Browning Introduces 1911-22 LR Autoloading Pistol

Browning Introduces 1911-22 L.R. Autoloading Pistol

Browning 1911-22 LR Autoloading Pistol
Browning 1911-22 LR Autoloading Pistol
Browning Firearms
Browning Firearms

Morgan, UT –-( In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the classic 1911 pistol designed by John M. Browning, Browning is pleased to introduce a scaled-down, 22 L.R. version of this great firearm for 2011.

The new pistol is almost an exact replica of the original 1911, just smaller.

The new Browning 1911-22 is proudly made in the USA. Guns shipped in 2011 will include a special first year of production collector’s certificate plus a free limited edition commemorative canvas and leather zippered pistol case.

The frame and slide of the Browning 1911-22 is machined from aluminum alloy with a matte blued finish. The barrel has a stainless steel barrel block and target crown. The new 1911-22 has a single action trigger and a straight blow back action for enhanced simplicity and reliability. Other features include fixed sights, detachable 10-round magazine, manual thumb safety and grip safety. The new Browning 1911-22 is 85% the size of the original 1911 John M. Browning design. The smaller size makes it very light and easy to handle, especially for smaller shooters.

An A1 version of the 1911-22 will be offered with a 4 ¼” barrel and 5 1/2” sight radius that weighs 15 ½ oz. Overall length on the A1 is 7 1/8”. A Compact 1911-22 version will also be offered with a 3 5/8” barrel and 4 7/8” sight radius that weighs 15 oz. Overall length on the Compact is 6 1/2”. Grips on both models are brown composite.

All controls operate just as those on the original John M. Browning-designed Model 1911. New Browning Model 1911-22 L.R. A1 and Compact models have a Suggested Retail price of $599.99. Shipments are expected to start in the first quarter of 2011.


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I jumped at the opportunity to buy a SIG Sauer 1911-22-OD last weekend and have my name on a waiting list for a Browning 1911-2. This is two great additions to my collection of 22 caliber handguns. Specifically, the Browning feels small in the hand and light. But, i'm sure my wife will fall in love with it. She shoots a Walther P22 and like it. The Browning 1911 will be perfect for her. Now, I'm on the hunt for the Colt 1911-22LR mabd by Walther.

ron jones

Where Browning missed the boat was making it out of alloy. Since it's already downsized, it would be lighter than a full-sized 1911 but would have enough weight for greater stability than alloy.

Not only that, but black anodized aluminum looks great as long as you never get a scratch on it, while little scratches or bluing wear on steel doesn't look half as bad.

I could hardly wait to get one of these until I found out what they wer made of.


I think this is going to be a decent seller “as is” due to the fact it may be a limited anniversary production, there are few mid size 22 autos to choose from and the more famous ones like Walther PPKs (22.5oz)and Beretta 87 (20 oz)are at least 50% more expensive and hard to find. Of course, you could buy a Bersa 22cal (18oz) for 50% less but none of these are American Made, and not offered in 1911 style which is a proven seller. Maybe next year, if the production continues, Browning will increase the price a reasonable amount… Read more »


To DAILY DIVE: There are two full size 1911 A1 ,22's. Both made and sold by Colt. 1) the Colt Ace. a 5 inch model like the Browning and probably almost identical except for size. 2) the Colt Service Ace .45-.22 conversion unit, barrel and slide assembly with .22 magazine (one of which I have atop the frame of my series 70 .38 Super.)


Colt did make a full sized .22 1911-A1, called the Ace, and a .22 barrel, slide and magazine conversion (called the Service Ace; one of which I have presently on my .38 Super), to fit optionally on a .45 Govt. Model frame. Both the Ace pistol and the Service Ace conversion are rare now, but do exist. Try Gun Brokers on line if you want one.

Steve Fowler

Browning missed the boat here. Why did they make this gun smaller? It should be the same size as the standard 1911. Isn't that the whole point; to have a gun that feels, functions and handles like the full size 45 ACP but shoots inexpensive 22 ammo? Geez….