Roberts Defense 1911 Badger Sportsman Magazine recently became aware of a local handgun manufacturer literally right down the street from our office, and with our magazine being all about promoting Wisconsin, its products, and the outdoors, an article on this local business fit right in. In May, 2016, Marvel Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of the 110-year-old machine tool manufacturer, Marvel Manufacturing, acquired Roberts Defense, a leading producer of premium 1911 pistols.
After discussing, we decided we’d check out some of the highest quality 1911 handguns made. Designed by John Moses Browning and introduced in 1911, (hence, its name) the 1911 was adopted by the U.S. military in that same year. It was the first magazine-fed handgun issued to enlisted men. It remained the preferred sidearm of our military from 1911 to 1986. The Roberts line of high-end pistols outperforms all competition with its superior focus on craftsmanship and precision, quickly becoming the best 1911’s (made in the world). Each facet of every gun is meticulously assembled and hand-fit to special-order specifics, making each pistol produced a unique stand-alone piece of functioning art. Founded in 2011, Roberts Defense set out to craft an American-built 1911 that is hand-fitted throughout the process and does not compromise or cut corners on any aspect of parts, components and materials.
Only high-quality materials are used, ensuring there are no issues or disappointment with either quality or function. Each firearm is painstakingly designed, and every component from the trigger, hammer, sear, disconnector, barrel and side step are created and built one-at-a-time by two certified gunsmiths…no assembly line here. Two of the main members of the Roberts Defense team have a great passion and knowledge of firearms. Corey Klaske, an AGI-certified 1911 pistol gunsmith, is a lifetime member of NRA, certified law enforcement armorer, avid firearms and outdoor enthusiast, and an NFA stamp collector! Ryan Gonwa, in the process of completing his AGI 1911 pistol certification, is the National Sales and Marketing Director of Roberts Defense. Ryan served in our armed forces for 5 years as Airborne Infantry in the 82nd Airborne Division and most recently for 3 years as a Madison, WI, police officer.
Like Corey, he, too, is an avid outdoorsman. This Roberts Defense team goes through the arduous review process of each pistol, checking the perfect fit of components, then they put each pistol through a process of test-firing to ensure flawless functioning. After test-firing, the gun is disassembled and each component is custom-finished for final assembly. Stainless steel components are put through a process of glass beading, giving them an ultra-clean, attractive finish beautifying the bare metal with a non-reflective finish. Black Nitride is another option available. This process increases wear-resistance, fatigue strength, corrosion resistance, and lubricity, while providing the cosmetic appeal of an extremely durable black satin finish.
A ceramic-based finish called Cerakote is applied in-house in custom colors to all Recon and Desert Ops frames. This unique formulation enhances a number of physical performance properties including abrasion/wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, impact strength and hardness. Finally, the feed ramp is hand-polished to a mirror finish, the gun is put through a functions checklist, cleaned, and reassembled for its final inspection. Roberts Defense is continually working to improve its options. Future plans include designing new models and perfecting and offering different calibers. A true test of any product is the confidence of its manufacturer, and Roberts Defense has it through and through. Every pistol has a lifetime limited warranty.
They stand behind their 1911 pistols 110%. The time, effort, and quality put into each Roberts Defense 1911 assures its owner the confidence and enjoyment of thousands of rounds and years of flawless operation, making them perfect for handing down to future generations of shooters in the family. For those of you in the market for a custom-made, hand-fitted premium 1911 pistol, we recommend our Oshkosh neighbor. Check them out at www.robertsdefense.com.