Reviewed By: Steve C on 10/16/2020
I love this pistol also. Ever since I sold my Colt 1911 I wanted another 1911 in 45. It feels great in my hand I love the concealable short barrel in the 1911 safeties. Unfortunately I have not been able to fire it yet but I would put full confidence in it because of the product makers
Reviewed By: Charles B on 09/24/2020
This firearm is of high quality, immense value. Shocked at the price! Worth a lot more! Flawless little thing, add custom grips and aftermarket sights and it’s perfect. You can do an optional trigger job but out of factory trigger is pretty darn good.
Reviewed By: Ronald B on 08/19/2020
This is a great gun for the price. Have always wanted a 1911 style gun but could not find one in this price range. I am glad I purchased this gun. Great for personal protection.
Reviewed By: michael f on 07/29/2020
Love it just what I was looking for
Reviewed By: Delano W on 07/22/2020
Was kinda a lil skeptic about going with this brand but turns out to be a good shooter and of course buds excellent service and fast shipping would recommend buying this one dont let the name fool ya only down side to me is the sights it come ls with which I already changed out so no problem. Great gun
Reviewed By: Dean F on 07/12/2020
I was pleasantly surprise at my Citadel purchase. When I picked up the inexpensive 1911 I expected to do a lot of modifications to it to make it usable. I have a few 1911s and most are in the high-end category. I wrongly suspected that this one would fall well short of them in general quality and looks. In fact, I had already purchased night sights, G-10 Grips and was in the process of picking out a Duracoat color for the frame and slide when the pistol arrived.
It is well balanced and feels like a 1911 when you hold it, despite its smaller size. The grips are classic double-diamond configuration with reasonable checkering. The sights? They can best be described as black and black, no dots or coloring of any kind. They%u2019re okay but the night sights are going on. At the very least you will want to throw some white paint on the front sight. The trigger pull could be improved but it equals other 1911s that I have shot. Do not expect a crisp, no creep four pound trigger pull. The metal finish was nicer than most of the lower priced 1911s that I have shot. The pistol comes with two magazines, a plus when the price is considered. A lot of pistols ship with just one. There is also a small bottle of lubricant and the timeless trigger/action lock, packed neatly in a generic plastic pistol case. The slide to frame fit was great. I suspect a computer was involved in the machining. All moving parts function as they should. A couple of things to note, the pistol does not have a barrel bushing like most 1911s, instead it uses a tapered bull barrel. It does have a recoil guide rod busing and it is plastic. That does give me some pause and thoughts about longevity.
So, how does it shoot? Accuracy is, after all, how most of us judge our pistols. Ugly as sin works if it shoots straight. I do not count the first 50 rounds on any new pistol. Usually the gun or the shooter needs to be broken in before any real accuracy can be expected. Once I have gotten use to the gun and it gets a thorough cleaning after shooting, I expect it to hit what I aim at. I have sent untold thousands of rounds through pistol barrels and I know what to expect. This pistol is not designed to be a long-range target model. It is compact with a short grip and a shorter barrel, but it does the job. Considering it is more of a personal defense product it has good accuracy and, if the shooter does their part, it is capable of center of mass hits at reasonable distances. Sometimes shooters expect cruise missile accuracy from a bottle rocket. The Citadel is not a bottle rocket, neither is it a cruise missile! It does blow up soccer ball sized rocks well. On a scale of 1 to 10 I would give it a solid 7. With just a few modifications it gets significantly better. Can you spend a little more and get better? Of course. In the world of 1911s, it is not a Colt, Springfield, Wilson Combat or more expensive or even custom model. I do not think anyone would expect it to be.
Reviewed By: Gerson P on 07/10/2020
Jammed every time I tried to fire it. Armcor Customer service is the worst experience I every had. They told me to fire 500 rounds to brake it in, hard to do when it jams with every shot and they told me to buy different magazines. Why do I need to buy magazines for a new gun?
Reviewed By: GERRY C on 07/08/2020
this is the second citadel 1911 i have purchased,it is a great gun for the price
Reviewed By: DANIEL H on 07/07/2020
I was skeptical about getting a 1911 that was so inexpensive as even the high dollar 1911s are finicky with some kinds of ammo. This is an absolute beauty. The fit and finish are spot on and I did not have any issues at the range. Beyond happy with this purchase.
Reviewed By: Chuck A on 06/10/2020
I was wanting an officers 1911 or something close to it because I'm a 1911 nut! I have several lower end and higher end 1911's. I bought a full size Citadel 1911 and was super impressed on how well, and accurate it shot. The only place I could find a Citadel officers size 1911 was Bud's and the price was great! I bought it and it was shipped to my local gun store asap. As expected, the pistol was exactly what I wanted! The Citadel shot flawlessly and is very accurate. This is not my first purchase from Bud's and it won't be my last! Thanks Bud's!