Arsenal Double Barrel 1911

Arsenal Firearms Second Century Model 2011 is a double barrel 1911 pistol. Well, I say double barrel but its more like two 1911s welded together.

The AF2011-A1 Double Barrel Pistol comes actually as the very first industrial double barrel semiautomatic pistol of all times. The original idea came about ten years back to Swiss armourer Vivian Mueller, who at the time experienced cutting and welding together multiple parts of the famous Sig P210: the result was a long slide, double barrel 9mm, highly decorated collector piece, which indeed shot very well.

Our idea took the challenge further: to commemorate the legendary Colt 1911-A1 in the Centenary by making a true industrial market-ready double barrel .45 caliber pistol. We achieved success in the brief span of 6 months, after intense and round-the-clock 3D designing, stereolithographic modeling and parts machining.

The gun can be handled by any shooter able to shoot with a .45 Acp and it is not only very pleasing, but very accurate and great fun. The AF2011-A1 holds amazing and surprising target performance for the shooter: in fact, it will group all the 8 double .45 caliber rounds (16 bullets) held in the duplex, single columns magazines, in a target of the size of an orange at 15 yards and of a water melon at 25.

The stopping power of the AF2011-A1 is tremendous: 2 bullets for a total of 460 Grains weight impacting at 1 to 2 inches apart (depending on the distance of the target) will knock down a bull, while the whole 18 bullets, for a payload exceeding 4000 Grains, can be delivered to the target in about 3 seconds.

The AF2011-A1 obviously features a number of very special parts, such as the single slide, the single frame, the single spur double hammer, the single grip safety, the single body double mainspring housing and the single double cavity magazine floor plate, the long and double magazine latch, the special barrel bushings and the hold open lever and side lever safety with long shafts: but the most interesting feature of the new pistol which we strived to keep during the development of the project, is the interchangeability of most internal parts, which come as standard 1911 replacement parts. These include the firing pins, the firing pins plates, the sears groups, the triple springs, the inner parts of the mainspring housings, the recoil springs and recoil springs rods, the magazine bodies and inner parts, the sights (including after market adjustable sights) the grips and grips screws and bushings.

The AF2011-A1 (“Twenty Eleven” for aficionados) can be ordered either with 2 independent triggers and one sear group (left or right, with user-interchangeability for right or left operations) or with 2 triggers permanently joined and the choice of 1 or 2 sear groups.
The AF2011-A1 is available in mirror finish Deep Blue or with a 3400 Vickers surface hardness White Ash Nitrite coating.

The model with two triggers would be legal in the United States but the model with one trigger would be considered a machine gun (two rounds fired in one trigger pull). A version with one trigger that alternates between each hammer would be a lot more interesting in my opinion.

Caliber .45 ACP, .38 Super Auto
Capacity 8+8 rounds
Finish Deep Blue or White Ash Nitrite
Grip Wood
Barrel 4.9″
Trigger Double hammer with single spur, double independent or single trigger.
Weight 4 lbs (unloaded)
Width 1.97″
Height 5.7″
Total Length 8.7″
CA/MA Approved No (HA!)
Front Sight Fixed
Rear Sight Adjustable
MSRP (Price) Not yet announced.

Photos courtesy of TFB reader dt3ft …

[ Many thanks to dt3ft & Stehson for emailing us photos and info. ]

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • H.L. Fahnestock

    Coming soon to a shoot’em up movie near you!

    • Stehson

      It’ll probably be duel wielded too! haha

      • Tony

        Coming soon to FPSrussia’s youtube channel I imagine

  • Kenny McLeod

    Has anyone seen the Green Hornet movie? Did you recognize this a Chudnofski’s Gun?

    • James

      Chudnofski’s gun could also split at an angle (15 degrees I think) and hit targets that are away from each other.

      I don’t think this is it.

      I just couldn’t imagine holding this monstrosity

  • curtis

    Isn’t it a little early for April fool’s jokes? on the off chance this is real would it be counted as a machine gun if it fires both barrels with one trigger pull?

