Just like every year, in January M1911.ORG is currently in Las Vegas to watch the 2011 SHOT Show and report back to you all the new things in the 1911 world.
Day 1: Media Day
This year, for the first time, we went to the Media Day, at Bolder Rifle and Pistol Range. It was also the first year that I was not alone. Spyros Georgilidakis (Rekladan for our Forum Members) and his lovely wife, Evi, were with me and helped me out on this assignment. Actually, Evi was the photographer who shot most of the pictures you will see below on the Media Day.
The following 1911 manufacturers were present there:
Colt, Para-USA and RIA.
Colt had all their new guns, including their DA 1911s. We'll report more about these pistols to you tomorrow, from the SHOT Show floor. All I can say that the 5" DA pistol had a very sweet trigger.
Para-USA also had a variety of their models. Again, more details will follow tomorrow.
RIA was the big surprise of the day. Not only we were shown their light-rail equipped 1911, in .45 ACP,
Yours truly, firing RIA's rail-equipped 1911.
but we also had the chance to see and fire two brand new guns, which will be added in RIA's catalog in April.
The first one was a .22 LR 1911. It is an all-steel gun, with a machined slide which looks very much like the Beretta 92 slide, in that it provides almost no cover whatsoever to the barrel, which is fixed to the frame. Shooting it was as expected, a very sweet experience. No recoil whatsoever, and the pistol functioned 100%. An aluminum magazine was shown with the pistol.
The second pistol, though, was a revelation.
The pistol is called .22 TCM and it fires a special cartridge developed by Armscor, whose specifications speak about a peak velocity of 2100 fps.
It's a bottle-neck cartridge, which will be manufactured and distributed by RIA in US and which was a real joy to shoot.
The pistol has a high-capacity double-column frame and it is made of steel, just like any other RIA pistol.
I shot several magazines of the prototype that was on RIA's table, and I was amazed with how sweet this pistol was.
The cartridge is produced using a .223 Rem. case, which has the same rim diameter as the 9mm Para one. RIA is planning to offer the pistol together with a 9mm barrel, so customers can use either round in their pistols.
You may discuss our 2011 SHOT Show presentation in this thread in our Forums Site.