this pistol did not like the Wilson Combat magazine I have and that the magwell may prevent some sleeved magazines from working. There were a couple of loads the pistol may not like (remember the WFD test is just an indicator, not a hard rule), but overall the Night Stalker was nice shooting. Those slick grip pannels (easily swapped ) have a geometric shape that fit my hands perfectly, but I'm not sure if the slickness is a positive trait. It was a hot day and so my hands were sweaty, all traction had to come from the front and backstrap. We did find some potentcial sensitivity to hollow points, but that's pretty standard with 45acp 1911s. You just have to find what works for you.

Cerakote on rails will make the gun feel "gummy" when cycling until it wears down.
Cerakote on rails will make the gun feel "gummy" when cycling until it wears down.

If this had been available at this price when I bought my first 1911 in 2004, I would have grabbed the Night Stalker. In today's market the Night Stalker offers even more value. You'd be hard pressed to find a better-appointed gun at this price point, and other guns wtih these features cost considerably more. What quirks I did experience are pretty much the norm for a 45acp 1911 and although not ideal, acceptable for the Night Stalker. A final note to any considering the Night Stalker is the Cerakote. As with any gun, if Cerakote is on the rails it will slow the slide travel and give a bit of a sludgy feel. This is not permanent and will smoothen over time the more the gun is fired. Just that little bit of slide velocity may even make the difference between some ammo working or not. We'll revisit this pistol later on and see if performance has improved.

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