Occasionally my radar falls onto some non-literary pursuits, and, in fact, I have invested in firearms with a passion equal to that of book collecting. See my previous posts about the Walther PPK and the Ruger American .45. The Browning Arms Company has a wide array of quality handguns, rifles and shotguns. John Moses Browning (1855-1926) is perhaps the single most important firearms designer, responsible for dozens of quality designs, patents and innovations that have stood the test of time. His design of the M11911 pistol was the standard military firearm for over 70 years (as manufactured by Colt). Browning’s designs have been licensed by multiple companies, and to this day the 1911 automatic design is the standard by which all automatics should be judged. A recent addition to my collection is the Browning 1911-380, the Black Label model. What follows is the product description from the Browning website:
(The Browning 1911-380, the Black Label model) “boasts a high strength/lightweight composite full size frame at 85% of the original 1911, machined steel slide, target crown, fixed combat sights, eight round magazine, extended ambidextrous manual safety, and skeletonized hammer. Size Matters. The Browning 1911-380 combines two of John M. Browning's most lasting innovations - the Model 1911 and the 380 ACP cartridge - into a modern, lightweight pistol. Unlike most of the modern "pocket pistols" that chamber the snappy 380 ACP cartridge, the 1911-380 is slightly larger to better manage recoil for improved control that makes follow-up shots faster and more accurate. The longer barrel increases bullet velocity for more downrange punch and improved accuracy. The grip is compact, yet is long and wide enough to allow the shooting hand full purchase for added shooting comfort.”
For those of you with a concealed carry license, this is a prime concealed carry firearm. The flat body makes it impossible to detect on a belt holster. The barrel Length is 4 ¼, the weight is 18 oz, and the magazine capacity is 8. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $669.99. This gun shoots straight and true, with nominal recoil, and a smooth slide action.
As always, please follow the basic rules of safe firearm handling. When firearms are used in a safe and responsible manner, they provide much pleasure, satisfaction and protection, and represent a fundamental part of our personal liberty. Be smart, stay cool, and Buy American.