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The American Tactical FX45 is a Philippine-made handgun that will never fail to satisfy an avid 1911 fanatic. It has the power and accuracy you look for in a 1911, but it is the affordability that separates this pistol from its counterparts. In this American Tactical 1911 review, you will know all about the American Tactical FX45 and find out if it matches what you need in a gun!

American Tactical FX45 1911 Review: Power and Affordability


The American Tactical FX45 1911

There will always be a special place in my heart for a 1911 pistol. It's a popular, classic handgun even my own grandfather adored back when he was still in service during World War II. Because of its popularity, there are a lot of brands and models out in the market, and one of them is the American Tactical FX45 1911. This beauty from the American Tactical Supply has all the features you loved in a 1911 at a price point that won't break the bank. With its compatibility with various brands of 1911 magazine, the FX series is certain to have the 1911 pistol enthusiasts set for hours of satisfactory shooting.

Gun Specs

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American Tactical FX45 1911 Photo by BC1023 (1911

The American Tactical FX45 has a 5-inch barrel with a 4140 chrome-moly steel. It has a 7+1 mag capacity. This semi-automatic, single-action pistol has a matte black color and a blued finish. It is 8.46 inches long, 5.28 inches in height and weighs 37 ounces. The sight, both front and rear, is military-style. The grip is made from mahogany with a checkered pattern.

Ease of Use and Performance

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ATI Firepower Xtreme Military 1911, Semi-Automatic, .45 ACP, 5″ Barrel, 8+1 Rounds Photo by Sportsmans Guide 

Most 1911 enthusiasts know how accurate and powerful the pistol John Browning designed is. The American Tactical Fx45 1911 is no different. The fixed barrel design makes this pistol more accurate than any other handgun in the market today, given the shooter has the right skills in shooting a handgun. And the power? Extremely superb. Powerful enough to take down and put a big hole in its target.

Pros and Cons

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American Tactical FX45 1911 Photo by BC1023 (1911

First of all, this pistol won't cost you an arm or a leg and it's a good catch, knowing most of the 1911 pistols can cost $700 to $1,500 or even higher. The power you adored from a 1911 is there. One thing I noticed about the ATI FX45, the trigger is crisp but a bit stiff. Sometimes this pistol shoots low and the sight is far from being precise. Clearly, this pistol is built for close range defensive use. But like most 1911, if everything is tweaked right, this pistol will give you the performance you desire in a handgun.

Overall Verdict and Price

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ATI’s Affordable 1911 Handgun: The ATI .45 Photo by The Shooters Log

Shooters Arms Manufacturing in the Philippines adheres to the original specifications of a 1911 pistol – a close replication of the looks and feel of the iconic and timeless handgun. The American Tactical FX45 1911 is undoubtedly an entry-level handgun where shooters can upgrade to fit their personal requirements. For a price of $399, this pistol is definitely worth having.


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After firing this handgun in a shooting range for a couple of hundred rounds (230 Grain FMJ), the American Tactical FX45's reliability is unquestioned. I didn't experience any malfunctions at all. I would definitely recommend this pistol to anyone who wants a dependable recreation of  John Browning's classic. With power, accuracy, reliability, and of course, affordability, this gun should be on your to-buy list. Now you have an idea about the American Tactical FX45 1911, check out these 9mm handguns for less than $750!

What is your favorite brand of 1911? I would definitely want to hear from you. Share your thoughts in the comments below! 

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on June 26, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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  2. Bill Wilson

    May 18, 2017 at 5:09 PM

    Is this built on the original 1911 blueprint or the 1911-A1?

  3. Art Brown Sr.

    May 18, 2017 at 2:53 AM

    I’m well pleased with another Philippine 1911, namely Armscor/ Rock Island.
    But the price seems very right.
    Does ATI make it in other calibers?( I’m interested in a good, reliable, and inexpensive 10 mm 1911 handgun).

  4. Mikial

    May 17, 2017 at 7:50 PM

    Pertaining to the article, the author is out in left field on the fixed barrel nonsense. This is a 1911 in every way, and does not have a fixed barrel. Don’t know what this guy is smoking.

  5. Mikial

    May 17, 2017 at 7:48 PM

    My wife wanted a Government Model 1911, and I got her one of these for Christmas. She loves it, and so do I. It shoots great and is very reliable. These are underrated 1911s and I would stack them up against guns costing twice as much.

  6. arte vespule

    May 17, 2017 at 6:08 PM

    A 1911 action does NOT feature a “fixed barrel” as this article indicates. I have no idea if this pistol does or not. But if it does, it is not a 1911…

    • Mikial

      May 17, 2017 at 7:48 PM

      It doesn’t. It’s a typical 1911 in every way.

  7. USPatriotOne

    May 17, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    It’s a great 1911. I have fired much more expensive 1911 and they functioned no better at 3 times the price. Also you got the gun Magazine info wrong. The ATI FX45 magazine holds 8 rounds not 7. That makes me think you really did not get your hands on this FX45 1911…you did not even know how many rounds the magazine holds…LOL! I know I have a FX45 1911 and have 3 eight round Mags not 7 round Mags!

  8. Proud US vet/American

    May 17, 2017 at 12:27 PM

    Having owned a Colt .45 for years and then having the chance to shoot this exact gun at the range, I would (and probably will) have bought this gun over the colt. It seemed to be a bit heavier, which made it come back for a second shoot a bit quicker, but it was a true pleasure to shoot, and a lot less money than other .45’s!

  9. billjohnso20

    May 17, 2017 at 11:29 AM

    Although I am a huge Ruger and Rock Island Armory fan, I have been looking to acquire an ATI 1911. I am impressed by the quality and price. I think it would be an excellent base for a truly tactical 1911.

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