Defense: Military / Firearms

As an American-owned and -operated industrial forging company, our sense of patriotism runs deep. We do not take a single freedom provided to us for granted— that’s why Trenton Forging Company takes great pride in doing our part to protect freedom’s most valuable asset: our men and women serving on the front lines. 

One way we do that is by manufacturing a wide range of forged parts for the defense industry. Whether we’re manufacturing forged parts for mine-resistant vehicles or military-grade firearm components, we ensure that each part is capable of withstanding the conditions of war.

What We Manufacture

Trenton Forging is capable of producing all types of complex, near-net forged parts for the defense industry, including:

  • 1911 Frame
  • Armored Vehicle Hinges
  • Bolt Body
  • Bolt Carrier
  • Charging Handle
  • Front Block
  • Gas Hole Bushing
  • Iron Sights
  • Operating Rod Guide
  • Pistol Frame
  • Piston Rod Extension
  • Step Bolt
  • 1911 Slide
  • Belt Feed Lever
  • Bolt Breech
  • Bottom Plate
  • Deck Fittings
  • Gas Cylinder
  • Gas Tube
  • Locking Lever
  • Pistol Barrel
  • Pistol Slide
  • Revolver Body
  • Trunnion


  • Custom Tooling
  • 3D Prototyping
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Resinks
  • Induction Heating
  • Pre- & Post-Forming
  • Impression Die Forging
  • Press Forging
  • Symmetrical & Asymmetrical Forgings
  • Machining

Our Process

Trenton Forging produces high-performance military forgings using our own impression die forging process:


    1. Creating Custom Tooling: We work closely with our customers to develop custom tooling, or dies that are used in the impression die forging process. Our engineers can work from blueprints or CAD models. You can also provide us with a sample component that our team can reverse engineer utilizing our 3D laser scanning technology. We can provide custom tooling to you and sample forgings within two to three weeks. 
    2. Procuring Raw Materials: We’ll then purchase raw materials in the right grade and diameter based on the component we’re producing and use our CNC cold saws to cut the material into billets. This process may take between one to three weeks, depending on how long it takes the steel mills we work with to ship the material.
    3. Preheating & Preforming:  We use an induction heating unit to preheat all billets to a predetermined temperature that’s based on the component we’re forging. Then, we’ll preform or shape the billet so that it fits into your custom tooling.
    4. Forging: At Trenton Forging, we use air-lift, gravity-drop hammers or fully automated forging presses in our process. The entire forging process may take between one to three days depending on the complexity of the project. 
    5. Shot Blast Cleaning: After your component has been fully forged and cooled, we’ll remove scale and clean the part surface via shot blast cleaning. We will also heat treat any components if your application requires post-forging treatments. 
    6. Final Inspections: Our team inspects every forged component by hand. We also provide magnetic particle inspections if required by the application.

Why Work With Trenton Forging?

Trenton Forging has been working with the defense industry since 1967, and has significant experience with mil specs and DoD requirements. Focused on quality, we’re also ISO 9001-certified by ANAB and offer some of the fastest turnaround times in the industry. 

Since our founding, we’ve been committed to innovation and strive to incorporate technology that helps us improve our processes, deliver high-quality forgings, and reduce our waste. In fact, we incorporate induction heating and CNC carbide cutting tools into our existing processes to help reduce our energy use, as well as recycle our steel scrap. 

When you need strength, reliability, and durability, you need our military forgings.

Request a Quote Today

Trenton Forging is proud to be a leading provider of military forgings. We’re also happy to extend the same level of dependability for non-military firearm customers as well. Submit an online quote inquiry along with your drawings or ideas, and let’s get to work. 

Quality, on-time delivery, and competitive pricing: Trenton Forging Company’s consistency meets (and exceeds) these desired requirements of a good supplier. Additionally, Trenton Forging is innovative, and believes in partnering with their customers. Rich Weis
Federal Mogul
Trenton Forging Company is a leader in their industry, and a textbook example of dedication and commitment to their family, employees, customers, suppliers and community. Gary Goodman / CEO
Eaton Steel Bar Company
Working with Trenton Forging, I learned that “no” was not in their vocabulary. No matter how challenging a part seemed to be, they went the extra mile to think out of the box in order to find ways to forge that product. Not only did they find a solution, but they did it in a timely manner. James W. Barnthouse
Century Sun Metal Treating
We are very proud to have partnered exclusively with Trenton Forging for our Ultra Connecting Rod Forgings. The service we get is top notch, communications are open and honest, and the parts are of exceptional quality and deliver on time. Really couldn’t ask for a better supplier! Keep that bar set high my friends. Laurie Fitzwater / Operations Manager
Callies Performance Products/Aviation Mfg.
From sales to customer service, Trenton Forging always displays the highest level of integrity, and has earned our highest level of trust. Thank you for helping CP-Carrillo succeed in our business for over 55 years. Cindy Verkooij / Director of Sales and Marketing
Trenton Forging Company sets the SBQ “Bar” in a customer & supplier relationship! Mark Candy / VP Sales
Eaton Steel Bar Company