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Browning 1911 22 Review

Browning 1911 22 A1 Browning 1911 22 A1

 

22 Caliber Pistol review of the Browning 1911 22 A1

The specifications of the Browning 1911 22 are:

Caliber: .22LR

Capacity: 10 rounds

Action: Single-action

Barrel length: 4 1/4"

Front sight: Fixed

Rear sight: Fixed

Overall length: 7 1/16"

Weight: 16 ounces

Grip: Brown composite

Frame: Alloy

Slide: Aluminum

Finish: Matte blued finish

Safety: Left side, grip safety and magazine disconnect safety

Slide stop: Left side

Magazine release: Left side

Accessory rail: None

MSRP: $599.99

Pros: This 22 pistol is very easy to shoot and since it's a 1911 style semi-automatic pistol, new target shooters interested in a pistol that simulates the 1911 but in a smaller, lighter and cheaper caliber will have an easy time learning.  Not very picky about 22 caliber ammunition used which will help a lot when trying to save an extra dollar.  All controls are there from the original and the disassembly is exactly the same, therefore the person learning how to target shoot will have a nice head-start when he or she moves to the .45 ACP M1911.

Comments: At 85% the size of an original 1911, the Browning 1911 22 looks, feels and functions just like a Government 1911 without the weight or recoil of the original.  The smaller size will also help those with smaller hands to shoot a pistol that is one of the most well know semi-automatic pistols of all time.  Again this greatly helps the new target shooter to get accustomed to semi-automatic pistols.

Cons: A bit costly at $599.99 MSRP, especially compared to other 22 pistols.  The sights are not very clear and are fixed (such as the original GI model) but you can get used to it and wind up shooting well with it.  They will get the job done for target practice and plinking.  Must I say?  Yes, one magazine only.  You will have to get additional ones from Browning or on-line from other vendors.

Kimber 1911-22 Pistol Review

22 Caliber Pistol Review of the Kimber 22 Rimfire Target

22 Caliber Pistol review of the Kimber 1911 Style Rimfire Target

The specifications of the Kimber Rimfire Target are:

Caliber: .22LR

Capacity: 10 rounds

Action: Single-action

Barrel length: 5"

Front sight: Kimber adjustable

Rear sight: Kimber adjustable

Overall length: 8.7"

Weight: 23 ounces

Grip: Black synthetic

Frame: Aluminum

Slide: Aluminum

Finish: Black (also Silver and Silver/Black)

Safety: Left side and Grip safety

Slide stop: Left side

Magazine release: Left side

Accessory rail: None

MSRP: $850

Pros: The finish on this 22 caliber pistol is superb.  You will want to show off the Kimber Rimfire a lot at the shooting range!  Accuracy for a .22LR pistol of this style is very good.  The Kimber target sights, trigger and quality result in the high accuracy of this 1911 style pistol.  Not too picky about quality of ammunition, though with a pistol like this one I would choose better quality ammunition such as CCI mini-mags.

Comments: Looks, feels and functions just like a Government 1911 without the weight or recoil of the original.  Some people may think it's too light.  It might be when compared to the original, but on the other hand, a person being introduced to pistols in general will appreciate it.

Cons: A very costly 1911 style pistol in the .22LR caliber, but don't forget, it's a Kimber and it shows in the quality of the pistol.  Only one magazine and it's of a synthetic material.  Again, it functions without any problem.  But just one!?  True aficionados may not appreciate the fact that the slide does not remain open after the last shot.

Colt 1911-22 Pistol Review

22 Caliber Pistol Review of the Colt 1911-22 from Umarex 22 Caliber Pistol Review of the Colt 1911-22 from Umarex

 

22 Caliber Pistol review of the Colt 1911-22 from Umarex USA

The specifications of the Colt 1911-22 are:

Caliber: .22LR

Capacity: 10+1 or 12+1 rounds1

Action: Single-action

Barrel length: 5"

Front sight: Drift adjustable

Rear sight: Drift adjustable

Overall length: 8.6"

Weight: 32 ounces

Grip: Rubber

Frame: Full metal body

Slide: Full metal body

Finish: Black

Safety: Left side and Grip safety

Slide stop: Left side

Magazine release: Left side

Accessory rail: None (Picatinny style on the Rail Gun model)

MSRP: $399

Pros: Accuracy is very good when using good quality ammunition such as CCI.  Breakdown is fairly simple and Umarex has a very good video showing the steps to be taken.  Looks and feels (except for the weight) just like a .45 Colt Government M1911.

Comments: Functions just like a Government 1911 with 10 or 12 round magazines and with a much lighter recoil and very low ammunition expense.  The pistol will not scare any new person away from the shooting experience and will help introduce them to the pleasure of pistol shooting.  Umarex, licenced manufaturer of the Colt Government 1911 .22 Rimfire Pistol is based in Germany and is actually the parent company of Walther Firearms.

Cons: A little picky about quality of ammunition used.  The better the quality, the less problems you will have, if any at all with ejections and stovepipes.  As with the majority of the rimfire semi-automatic pistols presented on this site, the better the ammunition used, the less, if any issues one will have.  Even more expensive .22LR ammunition still costs a fraction of the larger caliber ammo.  Only one magazine!

1 Several states have restrictions as to the capacity of a magazine.  City and county laws may be more restrictive.  Familiarize yourself  with your local gun laws.

Chiappa 1911-22 Pistol Review

22 Caliber Pistol Review of the Chiappa 1911-22 22 Caliber Pistol Review of the Ciappa 1911-22

22 Caliber Pistol review of the Chiappa 1911-22

The specifications of the Chiappa 1911-22 are:

Caliber: .22LR

Capacity: 10+1 rounds

Action: Single-action

Barrel length: 5"

Front sight: Ramped

Rear sight: Adjustable for windage

Overall length: 8.5"

Weight: 33.5 ounces

Grip: Stippled hardwood

Frame: Chiapalloy

Slide: Aluminum-zinc alloy

Finish: Black (several other finishes are offered)

Safety: Left side (also has manual keyed safety)

Slide stop: Left side

Magazine release: Left side

Accessory rail: None (Picatinny style on the Tactical model)

MSRP: $299

Pros:

Considering the price point, very accurate when used with better quality ammunition and good quality parts being used.  Style and operation is very similar to that of a true 1911.  Comes with two (again, 2) 10 round magazines.  As you will note in the other reviews of 22 caliber pistols on this website, the majority come with 1 magazine only.  When shooting a .22LR semi-auto pistol, you will quickly go thru a magazine in no time at all, so it gets very frustrating when you have to stop every 10 shots.

Comments:

Try to keep your firing-hand thumb away from the slide during firing or if against it, make sure it's not sitting heavily against it.  The recoil spring is very light, a heavy thumb dragging on the rail can induce a malfunction.  As is the case with almost every 22 caliber pistol being reviewed on this site, better quality ammunition will give you a much better experience and it still costs a fraction of the bigger caliber ammunition.

Other than the trigger this 22 Caliber Pistol is a very reasonable 1911 style pistol which mimics very well it's bigger caliber brother.

Cons:

Very heavy trigger (this should change for the better when the model receives a steel trigger).  Front site has to be carefully filed in order to be adjusted.  After adjusted it should be coated with a "Cold Blue" product.  The only problem with this is if you over adjust or if you ever sell it, your adjustment may not match the next person's shooting characteristics.