Prime Charcoal Blue

Price: $4,795

Lead time: 9-12 Months

New for 2020, Alchemy Custom Weaponry introduces the newest member of the Prime family of 1911 pistols—the Prime Charcoal Blue. To the classic design and modern performance of Prime, the Charcoal Blue adds a heritage-level finish with a full hand polish on the flats and rounds, charcoal bluing on the slide and frame, Nitre blue small parts, flush cut and crowned barrel, and American Holly grips.

Digital images cannot capture the visual magic of Carbona blue, but if you’ve seen this finish on an heirloom Colt, crafted from a bygone era, you will never forget it. Doug Turnbull’s meticulous artistry reproduces this same breathtaking finish on the Charcoal Blue. The process involves several hours of hand polish preparations, over and above a regular Prime model, followed by the treatment of metal parts, which are placed in a gas-fired furnace along with our secret recipe that includes animal bone and sperm whale oil. The mirror-like bluing captures the heart while producing a hard-wearing finish.

A custom-crafted Nitre* blue safety and slide stop compliment the Charcoal Blue finish and create an enduring 1911 that will always perform and never go out of style. The Charcoal Blue Prime is a pistol both you and your family can cherish for generations to come.

Steeped in tradition, Prime is Master Gunsmith R. Schauland’s archetype of what a full-size 1911 is all about: everything you need and nothing you don’t. Constructed with frames and slides designed by R. Schauland and hand fit to elite gunsmith standards, the Prime family of pistols all feature the embodiment of 1911 ergonomics, including the highest grip rise in the industry, developed through thirty years of dedication to the art of the custom 1911.


Prime pistols are small production firearms that are a joy to both hold and behold, with a finish that is organic and unique to each pistol. This individuality ensures each Prime owner can customize their 1911 to taste using an array of options (please see below for available choices).


Performance, accuracy, and beauty. Prime.


The gallery below illustrates distinctive options available for Alchemy’s Prime 1911s, all of which are built to the exacting standards of Alchemy Custom Weaponry.

*please note nitre bluing is prone to wear which is not covered under warranty.  For durability considerations consider charcoal blued small parts.

  • Elite Gunsmith Crafted Government Size 1911
  • Classic Styling Cues
  • Hand Fit Frame and Slide designed by Master Gunsmith R. Schauland
  • ACW High Grip Ergonomics
  • 3.5 to 4.0 lb. Trigger Pull
  • Front Strap and MSH Custom Bordered Checkering
  • Hand Beveled Edges for Comfort and Style
  • Hand Fit Match Grade 5” barrel and bushing
  • Hand Polished Ignition Components
  • Hand Polished Flats and Rounds 
  • Flush Cut and Crowned Barrel
  • Charcoal Blued Finish
  • Nitre Blue Small Parts (Thumb Saftey and Slide Stop may wear)
  • Accuracy guarantee of 1.5 inch at 25 yards
  • Available Caliber: .45 ACP or 9mm
  • Frame and Slide Machined from Forged 4140 Carbon Steel
  • Beveled Magazine Well
  • 25 LPI Checkered Front Strap
  • 25 LPI Checkered Flat Mainspring Housing
  • Tuned and polished extractor
  • Hardened Steel Pin Set
  • Forged Steel Slide Stop
  • Lowered ejection port
  • Extended Billet Steel Pinned Ejector
  • Polished feed ramp
  • Throated barrel
  • ACW Fixed Rear Sight with Serrated Blade, Lo Profile Tac Hook and .140” Wide U-Notch
  • Cylinder & Slide Single Side Thumb Safety
  • Serrated Black Front Sight with Blended Dovetail Fit
  • Traditional guide rod and cap.
  • American Holly Grips
  • Two – 8 Round Magazines with Steel Followers

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Sales tax will be added for orders shipped to PA or IN