Browning Arms Company is an American arms manufacturer that was originally founded in 1927 to market firearms designed by John Moses Browning for non-military, sporting use. Though Browning's designs have been and continue to be produced by a range of other manufacturers, Browning Arms Company brings several of the more prolific designs together under one roof, including the iconic Browning Automatic Rifle and the Browning Hi-Power. Today, the company is a fully-owned subsidiary of Fabrique Nationale de Herstal and finds its headquarters in Mountain Green, Utah. In addition to their well-regarded firearms, the company is also recognized for several lines of outdoor products that include hunting accessories, knives, apparel and much more.
As noted, Browning Arms Company was originally founded to market the designs of John Moses Browning for civilian use. One of those designs – possibly the most well-known – was the M1911. The development of the 1911 grew out of a search to field a semi-automatic pistol to replace the revolvers that were currently in service with the United States Armed Forces. In 1904, the Thompson-LaGarde tests took place to select a suitable round for that pistol. It was not until 1906, after the .45 ACP cartridge was selected, that trials for the pistol itself took place. A number of designs were submitted, but only three survived early testing – designs from Colt, Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken and Savage Arms Company. After years of testing, Browning's Colt pistol was selected and formally adopted by the U.S. Army on March 29, 1911.
One hundred years later, Browning Arms Company decided to pay tribute to the M1911 by developing a scaled-down version of the original design that is chambered for the .22 LR cartridge. Now, Field and Stream's Best Handgun of the Year for 2011 is available right here at Keepshooting.com.
The Browning 1911-22 features a 4 1/2 inch, stainless steel barrel alongside an overall length of 7 1/8 inches. Though the lightweight aluminum alloy frame gives the pistol a weight of just 15 1/2 ounces, it is anything but light-duty and feels natural in the hands of shooters of all sizes. A matte blued finish graces the frame and provides the enhanced resistance to rust and corrosion that any pistol should carry. Additionally, the single-action-only trigger mechanism provides the pistol with a smooth trigger pull and is capable of 2 1/2 inch groupings at 25 yards. Everything one would expect from a modern 1911 is here, including the grip and manual safeties, slide serrations and brown composite grips. As noted, each pistol ships with a single 10-round magazine.
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- Target shooting
- Sport shooting
- Much more…
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