BUL M5 Polymer 1911 imported by Battle Ready International

The BUL M5 polymer 1911 pistol, which has been imported by a number of other companies (Kimber and Charles Daly, for instance), is being imported by Battle Ready International under the BUL brand name. According to correspondence, they have already received their first shipment of the handguns. From the BUL M5 white paper put out by BRI:

BUL M-5 Differentiation
The M-5 line of pistols is a long-time proven polymer high-capacity 1911 favored by many military and special operations teams globally. The M-5 fiber- reinforced grip is molded onto a stainless-steel implant, creating a one-piece durable, solid and ergonomic frame, which accepts most popular calibers. During high-stress situations when consistent trigger pull is a must, the fine-tuned BUL trigger is able to deliver exceptional results. As always, all the M5’s come with many extras as standard. These include: a match-grade heavy ramped bull-barrel, full- length guide-rod, lowered and
flared ejection port, extended thumb safety, match-grade hammer, high-ride grip safety, front and rear cocking serrations (not on commander and all ultra-X models), night sights and an integral magazine well as standard, right out of the box.
In addition, each and every M-5 is manually and carefully assembled and fitted to ensure the highest level of performance, safety and reliability. The BUL M-5 line was developed by BUL Ltd., a company highly respected in the international shooting community due to its roots in firearms range design, combat/tactical training school and proliferation in the competition shooting industry.
Key Differentiating Features
• Fiber-reinforced polymer frame reduces weight by 15% while increasing strength over other comparable
• Consistent, crisp, clean, light trigger press with every shot equals superior accuracy on the draw. This is must
for shooting situations where accuracy is impacted by high-stress.
• Slimmer grip profile over other high-capacity models, makes the BUL frame design a more effective choice
over other double-stack 1911/2011 frames, e.g. STI, Para-Ordinance, etc
• Bull-Barrel design:
– Bull-barrels are ramped, match graded improving accuracy and reliability with multiple types of
ammo, e.g. hollow-point rounds
– Bull-barrel adds targeted weight to the end of the barrel, which slows down the unlocking, thus
providing recoil relief. (This is important due to most military and criminal encounters happen in
close quarter situations where accurate follow-up shots are extremely important.)
– Bull-barrel design also ensure consistent lock-up for longer periods of time over conventional 1911
designs, e.g. tightly fit 1911s often loosen up over time
• Upgrades like night sights and ambidextrous safeties are standard on most Battle Ready BUL M-5s

Also included is a chart giving pricing and other details:
BUL M5 Chart

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • Sulaco

    Kool! A source for M5 Kimber magazines!!

  • Sulaco

    Or maybe not on the spare mags. None of the BRI sites say anything about selling spare mags and the one site I found in Canada lists the 13 rd mags for $179.00 (Canadian) APEACE!

    • iksnilol

      So it is better to stick to Para-Ordnance? Simply because the magazines are more available and cheaper (+ they can fit more rounds).

      • Sulaco

        Actually they are the same mags, (B5 and Para Ord) just a different magwell lock cut in the double colume mags.

        • iksnilol

          Then why are the Para Ord mags 14 round while the B5s are 13 round?

          Also, can’t you convert the Para Ord mags for use in the B5? Just cut the notch in the righ tplace..

          • Sulaco

            Not sure, the B5 mags that came with my Kimber are 14 rd but the later ones I found were 13….And yes you can convert the Para mags to work in the Bul5 by cutting the new notch.

    • Geez that’s just crazy!

    • Cymond

      I thought Canadians were restricted to 10-round magazines.

  • I seem to remember that Springfield Armory had an import deal with BUL ready before the 1994 Crime Bill was passed. Springfield was going to call it the XM4.

    • Isn’t this the same as the Wilson Combat KZ45 as well?

      • The KZ45 frame was designed by Alex DuPlessis. Its magazine tube has an extremely tapered top so the frame’s trigger track isn’t exposed at the rear like the BUL, Caspian Wide Body, and Para-Ordnance frames. The tube doesn’t reach full-width until it is below the magazine release notch.

      • Sulaco

        Yep, same gun different name. Same magazines too..

  • Mystick

    …still overpriced.

  • John

    If they were singlestack I’d buy one. Doublestack 1911s are heretical.

    • iksnilol

      Making something modern, as in 1930’s modern is not heretical. On the other hand making a polymer framed 1911 is heretical.

