What's a good quality 1911 in .22 ?


April 27, 2013, 09:42 AM
What would be a good quality (not pot metal) 1911 in .22? I've only got one .22 pistol right now which is a Buck Mark. I'm thinking another .22 might be a good idea. I don't currently have any 1911s so maybe one chambered in .22 would be the ticket. I know they are out there, but I don't know anything about them. I'm looking for a decent quality pistol probably topping out at $500 - $600. Any suggestions? Almost forgot, a fiber optic front sight is always a plus with me.

What about SIG Sauer's 1911?

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April 27, 2013, 12:28 PM
The Sig 1911-22 is a good gun. The GSG is the same gun but less expensive. I think they have a zinc alloy slide. The 22lr doesn't have enough energy to reliably move a heavier steel slide. 22lr pistols made of steel like the Ruger Mk. III usually have smaller bolts - not a full length slide.

April 27, 2013, 03:01 PM
Almost all of the 1911 .22 pistols use zamak slides and frames. It is not about weight, it is about making inexpensive guns to sell. The cost of zamak is ridiculously low compared to steel and it is acceptable for use in low powered firearms.

April 28, 2013, 01:04 PM
The Browning one is supposed to be quite well received. It's scaled down, though, being about 75 percent of the size of a "real" 1911. I'd reckon it's a good packing pistol for the trail or general plinking. To me, full-framed guns in .22, unless used for training, are just "too easy" to shoot.

Remember that these are all "1911s" in style alone; they're blowback guns instead of locked-breech ones. But, everything else (safeties, mag releases, etc.) operates like the centerfire version.

April 28, 2013, 02:25 PM
What I did was pick up a Kimber .22 conversion kit as I have 5 1911's so it made more sense to have 5 1911 .22's for the price of one kit (which works great, BTW).

April 28, 2013, 03:21 PM
I love my Ciener conversion (currently out of production, couldn't have happened to a bigger jerk,) and I love it, I run it on my Kimber Custom II, I have run a bajillion rounds through it, I'm thinking that I will build a dedicated frame for it.

April 29, 2013, 02:05 PM
I've got the sig 1911-22, and according to the owners manual the slide is made of aluminum. I've only put 3 or 4 hundred rounds through it but so far it has ran perfect my 6 year old son even shoots it pretty well.

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April 29, 2013, 05:51 PM
Whatever you do, just forget about the Chiappa 1911-22. Worst gun I've ever bought. Use the search.

April 29, 2013, 05:57 PM
The Kimber Rimfire Target 1911s are very good, unless you already have a 1911, then go with the .22 conversion from Kimber. Make sure it'll fit your 1911 first though...it won't fit Sig 1911s. :uhoh:

April 29, 2013, 09:11 PM
Rock Island has a 22lr pistol now. Doesn't have a last round hold open, though.

April 29, 2013, 09:28 PM
I've got a GSG. And from what I've read it is the Sig, but cheaper. I really like mine. Bought it for the threaded barrel but still had to spend $40 on an adapter. PM me for pics or video.

April 29, 2013, 10:11 PM
None of them are worth my money. If you want a 1911 get a 45, if you want a 22 buy a buck mark or Ruger.

Old Shooter
April 30, 2013, 07:32 AM
Since you already have a Buckmark, if you don't find a 1911 style that suits you I'd go for a Ruger 22/45 MKIII.

They have a slew of versions of this gun now but I prefer the 5" barrel myself.

Controls are pretty much the same as a 1911 and mine have been 100% reliable for thousands of rounds.

Decisions, decisions...:)

April 30, 2013, 07:46 AM
I have a GSG and it's performed flawlessly. It's the only 22 pistol I own that isn't picky about ammo. Yes, the slide isn't steel. But it only shoots 22 which isn't a high power round. A lot of parts are interchangeable w/ real 1911 parts. My only complaint is the finish is horrible on it. It's thin and wears off almost instantly. This is fairly minor since refinishing it doesn't take or cost much.

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April 30, 2013, 06:22 PM
A full size slide on a .22 1911 will have to be alloy of some form. Hence the die cast metal on the lower cost guns. Kimber may be the exception if their slide is forged or machined from aluminium stock instead of die cast.

A steel slide on a .22 1911 would have to be very thin to make it so the weight matches to the recoil energy. At that point you could crush it in your hand. And even then there would need to be an alloy block for the firing pin and extractor area.

May 1, 2013, 03:06 AM
Colt makes one - I was about 20 minutes too late to buy it at the LGS. Price tag was $399. They've got another now, they call it a "rail gun" as it has a Picatinny on the bottom of the barrel. But it's $469. I'm waiting for another $400 basic 1911.

May 1, 2013, 09:28 AM
I like the Armscor XT22. All metal, but no last round hold open. :rolleyes:

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