The National Standard

Base Price: $5,295

Two words, one promise. National Standard. A pistol befitting its name: 100% all-American. A benchmark that sets the modern standard for an American classic.

Cabot’s National Standard 1911 is our gauntlet for American quality, a challenge by which the industry will be measured.

World-class precision engineering, machining, and artisan craftsmanship are the beating heart of the National Standard 1911. Enshrined in our Made in America Manifesto, Cabot’s commitment to define the industry’s highest standards is why this icon is produced in the heartland of these United States.

The smooth lines and elegant curves are accentuated with subtle details that elevate the National Standard to benchmark status—featuring both precision machining and hand-worked artisan craftsmanship to stand head and shoulders above the competition.

The eye is drawn to our trademark Tristar trigger, one of many recognizable design elements that separate Cabot from the pack. Each star is precision-formed using CNC spark corrosion technology, notable for achieving tolerances finer than a fraction of the size of a human hair. The trigger is further refined with serrations along the front pad to improve tactile feel for the shooter.

Even the National Standard’s slide serrations subtly reveal the level of care and quality lavished on this pistol. In between each serration is an additional micro-serration measuring a mere ten hairs wide, and from zero to three and a half hairs deep (and back again) from top to bottom. These markings are precision-ground into the slide, completing the National Standard’s unique look and further exemplifying the quality and attention to detail that ships with each Cabot Guns pistol.

Cabot’s new-for-2021 rear sight has been designed to balance defensive and range functionality with the refinement you’ve come to expect from Cabot. The .140″ wide U-Notch was selected specifically for quick target acquisition while creating a sight picture that perfectly cradles any of our dot, fiber, or bead front sights. 

A heavy dehorn is applied to reduce potential snags and facilitate maximum carry comfort, without sacrificing the tactical advantages of its aggressive hook design. The rear-facing sight surface features 50 LPI checkering for glare reduction. The National Standard ships with luxurious walnut grips featuring an inlaid medallion, but a wide range of grip options are available to personalize your pistol.

Available in both Government and Commander sizes and chambered in either .45 ACP or 9mm Luger, these choices are just the start of how you can make the National Standard your own. Should you choose your National Standard in our carry Commander format, you will benefit from the unique full-cycle technology we engineered, which provides the full-size stroke of a Government model and does not compromise the shooting experience. Cabot guarantees the accuracy of all our pistols with shot groups better than 1.5 inch at 25 yards.

As deserving of a place on your mantle or at the range —the National Standard is a tool where state-of-the-art meets art.

Current Lead Time for The National Standard 12+ Months


To order your National Standard, select your options from the list below and place your non-refundable deposit.  Once we receive the order we will confirm the options and give you an estimated delivery date.  Final Payment and FFL shipping info aren’t required until the pistol is complete.

Cabot 1911’s are not available in CA or MA

Base Price: $5,295


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