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WINNINGEDGE soLId AdvIce to Keep yoU AHeAd oF tHe coMpetItIoN dAve ANdersoN A cute Browning .22 D … And A Letter ear Mr. Editor: I am taking a subscription just so I can cancel it. I am deeply offended. Offended and indignant. One of your so-called “experts” referred to the Browning 1911-22 as “cute.” Firearms are not cute. They are tools. They have no personality. You’re no better than anti-gun types who demonize guns with terms like “assault weapon” and “sniper rifIe.” You are helping the anti-gunners, betraying your readers, setting a bad example for the children, scaring the horses, causing anxiety and sleep disorder, and just generally guilty of bad form. Signed, Outraged! operating controls are made of steel, similar in appearance and location to the original 1911a1. handling, shooting, even takedown for cleaning are identical. There, I’ve said it, so there’s no need to write Editor Roy a scathing letter. Because against all my better instincts, knowing full well the grievous nature of my sin — I am labeling the Browning 1911-22 “cute.” I know our own Duke Venturino covered this nifty gun not long ago, but we simply couldn’t resist another look. This little Browning is a copy of the John Browning-designed US Pistol, Model of 1911A1, but scaled down in size to 85 percent of the original. Rather than .45 ACP, it’s chambered for the .22 LR. Obviously it isn’t an exact copy in every respect. Rather than the tilt-lock mechanism of the .45 it’s a straight blowback. The frame and slide are made of alloy, keeping weight at 1 pound (empty). The barrel is steel-lined; the breech area and feed-ramp are steel and a steel a Re-LOOk? left: with its light weight, heavy trigger pull, and small sights it takes a superlative shooter to realize its accuracy. right: top is a wwii-era 1911a1 .45 aCp service pistol with original holster, bottom the browning 1911-22 and holster (also available from browning). breechface/firing pin/extractor housing is pinned in the slide. Operating components subject to wear such as the hammer and sear, thumb safety, slide stop, magazine housing and magazine latch are steel. The pistol came in a very nice soft pistol rug, with labels containing the signature of John M. Browning and “1911 – 2011 100 Years”. My first impression on opening the case was, “Hey, is this thing ever cu- I mean, curiously, it isn’t a full-size .22.” If what you want is a same size/weight .22 for cheaper practice with a 1911-style pistol, this probably isn’t the one you want. But, this one stands on its own merits. I ran about 250 rounds of several types and brands of ammunition from CCI, Federal, Remington, and Winchester; plated high-speed solids and hollowpoints, standard velocity target loads with lead bullets. The magazine capacity is 10 rounds, and the 1911-22 functioned perfectly, with never even a hint of a malfunction. Operating controls — grip safety, thumb safety, slide stop, magazine release — are located and operate the same as on a real 1911. There’s one additional feature, a magazine safety; and everything functioned reliably. KItty-Cute: AlMoSt T rigger pull is 5½ pounds and reasonably crisp, with a small amount of creep I could feel in precision shooting. Even with the rather primitive sights, I was able to get decent 5-shot groups at 25 yards. By concentrating with roughly the intensity of a pilot making a night landing in a zero-visibility blizzard, I could keep all five in 2", but with even a bit of wind shear a shot would get away, opening the group another inch or so. Handsome appearance aside, a fair question is what is it good for. Several things, actually. It’s a fun plinker, and despite the best efforts of some I could name, fun is still legal. It would be a good training pistol for a shooter with small hands. Women who tried the pistol liked it and began treating me with civility and even, dare I say it, respect, which is unusual in my case. With its light weight, reliability and accuracy, it would be a fine kit gun, the pistol you carry in a daypack or survival kit along with a couple boxes of ammunition. It’s made (and made very well) in the USA, and is a fitting tribute to a great man and a great patriot, John M. Browning. And it’s cuter than a basket of kittens. Okay, maybe not quite that cute, but you get the drift. Oh, and don’t send the letter. I promised Roy he wouldn’t get any. Please? * For more info: www.americanhandgunner.com/browning or (800) 333-3288 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • JULY/AUGUST2012 40