Boss .45

Our test of the new Boss .45 reveals why it’s the pistol Les Baer uses for his own personal protection 

Custom Gun

A chromed frame, polished blue slide and dark wood grips give Les Baer’s Boss a very attractive appearance. This custom-made .45 is a fitting tribute to the 100-year heritage of the M1911.

Story and Photos by Dr. Martin D. Topper

Ever wonder what kind of gun a custom gunmaker like Les Baer would build for himself? Now you can own one.

Baer put all the features he prefers into one pistol and named it “The Boss” after his favorite high-performance car, the extremely rare 429 Mustang. Like Ford’s ultimate muscle car, Les Baer’s new Boss .45 is designed for people who want the most from their equipment.

It takes Baer’s master pistolsmiths about 40 hours to build a Boss, and like all precision instruments, its price reflects the amount of highly-skilled labor that goes into its construction. But when you consider what you get for the money, this pistol is a very good value.


The Boss is a high-speed, low-drag pistol that has all the necessary tactical features to make it accurate, reliable and shooter-friendly. Many of these features are familiar to owners of Les Baer .45s. They include an adjustable rear sight, a tuned extractor, an extended ejector, a polished feed ramp and throated barrel, a beveled magazine well, and a deluxe Commander hammer and sear tuned to a crisp 4-pound trigger pull.

The Boss also has a lowered and flared ejection port; a checkered, flat mainspring housing; a beavertail grip safety with a memory pad; an extended combat safety; a high checkered front strap and a tightly fitted National Match slide, frame and barrel.

The author uses a two-hand retention position and flash sight picture to engage a target while moving backward at extremely close range

The author uses a two-hand retention position and flash sight picture to engage a target while moving backward at extremely close range. The Boss produced excellent hits using this technique.

Three additional features that set the Boss apart from the other Baer .45s include a chromed frame that creates a very pleasing two-tone effect, a red fiber-optic front sight that provides a bright aiming point that is visible under a variety of daytime and indoor lighting conditions and diagonal cocking serrations on the rear of the slide.

I prefer .45s that only have rear serrations. Having both front and rear serrations may look “tactical,” but I’ve never found front serrations to be all that useful for performing press checks. I just don’t like putting my hand that close to the muzzle of a loaded and cocked gun.

To read this story in its entirety, pick up a copy of Gun World’s January issue, available on newsstands now.

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