Browning’s New Black Label 1911-22 Suppressor Ready Pistols

Browning 1911-22

The march toward public acceptance of sound suppressors continues in 2016 with more guns and ammunition being tailored to silencer use. Browning is a company that many shooters would consider a “traditional” gun company that is more oriented toward hunting and the outdoors than Gun Culture 2.0. So, when Browning introduces threaded barrel firearms that the company specifically positions as “suppressor ready,” I feel confident that progress toward decriminalizing hearing protection is building momentum.

For 2016, Browning is offering a pair of Black Label 1911-22 pistols that ship with threaded barrels. One is a full size pistol while the other is a compact version. Both guns follow the general pattern of the 1911 handgun but are chambered in .22 LR.

Browning TB

The full size pistol has a 4.875″ barrel, and the compact gun has a 4.25″ barrel. The thread pattern is 1/2″x28. Both barrels include a thread protector cap.

Both versions of the gun have:

  • an ambidextrous thumb safety
  • dovetailed sights
  • an accessory rail
  • black and gray G-10 grip panels
  • beavertail grip safety
  • an extended slide release
  • a commander style hammer
  • ships with an ABS hard plastic carrying case

The smaller of the two guns weighs 13 ounces, while the larger gun weighs in at one ounce more. Part of what makes the guns so light is their polymer (composite) frame. Both of the guns have a suggested retail price of $739.99.

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  • JumpIf NotZero

    From their website “Black Label Gray Compact with Rail”…

    Anyone want to buy my 22/45 Lite? Because that thing is getting sold.

    • Nate H

      Sure how much? 😛

      • JumpIf NotZero

        I don’t know! I already have an Beretta 87T threaded. So… This is kinda of doubling up the same role, but I guess it’s not doubling up anymore than having a 22/45 now.

        Not sure what’s fair for a 22/45 Lite black, I’ll look it up.

        • Nate H

          If I could figure a way to give you my email without the entirety of the intarwebz getting it too, I’d be all over it.

          • Dan

            Just go ahead and post your email promise we wont tell anyone

          • Suppressed

            Set up a dummy email and have him email you on it, then use real emails from there. In order to make sure it’s actually JINZ, have him post a screenshot of his disqus dashboard since nobody else could do that besides him.

  • MadKaw69

    I’m waiting for the Mini Hi-Power! 🙂

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    “I feel confident that progress toward decriminalizing hearing protection is building momentum.”
    I wish I shared your optimism.

    • I understand. Five years ago, I had a pointed conversation with a gentleman from the NRA who’s name many people would recognize. I chastised him for the organization’s unwillingness to push for the complete deregulation/decriminalization of suppressors. He said at that time “never gonna happen” and they had other things more important to do.

      Well, it seems the industry and shooters have marched on without them, and they have recently jumped on the pro-suppressor bandwagon. This isn’t intended to be a bash on him or the NRA, rather an illustration that we (the community of shooters) have moved the ball enough that the NRA is starting to put some support behind it.

      I’m hoping that we can continue to push the issue and eventually get to where we want to go: complete decriminalization of hearing protection. It’s such an obvious thing, but we are having to shift people’s thinking away from decades of Hollywood bs and anti-gun propaganda. It just takes time, I suppose.

      • mosinman

        it’ll never happen if we do nothing, but if we work together we can get them to overturn just about any anti gun law

        • What about the full-auto rubbish? Any word on that?

          • mosinman

            none so far , there was a lawsuit against the ATF to open the Machine gun registry but idk what happened to it

    • Lew Siffer

      Your pessimism is understandable, but not acceptable. Please just step aside and don’t say anything else, and let the rest of us get to work on this.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I’m sorry you have a problem with political reality. I’m not responsible for that.

        • Lew Siffer

          Don’t believe me, just watch.

          • abecido

            The most important work will be done in November. Whoever stays home because their perfect candidate was not nominated aids the enemy.

  • abecido

    Momentum,whether it gains, wanes, or reverses entirely, depends on the result of the election this November. Vote accordingly.

    • Edeco

      Vote? Bleh!

  • Kefefs

    Fantastic. I hope these are eventually offered without the rail.

  • overloadinco

    These are of the 85% sized 1911s that Browning has done the last few years. The original 1911-22 was setup as a military gun, but this .22 has ‘modern’ features like useful sights, beavertail grip, ambi thumb safety, etc. The one pictured above even as a rail, which is a first for these reduced size guns.

  • Sid Collins

    And this is different from the GSG 1911-22 how?