1911 Gets the Larry Vickers Slow-Motion Treatment and its Awesome

While the PWS cut-away video from a couple years ago was fun to watch, this one is downright awesome. The cut-away is courtesy of Wilson Combat a notable expert in semi and full-custom 1911s. Using gratuitous slow-motion and multiple angles, Vicker’s showcases the inner workings of the ubiquitous handgun.

To me, the fascinating part is how much of the handgun can actually go missing and still have a functional weapon system. While open to dirt and debris, major portions of the slide, grip, and other areas are missing.

Just goes to show how a 100+ year old design can stay relevant today.

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.


  • BattleshipGrey

    This one is much better than his infomercial.

    I wish they would’ve gotten a clear shot of the firing pin being forced forward by the hammer strike.

  • Tahoe

    Very cool. Two things I noticed – 1) I was surprised how much gas escapes the muzzle before the bullet exits! And 2) I was also surprised that his finger completely clears the trigger between shots. What is the rationale for that? Or is it just because this pistol is missing large pieces? I haven’t paid attention in his other videos, maybe I will do that.

    • Some instructors (and many competitors) have abandoned the “ride the link” concept as they feel it is too slow.

  • Frank E

    Those sound effects are just so dumb. Reeks of reality TV.

  • Mrninjatoes

    If only he had a slow motion video of himself fitting a 1911 slide and browsing on his tablet.