ATI Firepower Xtreme Military 1911 Pistol in 45acp ~ Review & VIDEO

By Graham Baates
YouTube personality, Graham Baates, gives us a video review of American Tactical Firepower Xtreme Military 1911 Pistol in 45acp.

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USA – -( The 1911 market is awash with options which can make it easy both to find exactly what you’re looking for and easy to get lost trying to pick one 1911.

In March we saw Inland’s 1911 A1 Government which offered all the looks of a G.I. style 1911, roll marks included. This month we’re taking a look at American Tactical’s option; the M1911 Military.

ATI Firepower Xtreme Military 1911 Pistol in 45acp

ATI Firepower Xtreme Military 1911 Pistol Slide Engraving
ATI Firepower Xtreme Military 1911 Pistol Slide Engraving

With an MSRP of $449.95 and street price below $400 at times, this handsome offering is plenty attractive to those looking for a 1911 that won’t break the bank. The purists will appreciate that it is a true 70’s series. Aside from a few touches, the exterior of the gun is all business and includes handsome mahogany grips. Sights, safety, hammer, grip safety, and trigger shoe are all in G.I. fashion. The all-steel construction puts good heft in the hand and makes for smoother shooting. Full specifications can be seen below.

Full Size
Single Action
Semi Automatic
7+1 Capacity

Caliber: .45ACP
Height: 5.28 Inches
Length: 8.46 Inches
Weight: 37 Ounces
Magazine Capacity: 7

Material: 4140 Steel
Finish: Blued
Color: Matte Black

Material: 4140 Steel
Finish: Blued
Color: Matte Black
Rear Military Serration

Military Style Front and Rear Sight
Textured Pattern

Length: 5 Inches
Material: 4140 Steel
Finish: Steel
Color: Steel

Material: Aluminum
Design: Military
Color: Matte Black

ATI Firepower Xtreme Military 1911 Pistol Slide Fit
ATI Firepower Xtreme Military 1911 Pistol Slide Fit
ATI Firepower Xtreme Military 1911 Pistol Slide Serrations
ATI Firepower Xtreme Military 1911 Pistol Slide Serrations

Though the low asking price may be deceiving the fit and finish on the ATI meets or exceeds several more expensive models we’ve tested in the past. All edges were clean with nary a tool mark to be found on the exterior of the gun. The absence of checkering on the front strap made for a comfortable grip while handling on the range as the mahogany grips filled the hand nicely.

As a first 1911 or fifth the M1911 Military model from American Tactical certainly outperforms its price bracket. It’s no wonder their website often lists them as out of stock.

About Graham Baates

“Graham Baates” is a pen name used by a 15-year active Army veteran who spent most of his time in the tactical side of the Intelligence community including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Post-Army Graham spent some time in the 3-Gun circuit before becoming a full-time NRA Certified defensive handgun instructor and now works as an industry writer while curating a YouTube channel and blog on the side. Visit Graham on Youtube .

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Just got one of these for $314.50+/_ Best copy of the original GI .45 like I was issued in the Army that I have seen. I Love it!!!


Where did you get one for that price?

David A. Parker

Bought my ATI Firepower Xtreme 1911 Military through Smoky Mountain Guns & Ammo for $334.99! Best investment I’ve made in a long time…looks great, feels great, and has performed flawlessly from the four mags I ran thru it! Had heard complaints about the factory mags that came with it, but mine performed great with FMJ! Picked up some extra OE mags thru CDNNSPORTS for about $11 apiece, and then found some USGI mags on the internet for about $5! Glad I went with my “gut” and purchased this great pistol!


I bought my STI 1911 military lifetime warranty and all , it jammed every bullet I tried to shoot with it I owned it three weeks and turned around and sold it I will never ever owned one in the future again
I even took it to the gun dealer I bought it from and two times he tried to fix it on the third repeat I didn’t even take it back I sold it luckily I got my money back sold it for what I paid for it.

The Revelator

STI Inc and American Tactical Imports(ATI) are two different companies. Were you trying to link the two, or did you mistake it for the one you had a bad experience with?


So either you sold it to a moron who paid new price for a used gun that doesn’t cycle, or you deceived another person and didn’t tell them it had issues.

I hope for your sake it’s the former, not the latter….


I purchased two of the above 1911 FX45’s above. Owning many various models over the years this is truly the best product for the money…………My Colt 1980 model 70 series $595.00 wasn’t very accurate, my Para $500.00 wasn’t either, a Firestorm 45 1911 $380.00 yrs ago is the best I have owned for the money until the FX45……………..super accurate with various ammo………….Needs ramp work for smaller weight HP bullets……………..The most amazing part is hitting 8″ dong plate at 100 yds 5 to 6 times out of 8 shots every time with very little practice. Now at 15 yds you can… Read more »


I purchased my 1911 about 2 years ago. I do land surveying as work and I carry it with me all the time. I’m trying to carry heavier rounds for Hogs. Do you know if it can shoot 255 grain ammo or plus P ammo?

WIlliam Cook

I have a FX .45 given to me by my kids as a gift several years ago. At first impression it looked like a inexpensive overseas reproduction model 1911. I soon learned it was made on the same machines in the Philippines that Remington left there after the WW2. That boosted my confidence somewhat. Only now can I attest to the reliability of the firearm. After close to a thousand rounds of every kind, new manufacturers, reloads of all kinds, steel casings, and various grains of lead I can say this gun is truely a amazing weapon. I can’t remember… Read more »

David Avalos

Would be interested in getting user feedback on this firearm. Does It function well, any issues, etc. It is the type of 1911 GI model that l am interested in buying. The rather large printing on side of slide is a minus for me. The aluminum trigger is also a minus. I am comparing this 1911 wirh the Inland 1911A1 replica. A plus is that it is a Series 70, which is good. Still, how does it shoot? Thanks.

Graham Baates

The Shooting Impressions video at the end should answer some of your questions.

WIlliam Cook

Hickok45 on the YouTube gives a really good presentation and explanations on the ATI’s .45. It’s a must see as well as a fewer other bloggers there too.