Video Review: Nighthawk Custom GRP Pistol in 30 Super Carry

Nighthawk's Custom GRP is the perfect platform to showcase Federal's new 30 Super Carry chambering.

posted on September 13, 2022

Concealed carry has always been a question of compromise: The smaller the gun, the easier it is to conceal ... but the smaller the gun, the lesser the capacity and the greater the recoil. Federal's brand-new 30 Super Carry is a chambering that's designed to make that "CCW compromise" a better deal for you. Nighthawk, a manufacturer of hand-built, high-end 1911-style semi-automatic handguns, has just introduced its new Custom GRP pistol in the 30 Super Carry caliber, and it's the perfect platform to showcase this new defensive round. That's why, this week, our NRA Gun of the Week video review covers both the gun and the cartridge!

First, that gorgeous Nighthawk GRP. Although it's available in other calibers, including .45 ACP and 9mm Luger, the heart of the innovation is found in the butt of the gun: Rather than the traditional 7-round capacity of a 1911, the GRP chambered in 30 Super Carry gives you 12. What's more, it does so without increasing the gun's grip frame or magazine size. 

How did it shoot? "Thanks to the gun’s 30 Super Carry chambering and its all-steel construction," said the American Rifleman staffers who performed the testing, "the Nighthawk GRP was one of the softest-shooting guns we’ve had on the range in a while, and it was a welcome change of pace to have extra rounds on board in a standard-size M1911.

"The beveled frame made magazine changes fast and easy," they continued, "and we noticed the custom-tuned trigger, which is set at the factory to break between 3.5 and 3.75 lbs. The hand-fit frame and slide acted against each other smoothly, without any noticeable wiggle room, and the well-textured frame and high-undercut trigger guard allowed the gun to sit deeply within our hands, softening recoil even further."

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