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CAROLINA ARMS GROUP TRENTON TACTICAL

MANUFACTURER: CAROLINA ARMS GROUP (DEPT. AR), 256 RACEWAY DRIVE, SUITE 7,
MOORESVILLE, NC 28117; (704) 660-0017; CAROLINAARMSGROUP.COM
8.7"

style. There are angled cocking serrations at the rear of the slide.
Several useful shooter amenities
have been worked into the Trenton
design. Crafted from G10 laminate,
the gray-black stocks by VZ Grips
feature a coarse pattern of vertical channels accented with lateral
grooves. This aggressive pattern is
abrasive, but works well for shooters
who need some extra texturing to
help them hold on to the gun while
firing. A further positive grip comes
from an attractive but functional
treatment applied to the frontstrap
and mainspring housing. Instead of
checkering or vertical grooving, these
surfaces bear a series of overlapping
oval-shaped depressions that work
well to enhance purchase.
The Trenton's designers may have
wanted to build a very traditional
gun, but they also included several
modern enhancements for practical
use. The front sight is a red-fiberoptic unit, as used on a number
of other modern guns, which is
matched with a Dawson Precision
rear sight with a black sighting
surface and a wide notch. It is an
arrangement well-suited to a variety
of shooting situations. The Carolina
Arms Group marks its new pistol
with a stylized eagle head and wing,
contoured into a letter "C." Logos
appear on both sides of the slide
and both stocks; the slide also reads
"Carolina Arms Group" on the left
and "Trenton" on the right.
One additional feature needs to
be mentioned. The maker's pistols all
feature barrels manufactured by Kart,
which are designed for installation
by professional gunsmiths. Kart-made
barrels have earned a reputation for
exceptional accuracy.
The test gun weighed 42 ozs.,
however, it seemed heavier in the
hand-probably due to the full-length
guide rod and nose-heavy balance. It
performed properly in all hand-held
shooting. We ran several hundred
rounds through the gun to test it for
reliability, which was 100 percent, and
accuracy following our standard protocol of firing five consecutive, five-shot
groups at 25 yds. In this case, the

TRENTON
CAROLINA FIREARMS GROUP LLC,MOORESVILLE,NC,USA

CAG 00000

5"
5.5"
CHAMBERING: .45 ACP
ACTION TYPE:
RECOIL-OPERATED,
SEMI-AUTOMATIC
CENTER-FIRE PISTOL
SLIDE: FORGED CARBON STEEL
FRAME: FORGED CARBON STEEL
RIFLING: 1:16" LH TWIST
MAGAZINE: EIGHT-ROUND
DETACHABLE BOX

SIGHTS: COMBAT-STYLE REAR,
RED FIBER-OPTIC FRONT;
DRIFT-ADJUSTABLE
TRIGGER: SINGLE-ACTION;
4-LB. PULL
WIDTH: 1.3"
WEIGHT: 42 OZS.
ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S
MANUAL, PADDED RUG,
EXTRA MAGAZINE

MSRP: $3,700

SHOOTING RESULTS (25 YDS.)

VEL. @ 12'
(F.P.S.)

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

BLACK HILLS
230-GR. JHP

898 AVG.
23 SD

412

0.95

1.96

1.34

FEDERAL GOLD MEDAL
230-GR. FMJ

858 AVG.
20 SD

376

1.07

1.87

1.38

SIG SAUER V-CROWN
230-GR. JHP

885 AVG.
11 SD

400

0.80

1.57

1.05

.45 ACP
CARTRIDGE

AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD

GROUP SIZE (INCHES)
LARGEST
AVERAGE
SMALLEST

1.26

NOTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 SHOTS FIRED OVER AN OEHLER MODEL 35P
12 FT. ACCURACY RESULTS FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT GROUPS AT
25 YDS. FROM A RANSOM REST. TEMPERATURE: 65° F. HUMIDITY: 8%. ABBREVIATIONS: FMJ
(FULL METAL JACKET), JHP (JACKETED HOLLOW POINT), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION).
CHRONOGRAPH AT

gun was secured in a Ransom machine
rest using standard Government Model
inserts. Three ammunition loads were
tested, and the results are tabulated
nearby. The Trenton Tactical comes
with a 1.5" accuracy guarantee at
25 yds., and averages for all three
loads met that threshold. With the
relatively new SIG Sauer 230-gr.
V-Crown load, the Trenton delivered
an average group size of 1.05".
Federal Gold Medal ran 1.38" and

Black Hills JHP measured 1.34".
For five-shot groups from 25 yds.,
these results are Camp Perry, National
Match, blue-ribbon accurate. That
fact alone makes the Carolina Arms
Group Trenton Tactical an intriguing
option within the M1911 market.
When coupled with the pistol's high
overall fit and finish, the result is a
gun that, despite its high price, is a
reasonable buy for the discriminating
M1911 shooter.

The American Rifleman has used the phrase "Dope Bag" since at least 1921, when Col. Townsend
Whelen first titled his column with it. Even then, it had been in use for years, referring to a sack used
by target shooters to hold ammunition and accessories on the firing line. "Sight dope" also was a
traditional marksman's term for sight-adjustment information, while judging wind speed and direction
was called "doping the wind."
WARNING: Technical data and information contained herein are intended to provide information based
on the limited experience of individuals under specific conditions and circumstances. They do not detail
the comprehensive training procedures, techniques and safety precautions absolutely necessary to
properly carry on similar activity. Read the notice and disclaimer on the contents page. Always consult
comprehensive reference manuals and bulletins for details of proper training requirements, procedures,
techniques and safety precautions before attempting any similar activity.
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