Frequently Asked Questions

Does Free State Firearms, LLC Certifire Technology® limit what I can do with my 9mm 1911 Sentry firearm?

No, not in any manner. It is as responsive and reliable as any other firearm.

How does the 9mm 1911 Sentry firearm unlock?

While wearing an RFID-enabled ring on the ring or pinkie finger of the shooting hand, the authorized user grips the firearm while depressing the grip safety.

How fast does the 9mm 1911 Sentry firearm unlock?

In under 200 milliseconds (less than 1/5 of a second).

How long does the 9mm 1911 Sentry firearm stay unlocked?

As long as the shooter continues to depress the safety activation switch provided the shooter’s RFID-enabled ring is firmly gripping the hand grip.

Can my authorization ring operate other 9mm 1911 Sentry firearms?

Yes, but only for custom orders. In general, each Free State Firearms, LLC firearm is specifically paired to one (and only one) authorization ring.

What about left handed / ambidextrous users?

The 9mm 1911 Sentry firearm is currently designed for use by either hand.

How does this help address firearm abuse or misuse?

Opportunities for firearm abuse and misuse are eliminated provided unintended users don’t have access to the authorization ring.

Will the government or anyone else be able to hack / remotely disable / modify my 9mm 1911 Sentry firearm?

No. The technology is entirely self-contained and can’t be accessed, hacked or manipulated remotely.

Does the purchase of a Free State Firearms, LLC firearm require any additional certifications or background checks versus a traditional firearm?