Testing a 1911 at -65F

Turns out one can take a 1911 to “pretty darn cold” and the the handgun will keep on trucking. Brass Fetcher Ballistics Testing took the time and equipment to put the platform through an extreme test, opting to share the video of the frosted handgun all through its firing cycle.

The test gun used the Sig 45 ACP 200 Grain V-Crown JHP and what seems to be a standard Remington R1 1911 handgun. Interestingly, the brass dos not hold any frosting, likely due to the high temperature of the explosion contained therein.

Wish they fired a few more rounds, but that does not take away from the beauty of the single shot. Watch and enjoy:

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Zach

    That’s not a SIG 1911… They have never made a GI style 1911. They have traditional models, but they look nothing like that.

    • Riot

      SIG ammunition.

    • Anonymoose

      SIG ammo in a Remington 1911R1.

    • Abram

      Reading and comprehension.

  • DetroitMan

    What?! But da internetz sez da 1911 is unreliable compared to modern pistols! #sarcasm

    • Vitsaus

      When I read that Norway was using a 1911 variant, that was all I needed to know about the pistol’s performance in sub-zero.

    • Nicks87

      Yep this 34 second video proved that 1911s are great guns. In fact I’m selling all my guns and replacing them with 1911s. #sarcasm

  • David

    So the big slow “outdated” .45 keeps on trucking, imagine that.

    • iksnilol

      I doubt the cartridge has much to do as the design and manufacture of the gun itself?

  • DannyBoyJr

    Pfft, iraqveteran8888 froze a Hi-Point to -110 deg F and it still worked. A frikkin’ Hi-Point!

    • skusmc

      I don’t think people respect Hi Points enough. It’s like 22LR; easy to make fun of and snub but kills an awful lot of people.

  • rockojb

    I tell you what, that 1911 R1 is a damn good deal. Relatively inexpensive, American made, and mine has been durable as hell. Nice video.

    • ozzallos .

      Just wish all the gun dealers didn’t jack their prices up by $100 when the $75 rebate for Remington products dropped. Kind of an turd thing to do.

  • Grindstone50k

    Now I just need to go somewhere where the temp actually drops below 20F.

  • Jeff Heeszel

    Brass Fetcher needs to inject some personality into their videos. They’d appeal to a lot more people.

  • Raymond Miller

    I have quite a few guns, but I have to admit, my 1911 is my all time favorite. It will eat anything I feed it as long as it’s in .45 ACP. my other .45 autos are finicky about what I feed them, but not that old 1911. I just love it.

  • Diver6106

    I’d like to see this done with a Glock or any polymer framed gun.