GUN TEST: GUNCRAFTER HOSS | 6/12/2018 | Staff
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The Guncrafter Industries HOSS is an overbuilt version of Browning’s classic 1911, designed to address some of the common failure points on that particular pistol.

How this beefed up 1911 is engineered to last a lifetime:

HOSS - Lifetime

The HOSS was conceived as a 1911 that would last a lifetime.

To do this, Guncrafter’s engineers addressed common failures in the design one by one.

Facet - Gun - Extractor - Barrel - Link

Nearly every facet of the gun is beefed up, from its magnum-sized extractor to a larger barrel link.

Additionally, the barrel wall thickness was increased by 56 percent.

Fitting - Gun

With extremely tight fitting, the gun performs admirably and is as accurate as fussier 1911s.

The 40-ounce HOSS has 8+1 capacity and is constructed from stainless steel.

Pistol - MSRP

The pistol’s MSRP is $3,700.

If there were a book of firearms successes, probably the first chapter would be dedicated to John Browning’s 1911 pistol. Designed in 1908 and adopted by the U.S. Army in 1911, it’s a design that’s stood the test of time for more than 100 years, and it’s still as popular as ever. There are dozens of companies producing 1911s, but only a few of those makers truly approach the undertaking of building the best pistol possible as a serious challenge.

HOSS - Combination - Looks - Durability

The HOSS is expensive, sure, but it’s a perfect combination of good looks and rugged durability.

Obviously, the pistols Guncrafter Industries — located in Huntsville, Arkansas — makes are built to sell, but they’re built to sell to the most discriminating buyer who’s only satisfied with the best gun money can buy. In my experience as a writer, I’ve tested four Guncrafter guns and never experienced a single malfunction. It’s easy to build a 1911 that doesn’t malfunction, but to build a 1911 that’s capable of shooting rifle-sized groups off a Ransom Rest without malfunctions is another story.

HOSS - Project - Idea

When the HOSS project was undertaken, the idea was to build a...
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