Reviewed By: Randy R on 12/15/2014
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
This is a beautiful little rendering of the 1911 in "small scale!" Browning clearly paid attention to getting all the details just right so that when one first picks this little gem up, the details enhance the visual and tactile experience! I've read that the 1911-22 is about 66% scale, yet in person it seems even smaller, but perhaps that's due to the general design that also makes a full size 1911 more compact than many of the "blocky" modern pistols.
The finish appears to be a nice, even Parkerize, with no blemishes anywhere. Grips are tiny, checkered walnut scales perfectly in keeping with it's larger cousin. The tiny hammer, grip safety, trigger, and mainspring housing are all crisply detailed...this really IS an exquisitely crafted "miniature" 1911! The little gun fits a medium-large hand perfectly, and due to it's slim profile and light weight, could easily be tucked into a waistband pouch, or pocket sleeve.
Function is smooth and precise right out of the box. Those willing to pay thousands of dollars for a full-size 1911 should think nothing of paying the asking price on this piece because the manufacturer apparently took pains to produce a smooth operating, reliably functional mini .22 pistol right out of the box! So far I've shot a hundred rounds of Blazer - no malfunctions, another hundred rounds of Aguila Supermax 30 grain HP - no malfunctions, 100 rounds of Aguila Intercepter .22LR also without a bobble or a hitch!
Ican't decide whether to buy another 1911-22 compact to create a matched miniature set, or get the "full size" to compliment this little jewel!
Bud's layaway plan made it easy to add this to my collection!
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