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Old February 17, 2012, 07:08 PM   #1
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Browning 1911-22

Stopped by Sportsmans Warehouse today and looked at a Browning 1911-22. I really liked the little gun and it followed me home. After reading a bit about it I'm happy to see it is actually made in the USA.

When I got home I stripped it and cleaned and oiled it. Seems to be quite well made though I was surprised to see a few plastic internal parts. Time and use will tell how the stand up. Internally it is very similar to it's full sized 1911 .45ACP brothers. It disassembles and reassembles in the same manner as the full sized guns.

I am a bit disappointed in the composite grips rather than real wood grips. Does anyone know where wood grip may be found for these guns?

Plan on taking it to the range in the next week and will post additional comments then.
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Old February 24, 2012, 10:38 PM   #2
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I will enjoy reading your range report.
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Old February 25, 2012, 04:15 PM   #3
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Another range trip

Took my son-in-law to the range. He hadn't shot in 12 years.
First he shot the Browning 1911-A1 22.
We shot several rounds of carton ammo. No issues.

Then we shot the CZ 85B a little. It too ran perfect with PMC Bronze.

Neither weapon has had an issue.

I am surprised at how clean the Browning 1911-22 is after shooting.
We have to come up with a nick-name for the Browning 1911-A1 22. That is too much to type all the time.

The Browning Hi-Power is known as the BHP and the P-35.
What should be call this .22 LR

The B191122... that's ugly
The 22-1911B.. that's not any better
The BB1911 - Browning Baby 1911

I don't know.
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Old March 1, 2012, 01:00 PM   #4
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I have taken the gun to the range twice and put 500 rounds through it. Had two FTF in the first 150 shots. Not a single problem since. Shooting mostly CCI Blazer and Federal bulk pack ammo.

Trigger was a bit stiff at first but is getting smoother with use. It really tosses the emptys out. About 6 of them bounced down the neck of my T-shirt and really got my attention.

It shoots very nice and seems quite accurate. Sights are a bit hard to see against a black bullseye.

Very, very easy to strip and clean.

Ordered a set of custom mesquite grips for it. Do not like the plastic ones at all. To me they cheapen the otherwise very nice looking pistol.
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Old March 1, 2012, 01:37 PM   #5
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I wonder if Aftermarket 1911 sights would fit it?? If so, get a cheap set of Novacs like i did. I like them. Won them on Ebay for $16.xx plus shipping.
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Old March 1, 2012, 04:21 PM   #6
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I'm interested to see how this works out for you. I held one in my local shop last week and though it felt really good in my hands I was unable to bring myself to purchase a $500 .22 caliber pistol, especially with that much plastic on it.

Looking forward to your range report to perhaps help change my mind.
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Old March 3, 2012, 03:58 PM   #7
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Really great gun. Have you figured out what ammo works best with it? Make sure to buy ammo below cost of production, www.22longrifle.blogspot.com
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Old March 26, 2012, 04:50 PM   #8
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Got the new mesquite grips from Klamath River Woodworks last week. I had sent him the plastic grips for a pattern.

They turned out very, very nicely. Wood has a beautiful grain and the grips fit well. I am extremely satisfied and the new grips dress the little gun up a lot. A huge improvement over the plastic ones that came on it.
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Old March 26, 2012, 05:00 PM   #9
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They're surely nice guns, but I'm confused as to how a gun made for Browning by Walther is made in the US - Does Walther have a US-based assembly plant, like the S&W PPK plant in Howland, Maine ?

The Model B22-1911 ?
The Model B1911-22 ?
The Model 1911/22 ?

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Old March 26, 2012, 05:47 PM   #10
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They're surely nice guns, but I'm confused as to how a gun made for Browning by Walther is made in the US
I could be wrong, but I thought the Brownings were made in Utah. I know Umarex makes the Colt .22 1911s.
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Old March 26, 2012, 07:51 PM   #11
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Old March 26, 2012, 08:17 PM   #12
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Congrats on a very nice gun!

When I was looking for a 1911-22 (simply to save money by shooting .22lr more often than .45 acp) I had a look at the Browning, GSG/SIG and Colt. A valid argument can be made for any of them but I decided on the GSG. The only issue with the Browning for me was the size. I wanted something that was essentially as close to the original 1911 dimensions that I could find and the Browning is smaller than its GSG counterpart. But that's just preference and I am sure I would have been thrilled with the Browning, or Colt etc.

