The Full Review of The Arsenal Double Barrel 1911

Our good friend Andrew of GY6 Productions has published his full review of the Arsenal Double Barrel 1911. I published the teaser video last week, but this is the full review showing the first 500 rounds he fired through it. After watching Andrew break this pistol in (with emphasis on “break”), I can only wonder if the designers of this gun even bothered shooting it before sending it our for production. You don’t buy a gun like this for the ergonomics, but at the price it is selling for, between $4000 and $5000, some chamfering on the beavertail would be nice.

When I published the teaser video I said this gun fired one round per trigger pull, I was wrong. It does fire two rounds per trigger pull. Maybe some of the legal eagles can explain in the comments how this gun is not a machine gun according to the BATFE interpretation of the NFA.

Steve Johnson

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  • Fred Harrington

    quite possibly the batfe doesnt consider it a “machine gun” because the bullets are each coming out of their own barrels?…

    • MR

      No, one function of the trigger resulting in more than one round fired equals a machine gun, regardless of how many barrels are employed. Crank-handle Gattling guns are okay, because continuing to turn the crank equals another function of the trigger, in the ATF’s opinion.

  • NDS

    It has two triggers, each fires one round per pull. It is not considered a machinegun just because both barrels fire at the same time when both are pulled.

    • Jon

      They explained in the previous video that both triggers are welded together (internally) because the gun would not cycle if only one ‘side’ was fired.

      • NDS

        Right, the Gilboa’s mechanism prevents the gun from firing if only one trigger is pulled. At least on the non-NFA version.

        • An Interested Person

          The Gilboa has only one trigger, and that`s why its a machine gun. This has two, and even though they have to be pulled at the same time, that`s what keeps it legal.

  • Don Ward


    • anon


  • MR

    You’ll need to ask the ATF directly. We can guess and reason and argue all we want, the ATF is the only entity that has a chance to know the true answer, and even that isn’t 100%.

  • MR

    For $4000-$5000, you’d think they’d get the sights securely mounted.

  • BrandonAKsALot

    The absurdity of this thing never lessens. It’s one of the most ridiculous concepts to ever come to fruition. I’d imagine the only reason it isn’t an MG is some kind of novelty exception or the like.

  • Darren Hruska

    “Who the hell needs sights when can SHOOT MOAR BOWLITS?!”

  • Giolli Joker

    I’d be quite upset by those minor flaws, but the number of failures seems very low for such a design, Arsenal did a pretty good job on that.
    I’ve seen more than one disappointing review of custom grade 1911s unable to go through a full mag.
    BTW, Andrew, shooting gloves are fairly cheap.

  • Ripley

    I’ve said it before. It’s not the trigger nor the function that makes this legal. It’s because the two rounds count as “one shot” since they leave the gun at the same time.

    “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.”