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Shooting Times Gives Top Marks to the New Black Label 1911-22.

Release Date: 1/24/2014

Review of article found in Shooting Times Magazine written by Brad Fitzppatrick, editor.


Shooting Timesis (ST) known around the world as an authoritative voice when it comes to firearms. When ST says the New Black Label Edition of the Browning 1911-22 is among the best of the current crop of 1911s, that’s worthy of your attention. 

As ST editor Brad Fitzpatrick noted in his online feature, “John M. Browning was a brilliant gun designer, and his genius was once again illustrated at the 2014 SHOT Show. Of all Browning’s creations, one stands out as the most enduring and the most successful—the 1911 semi-automatic pistol.”

". . . Lightweight, low-recoiling and cheap to shoot,
the new Black Label earns a position on our list of the best 1911s of 2014.”

“In a market dominated by high-tech polymer pistols, dozens of new 1911s are introduced every year; ranging in price from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. The emergence of new technology begs the question: Why has this 103-year-old design endured?”

“There’s no single answer why the 1911 endures the test of time—but superb design, accuracy and handling are good places to begin.”

The ST editor named an even dozen 1911s as the very best of the current crop on display at the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Number One was (you guessed it) the all new Black Label Edition of the Browning 1911-22. Here’s what he had to say:

“Browning’s basic .22 LR 1911 has been a big success, and this year our rimfire options are expanding with the new polymer-framed Black Label 1911-22 A1. Lightweight and durable, the Black Label is 85-percent as large as the full-size Model 1911. It’s also available with a rail for mounting accessories, and spending the day at the range with this gun and a box of .22 ammo would be loads of fun. Lightweight, low-recoiling and cheap to shoot, the new Black Label earns a position on our list of the best 1911s of 2014.”

Getting down to the nitty gritty, the Black Label Edition takes the basic 1911-22 rimfire platform and gives it a full tactical makeover. This includes a polymer frame in your choice of an under-rail or a classic profile, plus ambidextrous thumb safety levers, a beavertail grip safety with raised contact pad, flat mainspring housing, ring-style hammer, an extended slide release lever, long reach trigger, enhanced tactical sights and special stippled Black Label wood grip panels with flush mounting screws.

Read more about the new Black Label 1911-22 at: http://www.shootingtimes.com/2014/01/23/best-new-1911s-shot-show-2014/#ixzz2rLp04AQe

You can also see a video clip of the new Black Label Edition of the 1911-22 at: http://www.handgunsmag.com/2014/01/22/first-look-browning-1911-22-a1-black-label/


Review by Browning staff writer Scott Engen. Copyright Browning 2014.

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