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Browning 1911 22 LR autoloader

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Peter M. Eick, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. Peter M. Eick

    Peter M. Eick Well-Known Member

    Anyone know much beyond what is out on the blogs about this gun?

    From what I have figured out it is an 80% version of the 1911. Aluminum alloy frame and slide. 10 shot 1911. It is supposed to be an exact replica of the 1911 although the pictures I have seen makes it out to be a 1911A1 series.

    This one hits my "cute" factor so I am interested. Too bad it is not a steel frame though. I would prefer that over aluminum but I understand a 22 can run a steel slide reliably.

    So do I have the basics down?

    Any opinions on why I would want to buy a Kimber Rimfire over this one?
  2. Marshall

    Marshall Well-Known Member

  3. Shear_stress

    Shear_stress Well-Known Member

    What he's referring to is a different animal altogether offered by Browning, not Colt. I love the idea of a minature 1911 chambered in .22 LR--especially if the higher price actually translates to better quality compared to the other 1911-style rimfire plinkers on the market.

    The price and lack of pre-existing aftermarket support make this 80%-scale 1911 a pretty ballsy move for Browning. The lower end of the market will balk at the price of admission while bigger spenders will carp that a few bills more will get them into a Marvel upper and a full size lower.

    On the other hand, if the continuing demand for guns like the Beretta 87 Cheetah means anything, it's that there's still real demand for smaller, light weight, high quality .22 pistols that don't look like rayguns, capguns or stapleguns--things that can be toted comfortably around the woods, used to dispatch marauding soup cans or to familiarize the unfamiliar with handguns. I hope the Browning is one of those.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2010
  4. Marshall

    Marshall Well-Known Member


    I'm interested to learn more. Are there any links to more info on this thing? My Google-fu isn't turning up much.
  5. Shear_stress

    Shear_stress Well-Known Member

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  6. Marshall

    Marshall Well-Known Member

    Thank you!

    I think it's pretty cool and I actually like the idea of the 80% sizing and the light 15.5oz weight. Those are the only two things that would make me consider buying one over another Buckmark for a hiking and camping plinker. And, my daughter would have a good time with it and learn something about 1911's too.
  7. danez71

    danez71 Well-Known Member

    Ooooooooo.... I like it :D

    But.... is it real? Realease date?
  8. Shear_stress

    Shear_stress Well-Known Member

    They're saying "1st quarter of 2011", if Browning can hold it to that. I think distributors like Lipsey's are already accepted pre-orders.
  9. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    (It's loading slowly here,)

    Here's the thing. It will be a blowback slide, and if it's aluminum, I don't see the point in downsizing it anyway. I already have a Ciener conversion that takes 15 rd mags.

    I had asked a while ago if anyone else thought ironic that Browning was about the only gun maker NOT making 1911s?
  10. danez71

    danez71 Well-Known Member

    Hmmm, Ive been meaning to add a Buckmark or at least some type of 22 pistol as my RG is... well.... an RG.

    Bronwing doesnt come out with very many new gun very often but I would guess that they will live up to their date better than Taurus, Charter Arms and soem of the others.

    Ive wanted a classicly styled 22 pistol rather than the BM or MarkIII. Bersas' Walther PPK looking 22 would work but mags but the gun and mags are hard to find and I'm guessing so would repair if ever needed.

    I just might wait a few more months to see if this hits the selfs and how much.
  11. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    Same here.

    This may be what I'm looking for when I dream about a .22lr 1911 clone in officer's size, they're promising a compact, even.
    Too bad it wouldn't fit in my current holster for the real thing ... I suppose I could rig up a spacer if it is close?
  12. Peter M. Eick

    Peter M. Eick Well-Known Member

    To me the 80% size appeals over the full size 1911's. I just think it is neat.

    Since my sig p238 problems are still ongoing, I will buy from a local dealer and probably wait a bit since I don't see any super big upside in being "first" to try it out. I just like the idea.

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