1911-22 Polymer. A little bit of pistol perfection. Real Guns review.
Release Date: 1/21/2014
A little bit of pistol perfection.
The following is a review of an aricle found on RealGuns.com -- Joe D’Alessandro, Editor – Real Guns, RGI Media
Like a 1911... but just a little bit different.
Unless you’ve been marooned on an uncharted desert isle for the last couple of years, by now you’ve heard of (and probably even handled Browning's great little 1911-22 rimfire pistols.
We’re pretty proud of our scaled-down 1911 pistol, and the praise from others in the know has been overwhelmingly positive. We were very pleased with an evaluation of the polymer framed 1911-22A1 that just appeared on the Real Guns website, and wanted to share it with you.
“As a 1911 snob, it surprised the heck out of me.”
It’s always fun to catch the initial impression of a knowledgeable 1911 fan when they first fire the 1911-22. “That is a fun little pistol and a really good shooter,” wrote Real Guns editor Joe D’Alessandro in his cover letter. “As a 1911 snob, it surprised the heck out of me.”
“I have to give Browning a lot of credit for their decision to offer a Utah manufactured, .22 long rifle rimfire autoloader that emulates the appearance of John Browning's famous 1911 pistol,” D’Alessandro continued in his web posting. “Particularly since U.S. manufacturers, for the most part, are producing .22 rimfire autoloaders that look like European squeezers or refugees from video games.”
The Browning 1911-22 really shines when it comes to introducing any novice to pistol shooting in general, and to the 1911-style of autoloader in particular. “For most people, with moderate practice, the full size 1911 is easy to shoot and accurate,” noted D’Alessandro. “The grip angle and balance lead to a natural point and line of sight to target is easy to find. All of these attributes carry over to the Browning 1911-22A1, despite the 1911-22A1's light weight and diminutive size.”
". . . 10-shot capacity even with its relatively short grip. Nifty.”
“Loading the magazine for the first time was a bit disconcerting,” observed the author. “The rounds seemed to be loading a little haphazardly until I realize the rounds were staggered and under control. The little offset overlaps about 30% of the rim diameter of 22 LR ammo and allows the little Browning to retain 10-shot capacity even with its relatively short grip. Nifty.”
Feeding and extraction reliability with all types of 22 LR ammo is very important, especially in these days of a nationwide rimfire famine. You never know what you might find on the nearly bare shelves of your local gun shop so 100% reliability with everything from subsonic target fodder to high-velocity hollowpoints is absolutely critical.
“The Browning 1911-22A1 is a small gun that handles like a full size pistol."
“Magazines full of each of the rounds pictured above were test fired, as well as mixed magazines of the same, without a single jam, misfire or... problematic episode,” continued D’Alessandro. “The Browning 1911-22A1 is a small gun that handles like a full size pistol. A steady, conventional 1911 two hand hold is easy, even if the grip disappears between your hands. Squeezing off 1" and 1.5" 5 shot groups at 10 yards was typical…”
And D’Alessandro’s overall thoughts on the Browning 1911-22? “Right out of the box, the Browning 1911-22A1 is an exceptional little autoloader.Like a 1911... but just a little bit different.” That’s pretty high praise coming from a self-professed 1911 snob!
Several photos are from the Real Guns article. To read D’Alessandro’s entire article on the Real Guns website go to: http://www.realguns.com/articles/581.htm.
Photos: Browning 1911-22 A1 with polymer frame in Desert Tan.
Click here to go to the 1911-22 on the Browning site: http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/family.asp?webflag_=028B&catalog_=B
Review by Browning staff writer, Scott Engen, 2014. Copyright Browning. Quotes and photos from Real Guns used with permission.