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Browning 1911-22 Compact


In 2011 the 1911-22 was selected as Field & Stream magazine's Best Handgun of the year.

In the early 1900s jungle warfare in the Philippines exposed the inadequacies of the .38 revolver and sent the U.S. Army on a search for an official large-caliber semiautomatic service sidearm. After a famed government test in 1910 when it fired 6,000 rounds in two days without a malfunction, the single test gun being dunked in a water bucket when it overheated, John Moses Browning’s “Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911” became that sidearm.

Now, in honor of the 100th anniversary of a great firearm, Browning has come out with a new scaled-down version in .22 Long Rifle, the 1911-22 A1. We used Remington 40-grain .22 Target rounds to test-fire the gun, albeit somewhat less than 6,000 times in a row. The best performance was a 21⁄2-inch five-shot group fired from a rest at 25 yards. Though it has a heavy factory trigger, for plinking or for teaching a kid to shoot, the 1911-22 A1 has a lot of potential.

Get your hands on 85% of the greatest pistol in history.
John M. Browning developed the Model 1911 to fire the powerful 45 ACP cartridge. We developed it to fire the 22 L.R. and, after extensive testing and research, determined that 85% of the original size was ideal for the smaller cartridge. Put one in your hands and we know that you’ll agree. The grip is comfortable even in large hands and feels equally at home in smaller ones. The lightweight alloy construction is anything but light duty. Own a little piece of history today.

You will find a familiar friend in the 1911-22 pistol. All controls operate just as those on the original John M. Browning-designed Model 1911.

ACTION: The straight blowback design offers enhanced simplicity and reliability.
FRAME: Machined from aircraft-grade aluminum to exacting tolerances.
SLIDE: Vertical serrations provide an improved cocking grip. The convenient manual slide release is easily operated with the shooting or support hand.
SAFETY: Large manual thumb safety and grip safety.
MAGAZINE: The steel magazine body is heattreated for long-term feeding reliability and long life. Our coil spring provides a consistent follower angle. 10-round capacity.
MAGAZINE RELEASE: Positioned adjacent to the trigger guard for convenient operation.
FRAME – Alloy, Matte blued finish
SLIDE - Machined aluminum, Matte blued finish
BARREL- Stainless steel barrel block, Matte blued finish, Target Crown
ACTION – Blowback, Single-action trigger
GRIPS - Brown composite
FEATURES - Fixed sights, Detachable 10-round magazine, Manual thumb safety, Grip safety

Caliber: 22 L.R.
Barrel Length: 3 5/8"
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