The first new addition to Colt’s product lineup for 2016 is the Colt Competition Pistol in 9mm or .45 ACP. Based on the popular M45A1 military sidearm, the Colt Competition utilizes the same Dual Spring Recoil System to reduce felt recoil for competitive shooters whose greatest enemy is the clock. Other keen new features include an adjustable Novak rear sight and a high-visibility fiber-optic front sight post. The latter speeds up target acquisitions—a crucial advantage for the target-rich environments of competitive shooting.
Dan Wesson has unveiled the Discretion, a tactical .45 ACP 1911 designed from its inception to be the ideal sound suppressor host. It features raised Trijicon tritium night sights for use in low- or no-light situations while providing a proper sight picture above a mounted suppressor. Other desirable features include Hogue aluminum grips, an extended thumb safety, a skeletonized slide and a railed dust cover.
The DoubleStar PHD 1911 in .45 ACP delivers a custom-grade pistol without the commensurate price. Featuring high-end enhancements such as a flat-topped slide with serrations to reduce glare, XS Express sights with a front tritium insert, a rounded butt and a Wilson Combat high-ride beavertail grip safety, the PHD packs in eight rounds in its magazine and is ready for self-defense duty.
Remington built 1911s for Uncle Sam during World War II, and in 2010 the company started building them for civilians, too. The 1911 R1 is true to its GI heritage, complete with double-diamond-checkered walnut grips. Remington updated the classic design with three-dot sights along with a lowered and flared ejection port.
Rock Island Armory’s TCM TAC Ultra MS Combo in 9mm includes a two-dot adjustable rear LPA sight and TruGlo high-visibility front sights. The pistol is also equipped with front and rear slide serrations, a tactical rail and a G10 grip. The new TCM TAC Ultra MS Combo is chambered in .22 TCM and comes with a 9mm conversion barrel. The full dustcover rail evens the weight and reduces recoil. Other upgrades include an ambidextrous safety, a combat hammer and an extended beavertail for maximum comfort and safety.
The Limited Match is Rock River Arms’ premium National Match-style pistol, featuring the ambidextrous thumb safety and extended magazine release button you would expect and a few things you might not, like a two-piece recoil guide rod and a forged slide and receiver are forged (rather than being milled or cast). You can also choose 20-, 25- or 30-lpi checkering for the front- and backstraps. The pistol is guaranteed to produce 1.5-inch groups at 50 yards with Federal Gold Medal Match ammo.
The 1911 design has inspired countless modern variations and among the very best and most affordable is the Ruger SR 1911. Essentially a Government Model right down to the early-style flat mainspring housing, the Series 70-based SR 1911 offers custom features including an extended beavertail safety, a skeletonized aluminum trigger with over travel adjustment, skeletonized hammer and 8+1 capacity. The thumb safety, mainspring housing, beavertail safety and slide release are finished in a matte blue/black, contrasting the matte stainless slide and frame.
Sig Sauer sets its Nitron Super Target apart right from the start with custom wooden grips that provide a sculpted fit evocative of a bullseye gun while remaining thin enough for comfortable shooting. The ambidextrous safety is another nice touch, and the raised grip safety promotes positive, intuitive engagement. The Nitron finish is hard-wearing to survive your Kydex tournament holster, and the aesthetics are uniquely Sig Sauer.
Straight from the Smith & Wesson Performance Center, this 1911 receives an action job to further enhance its 3.5-to-4-pound competition trigger. It features an ambidextrous thumb safety and a raised grip safety while setting itself apart with fish-scale-like rear slide serrations, custom G10 grips (with four different surface textures right where each make the most sense) and slide lightening cuts that function as a can’t-miss forward gripping surface for gross motor skill operation.
This full-sized pistol from Taylor’s & Company Firearms offers some enhancements meant for competitive work, like adjustable target sights, forward slide serrations and an eight-round magazine with an extended baseplate to help you seat it positively. The Parkerized finish pays homage to its roots, while armoring it against the rigors of heavy use.
Bill Wilson designed this 1911 as a next-generation, everyday-carry piece when maximum concealability is required. The Bullet Proof one-piece mag well enhances reloading under stress. The Tactical Carry also comes complete with many of Wilson’s most popular performance and cosmetic options, like carry cuts, ball-mill slide cuts and a countersunk slide stop post. The reduced-profile grip safety and hammer, in conjunction with the round-butt mag well, guarantee that the Tactical Carry Compact will be a true performer for you on the range or streets.
The end of the year is a time for reflection. For us here at Personal Defense World, that means looking back at some of the firearms that caught our eye over the past 12 months. For now, let’s focus on 1911 handguns. No matter what trends hit the gun industry, John Moses Browning’s legendary design continues to stands the test of time, with big-name manufacturers still offering new versions of it. We’ve wracked our brains to give you 11 such offerings that attracted our attention in 2016. Without further ado, here are they are.
To learn more about the 1911 handguns featured in the gallery above, please visit the following sites.
Rock Island Armory
Rock River Arms
Smith & Wesson
Taylor’s & Company
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by Personal Defense World / Dec 23, 2016