NRA's Gun of the Week – Browning .380 ACP 1911

Nathan S
by Nathan S

I’ve been following the little Black Label .380 1911 for some time now, enthralled at the idea of a lighter daily carry 1911. While some may bemoan the caliber, I am perfectly confident in its ability to do what is needed, especially from a 4.250″ barrel which puts muzzle velocities at nearly 9mm levels.

The smaller size (rated at 85% of full-size handguns) is appealing for concealment and for ease of weapons manipulation (I like to drop slide-stops versus rack slides). From there, the $670 MSRP just sweetens the pot.

We’ve requested one for review. Hopefully Browning will give us the opportunity to do so and I can see if my gun lust is well-founded or if the execution is disappointing.

Nathan S
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.

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  • Nobody Nobody on Nov 10, 2015

    They need to make a 7/8 scale 2011 version, I'd be all over this with a 12-14 round magazine.

  • Anon. E Maus Anon. E Maus on Nov 30, 2015

    Locked breech and a light chambering, even with Carpal Tunnel this gun should be easy to cycle.
    Couple that with the longer barrel and with good modern defensive ammunition, and a weak or elderly person would be very well armed with one of these.

    I've heard stories of people who have defaulted on .22 caliber target pistols for defense in their old age because their rheumatism prevents them from reliably operating guns they used to rely on, with distressing results when home invasions happened.

    A gun like this would be very easy to operate and actually be capable of offering some quite potent firepower.

    Also, I'll say that these would be very nice youth-guns.