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1911-22 Compact Desert Tan, Composite (Polymer) Frame
3 5/8" barrel, composite desert tan frame, fixed sights, blowback action, 85% scale 1911, rimfire pistol.
Caliber Variations
  Caliber     Barrel Len. Weight MSRP
22 LR  3 5/8" 13 oz $579.99
Features For: 22 LR [ Print Features ]
 Item Number
22 LR
Barrel Length
3 5/8"
Overall Length
6 3/4"
13 oz
Magazine Capacity
Sight Radius
4 7/8"
Barrel Finish
Receiver Finish
Front Sight
Black A1
Rear Sight
Black A1
Barrel Material
Receiver Material
Tan Composite
Trigger Finish
Matte Black
Trigger Guard Finish
Matte Black
Magazine Type
Single Stack
Trigger Material
Trigger Guard Material

John Browning created the legendary 1911, a pistol by which all modern semi-automatic handguns are judged. Rather than taking that original design and converting it from a center fire pistol into a rimfire, Browning engineers created an 85% scale 1911 designed specifically to shoot the .22 LR cartridge. This attention to detail has resulted in a pistol that is both fun and accurate.




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Additional Product Information

Get your hands on 85% of the Greatest pistol in history.
John M. Browning developed the Model 1911 to fire the powerful 45 ACP cartridge. We developed it to fire the 22 L.R. and, after extensive testing and research, determined that 85% of the original size was ideal for the smaller cartridge. Put one in your hands and we know that you’ll agree. The grip is comfortable even in large hands and feels equally at home in smaller ones. The lightweight alloy construction is anything but light duty. Own a little piece of history today. And now with the addition of a polymer-framed version, you have more choices than ever. View all the 1911-11 models by clcking here.


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Above: 1911-22 A-1 with alloy frame.

Above: 1911-22 A1 with Desert Tan Polymer Frame.


1911-22 Full Interactive Experience -- For Desktop Computers Only. A great way to learn about the new Browning 1911-22 is through the 1911-22 Interactive Page (Flash capability required to view). You control where you go and what you learn. See it in action and get exclusive content like interviews with the R&D engineers and the product experts that made this amazing project come to be. Just click on the image at the right to go there or read about specific models under the product tab above.


You will find a familiar friend in the 1911-22 pistol. All controls operate just as those on the original John M. Browning-designed Model 1911.

The straight blowback design offers enhanced simplicity and reliability.

Two choices: 1) Machined from aircraft-grade aluminum to exacting tolerances. 2) Made from durable polymer (composite material).

Vertical serrations provide an improved cocking grip. The convenient manual slide release is easily operated with the shooting or support hand.

Large manual thumb safety and grip safety.

The steel magazine body is heattreated for long-term feeding reliability and long life. Our coil spring provides a consistent follower angle. 10-round capacity.

Positioned adjacent to the trigger guard for convenient operation.

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In 2011 the 1911-22 was selected as Field & Stream magazine's Best Handgun of the year. An overview, provided by Field & Stream is below.

Best New Handgun: Browning 1911-22 A1 -- In the early 1900s jungle warfare in the Philippines exposed the inadequacies of the .38 revolver and sent the U.S. Army on a search for an official large-caliber semiautomatic service sidearm. After a famed government test in 1910 when it fired 6,000 rounds in two days without a malfunction, the single test gun being dunked in a water bucket when it overheated, John Moses Browning’s “Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911” became that sidearm.

Now, in honor of the 100th anniversary of a great firearm, Browning has come out with a new scaled-down version in .22 Long Rifle, the 1911-22 A1. We used Remington 40-grain .22 Target rounds to test-fire the gun, albeit somewhat less than 6,000 times in a row. The best performance was a 21⁄2-inch five-shot group fired from a rest at 25 yards. Though it has a heavy factory trigger, for plinking or for teaching a kid to shoot, the 1911-22 A1 has a lot of potential. —T.M.

Read a comprehensive on-line review of the 1911-22 written by Jeff Quinn at GunBlast magazine.

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