The leaves are changing color and the days are getting shorter, which means only one thing – the gun industry is teasing products it will release next year.
One of the most recent goodies to come out of Morgan, Utah is certain to stir the pot. Browning is set to expand its Black Label brand with the addition of a 1911 .380 ACP.
Shooters looking for a smaller option in the iconic pistol might have reason to rejoice with the new handgun. On the flip side, 1911 purest are certain to grumble at the audacity of chambering the pistol in anything but .45 ACP.
Of course, the company’s new endeavor is quintessentially John M. Browning, given the prolific designer engineered both the 1911 pistol and .380 cartridge.
Browning putting together smaller-caliber 1911s is nothing new. The company released a .22 version to kick off 2011 that has proven widely popular.
The new 1911 .380 has the same proportions as the rimfire version, which Browning puts at 85 percent the size of a full-sized 1911. The handgun measures in at 7.5 inches in length, it has 4.25-inch barrel, it weighs in at 17.5 ounces and it has a 7-round capacity.
The pistol’s frame is made of aluminum-reinforced polymer and boasts an ambidextrous thumb safety. The initial MSRP on the new 1911 is $670.