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GUNS Magazine November 2011 Digital Edition - Page 40
ConTInues To BrIng forTh more And more models. Mike “Duke” Venturino Photos: Yvonne Venturino s would be expected, 2011 has seen several versions introduced of the basic 1911 pistol design, all meant to celebrate its 100 years of existence. By mid-year when this is being written I’ve managed to get my hands on four ranging from .45 ACP 1911 and 1911A1 clones to a couple of radically different yet still 1911-similar .22 rimfires. The 1911 CenTennIAl A One very suitably comes from Browning Arms Company. See Holt’s “Rimfire” column in this issue for a full review. Let me just add I first saw Browning’s little .22 in May 2011 when attending a rifle match in Utah put on by two of Browning’s employees: Denny Wilcox and Peter Sodoma. Both had preproduction samples along with them. At some point one of those guys pulled the new pistol out of a case and asked, “What do you think of this?” I actually exclaimed, “That’s cute!” Shortly thereafter Browning sent one of them to me for shooting. One and all of the people to whom I have shown it have said the exact same first words, “That’s cute!” Unless I give the impression that “cute” means this little .22 autoloader is a toy, please rest assured it is not. It is a real shooting pistol. Browning’s 1911-22 is made in Utah and company officials tell me that a Commander version will soon accompany the 1911A1. There’s another 1911 .22 rimfire out. This one is full size and is a collaboration of three companies. The guns are being manufactured in Germany by the famous Carl Walther firm of Ulm. Then they are imported into this country by Umarex USA of Fort Smith, Ark. Then the Colt firm licenses their name complete with the “rampant Colt” logo to go on them. There are two versions. One is the Rail Gun. Its frame is built with a rail on the front bottom onto which accessories can be hung. The second .22 from the 3-way collaboration is the more traditional Government Model which has always been Colt’s name for what the US military called the 1911A1. I have both models here but because I don’t like “stuff” hanging on my pistols it is the Government Model I fancy most. Outwardly the Walther/Umarex USA/Colt .22 Government Model is 1911 all the way in size. Most shooters I have handed it to do not immediately recognize it as a .22, but when they rack the slide to ascertain it is empty they feel the lightness of its recoil spring Both the Cimarron Arms Model 1911 .45 ACP and the Walther/ Umarex/Colt .22 Government Model (inset, top gun) hit right of point of aim at 50'. Both are decently accurate for offhand shooting. Shooting steel with the Cimarron Arms Model 1911 .45 ACP is a lot more fun than shooting paper. WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • NOVEMBER 2011