85% Sized 1911-380 Expands SKU Line-Up

I was and am still a fan of the Browning 1911-380, the “Right Size” handgun. In my review previously of their “Black Label” version, I found it to indeed by right-sized. The smaller sized, coupled with the .380 caliber made it a great option for 1911 fans the world over to actually concealed carry the platform (cue engraved full-sized 1911 owners).

Seeing additional potential for the platform, Browning has announced two new versions of the 1911-380, the 1911-380 Pro and the 1911-380 Pro with Rail. The new “Pro” models include steel three-dot combat sights (or a version with night sights which technically means four new SKUs, but I digress…), grips are G-10 composite, and the 4.5″ barrel gets a target crown. The controls are extended with an ambidextrous thumb safety and an extended slide release.

2296424 2296422

Magazine capacity remains 8 rounds and the weight is a remarkable 17.5 ounces. These handguns are incredibly thin and with the weight, extremely easy to carry.

Formal versions include:

Black Label 1911-380 Pro with 3-Dot sights, Suggested Retail, $799.99.
Black Label 1911-380 Pro with night sights, Suggested Retail, $879.99.
Black Label 1911-380 Pro with rail and 3-Dot sights, Suggested Retail, $829.99.
Black Label 1911-380 Pro with rail and night sights, Suggested Retail, $909.99.

Now Browning, release this in 9mm and you may actually pry me from the grips of Glock.

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.


  • Bdpenn

    Any sight system that is visible is a great improvement. I put a white dot on my front sight, was difficult at best to acquire a not necessarily quick sight picture.
    Your (the author) last comment was maybe if in 9mm. My question to you is have you done a review of the Underwood Xtreme Penetrator yet? You might change your thought to “why would they”make it in 9mm.
    Vote wisely!!

    • Harry’s Holsters

      I carry the penetrators in my 42. I love the cross shaped holes they leave on the target.

      • Bdpenn

        I was sold when I saw the review done by MAC on the Military Arms Channel. He has video of both 9mm and 380. Taking these unscientific reviews a little farther than most he employed the correct temperature controlled FBI ballistic jel and a chronograph. For the skeptical he also demonstrated shooting through multiple layers of denim and layers of pork ribs into the gel. The extreme wound cavity along with max penetration
        gave me a whole new outlook of carrying a smaller 380 when necessary.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          Also plenty of other tests too. No shortage of testing on the round.

      • valorius

        I carry the Underwood .380+P penetrator rounds in my Ruger LCP.

    • RSG

      An absolute game changer for that cartridge. Hollow point like cavitation and permanent wound channel without sacrificing on FBI protocol penetration. After looking into it, I shot out my Corbon supply and bought a few hundred rounds of these for my Glock 42. No feeding issues, btw. At some point, I’ll buy some of the more powerful underwood rounds. The ones I have are older from when the entire cartridge was being manufactured by Lehigh themselves. They aren’t as powerful as the Underwood loadings.

  • Slugnutty



    • Harry’s Holsters

      If they were able to hit a lower price point this would be a perfect option for a kids first centerfire gun.

      • gunsandrockets

        There’s always the RIA Baby Rock .380 at MSRP $460. Of course it’s also heavier at 24 ounces.

        • Paul White

          *if* I can find it in stock that’s on my list of handguns I plan to buy someday.

  • Jesse

    My grandfather had a Llama 1911 in .32 ACP. “Adorable” is the word I would use to describe it. Got it for grandma because it fit her small hands.

    Browning couldn’t pick a worse cartridge then a .380. Why wouldn’t you use a 9mm and try to go after some of that P938 market?

    Not something I would want to depend on as an EDC. Browning’s link design (John Moses, not these guys) doesn’t scale well. Far more reliable to do a 4″ carry size, aluminum framed 1911 if you’re married to that battery of arms.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      I’m guessing they used the shorter 380 to make it dimensionally correct.

      • gunsandrockets

        I think Browning already addressed the 9mm question and 9mm wasn’t practical in their mini 1911 for a reason I don’t remember.

