A Classic In The Making

Our Classic design, top end 1911 is built for performance under any conditions. Made from USA-forged carbon steel, the Trenton comes fully equipped with custom gun extras right out of the box.


Built from the ground up to deliver ultimate performance in any condition. Our Trenton 1911 is manufactured from 100% USA made forged carbon steel and slide handed lapped for an amazing smooth fit. The 5” Government model Trenton comes fully equipped with best in category extras only found on custom handguns.

  • Forged Frame & Slide – Hand Lapped For Smooth Fit
  • Patented Kart Precision National Match Barrel & Matched, Hand-Fit, Machined Bushings
  • Custom Chain Link Machined Main Spring Housing & Front Strap
  • Machined Wide Ride Beaver Tail Grip Safety Blended To Match The Frame
  • Extended Thumb Safety For Better Control & Comfort
  • Wire EDM Hammer, Sear & Disconnector
  • Adjustable Aluminum Trigger
  • Machined Slide Stop
  • Custom VZ Grips
  • Crisp 4-Pound Trigger Pull
  • 1.5″ Accuracy @ 25 Yards Guaranteed
  • Extended Thumb Safety For Better Control & Comfort
  • Range Bag With (2) 8-Round Magazines
Caliber 45
Height 90º To Barrel 55
Weight w/ Empty Magazine 42
Length 8.7
Frame Material Ca
Slide Material Ca
Barrel Twist Rate 1:16 LH
Recoil Spring 15
Trigger 4 Pounds

Masterfully Crafted Features

Designed for ultimate fit, feel, and function, when you hold it in your hand, you instantly feel the difference. Our proprietary VZ design, delivers an absolute optimal grip with the perfect amount of bite. It is built to our exact specifications with medium checkering and an embedded Carolina eagle emblem.


Award winning

In June, Carolina Arms Group received the 1911 Custom Gun of the Year Award from the television show History of the Gun. The company was recognized for building a world-class, stone-lapped, hand-crafted 1911 made in America with American steel.

“As soon as I pulled back on the slide I knew I had something special in my hand,” said show host Bill Rogers. “It was easy to see that these 1911s were made by craftsmen, not on assembly lines…. John Moses Browning would be very proud with what the Carolina Arms Group has done with his gun.”

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Following his famous crossing of the Delaware River,
General George Washington marched the Continental Army to Trenton, New Jersey. The weather was worse than it had been crossing the river, yet the army continued to proceed as Washington rode up and down the column, pressing his men to carry on.

Shortly after eight o’clock on the morning of December 26, 1776, the Continental Army started its charge on the city. They marched through thick snow with Washington personally leading the middle charge, while German drums urgently called the Hessians to arms. Washington had maintained the element of surprise.

As the Hessians grouped, the Continental Army entered the city at two points, while Nathanael Greene and Washington arrived from the north. The Hessian officers incorrectly assumed they were surrounded with no option for retreat, deciding to counterattack Washington within the city. This proved to be costly as Washington’s forces occupied the highest ground with clear views of all Hessian movements.

Again and again, efforts to outflank the Continentals failed, allowing Washington’s forces to overpower Hessians, who broke ranks, fleeing from the fighting. They retreated east of Trenton where they were forced to surrender. Despite the large number of Hessians that escaped Trenton, Washington still won a crucial strategic and material victory. In only one hour of fighting, the Continental Army secured a vital victory.

With today’s emphasis on cutting corners and sacrificing quality in a fight to the bottom, we believe in the ideal that working smarter and delivering more than expected is the better battle plan.


The professional team at Carolina Arms Group consists of both military veterans and expert gunsmiths. Between us, we have decades of firearms manufacturing and quality assurance experience.

The unmistakable refinement of Carolina Arms Group products is a reflection of our employees’ daily dedication to manufacturing excellence.


To create a world-class firearm, Carolina Arms Group sources materials from only the most seasoned and trusted US manufacturers with a reputation for quality and reliability. Components are specifically enhanced and fine-tuned to perform in our firearms.

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Every handcrafted 1911 pistol built by Carolina Arms Group is machined to exact tolerances and is meticulously inspected for precision and accuracy in our Mooresville, N.C. factory.

All Trenton 1911 pistols are stone-lapped, hand-filed, and fitted, then tested for accuracy in a ransom rest. Finally, our quality experts hand-fire them for feel and function.

We only build heirloom quality 1911s that we would be proud to own. Our handguns elevate our shooting performance, protect our families, and will proudly be passed along to the next generation

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