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. The polymer-framed version gives you additional weight reduction. Own a little piece of history today. 

Ergonomics/Size Comparison

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. 

Magazine

The 10-round magazine has a heat-treated steel body and coil spring for long life and smooth, reliable feeding. The polymer magazine follower and base pad offer durability with low maintenance, and the twin follower relief buttons allow for easier loading.

Safety

Just like the original 1911 design, the Browning 1911-22 has both a grip safety and a manual thumb safety, making it one of the safest autoloading rimfire pistols available.

Trigger

Just like the original 1911 design, the Browning 1911-22 has a crisp, clean single-action trigger pull for improved shootability. If you like the feel of the trigger on the original 1911, you’ll love the trigger on the 1911-22.

Construction

The slide and frame are precision machined from aircraft grade 7075 T6 alloy for light weight and long life. A steel slide block encloses the firing pin and extractor, and a durable matte black anodized finish completes the overall package.

History

The rimfire Browning 1911-22 is scaled at 85% of the full-size 1911. From its alloy slide and frame to its button-rifled, target crowned steel barrel, the Browning 1911-22 is reliable, accurate and designed to provide years of fast-shooting fun for the whole family.

Disassembly

Learn in a few seconds how to completely take down your 1911-22 for cleaning and maintenance. If you already have one of the full-sized originals this is going to be easy to learn.

Comparison to full-sized 1911

Learn about how we created the perfectly sized 1911 in .22 caliber. 85% of the original size is 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. 


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. 


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.

  • ACTION The straight blowback design offers enhanced simplicity and reliability.
  • FRAME Two choices: 1) Machined from aircraft-grade aluminum to exacting tolerances. 2) Made from durable polymer (composite material).
  • SLIDE Vertical serrations provide an improved cocking grip. The convenient manual slide release is easily operated with the shooting or support hand.
  • SAFETY Large manual thumb safety and grip safety.
  • MAGAZINE 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.
  • MAGAZINE RELEASE Positioned adjacent to the trigger guard for convenient operation.

In 2011 the 1911-22 was selected as Field & Stream magazine's Best Handgun of the year.

"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 2 1⁄2-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.

The Browning 1911-22 has no equal for classic 1911 operating function and ease of shooting. It is simply a scaled-down, 22 L.R. version of the most favorite pistol of all time, with minor adjustments to convert to blowback design for the 22LR cartridge. The Browning 1911-22  is virtually an exact replica of the original 1911, just smaller. The frame and slide of the Browning 1911-22 are machined from aluminum alloy commonly with a matte blued finish, among many available finishes. The barrel has a stainless steel barrel block and a target crown. The 1911-22 has a single action trigger and a straight blowback action for enhanced simplicity and reliability. Other features include fixed sights, detachable 10-round magazine, manual thumb safety, and grip safety. The new Browning 1911-22 is 85% the size of the original 1911 John M. Browning design. The smaller size makes it very light and easy to handle, especially for smaller shooters.