  • Andrew Racek


  • Doug

    So, 2 rounds with one pull of the trigger? The ATF is not going to be happy.

    • Jackalope

      In the video you can see two triggers inside the single trigger guard. They likely kept it that for to avoid the exact problem you pointed out.

      • Wuulf

        Two triggers is kind of a moot point when the its one solid hammer for both firing pins in the photos.

      • hojo

        I love how people down-vote statements of fact. And by “love”, I mean that I’m frightened by their “mentality”.

  • Roy


  • KC

    … two is one, one is none?

  • redc1c4

    damn… another reason to leave California….

    (as if i didn’t have enough already %-)

    this would undoubtedly be illegal here, unless you put a 5 round magazine in each well.

    • Mike

      Nah, the law is only for acquiring magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Total capacity in the gun doesn’t matter, which is why the KSG is actually CA legal, even though it’ll hold 14+1 – two separate magazines means 7+7+1.

      The thing you’d have to get around for this POS is the “safe handgun roster”, which is stupid easy these days with folks doing (temporary, reversible, only for import and sale) single-shot conversions.

  • Alex-mac

    The Desert Eagle .50 just got some competition in Hollywood.

  • Ben

    Probably be in the next Call of Duty lol.

    I already hated it, but thank god it won’t be legal due to the whole definition of a machine gun being one pull of the trigger producing more than one shot at a time…

  • I’d think they would qualify that in the same way they make kits for two ruger .22 rifles that fire together.

  • Goose
    • hojo

      Stop that, Mossberg is watching.

  • FredB

    I recall a two barreled semi auto invented around WWII by an inventor from Kenosha, Wisconsin. Firing one barrel would load the other and this would alternate. It was considered too complex to be adopted as a service pistol. The prototype is (was) in a museum in Kenosha.

  • W

    this is insane! what happens if one side jams? do you just waste a perfectly good round by immediate action? LOL

    • Mike

      Forget a jam. What would suck is a slow primer. The barrel that goes off is going to take the other side out of battery just so it can blow up in your face.

      “Hey, I’ve got an idea! Let’s build something that’s not only ugly and impractical, but also unsafe!”

    • Matt

      no, it DOUBLES the jamming possibility which means reliability is 50% of a “single barrel” gun…

      Good for Hollywood though….

  • Nadnerbus

    Next up, the .90 caliber 1911, all the stopping power in one bullet!

  • Alex-mac

    Twice as expensive, twice as heavy, twice as cool – the double barrel 1911

  • Beefalo

    That’s SOOOO weird! I was sitting around the other day and I said to myself “man, I TOTALLY need two 1911s welded together! This single 1911 just isn’t good enough!”
    It’s like they read. My. Mind.

  • hojo

    wow, that’s really silly and impractical.

    This thing serves as a “more money than sense” test.

  • jdun1911

    I’ll buy it if I have the money. Looks very fun to shoot and a collector item for sure.

  • Chucky

    If I really, really have to shoot all that much lead in the shortest time I’d rather go with a S&W .500 using 700 grain bullets.

    • DW

      …Or with any shotgun larger than .410bore

  • BombedCarnivore

    I think if they had used 2 independent slides & slide stops, with that one trigger-alternating hammer action the author described could make it a viable base gun for competitions. You’d have a gun roughly twice as heavy as a 1911, it’d balance the same front-to-back. And with only firing one side at a time you’d have a whole slide remaining in the forward position holding the gun down helping you be more accurate without sacrificing fire rate (or increasing firing rate without sacrificing accuracy)

    • Cymond

      The write-up states that the 2 rounds impact 1-2 inches apart, depending on the range, in addition to each barrel’s groupings and any shooter errors. That’s not accurate enough for competition. Separating the slides also leaves no middle-zone to mount a single set of sights. Each slide would need it’s own set of sights, and transitioning between sights would probably be slow.

      • BombedCarnivore

        You could use a frame mounted red-dot & you could cant the firing assemblies slightly so the 2 projectiles would converge at a certain distance

  • Netforce

    Heck, I thought that double-barrel Desert Eagle from The Green Hornet movie was impossible. Guess I have to take my words back now.

