Carolina Arms Group Receives Prestigious Award

Carolina Arms Group Custom 1911
Carolina Arms Group Custom 1911
Carolina Arms Group
Carolina Arms Group

Mooresville, NC -( Carolina Arms Group ( received the 1911 Custom Gun of the Year Award from the television show History of the Gun.

The company was recognized for being a World-Class, Stone-Lapped, Hand-Crafted 1911 made in America with American steel.

“We shoot a lot of guns during the course of a year and we were very impressed with the attention to detail, the craftsmanship, engineering and testing that goes into each handcrafted Carolina Arms Group’s 1911’s,” says Bill Rogers, Executive Producer of History of the Gun. “The 1911 has come a long way since its inception and Carolina Arms Group has taken it to the next heirloom quality level.”

Carolina Arms Group is being featured on the television show History of the Gun. That episode airs this week on the Hunt Channel available on Dish Network. History of the Gun was spun off the television show American Outdoors, the oldest outdoor television show in America. Each week History of the Gun examines an iconic firearm or accessory of the past and see what it has evolved into today.

“We’re very proud of the work our team does and very excited to receive this recognition,” says Carolina Arms Group President, Mark McCoy. “Everyone here in our group is a 1911 aficionado and we take great pride in our work and in making our 1911’s a one-of-a-kind heirloom experience.”

Carolina Arms Group received the 1911 Custom Gun of the Year Award
Carolina Arms Group received the 1911 Custom Gun of the Year Award

The 1911 was designed to comply with the requirements of the U.S. Army, during its campaign against the Moros in Philippines. The Army’s trusty .38 revolver seemed to be incapable of stopping attackers. An Ordnance Board headed by Col. John T. Thompson (inventor of the Thompson sub-machine-gun) and Col. Louis A. La Garde, had reached the conclusion that the army needed a .45″ caliber cartridge, to provide adequate stopping power. In the mean time, J. Browning who was working for Colt, had already designed an autoloader pistol, around a cartridge similar to contemporary .38 Super (dimension-wise). When the Army announced its interest in a new handgun, Browning re-engineered this handgun to accommodate a .45″ diameter cartridge of his own design and submitted the pistol to the Army for evaluation.

In the selection process, which started at 1906, firearms were submitted by Colt, Luger, Savage, Knoble, Bergmann, White-Merrill and Smith & Wesson, Browning’s design was selected, together with the Savage design in 1907. However, the U.S. Army pressed for some service tests, which revealed that neither pistol had reached the desired perfection. The Ordnance Department instituted a series of further tests and experiments, which eventually resulted in the appointment of a selection committee, in 1911.

Browning was determined to prove the superiority of his handgun, so he went to Hartford to personally supervise the production of the gun. The guns produced were submitted again for evaluation, to the committee. A torture test was conducted, on March 3rd, 1911. The test consisted of having each gun fire 6000 rounds. One hundred shots would be fired and the pistol would be allowed to cool for 5 minutes. After every 1000 rounds, the pistol would be cleaned and oiled. After firing those 6000 rounds, the pistol would be tested with deformed cartridges, some seated too deeply, some not seated enough, etc. The gun would then be rusted in acid or submerged in sand and mud and some more tests would then be conducted.

Browning’s pistols passed the whole test series with flying colors. It was the first firearm to undergo such a test, firing continuously 6000 cartridges, a record broken only in 1917 when Browning’s recoil-operated machine gun fired a 40000 rounds test.


Rogers, who is also a Certified Law Enforcement Armorer, points out that, “As soon as I pulled back on the slide I knew I had something special in my hand. It was easy to see that these 1911s were made by craftsmen, not on assembly lines. I quickly discovered that these 1911’s received special attention when it came to fit and finish. The slides, which are also manufactured by Carolina Arms Group, are introduced slowly to the frame through a stone-lapped process which makes them as smooth as butter. The difference catches everybody’s attention. Our visit to Carolina Arms Group also included time on the range with their 1911’s, it was an moving experience,” comments Rogers. “The guns cycled perfectly, handled great and their trigger breaks like the proverbial glass rod with just the right amount of takeup. John Moses Browning would be very proud with what the Carolina Arms Group has done with his gun.”


The half hour episode showcasing Carolina Arms Group and their custom 1911’s will air on History of the Gun the week of June 27th. You can view it on the Dish Network, Channel 266 or on the web at:

Carolina Arms Group President, Mark McCoy on History of the Gun
Carolina Arms Group President, Mark McCoy on History of the Gun

History of the Gun 2016 – Carolina Arms Group (full half hour):

You can learn more about Carolina Arms Group’s 1911’s through their website at:

Carolina Arms Group Professional Shooter, Carmen Lout, on History of the Gun
Carolina Arms Group Professional Shooter, Carmen Lout, on History of the Gun

About Carolina Arms Group:

Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, in the state’s fastest growing region for technology and manufacturing, Carolina Arms Group was founded by military veterans and expert gunsmiths with a passion for exceptional firearms. The Carolina Arms Group Trenton line of 1911’s is the result of meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail in design, R&D, production, testing and finishing. Carolina Arms Group is bringing American Pride back into firearms manufacturing.

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Vernon Flowers

I purchased my Carolina Arms Group TC45 from Vance’s Outdoots in Obetz, Ohio in January 2016. I have around 4000 rounds through it. Mark was up here on business and called me so we could hook up. I had him take my gun back to Carolina for some custom work I wanted done, when it was finished he had Dustin bring it back up. I was in an all day meeting and didn’t get to meet Dustin but had him leave the gun at Vance’s. The personal touch that these guys give their customers is unmatched. They treat you like… Read more »