Browning has announced the release of the suppressor ready versions of their unique “85%” sized 1911 .22LR handguns. The handguns are available in two sizes, “full” and “compact”; which I put in quotes as they not not quite the same size as their parent platform. The full size comes equipped with a 4.25″ barrel and the compact in at a 3.625″. Both barrels are threaded 1/2×28″, common to the .22 caliber.
The Black Label series is the high-end version of the past 1911-22. It adds some fun features like the dove-tailed sights, ambidextrous safety, and composite G10 grips. From there, an extended slide stop and beaver-tail passive safety round out the offering.
Weight is kept at an incredible 14 ounces due to an advanced polymer frame. However, the rails and most components are mounted in an internal metal chassis within the frame. For accessory mounting, the rail includes a three-position picatinny rail on the dust cover.
The handguns are now available for purchase, having been in the distribution chain for a few weeks. Suggested retail is $639.99. Price includes a thread protector for the barrel.
Stay tuned. We have one of the .380 ACP Black Label handguns in for testing with the review coming shortly. *Preview* – the size of the handgun is just awesome. It makes a 1911 “practical” for EDC in my mind.