    • Swarf

      Just because it’s great grandpa’s gun design doesn’t mean it’s great grandpa’s cartridge.

      The .380 has come a long way, especially in the last 10 years. There are viable (!) options for realistic self defense purposes these days.

      • iksnilol

        Eh, I’d rather go with .32 for the extra capacity/penetration or with 9mm for the commonality.

        Only thing that is remotely attractive with .380 for me is that it is easy to convert blank ammo to live ammo in that caliber.

        • Swarf

          I don’t know what kind of ammo they serve with gravlaks, but here in the US, .380 is pretty common.

          • iksnilol

            I find in Norway .32 to be more common than .380 for the reasons I mentioned. It’s a slightly pointless round for competition use (basically all handguns in Norway are for competition).

            Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a rare round but you usually have to order it online.

        • RSG

          You ought to check out Lehigh Defense extreme penetrators in .380. An amazing bullet design that performs like a hollow point in regards to cavitation and permanent wound channel, without sacrificing on accepted FBI protocol penetration. Should be the universally accepted round for anyone with a Glock 42.

          • iksnilol

            Yeah, but why not go with a .32 with similar ammo and enjoy not only those benefits but also more capacity/smaller gun?

          • RSG

            Because this new ammo rivals the capabilities of 9mm closer than the 32 does to the .380.

  • Joe

    I guess the aluminum frame just can’t take the recoil.
    Or aluminum would push the cost over a grand and kill potential sales.
    I can almost come to terms with .380, but not a plastic frame for the cost.
    I wish Kimber would make a Commander/Government-sized Micro 9,.
    I think such a pistol at the same price point of the Micro 9 ($600-ish) would take significant market share from the Browning 1911-380 and the Springfield EMP4.

  • ReadyorNot

    Nathan S., what kind of holster/s are you using? I like my rail version a lot, but I’m not seeing many holster options available.

  • Edeco

    Come on aluminum wide-body longslide. I just need a tactical/practical in 380 to complete the grand slam.

  • Ken

    Maybe it’s for the Mexican market, where semi auto handguns are limited to no larger than .380 ACP. With all the paperwork, the one legal gun store, and the limit of one handgun per person, the cost may not be as much of an obstacle. Of course, they’ll have to compete with the domestically made Trejo 1911 clones in .380.

  • QuadGMoto

    We got one of the Shot Show Special short barrel versions of one of these for my wife. So far (only 3 weeks) it’s a really good pistol with one glaring flaw: the magazines stink.

    When fully loaded with 8 rounds there is so little pressure on the top round that it nosedives if you just look at it funny. We’ve had frequent problems with that.

    We also had one unfired (!) round do a stovepipe. I’m still trying to figure out how that happened.

    I would be very happy with this pistol if it weren’t for that stupid magazine issue.

    BTW, if you want a good 1911-9mm pistol, just go for the Springfield EMP.

  • Sulaco5

    The Remington .380 1911 3/4 size is only 600 MSRP, don’t see the value here.


    380 auto & polymer frame. Even if it was half the price, I would not be interested. Aluminum or even a Steel frame and 9mm, then I would be interested. It would make a nice carry gun. Even if it was Steel. I carry a 30oz gun every day.

  • 360_AD

    Why in the world would anyone want a pistol chambered in .380 is beyond me. Ballistically not superior to 9mm AND more expensive.

  • matthew_carberry

    For the mid-6’s you can get a Colt Government Pocketlite .380. Alum frame, a bit smaller but still a full 3 finger grip.

    Why Colt isn’t reintroducing them to go with the new Mustang I have no idea. Though the new Mustang is polymer.

  • Geoff Timm

    Like all the recent Brownings, grossly overpriced. Geoff Who notes the build quality is lacking.

  • ElderAmbassador

    I’ve always loved the older Government .380 from pre-mustang days.
    And Kahr has a Very nifty little 380 a friend showed me just recently.