  • somebody

    now they just need to make a .460 rowland conversion for it

    • Hrach Hayrapetyan

      Yes! Or they’d better to chamber it in .50GI and ATF will define it as a multi barrel heavy machine gun :))))

      • mosinman

        Ah nuthin like ATF logic right?

      • mosinman

        this is my next CCW pistol ; )

  • Foetus

    LOL !

    Just LOL.

  • lilbear68

    looks cute and expensive for the avg shooter but if youre gonna do something a lil more practical, engineer up a working 1911 with a double stack mag

    • Chucky

      What’s wrong with a Para Ordnance?

    • Cymond

      There’s also an ATI imported double stack (unknown quality) and the STI 2011 line (high quality, corresponding price).

  • robert

    but the model with one trigger would be considered a machine gun (two rounds fired in one trigger pull).


    • Other Steve

      No. If that were the case, two round burst would be legal, and it definitely is not.

      Some states have it defined differently, buy the ATF federally considers anything more that one for one a machine gun.

      • SPC Fish

        it would be up to the ATF to decide whether or not it is a machinegun. just because it fires 2 bullets at once does not mean it is a machinegun. even though 2 bullets are fired it is still considered one “shot.”

        i think it would pass a lookover by the ATF tech branch but im no agent.

        theres only one way to find out though

      • Al

        26 USC § 5845 – DEFINITIONS
        (b) Machinegun
        The term “machinegun” means any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a SINGLE FUNCTION of the trigger.

        Many double-barreled shotguns have a single trigger and will fire both barrels with one pull. A two-round burst is not illegal, in and of itself; a two-round burst, “by a SINGLE FUNCTION of the trigger” is illegal. Presumably, having two sears is having two “functions” even though the result is identical to having only one.

  • Walter

    All of you shut up right now. This is cool as hell and stop ruining my fun with logic.

  • RickH

    Sorry, but this is just ridiculous………..I’m saving up for the compact model!

    • Patrick

      Go look at the Sig Saur styal of it I have 5 sig’s now and love them. Take a look.

  • Dan-0

    Congrats Arsenal, you’ve taken a beloved piece of Americana and went full retard with it.

    I hope JMB dumps a steamer down your ancestors throats!

    • Ian

      No worse than what half the industry already does to it.

  • Victor

    What the fuck……

  • Ryan

    This would be perfect for USPSA

  • greasyjohn

    After a cursory consideration, with my experience of 1911 slide releases, I don’t even wanna know what this one feels like.

  • Ralph Menderhouser

    The only thing more stupid than this joke of a handgun are some of the comments left by the readers.

    • John Doe

      Seems like you’re no exception to your rule.

  • Spiff

    So much for “double tapping”!

  • Cymond

    I certainly wouldn’t buy one. It’s impractical, absurd, dangerous, and probably illegal in the US.

    I’d still love to see one though, and maybe shoot a few rounds. It’s a little like seeing a 2-headed goat. It’s unnatural and won’t survive long, but still fascinating to look at.

    • JM

      So you think it’s dangerous, but you’d still shoot it?

  • Jaymes

    Dang, beat me to it.. I’ll just have to make one with three barrels…

  • Bryan S.

    Interesting. I think its a fun engineering exercise, and an interesting novelty. Its a marketing piece though, and its working, isnt it?

  • So, I can’t be the only one that sees how cool this would look while double gunning? Tomb Raider, or Rick Oconnel(The Mummy) style?

    On a practical note, they could have rounded that grip frame off a bit… I’ve seen 2x4s that look more comfortable to recoil in your hand…

    Can you see the twit that tries this thing IWB? Lol.


    • Vitor

      230×4 = 920 grains of lead expanding lead at once. I like it.

  • jdun1911

    I wonder how it handle hang fire. Probably not well but than again hang fires are very rare in handguns.

