Inland Manufacturing 1911 A1 Government Handgun – VIDEO REVIEW

By Graham Baates
YouTube personality, Graham Baates, gives us a video review of Inland Manufacturing 1911 A1 Government Handgun in .45 ACP.

Inland Manufacturing 1911 A1 Government Handgun
Inland Manufacturing 1911 A1 Government Handgun
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USA – -(Ammoland.com)-  During World War II a division of General Motors by the name of Inland was tasked with producing M1 Carbines for the war effort.

That company no longer exists, nor does the building that housed it.

The new Inland Manufacturing started up in 2013 just two miles from the original location and has worked to reproduce the same instruments of freedom the original Inland made, and then some.

Inland Manufacturing 1911 A1 Government Handgun

Inland Manufacturing 1911 A1 Government Handgun with historic patent dates included
Inland Manufacturing 1911 A1 Government Handgun with historic patent dates included

The “then some” in this case is a 1911 A1. While the original Inland may have never made one, the modern Inland makes two models.

Our example is an excellent reproduction of the original 1911 A1 with modernization's only where they are appreciated. While aesthetically a clone, the modern Inalnd’s are made with modern machining affording modern safety and quality.

Additionally, the Inland is an 80’s series; adding a drop safety.

Trigger-snobs beware, the original trigger is far from a match gun, so adding a drop safety isn’t costing you anything but pride, while adding a little insurance in the event of an accident.

With tiny, non-adjustable steel sights and a trigger that hasn’t been polished. This is a reproduction, to be owned and loved in the name of John Moses Browning. How does it shoot? See the video below and rest assured it is still the 1911 that even Glock fans quietly admit they love and envy.

Inland Manufacturing 1911 A1 , small hammer, standard Beavertail and nubby safety
Inland Manufacturing 1911 A1 , small hammer, standard Beavertail and nubby safety

Inland Manufacturing 1911 A1 Government Handgun's Dimensions are as they should be:

  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Magazine capacity: 7 rounds
  • Barrel length: 5″
  • Total length: 8.5″
  • Width of slide : .915″
  • Twist rate: 1 turn in 16″
  • Weight: 39 oz.
  • Finish: Parkerized
  • MSRP: $749.00

For a closer look at this modern classic see the tabletop portion of the video review here:

It’s tough to be a hand-gunner and not appreciate the simple excellence of the 1911. It’s even tougher to appreciate the 1911 without owning or at least spending some time with the 1911 as it was originally fielded such as this great example from Inland Manufacturing.

Inland Manufacturing 1911 A1 Government Handgun's naked underside, just how Browning wanted it
Inland Manufacturing 1911 A1 Government Handgun's naked underside, just how Browning wanted it.

About Graham Baates

“Graham Baates” is a pen name used by a 15-year active Army veteran who spent most of his time in the tactical side of the Intelligence community including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Post-Army Graham spent some time in the 3-Gun circuit before becoming a full-time NRA Certified defensive handgun instructor and now works as an industry writer while curating a YouTube channel and blog on the side. Visit Graham on Youtube .

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Terry
Terry
3 years ago

Look at the NutnFancy review on YouTube. That will tell you everything you need to know. Mine behaved just like that one, although I have no complaints about fit, finish or furniture.

Gary Harrison
Gary Harrison
3 years ago

Wow I was considering one now I don’t know. Thanks Terry!

Ken Passarella
Ken Passarella
3 years ago
Reply to  Gary Harrison

Mine was probably late 2015. Like I mentioned, it’s virtually 100% reliable now. I think Inland gets their stocks from Kahr. They are very good “near copies” of their WWII kin, even down to finishing the stocks with the same oils. My buddy’s paratrooper version has an issue with the barrel band that doesn’t fit correctly.

Terry
Terry
3 years ago

Buyer beware. I purchased a “new” Inland M-1 carbine. Worst purchase I’ve ever made. Would not run out of the box. Sent it back, they adjusted feed ramp and deburred bolt. Still wouldn’t run. They then would not respond to my emails.
Sent rifle to Orion 7 in NY. $500 later I finally have a gun that runs. Only good news is that USGI parts fit. Said they had never seen so many casting burrs, this is after I’d already sent it back to Inland. Bad trigger sear, pins falling out due to wrong size, headspace barely in tolerance, etc.

Ken Passarella
Ken Passarella
3 years ago
Reply to  Terry

Terry, I feel your pain! I bought an Inland 1944 model and started out using Armscor ammo. I had failures to feed out the wazoo. I baby-fed it until I got about 50 rounds downrange. I took it apart and cleaned it and came back to the range with Aguila ammo. It ran nearly flawlessly. I surmised the Armscor ammo was to blame. However, when I went back to the range expecting to feed the rest of the Armscor ammo, lo and behold it ran through it like a champ. Go figure. It just needed breaking in. Now, about 500… Read more »

Graham Baates
Graham Baates
3 years ago
Reply to  Terry

How long ago was that?

Terry
Terry
3 years ago
Reply to  Graham Baates

Mine was purchased summer 2016.

TSgt B
TSgt B
3 years ago

I just happen to have a 1943 vintage Remington-Rand Model 1911-A1 Government Model .45 ACP STILL IN THE COSMOLINE in the original olive drab box, unfired.