This mod­i­fied ver­sion of an all-time clas­sic pleases the ed­i­tor

Air Gunner - - Contents -

Phill Price en­joys shoot­ing a vari­ant of the clas­sic Colt 1911 from Umarex - a great pis­tol, updated

The clas­sic Colt 1911 has been far and away my favourite hand­gun for all my adult life. Be­fore the ban, I was lucky enough to have shot many of them in .45ACP, 9mm and .38 su­per as well as many CO2 and air­soft ver­sions. De­spite be­ing de­signed over 100 years ago, the ba­sic er­gonomics prove to be amongst the very best, to this day, and for me, sim­ply su­perb. Of course, ev­ery­thing can be im­proved and through the decades small fea­tures of the orig­i­nal de­sign have been tweaked, ex­tended and added to un­til we find the stun­ning M45 CQBP we see in this re­view. At its heart is the strong and re­li­able CO2 blow- back sys­tem Umarex de­vel­oped years ago, which de­liv­ers a meaty thump of re­coil as the metal slide cy­cles in the blow- back ac­tion. One of the 1911’s great­est fea­tures is a sweet, sin­gle- ac­tion trig­ger – a huge ben­e­fit in de­liv­er­ing fast, yet ac­cu­rate shots on tar­get. The test gun is a clear demon­stra­tion of how com­pe­ti­tion gun de­vel­op­ment is ab­sorbed and em­ployed by the mil­i­taries to make their guns more ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive when it counts most.

“de­liv­ers a meaty thump of re­coil as the metal slide cy­cles in the blow- back ac­tion”

gramme CO2 cap­sule, which is my pre­ferred lay­out. Hav­ing the gas in the mag­a­zine means that each time you reload you get a full pres­sure cap­sule, so there is never a dan­ger of run­ning low on pres­sure mid­way through a com­pe­ti­tion stage. The mag­a­zine also fea­tures a bumper ex­ten­sion to en­sure that the mag’ is fully seated as you drive it in with the palm of your weak hand. My test gun came fin­ished in a light beige ‘ FDE’ colour, which I be­lieve stands for Flat Desert Earth, as used in many of the re­cent Mid­dle East con­flicts. I’ll say right here, I pre­fer black or blued guns, but I know may read­ers like guns that re­flect our mil­i­tary en­gage­ments. This is yet an­other vari­ant of this great pis­tol and one that I thor­oughly en­joyed shoot­ing.

Some sub­tle mods make this clas­sic hand­gun just that bit bet­ter

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