Look forward to your range reports.

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Old March 27, 2012, 06:08 AM   #13
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What is a good, street price on these? I was thinking of getting one for my wife, but the prices I was hearing amde be re-think and consider the new Ruger SR22.

I like the concept of the Browning, however. I always wanted the little Llama 1911 style pistol in .22LR.
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Old March 27, 2012, 06:34 AM   #14
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I think the Browning is give or take $50 around $500. The GSG/SIG can be had for well under $400 but the Colt is well...Not sure what you mean by the 'Llama' but I guess you just mean the 1911 John Moses Browning style.

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Old March 27, 2012, 07:13 AM   #15
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I held the Browning at Academy while I was shopping for a 1911-22 and compared it to the Sig model. The Browning was smaller but it had a nice fit and finish. Only thing I did not like about it is the grip is plastic. What ultimately put me off was the $500+ price tag. I bought the Sig 1911-22 that day.
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Old March 27, 2012, 09:47 AM   #16
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I could be wrong, but I thought the Brownings were made in Utah. I know Umarex makes the Colt .22 1911s.
My bad - I found this on the Browning website:

"Introduced 100 years after the original 1911 pistol, the Browning 1911-22 is proudly made in the USA, at a state-of-the-art factory located only a few miles south of Ogden, Utah"

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Old March 27, 2012, 11:14 AM   #17
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For the nickname...

How about Browning '11-22 ?
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Old February 6, 2013, 10:51 AM   #18
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Custom Grips For 1911-22 A1

In 2011 I wanted to make a pair of 1911's for my wife and I. Keeping it as "home grown" as possible I contacted an old friend who used to make Bow Grips to see if he wanted to make some for my wife and I. Unfortunately he was getting out of the grip business, but offered to sell me the machine instead. Well the rest is history, I've been making custom 1911 grips for 2 years now and recently started making them for the 1911-22 A1. I know the grips for these 22 A1's are less then perfect from the factory so if anyone wants an upgrade let me know.

I don't want to put up my URL because it'll be too "spammer-ish" I'll check any PM's asap so feel free to drop me a line.

Also if you have removable grips I can carve just about anything if I have a template so if you want custom grips for anything let me know.

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Old February 6, 2013, 02:47 PM   #19
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well...Not sure what you mean by the 'Llama' but I guess you just mean the 1911 John Moses Browning style.

"Llama" firearms are from Spain, and are not made anymore. They use to produce a line of firearms many of which resembled 1911's in style. They made a small frame auto that was a reduced size 1911 in .22LR, .32 ACP, and .380. I have the .380 version, but always wanted the .22 like the one below.

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Old February 7, 2013, 11:25 PM   #20
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No doubt, Browning's 1911 .22LR is a good looking pistol. I too was surprised to see that it has some plastic inside. It is 75% the size of a traditional full size 1911, according to Browning. It does seem overpriced.
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Old February 9, 2013, 04:23 PM   #21
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OK, you have my interest peaked....

on this pistol. I stopped by the LGS yesterday to put my hand on one in the flesh. Immediately, I noticed they had three Browning 1911 type .22's.

#1 was marked 1911/22
#2 was marked 1911A1/22
#3 was a compact version of #2.

Two questions:

1. What is the difference between the 1911/22 and the 1911A1/22?
2. As mention prior in the string, what parts exactly are made of plastic in these Brownings?

Thanks in advance.
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Old February 9, 2013, 07:50 PM   #22
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The recoil spring guide is plastic inside the Browning 1911-22.

It is 85% and not 75% the size of a full size 1911.

Here's a link to Browning's disassemble video for the 1911-22:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB5iPVleebo
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Old February 19, 2013, 07:36 PM   #23
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Had to pass Cabela's in Monroe, Mich last week. So have a new Browning 1911A! (Sir Gilligan - Baby '11???)

Everything is great but the front sight is toooo low for me, I hit several inches high at 50 ft indoors. Others seem to find it hits right on.

Anyway I need a higher front sight. Sights are too low to file down the notch in the rear sight (yes, I'm used to flintlock rifles).
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Old February 19, 2013, 08:08 PM   #24
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If it shoots right for others, you don't need a new sight-you need to learn proper sight picture.
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Old February 20, 2013, 12:08 AM   #25
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The pistol is made in the same plant in Salt Lake City that manufactures the Buckmarks for Browning.
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