When it comes to a distinctly American autoloader, it is hard to top the classic 1911. Born from the genius of John Moses Browning and adopted by the U.S. military more than a century ago, this classic single-action defensive pistol soldiers on today in the hands of not only select military and law enforcement units, but also everyday citizens. But feeding these .45 ACP pistols a steady diet of practice ammunition can quickly become an expensive endeavor.

For those looking for a cheaper way to keep up their shooting skills with the 1911 platform, there are several rimfire variants of this classic design available on the market today. While the internal mechanical operations of these .22 LR pistols differ from the original (namely straight blowback replacing the locked breech/delayed blowback operation of centerfire variants), with similar handling characteristics and control locations, they can do an excellent job of replicating the centerfire 1911 experience at a fraction of the cost. Scroll through the gallery above to see what options are available on the market for shooters today.



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This article was published in the 2016 edition of the Complete Book of 1911s. For information on how to subscribe, please email or call 1-800-284-5668.

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