Holy macaroni, it seems that the name Military Armament Corporation has some new life in its brand with the launch of the MAC JSOC 1911 at SHOT Show 2023 in Las Vegas. 

The kind-of-new – but maybe more retro – Military Armament Corporation had a trademark application filed back in November 2021. But some fans of older guns may recall the rather ionic MAC-10 made by one “Military Armament Corporation” until 1973 before filing for bankruptcy in 1975. Still, there’s more to the story than just the name.

MAC now falls inside the SDS Imports umbrella, a company that has successfully gathered such notable names as Tisas, Spandau, and Tokarev under its banner. But what has us more excited is a statement from MAC about its intended direction with an aim to specialize in retro tactical-style firearms.

CEO Tim Mulverhill explained, “The new Military Armament Corporation draws its roots from the era of a resurgent American resolve, when we once stood between the massed divisions of the Soviets and our allies in Western Europe, hunted drug cartel kingpins in South America, and being called a communist was the greatest insult imaginable.”

If resurgent American resolve is the name of the game, then the 1911 is a pretty classy way to mic-drop a gun. MAC claims its JSOC 1911 is built on the “hard-learned lessons on the battlefields of the 1970s and 80s,” including modifications that were once the domain of custom shops and U.S. military armorers.

The new .45 ACP gun includes a forged carbon-steel slide and frame with an 11-degree target crown and brass-bead front sight. The fully adjustable rear sight is set into the slide for a lower profile and easier concealment. There’s 25-LPI checkering on the front strap and mainspring housing, which complements checkered dark walnut grips bearing the MAC logo.

Along with the 1911-style beavertail grip safety, there are ambi thumb safeties, a skeletonized hammer, and an extended magazine release. There’s also a one-piece competition-style magwell and mainspring housing. Both the frame and slide boast a Tennifer QPQ finish.

Two eight-round magazines come standard along with a cleaning kit, cleaning cloth, hard locking case, and cable trigger lock. No word on MSRP just yet.

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