As far as 1911 air gun clones go, Umarex offers a wide variety. One of the most versatile is their Elite Force 1911 A1 airsoft gun. It is a faithful copy of a 1911, and perfect for force-on-force training.
The gun itself is a spot-on copy of a traditional 1911, mostly. The slide comes in a hair short of that on a real 1911 A1. The barrel has a threaded orange tip extending beyond the end of the slide. Everything else, from the magazine to the hump-and-bump sights will be familiar to those who know their mid-century single-actions.
The magazine holds the CO2 cartridge, so it has substantial size and a similar weight to a fully loaded .45 ACP mag. This makes mag changes a bit more realistic and allows for functional reloads between CO2 cartridges, too. The airsoft pellets, or as in the airsoft industry, airsoft BBs, load straight into the magazine, too. If you are carrying a centerfire that holds 7 rounds, I’d highly recommend you load only 7 here too, so you don’t get lazy with your round counting.
Like most A1s, this one has a spur hammer and thin grip safety. For those of you, like me, that have meaty hands, there is a risk of hammer bite. It is nothing like the bite you get from a .45 ACP’s slide, but you will feel a pinch if your grip rides high.
The grip safety works, as does the thumb safety. The cross-platform functionality of the airsoft gun and a traditional 1911 is perfectly executed.
Working your way down the grip, you’ll find an arched mainspring housing. While those are out of fashion on modern 1911s, they’re historically accurate. This one is checkered, for extra grip. Below it is a lanyard loop.
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