SK Customs’ New Lady of Guadalupe 1911

Few handguns can be as expressive as art and function quite like the Colt 1911. A barebones Government model embodies the automatic pistol at its ultimate perfection and over a hundred years of use by folks of all stripes. That makes the 1911 a tempting canvas for the gun powder-sniffing artist. SK Guns has been turning the 1911 into a piece of art for over 20 years with commemorative hand cannons for any inflection point. SK Customs has announced the release of the new Lady of Guadalupe Colt 1911, which pays homage to the Mexican Wars of Liberation.

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SK Customs turns factory Colt Government 1911s into art pieces. [SK Customs]
Quick Specs:

  • Model: Lady of Guadalupe 1911
  • Base Model: Colt Government Model 1911
  • Caliber: .38 Super Automatic
  • Capacity: 9+1
  • Barrel Length: 5 inches
  • Overall Length: 8.5 inches
  • Weight: 35 oz. unloaded

The Lady of Guadalupe entered into Latin American lore on the appearance of the Virgin Mary before the Catholic Aztec convert Juan Diego in what is now Mexico City nearly five centuries ago. Since then, the Catholic Church and the Lady of Guadalupe have been part and parcel of an emerging Mexican national identity that weathered the enterprise of independence from Spain in 1821 and the challenges of foreign and domestic elitists for the next 100 years.

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The SK Customs 1911 is only available in .38 Super. It will handle so-called .38 Super +P ammunition if you want to chance shooting it at all. [SK Customs]
The Colt 1911 in .38 Super is as much a part of the modern Mexican heritage as the Colt 1911 in .45 ACP is to Americans. SK Customs takes newly manufactured Colt .38s and polishes them internally and externally before their expert engravers and jewelers go to work with 24-karat gold inlay along the slide. The hammer, magazine release, slide stop, and barrel bushing are also finished in gold. The presentation is finished with blue Kirinite grips embellished with the Aztec predecessor gods of the stars with the rampant Colt taking center stage in gold.

The Lady of Guadalupe 1911 is a limited edition with only 300 units to be produced and can be had at a handsome $2,500 MSRP.

Terril is an economic historian with a penchant for all things firearm related. Originally a pot hunter hailing from south Louisiana, he currently covers firearms and reloading topics in print and on his All Outdoors YouTube page. When he isn't delving into rimfire ballistics, pocket pistols, and colonial arms, Terril can be found perfecting his fire-starting techniques, photographing wildlife, and getting lost in the archives.

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