  • abprosper

    Thats a brain dead gun design but its perfect for Hollywood

    It’ll be used by some guns akimbo John Woo wannabe who’ll be equip a pair of those and extended mags like those old 25 rounders from back in the days and blast away with 100 rounds in like 5 seconds.

    Dumb as bag of hammers in real life but awesome on the screen.

  • John Doe

    To make use of all of its power, you have to hold it sideways.

  • Vhyrus

    This looks like something The Joker would pull while fighting Batman

  • Bob

    Has anyone thought about how two bullets act when fired and traveling that close together? Does the shock wave from the first bullet disrupt the path of the second bullet? I don’t see how you could get any decent accuracy with the second bullet. I’m definitely not an aerodynamics expert, so I have no idea what could happen.

    Assuming the aerodynamics of the two bullets isn’t a problem, what does the pattern on the target look like? How does the penetration cavity in the body look? Do two bullets that close together actually provide significantly greater wound damage?

    What about recoil and muzzle flip? This thing must be extremely hard to control.

    Bottom LIne – The idea is kinda cool, but how does it work in actual application? Is it just expending twice as many cartridges, with no significant increase in stopping power?

  • Leo

    This is one of those things where at first you’re like ‘that’s stupid’ which after some daydreaming quickly turns from ‘well this might be neat to try’ to ‘this is totally awesome just because’

    • Burst

      In my case, that process worked in reverse.

      • Patrick

        HAHAHAHAHA…. You killed it thats what just made it bad to me. I love this idea i think its nuthing but funny.

  • rod

    I would like it if 1 barrel shot forward and the other at a 90 degree angle.

  • ragnarok220

    How would ATF classify it ???

  • One slide feeding two barrels out of two magazines means two loads per cycle. One hammer hitting two firing pins means simultaneous ignition no matter the configuration. Uncouple the hammers, and you’ll have to eject the unexpended round adjacent to the empty shell. No way this gun can make sense under ATF regulations.

  • Bob Z Moose

    Steve, it isn’t April yet…

    Seriously, though, this is one of those things that reminds me of all those weird and crazy guns from the 1800s. A century from now, a future Gary James will do an article on this pistol. He’ll note the novelty and quaint quirkiness of the piece and test fire it with correct period ammunition, noting that it don’t group like the laser guided bullets of the future.

    Seriously, though, I lol’d.

  • Louis

    So does that mean that a “two-tone” finish constitutes a blued side and a stainless side?

    • mosinman

      kinda like a Dark side\Lightside theme?

  • Run, zombies, run!

  • hikerguy

    Can’t say it’s very practical, but, it makes one heck of a conversation piece!

    • JamesD

      That’s kinda what I was thinking when I first saw it.

      I wonder how accurate it is. It won’t do you much good if one bullet hits left of the target and one hits to the right.

      Where do you get a holster for that?
      I might conceal a 1911 but that?

  • Riceball

    So, when is the limited edition zombie model of this gun coming out?

    • John Doe

      Once they manage to chamber it in .50 AE and mount a holographic sight with a biohazard reticule first.

    • Nicks87

      Dont forget the neon-green grips!

  • andrew

    First of the Gatlin gun 10/22 is 2 totally sperate rifles except the stock. This looks like its been welded and fabricated to be a little skinnier. That doesn’t look as wide as 2 1911’s side to side.

    • andrew

      The slides look separate, but the lower is not

  • Tommiegun

    I want one!!

  • Brandon

    I’d love to see what a grouping looks like, how close together are the bullets at say, 25 meters?

  • JMD

    I’m waiting for the double Steyr M1912.

  • DaveR

    meh. another 1911.

  • Lee

    what if two bullet have different sensitivity on the primer?

  • Load Dispatcher

    I…. uhhhhhh….. wait what?

  • I recognize there is a lot misunderstanding around the AF2011-A1 “Second Century”, here. Other than just being a gunwriter, one of the very few credited to be present at the official press conference for the introduction of both the AF2011-A1 and the “Strike One” at the IWA, I am a personal acquaintance of Mr. Nicola Bandini. As soon as I am settled from the post-conference flu that ALWAYS gets me after I return from a gun expo, I will write a detailed resumé of both models for TFB.

