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American Handgunner Nov/Dec 2009 - Page 38
TAFFINTESTS John Taffin Guncrafter Industries chambered in .50 GI (left) and .45 ACP. Note the heavier barrel in the .50 GI. THE SIXGUNNER HIMSELF: GUNS, GEAR AND MORE Guncrafter Industries .50 GI (left) and .45 ACP American right proved to be rugged, reliable and among the top 1911-style pistols John has ever tested. GUNCRAFTERGOODIES S ad to say and painful to admit I’m no young buck anymore; in fact if I was a Texas whitetail I would have been culled long ago. So when I get a pistol that performs incredibly my first thought is almost always: “What could John tested the Guna young, clear-eyed, totally crafter .45 American with a wide range of unshakeable, invincible shooter factory ammo and really get from this gun?” This it liked it all! pistol which has stirred my emotions so much is the latest offering from Guncrafter Industries, standard sized Model 1911. Semiautos their 1911 American .45 ACP. Actually like the Desert Eagle and the LAR this is the third offering from Guncrafter Grizzly have been offered in cartridges Industries, which started first by offering more powerful than the .45 ACP such the Models 1 and 2 in .50 GI and then as the .357, .41 and .44 Magnums as a .50 GI Conversion Unit for the Glock well as the .50 Action Express, while Model 20 or 21. Let’s take a look at the AutoMag and Wildey have offered the .50s before we look at the latest creation. .44 AutoMag and .475 Wildey. All of Guncrafter Industries was the first these heavy-duty cartridges require a company to offer a larger cartridge in a large heavy pistol. Guncrafter Industries .45 American proved to be predictably accurate. John thought the Guncrafter Industries .50 Glock Conversion Unit was more comfortable to shoot than a .40 S&W on the same frame. The Guncrafter Industries .50 GI is not a Magnum and in fact works at the same pressure levels as the .45 ACP. The cartridge uses the same head or rim size as the .45 ACP, with brass made by Starline and is ever so slightly shorter than a standard .45 ACP. The “GI” in .50 GI has two meanings, the obvious connection to the government issued 1911, as well as being the initials for Guncrafter Industries. The Model 1 .50 GI is a basic 1911 design with external dimensions the same as a standard 1911 and will fit in holsters I have made for the .45 ACP 1911. Although the .50 GI is the same size externally, the .50 top end will not fit on a standard 1911 frame as other modifications have been made to the 1911 to accept the .50 GI barrel and slide. The .50 GI weighs in at an easypackin’ 40 ounces, and the trigger pull is a creep free 41/2 pounds while the 5" Match Grade barrel has a 1:18 twist and is matched up with a heavy-duty stainless-steel seven-round magazine. Sights are easy to see Heinie Slant Pro Trijicon with a square rear blade matched up with a front post, and a secure feeling is afforded by olive drab colored and checkered aluminum grip panels (My heart wept until I replaced them with Herrett’s fancy stocks!) mated with 20 LPI checkering on the front and back straps. An extended Tactical Thumb Safety is standard equipment as well as a beveled magazine well. In keeping with the original GI .45 Continued on page 108 38 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2009