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Combat Handguns author David Bahde knows Guncrafter Industries well. He’s carried the company’s Model No. 3 Commander 1911 for years. In the upcoming February 2014 issue of CH, he evaluates the model that started it all, the Model No. 1. According to Bahde, “While working as a custom 1911 builder, Alex Zimmerman had an idea for a practical .50-caliber 1911 built for self-defense. Most .50 calibers are huge, creating high chamber pressures leading to serious overpenetration, recoil and downrange issues. Zimmerman wanted to keep the platform as lightweight as possible while at the same time utilizing a typical 1911 frame. An experienced gunsmith and outstanding engineer, Zimmerman came up with the Model No. 1 in .50 GI. He believed in it enough to start Guncrafter Industries.”

Bahde goes on to describe the No. 1: “The forged-steel frame and slide are expertly fit for a ball-bearing-smooth action. A mild carry melt is present, just enough to make it smooth without producing the over-melting that is so common these days. The bull barrel is fit to allow for the best accuracy with complete reliability. These barrels are custom-made to Alex’s specifications and require a great deal of hand fitting.”

Did all of the custom tuning and handcrafting pay off? To find out more about the powerhouse No. 1 and how it performed at the range, check out the February 2014 issue of Combat Handguns, available on newsstands and digitally October 29, 2013. To subscribe, go to https://www.personaldefenseworld.com/subscribe.

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