    Besides, while the “Strike One” will in fact be made in series, the AF2011-A1 “Second Century” is a pure collectors item whose total series is not planned to reach over 500 samples. The weapon will come with either one or two trigger, but no matter what, even just the pressure of ONE trigger will be able to fire both barrels. I wouldn’t bother of what the BATFE/ATF/BATF thinks about, since no export in the USA is planned.

  • pete

    WANTzilla is attacking Tokyo

  • Nicks87

    At first I thought this was just a joke but now I want to throw up.

    What a hideous abomination!

  • Jim March
  • Craig

    Where do I send my deposit?

  • Scrounger

    “If you can dream it, we can build it.” ~ Will Hayden

    I wonder what Red Jacket Firearms could answer back with. Will? Are ya listening? C’mon. Improve on this idea. I know you can cook up a new and improved model.

  • Jay W.

    The gun may be safe if it requires both rounds to detonate to unlock the slide. The slide clearly is very heavy, and it may have super strong recoil springs on both guns, so if one round hang fires it may merely fail to cycle rather than unlocking and then blowing up.

  • jerrettt

    the 1911 45 colts are the best hand gun with so many up grades an down grades availble welding two together is a disapointment an a joke theres so many new ways to make a popular hand gun better an more reliable yall can really mess up a good thing

  • John

    Siamese twins that should be separated!

  • Mahtoska

    It just looks really intimidating in a garish, cartoon-sort of way…. I mean, just think of it, goin’ to a gun fight with one in each hand, that’s 32 rounds at your disposal and the specs say you can empty it in about 3 seconds, that’s a lot of firepower, I don’t care who you are…..

    • fredconk

      That is provided you can fire that many rounds (with any amount of accuracy.) and still be able to lift it without exhausting fatigue.

  • Jeff

    Oh man I sure how they serpa for it! Haha

  • You’re welcome to enjoy the first full-feature article regarding the Arsenal Firearms AF2011-A1 “Second Century” here:

  • Trey Corley

    I’m sorry but I’d buy one & love showing it off. So what if it’s not the norm, it’s the cool factor. Just like the 45/410 pistol, it’s not an everyday gun but it’s bad to the bone!!!

  • Anonymous

    Well, personally, I think its awesome and I want one. Whats better than a Colt 45? Two colt 45’s at once.

    And Mexico had better watch out because this is a gun that El Jefe is gonna love.

  • Sancman

    Good conversation piece, now watch someone will come out with a “officers model” now that would be a interesting CCW pistol.
    But what happens when just one chamber jams or you have a FTF, FTE?
    Shaking my head and thinking I’ll just save my money and buy 2 quality made 1911’s

  • Donta

    Were can we buy a 1911 doubleheader 45 from?

  • to be truthful it is a little bit over kill the 45. is already a quite powerful round but two. But I wonder if you can hit two targets with each bullet

  • sdfasdfs

    THats just foolish

  • fifty150

    What a total waste of money. Nice conversation piece but that’s about it. A combat piece? Not on your life.

    • izzi

      its not a combat piece, its a awesome home protection weapon. im glad some of you dont like it…better for ME ! cant wait to get one 🙂

  • Steve

    This has useless douchebaggery written all over it.

  • georg

    How much does it cost and where can I buy it?

  • What happens when you get a hang-fire in one chamber and the premature extraction of that cartridge causes an out of battery detonation?

  • awesome just awesome want 5 quick

  • will

    Must be massive problems .It was supposed to be in the Local shop in April when they ordered at the shot show and were assured they were already here and ready to ship. Then it was May, then it was June , they never showed up and the gun store owner says they are told NOTHING. I bet it has lots of jams and such issues . I was interested but NOT NOW, AT THAT INFLATED PRICE . needs to be $1500 to take a big chance on now .

  • guitardo

    Are these legal in California?

  • Aaron

    Absolutely beautiful, can’t wait to buy one!