The extended thumb safety is ambidextrous — again a nice touch for the new left handed shooter, or a shooter who wants to use this pistol for self-defense (steady now, I will get to that part).  There is a magazine safety, which, for a house defense gun, is a nice touch.  In a household with young children, a round can be kept in the chamber of the gun, ready to rock with the safety on and the magazine kept in a separate location.  Should the need arise the homeowner can grab the gun, slap in the magazine, and the pistol is ready to go — no need to even rack the slide, just snick the thumb safety off (from either side).

Speaking of charging the pistol and retracting the slide — and here is where I find a huge advantage for certain shooters who wish to use this pistol for self defense – the aluminum slide and lightweight recoil spring of the blowback action takes almost no effort to pull back and retract.  In fact, when holstering in a tight fitting holster, you will want to make sure the slide is cocked and locked, or held in place by your thumb as you holster as it will not take a whole lot of rearward pressure to take it out of battery.  This characteristic makes the GSG-1911 ideal for those with hand strength issues — the small-statured, the elderly and others.

The sights are adjustable — but not adjustable in what I would term the traditional sense.  In fact, and I hate to admit this, but I had to read the directions to figure them out (not being a mechanical rocket scientist myself).  The rear sight can be slid back and forth in its dovetail after loosening the set screw that holds it in place to adjust for windage.

Elevation is a different story.  The pistol, along with the instruction manual and cleaning and disassembly tools, comes with two spare front sight blades of different heights to change elevation.  Loosen the set screw on the front sight and slide it out of the dovetail.  This is an important feature as the GSG-1911 I tested shot about 2 inches high and 2 inches right when using the 36 Grain Federal Hi Speed Hollow point ammo.  Changing the blade to the tallest choice and adjusting the rear sight to the left did the trick — it was a relatively simple procedure and the pistol shot dead on.  You may want to make this adjustment after you pick what will be your standard “duty” load.

Speaking of directions, keep them handy, while the GSG-1911 looks exactly like a 1911, it doesn’t take down like one, so read the directions first. Yes, it is fairly close, but there are some minor differences between it and a full power 1911. The slide release is standard size, the grip safety is of the beavertail variety and shields the web of the shooter’s hand from the skeletonized hammer and trigger. All these items are constructed of steel, along with the barrel liner. The guide rod is polymer, but so are the guide rods on Glock pistols.  In my book, just about everything on this pistol makes it suitable for a wide variety of shooters. Now, let’s take a look at those who would benefit the most from owning or using a GSG-1911.


  1. It looks good made just like and feel of a 1911. It was costly ($370.00) but do not buy one in my opinion it junk. I took it out the 1st time and cleaned it (used Hoppes No.9) and oiled the gun and the finish is coming off (using Hoppes oil). Called customer service (total of 4 times) and was told it not covered because it’s ware and tare. 2nd time out, the magazine catch fell out. 3rd time out one problem after another (jammed,not feed and not shot 500 rounds through it) Bad service, badly made and cost way too much. Just plane junk. I email the company over a week ago and have not heard a thing from them. I going to send a letter to the company and file a complaint with the, Better Business Bureau.

  2. I bought a used GSG 1911, I do love the feel of the gun, The first time I shot the gun it performed great, the 2nd time the gun jamed, and would not open, I did not know if I had a live shell in it or a fired one. The gun range put a straw from a WD40 can in the barrel to see how deep it went , the bullet had fired , they could not get it open . When I got home I was able to turn the barrel bushing enough to get the barrel loose, eventually I got the bullet out .The recoil spring guide was stuck in the recoil spring plug. I tapped it with a soft hammer to loosen it . I took it shooting a 3rd time & it jammed again. It is still jammed a month later as I ordered recoil spring parts & spring parts but the are on back order. Maybey new parts will help this gun.

    • I had the same problem, turned out I put the recoil spring in backwards. When you look at the spring you will see that it’s tapered like a tornado. The larger coils go towards the Barrel Bushing. The new Springs supplied by ATI are not tapered but have the same diameter coils thoughout.

  3. I love the 1911-22. I had gotten a Chiappa and used it for practice. The barrel is mounted to the frame. Couldn’t figure out why but I got better with the 45, but the 22 groups stayed the same. Well after some thinking, I mounted a red-dot with a nice rt-grip replacement type.
    Holly S*&^%! Because the sights are on the slide, and there is no locking between the slide and barrel, the sights can actually point anywhere! With the frame mount red-dot my groups are looking like air-rifle days.
    Oh Joy, Oh Rapture!

  4. I bought one of these at a gun show last month and it is the nicest shooting 22 I have ever owned and I have owned the Ruger 10/22, S&W 22A, the Walther P22 and both the Beretta Neos and Bobcat. They don’t compare to this gun. I have the version with the fake silencer which makes it look cool also. The gun is extremely accurate, has almost no recoil and is smooth as silk to shoot. This gun is definitely a keeper!

  5. I have one of these pistols and I love it. The gun has the feel of the 1911 minus the weight. The magazines are impressive both in feel and appearance. Everyone who has handled the pistol has been impressed with it. It does not feel like a cheap made 22. I was surprized to see that Sig Saurer is having these guns built by GSG and having their name on them. If its good enough for Sig then that says alot.
    I changed out the front sight on mind just like the article said and it shoots dead on now. I was impressed that it came with the extra sights and the tools needed to make the change.
    I am seriously thinking of buying a 2nd one so that when we go out to the country I’ll have one to share. I saw one at a show that had a dummy surpressor, I think that would be fun. All in all, a great pistol for the money.