Thursday, February 3, 2011

Browning joins ever-growing list of 1911-style .22LR pistol makers

With several makers now offering 1911 full-size pistols in .22LR, Browning has upped the ante with a new line of Commander-size and compact .22LR pistols with all the functional features of the original 1911. I've been holding off so far on adding a 1911 .22LR to my modest collection, but that 3 5/8″-barrel compact just might be the straw that breaks this particular camel's back.
Browning 1911-22When Browning set out to celebrate 100 years of John Browning’s 1911 pistol, she certainly could have done the predictable thing and offered just a commemorative version in .45 ACP. Instead, we got a very nice, scaled-down 1911 A1 in .22LR. That means this is one 1911 you can afford to shoot — lots!

Ideal for target practice and making training affordable, this one will be a classy addition to anyone’s gun collection. Like I said, it’s scaled down to 85% of the full-size 1911, which makes it a joy to hold.
Depending on which version you’re talking about — the A1 sports a 4 1/4″ barrel; the Compact model a 3 5/8″ tube — the weight comes in between 15 or 15 1/2 ounces respectively. The barrel has a target crown and the slide is aluminum with a matte blued finish. I really liked the dark brown grips; they gave the pistol an old-fashioned golden-age charm.
 Stolen from Gun Digest.

Browning Arms Co. is a "she"!? WTF!

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