Browning has expanded their Black Label 1911-380 line this year. The standard Black Label and Black Label Pro pistols (with G10 handles and enhanced sights) will now come in a Compact version. The new Compact barrel will measure 3.625 inches, as opposed to the full size 4.25 inches. By reducing barrel length Browning has provided a more user-friendly concealed carry pistol in my opinion. The original full size 1911-380’s were nice, but just seemed a bit too long for CCW purposes.
In addition Browning has added a Black Label Medallion Pro 1911-380 and Medallion Pro Compact. The Medallion Pro pistols will have checkered Rosewood grips with a golden Browning stag emblem embedded in the middle. The Medallion Pro pistols will also come with a blackened stainless steel slide finish, with silver brush polished flats.
Black Label 1911-380 Features
- Composite frame with 7075 aluminum subframe and slide rails
- Rust resistant barrel, with target crown
- Locked-breech action
- Single-action, skelotonized trigger
- Combat style hammer
- 1911 grip safety
- Ambidextrous manual safety lever
- Black Label – Fixed combat sights
- Black Label Pro – steel 3-dot combat sights, or dovetailed night sights
- Black Label Medallion Pro – steel 3-dot combat sights, or dovetailed night sights
- 3-slot Picatinny rail option on Black Label Pro ($30.00 extra)
- ABS carry case included.
Black Label 1911-380 Specifications
- Overall Length: Full (7.5 inches); Compact (6.875 inches)
- Barrel Length: Full (4.25 inches); Compact (3.625 inches)
- Weight: Full (17.5 ounces); Compact (16.0 ounces)
- Width: 1.13 inches
- Trigger Pull: 5.5 pounds
- Sight Radius: Full (5.375 inches); Compact (4.75 inches)
- Caliber: .380 ACP
- Capacity: 8+1
- Magazines: (2) single stack steel
- MSRP Black Label: $669.00 Full or Compact
- MSRP Black Label Pro Full or Compact: $799.00 (3-dot); $879.00 night sights
- MSRP Black Label Medallion Pro Full or Compact: $799.00 (3-dot); $879.00 night sights.
When Browning released the Black Label 1911-380 at SHOT Show 2015 I was able to handle and shoot the pistol on the range. Despite its small profile I had no trouble getting a good grip, with just a slight portion of my pinky finger over the grip’s edge.
The Black Label 1911-380 shot very well, with a nice crisp trigger and reasonable reset. There were no malfunctions during my shooting or with the others shooting around me. Recoil was very manageable, and the safety lever and magazine release were easy to access. Of all three, the Black Label Pro, with G10 handles, still feels the best in my hands.