Back in the Spring of this year, I was
invited to a shooting event in Utah, along with a half-dozen or
so other writers, to do some long-range rifle shooting, as well
as some handgun shooting, by Eddie Stevenson, who put the event
together. Eddie has worked in the firearms industry for a long
time, and knows how to correctly assemble the right people and
products for everyone present to get the most use of the time
involved. In other words, we all had a great time.
Present at this event was a company that was
new to me, and to the industry, called Republic Forge. Republic
Forge is based out of Perryton, Texas, and like most good
Texicans, the folks representing the company were proud of that
fact. Before being properly introduced, I was thinking
"Here is another company trying to enter the
already-overcrowded 1911 market". After meeting the
Republic Forge people, and especially after laying eyes upon
their pistols, I was thinking "I have GOT to get me one of
Republic Forge is truly a custom pistol shop.
The pistols are built one at a time by an individual gunsmith.
Their website is very unique in the industry in that the
customer can go online and build and price his or her pistol
down to every detail, much like when ordering a new pickup truck
or car. The customer selects the basic style of the pistol, and
then selects from a large array of options, including finishes,
sights, small parts, and grips. The grip options include, but
are not limited to, incredibly tough VZ in many colors, walnut,
elephant ivory, and even exotic mammoth ivory, which is some of
the most-stunning grips that I have ever seen. There is nothing
else that compares to the beauty of this stuff.
Dale Pancake of Republic Forge states, with a straight
face, that they own the largest herd of Wooly Mammoths in the
Western Hemisphere. If you look closely, you can see just a
slight grin on his face as he watches the reaction of the
The slides and frames of Republic Forge
pistols are finished in tough, durable Cerakote, in a variety of
colors. These pistols are built to be fired, and Cerakote is a
finish that provides surface hardness and corrosion protection.
Slides are also available case-colored as well as built of
Damascus steel, if preferred. Frames are double-stack or
single-stack. The Republic Forge gunsmiths will build pretty
much whatever the customer wants, as long as it is
Back to the event in Utah. We were out
shooting some really first-class long range rifles, and Dale had
his 10mm Longslide along. After banging steel at various
distances with the rifles, I had the opportunity to shoot that
10mm. I have always had an unnatural
affection for the 10mm cartridge, and I was anxious to try
this one out on some steel. Particularly inviting was a steel
cut-out of a mountain lion that was a distance of 225 yards
away. I had no real hopes of hitting the thing with any degree
of frequency, but after the first few shots, I was hitting that
steel more than I was missing it, and again, it was at 225 yards
distance. This was an incredibly accurate pistol, and the
flat-shooting 10mm cartridge had no trouble at all reaching that
steel cat with authority. By this time, I was stating out loud,
"I have GOT to get me one of these!" Thankfully, I did
not have to resort to begging on my knees when Dale stated,
"I will get one headed your way". By now, I was
thinking, "God loves me. He really, really loves me!"
It is good to be me, and Dale Pancake is a fine Texican
for generously loaning me this dandy pistol.
I again had the opportunity to shoot some
Republic Forge pistols at the annual Shootists'
Holiday at the NRA
Whittington Center near Raton, New Mexico in June of this
year. I had invited Dale to join us at the event, and he allowed
everyone who desired to shoot his pistols and burn his ammo.
Once again, I remained impressed. As an aside, which might be of
interest to no one else, but it meant a lot to me, I had a
slight medical issue while in New Mexico. While talking with
three fellow Shootists who are medical doctors about the best
way to get me some help, Dale quietly walked over and offered me
the use of his plane and pilot to get me back to Tennessee as
soon as possible. He didn't really know me, but was willing to
call his plane down from Colorado to get me some help. Turns out
a helicopter crew came down from Pueblo, Colorado and flew me to
their hospital, but it impressed upon me the type of man that
Dale Pancake is, but I didn't crater, so back to the subject at
hand: this Republic Forge Longslide 1911.
specifications for the Republic Forge Longslide are listed in
the chart below. The weights are listed in ounces, and linear
measurements in inches. The grip and frame widths were measured
at their widest points. The maximum width is measured across the
ambidextrous thumb safety levers. The height includes the sights
and magazine base. The trigger pull is listed as pounds of
resistance. The weight includes the empty nine-round magazine.
Length is measured from the muzzle to the tip of the beavertail
|Maximum Grip Width
|MSRP as of December 2015
||Around $3395, Plus
Shooting this Republic Forge pistol was a
real pleasure. I get to shoot almost every day, and some
firearms I enjoy more than others. I call it "work",
but I can't get any of my friends to feel sorry for me. The
government allows me to call it work, and they enjoy taking a
large portion of the pay that I receive for doing so, so
officially, it is work. However, it is also a great deal of fun,
especially with such a reliable, accurate, and well-made pistol.
results are listed in the chart below. Velocity readings were
taken at ten feet from the muzzle, at an elevation of 541 feet
above sea level, with an air temperature of fifty-two degrees
Fahrenheit. I gathered together every type of 10mm ammo that I
could for testing. Bullet weights are listed in grains.
Velocities are listed in feet-per-second (fps). JHP is a
jacketed hollowpoint. JSP is a jacketed soft point bullet.
TAC-XP, DPX, and Lead Free are homogenous copper hollow nose
bullets from Barnes Bullet. PB is Cor-Bon Pow’RBall.
HCL is a hard cast lead bullet. GDHP is Gold Dot hollowpoint,
and GSHP is Golden Saber hollowpoint. The properly-loaded 10mm
cartridge benefits from a longer barrel, and this six-inch 1911
is a good platform from which to launch those bullets.
|Double Tap JHP
|Double Tap JHP
|Double Tap FMJ
Accuracy was, as expected, superb. The
pistol's accuracy potential far exceeded the accuracy potential
of most of the ammo tested, as velocity extremes were pretty
wide with some loads. This high-performance ammo is not made to
be match grade, but the pistol is certainly capable. Still, some
ammo turned in some fine groups, while others did not. The
inexpensive Armscor 180 grain FMJ was very consistent, and
grouped in the one-inch range at twenty-five yards, with other
ammunition grouping almost as well, and some groups going as
large as three inches, all vertical, due to velocity variation
within that particular load.
I fired this Republic Forge pistol with more
than twenty different factory loads, as well as with one
handload, and functioning was flawless. Every load tested fed,
fired, and ejected perfectly. I would expect no less from a
pistol of this quality, and the Republic Forge Longslide
The quality of the Republic Forge pistols is
as good as it gets, and the price reflects it. If you are the
kind of guy who wants the cheapest pistol available to throw
into the glove box of the pickup just to have a gun handy,
Republic Forge is not for you. If your regular carry gun is a
pawn-shop HiPoint 9mm carried in a three-dollar nylon holster,
Republic Forge is not for you. Nothing wrong with the HiPoint.
They work, and are backed by good people, but they are for
shooters with a different mindset. These Republic Forge pistols
are built for the serious shooter who accepts no compromise, and
wants the best of the best.
To build and price your own Republic Forge
pistol, or to find a Republic Forge dealer near you, go to www.republicforge.com.
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