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American Handgunner Jan/Feb 2012 Digital Edition - Page 48

A 1911 BrownIng’s MIke “Duke” VenturIno • Photos: yVonne VenturIno BABy B aby was a word often associated with firearms in the late 1800s. Baby carbines were simply saddle ring carbines with extra light or short barrels primarily meant for horseback carry. There was even an S&W Baby Russian .38 revolver, so nicknamed because it was essentially a scaled down version of one of their large-frame, top break .44 Russian models. Now we have a “Baby 1911” if tIny .22 The browning 1911-22 tips the scales at a bare pound. At the top of the page you can see some size perspective of the new “baby 1911” by comparing the muzzle end of one alongside a full-size Colt 1911A1. WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • JANUARY/FEBRUARY2012 The new browning model 1911-22 and the two types of ammunition duke put through it. The magazine holds nine rounds and the gun ran just fine. not in name, then most certainly in reality. It is doubtful if anyone has been surprised by the plethora of 1911 pistols introduced in 2011 to celebrate (and capitalize upon) the landmark design’s 100 th anniversary. What did surprise me was the 85 percent scaled down 1911-22 a Browning official handed me during a visit to Utah last spring. My exclamation upon seeing it was, “That’s cute!” Nearly everyone I’ve handed this sample to has said the exact same words. At 85 percent scale, this little rimfire has a 4¼" barrel, 7¼" overall length and 48

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