22 Caliber Pistol review of the Browning 1911 22 A1
The specifications of the Browning 1911 22 are:
Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel length: 4 1/4"
Front sight: Fixed
Rear sight: Fixed
Overall length: 7 1/16"
Weight: 16 ounces
Grip: Brown composite
Finish: Matte blued finish
Safety: Left side, grip safety and magazine disconnect safety
Slide stop: Left side
Magazine release: Left side
Accessory rail: None
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.