Night Hawk Custom Drop In Trigger System For M1911s


Nighthawk custom has announced something very interesting. A drop in trigger system for the M1911. Not fitting and all that, just plug and go. I have never been a fan of nighthawk stuff but this has my attention.

When looking to upgrade the performance of a 1911 pistol, a common improvement sought by shooters is a high-quality trigger job, with a crisp, clean break. Until now, a high-quality trigger job has never been in the realm of a “drop-in” upgrade. Nighthawk Custom has changed that with the introduction of our Drop-In Trigger System (DTS) for 1911 pistols. An all-in-one unit, the DTS replaces your existing hammer, hammer strut, sear, disconnector, and sear spring. Your existing sear pin and hammer pin will be retained for use with the DTS, but no other parts are necessary for installation. With a steel housing securing the unit, the DTS features all Fully Machined™, stainless steel internal components. The traditional three-pronged sear spring is no longer necessary as the springs for the disconnector and sear are built into the unit. A single-arm grip safety spring is included with the DTS to replace the existing sear spring. Never has a high-quality trigger job been this simple for 1911 shooters. The Drop-In Trigger System is designed for use in most 1911 models, and installation is simple enough that minimal gunsmithing skills are necessary. With a proper safety check and minor gunsmithing skills, our Drop-In Trigger System can give your current 1911 a high-quality trigger job in the time it takes for a routine cleaning of your pistol.


  1. A gunsmith could have put it on a Power Custom stoning fixture and stoned the sear and hammer to get the job done, and I might add, for a lot less than the $300 Nighthawk is charging for this drop-in.

    I can see someone saying “But you pay more than $200 to buy a Geissele trigger for an AR! – why don’t you just stone that?!”

    Well, the mil-spec AR triggers/hammers don’t stone up well. You break through the minimal case hardening on the outside (which is only about 0.002″ thick), and the trigger is done, finished, it will never feel like a decent trigger again. That isn’t a problem with GI 1911 triggers.

  2. It’s nigh impossible to find legit gunsmiths in some regions now days. Or the wait lists are months long. So I can see the utility. Plus it is pretty clever

    • Oh, it is clever, I will readily agree to that. It’s another reason why the 1911 remains so popular today – you can do things like this and get very good results.

      There are few ways to substantially improve the trigger on a modern striker-fired pistol. You can improve the pull weight, but the trigger break itself is nothing like a hammer/sear interface.


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