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.
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.