The Hackathorn Special®

Base Price: $4,085 (.45 ACP) | $4,185 (9mm)

The Hackathorn Special is a unique combination of our time-tested best features. This model is geared towards the needs of the serious defensive shooter and has “Everything you need and nothing you don’t.”


Ken drew upon decades of practical experience and his vast collection of custom handguns to develop the “Hackathorn Special.” This model is geared towards the needs of the serious defensive shooter.  It is a unique combination of our time-tested best features like full-size slide and frame, one piece Bullet Proof® magwell, concealment hammer/grip safety, and the versatile medium-length trigger. Each pistol will have Ken’s signature and logo on the slide.

Since this pistol is well equipped with Ken’s preferred custom options, the only allowable upgrades are ambidextrous safety, choice of front sight and deluxe hand-polish blued finish. (Ivory grips and hex screws are for photo purposes only and are not a standard feature.)

Ken Hackathorn is a living legend in the field of tactical pistolcraft. He has been an active competitor, shooter and trainer since the early 1970’s, when he has was one of the earliest instructors at Jeff Cooper’s American Pistol Institute. He has since become a leader in the field of defensive firearms training for individuals, law enforcement and military units across the globe.

Ken has served as a US Army Special Forces Small Arms Instructor, Gunsite Head Instructor and NRA Police Firearms Instructor. He is currently an FBI Certified Firearms Instructor, Certified Deputy Sheriff, an SRT member and Special Response Team trainer. Ken has trained the highest levels of US Military Special Operations forces and Marine special units, and has been a contract small arms trainer to FBI, SWAT and HRT. He has been a firearms and tactical training advisor to special agencies all over the world.

Ken has written firearms-related material for Guns & Ammo, Combat Handguns, Soldier Of Fortune, American Handgunner and contributed to multiple other firearms journals. He has also written for numerous firearms-related television programs and multiple training videos. As a founding member of both IPSC and the IDPA, Ken has been actively involved in fostering the development of practical handgun shooting sports worldwide for almost 40 years.

  • Available Calibers: .45 ACP, 9mm, 38 Super
  • Magazine Capacity: 8 rounds (.45)
  • Barrel Length: 5″
  • Overall Length: 8.7″
  • Sight Radius: 6.6″
  • Height: 5.6″
  • Width: 1.3″
  • Weight Empty: 40.2 oz.
  • Weight Loaded: 45.6 oz.
  • Accuracy Guarantee: 1″ at 25 yds

*Photos may include features and/or upgrades not included in the base model and price.

*Weights shown are close approximations. Due to slight variations in all  parts and/or custom option deviations, we cannot guarantee the weight to be 100% specific on any firearm.

*Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Firearms will be invoiced at prevailing prices at time of delivery.

*Due to the current unprecedented demand for our firearms, some components may be substituted in order to complete your firearm in a more timely manner.



  • Full-Size Carbon Steel Frame
  • High Cut Checkered Frontstrap
  • Concealment Bullet Proof® Beavertail Grip Safety and Hammer
  • Heavy Machine Chamfer on Bottom of Slide
  • Fluted Chamber
  • Countersunk Slide Stop
  • Flush Cut and Reverse Crown
  • Medium Trigger
  • Ball Endmill Cuts
  • Black G10 Starburst Flat Bottom Grips
  • Bullet Proof® Tactical Thumb Safety
  • 3 ½# – 4 ½# Crisp Trigger Pull
  • Bullet Proof® Magazine Well
  • Bullet Proof® Magazine Release
  • 5″ Carbon Steel Slide
  • Battlesight with Fiber Optic Front Sight
  • 5″ Stainless Match Grade Barrel & Bushing, Hand Fit
  • 30 LPI Slide Top Serrations
  • 40 LPI Serrated Rear of Slide



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