      Seriously, there is no reason to make a singlestack pistol in .45 ACP. The advantage of semi-auto pistols is that they have faster reloads and larger magazine capacities than revolvers. If you are gonna negate the capacity issue why not just go with a revolver?

      • John

        I don’t have the giant caveman hands required for a doublestack 1911.

        • iksnilol

          The grip isn’t giant, same thickness actually and in some cases thinner. It is just that the frame is more square which makes it feel bigger. That can easily be solved by polishing.

          Step up your game, you are letting your emotions prevent you from using the best.

          • John

            If I cared about using the best I wouldn’t be using a 1911 in the first place.

          • Zachary marrs

            As much as I love 1911’s, you are so damn right

          • iksnilol

            What’s wrong with a 1911? Except the fact that the CZ SP01 exists.

            Making it useful is not a bad thing.

        • Sulaco

          I second iksnilol’s comment on the thickness of the grip on the Bul5. It is to my hand JUST slightly bigger circumference then a standard single colume. The double stack mags feed up to a single feed colume and the plastic grips are just thinner than the standard 1911 double colume..very comfortable to hold and shoot even with my smaller hand size.

      • john huscio

        I like the p220 carry. Single stack and more accurate that most of the pistols I’ve tried. Definitely wouldn’t feel undergunned with one in my holster.

        • iksnilol

          Is it more accurate because it is single-stack?

          If not then that has nothing to do with what I am saying.

    • Frank

      Bul makes the “Desert Eagle” 1911 for Magnum Research. If you want a single stack gun from them.

  • Sulaco

    From the BRI website:
    “Battle Ready International is a registered trade mark of MFSI Government Group. A Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business dedicated to making a meaningful difference. MFSI holds a Top Secret Facilities Clearance and all key personnel are cleared at the Top Secret level in order to provide classified services to the Federal marketplace. From intel/cyber security to force development, crisis response and logistics management, MFSI provides leading edge services to both federal and private market places. Founded and led by veterans, we take pride in hiring veterans whenever possible and strive to do so. ”

    AS of this moment the website only lists the Gov model and the Commander models for sale with no listings that I can find for accessories like magazines, although they do sell holster and apparel….Location listed as city of Carnation WA State.

    I will also note that my Kimber imported edition of this gun (Gov Model) is a super holster gun and even with the double colume mag is very comfortable for my med to smaller hands. Very accurate and reliability is first rate. Replacement magazines have however ALWAYS been a sticking point cause they were first imported right around the Federal 10 round ban and after it expired you could find the 10 rounders but nobody wanted to be politically incorrect and sell the 14 rounders….On line magazines even the 10 rd versions were recently going to upwards of $75.

  • Alex

    This is a superb handgun, I live in Guatemala and follow this blog, and this M5 in commander size is what walks with me every day.
    I am glad that someone is importing them to the U.S., maybe we will be able to get some accessories like sights, mine has black on black, and I will love to have some night ones, and it is easier to purchase them from the U.S.
    You all should try this, the bull barrel is amazing
    Thumbs up for BRI.

    • Sulaco

      Really? So its cheaper to import a handgun from outside your country rather then buy inside?

      • pineneedle

        No, he’s saying that it’s easier to find aftermarket accessories if they are commonly available in the US.

  • mosinman

    when it says “stainless steel implant” is it talking about slide rails or does it also have a stainless steel structure inside the polymer frame?

  • Drake

    My issue polymer frame 1911 is there price they are not price any less than all steel or lighter weight allow frame 1911. I under stand weight issue for some but if but I do not get cost issue if polymer frame cost less make than steel or allow frame 1911 why than why are retailing for price same or more for steel frame or allow frame 1911??? There mag available issue with some new polymer 1911 being double stack mag of there own design most gun manufacturer only prove one mag for each there handgun now go have spend have extra amount money buy extra amount mags if can find them from manufacturer. Other issue run in to with polymer 1911 there is no after market for parts. If there some you do not like grip safety thumb safety or any part has do frame like trigger there no after market parts for polymer frame 1911 that know of. I am not Glock fan boy but you better off buy polymer frame Glock in 45 acp for same price point or less that has huge after mark parts available easy find extra mags. How ever if have money spend on polymer double stack 1911 not fan of striker fired handguns can live with there limitations they may be worth cost to.

  • floppyscience

    What the hell? $1400? These same pistols are $750 and $850 in Canada.

    Good luck with that, BRI.