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Turnbull Announces New Turnbull Commander Custom 1911 Pistol for Trop Gun Shop

A 1911 Commander type pistol, designed for the Trop Gun Shop by Turnbull Manufacturing.

Outdoor Hub July 17, 2013

Turnbull Manufacturing today is proud to announce a very limited run of custom 1911 Commander type pistols, designed for the Trop Gun Shop. The pistol is based on the 1920’s era appearance of the 1911 pistol, if there were a Commander size slide and frame in production at the time.

“The 1911 is a timeless design, and for custom gunmakers, the 1920’s appearance is really the classic 1911 look,” said CEO Doug Turnbull when asked about the frame design, “and at the same time, the Commander remains the all time favorite version of Browning’s masterpiece. We combined those two things to get the essence of 1911 into a new pistol design for Trop.”

The pistol has a stainless steel 4.25 inch barrel and bushing with a carbon steel frame, slide, trigger, hammer and grip safety. The pistol features a Novak dove tail front sight and an Eliason style adjustable rear sight. It comes in .45 ACP with a 7+1 capacity in a traditional single stack magazine. All components are manufactured in the USA.

The frame is color case hardened using the original bone and charcoal method to get the best color and strength. The slide, trigger and hammer are carbona blued via the original charcoal style. The grips on this work of shooting art are from giraffe bone and are hand fitted to each pistol.

The Turnbull Commander has a retail price of $2,999 and there will only be 25 pistols produced. They are exclusively available through Trop Gun Shop in Elizabethtown, PA.

“When the folks at Trop suggested we work together on a classic 1911 design, everyone here got excited about the project,” noted Turnbull of the collaboration. “They had an interesting concept and we have the artisans to make that an accurate shooting reality. We could not be prouder.”

The Turnbull Commander is a brand new design that incorporates classic designs, a combination of both traditional and modern materials and methods to bring historic looks alive with modern reliability and accuracy. It is this seamless combination of the old and new that sets Turnbull apart.

Trop Gun Shop is located at 709 Cloverleaf Rd., Elizabethtown, PA 17022. The phone number is 717-367-5585 and their web address is

Turnbull is known globally for the ability to take even the most damaged collectible gun and return it to its original look, feel and function. They also have new production firearms that incorporate the same quality look and feel as the collectibles they are famous for restoring.

Entering their 30th year, Turnbull Manufacturing has maintained a strong commitment to building firearms the way they used to be built. Founder and CEO Doug Turnbull is best known for his mottled color case hardening which stands out as the most striking and unique. Turnbull offers other reproductions as well as a full array of the finest and most respected restoration services in the shooting trade. Please visit us at for more information.

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