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Old December 8, 2011, 03:13 PM   #1
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Colt/Umarex/Walther 1911 in 22lr First Range report

I recently got one of the Uramex/Colt/Walther 1911 .22lrs. I got the government model for $389 OTD. Seems well made. Fit and finish is good. I bought it for a fun range plinker. I wanted a 22lr in the 1911 format and I chose this over the others because (Chiappa and clones had bad reviews, cheaply made, and remington was too small and expensive.)

Some of the advantages (IMHO) over the GSG/Sig
12 round mag
no magazine disconnect
fixed barrel
no allen wrench needed for takedown (takedown very easy)

If I understand the company relationships on this one it is made by Walther for Colt and imported by Umarex. (at least that is what it says on the gun).

I took it out for the first time yesterday (along with a new Ruger Mark III i got my son for Christmas) and I must say I am impressed. Accuracy is good. It shoots slightly low (not much), but not too bad for a fun plinker

50 rounds CCI bulk--no issues
50 rounds Remington Subsonic -- no issues
50 rounds Federal bulk (walmart value pack) no issues
100 rounds of Winchester Superx -- no issues
200+ rounds Federal Lightening-- 7 failures to feed, 1 stovepipe. (note I also shot a new Ruger Mark III and had issues with the Federal Lightening with it also)

Overall I am happy with the purchase. It is not a Colt Ace but it is cheaper than the Ruger Mark III that I recently bought and it was just as reliable and was close in accuracy to it.

I have to believe the issues with the Federal Lightening is ammo related. I have had trouble with it in every 22 auto I have shot it out of. Unfortuately I bought a bunch of it while it was on sale (4000 rds) so I guess I need to shoot it up quick to get rid of it

Here are some pics. I replaced the factory rubber grips with some wood ones







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Old December 8, 2011, 04:08 PM   #2
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Thanks for the review....I've been looking at these too
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Old December 8, 2011, 04:10 PM   #3
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I recently got one of the Uramex/Colt/Walther 1911 .22lrs. I got the government model for $389 OTD. Seems well made. Fit and finish is good. I bought it for a fun range plinker. I wanted a 22lr in the 1911 format and I chose this over the others because (Chiappa and clones had bad reviews, cheaply made, and remington was too small and expensive.)

Some of the advantages (IMHO) over the GSG/Sig
12 round mag
no magazine disconnect
fixed barrel
no allen wrench needed for takedown (takedown very easy)

If I understand the company relationships on this one it is made by Walther for Colt and imported by Umarex. (at least that is what it says on the gun).
Congratulations on the purchase of your Colt 1911-22!
Those grips look really nice too!

I just purchased the Sig 1911-22 (made by GSG).
My decision to go with the Sig over the Colt or GSG brand were as follows ...

* I own a Walther P22 and saw many similarities in the way the Colt 1911-22 is designed, from the fixed barrel, breech block assembly, down to the magazine. I'm not necessarily saying that's a bad thing, but it was somewhat disappointing for me to see that a gun branded as a "Colt" 1911 that wasn't even close to being true to the design (my opinion).

* Though Colt has the advantage of magazine capacity, I feel GSG/Sig magazines are more beefy in design vs. the stamped sheetmetal mags provided with the Colt. After market followers are also available to convert the GSG/Sig 10-round magazines to 14-rounds.

* 80% of the parts that make up the Sig/GSG 1911-22 are interchangable with standard 1911 parts, and the design is more true to the .45 caliber 1911 design, IMO.

* Sig/GSG does in fact have a fixed barrel, it's just designed a little different.
It's fixed by 2 pins and the allen screw. There is no barrel link.

As for why I chose the Sig over the GSG ... it was purely cosmetic.
I liked the olive drab green finish and walnut grips, which GSG doesn't offer.
Hopefully, I can get out this weekend and do some shooting!
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Old December 8, 2011, 04:18 PM   #4
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Yeah the GSG/Sig and Colt were very close in comparision. It probably boils down to personal perference
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Old December 9, 2011, 01:53 PM   #5
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Just another update. I shot a few more rounds today and I am really liking this gun. Shot a total of 500+ rounds and had 2 failure to feed and 2 stovepipes. All of these were with the Federal Lightening rounds.

Approx 100 CCI Blazer bulk -- no problems
Approx 50 rounds Winchester Super X -- no problems
Approx 50 rounds Remington subsonic bulk -- no problems
Approx 25 rounds of Federal Bulk -- no problems
Approx 300 rounds of Federal lightening -- 2 FTF and 2 stovepipes

Accuracy was very good today. I was shooting off a picnic table top and shooting at small stump protruding out of a pond at roughly 50 feet. (stick was approx 12" high and 4 inches wide) So it was no bullseye paper punch, but i was impressed.
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