11 BROWN­ING MODEL: 1911-22/1911-380

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John Moses Brown­ing is cred­ited with in­vent­ing the Colt 1911 semi-au­to­matic pis­tol, one of the finest firearm de­signs of all time. The Brown­ing 1911-22 and 1911-380 are 85% scale ver­sions of the gun that Brown­ing helped de­sign and they are avail­able in .22 Long Ri­fle and .380 Auto. Both are great fun to own and shoot. The .22 is built for hours of plink­ing and prac­tice, and the .380 ACP (a cal­iber Brown­ing in­vented) ver­sion is a trim, com­pact self-de­fense pis­tol.

A great de­sign el­e­ment of the 1911 (and the 1911-380) is the com­bi­na­tion of a man­ual safety and a grip safety that al­lows you to carry the gun cocked-and-locked.

If you’re into plink­ing, check out the 1911-22 Black Label

Rail. If you’re look­ing for a SAO carry gun, the 16-ounce 1911-380 Black Label Com­pact might be just what you need.

Left: Brown­ing

On the Black Label, Brown­ing has taken the clas­sic 1911 de­sign and shrunk it by 15%. The re­sult­ing gun is lighter, eas­ier to carry and just as re­li­able.

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