Browning Black Rail 1911-380
- Price: $599.99
- Barrel: 4.25 inch
- Weight: 1.13lb
- Capacity: 8+1
Browning has produced a truly unique handgun by combining two innovations: the 1911 handgun shrunk down around the .380 ACP ammunition.
It also shrank the cost, which is a stroke of genius. A full-size Browning is a $1000 pistol, but this one is significantly cheaper. So that’s something, we guess…
The end result is a 7.5-inch 1911 that weighs just 1.1lb. That makes it much lighter than a Glock 19 and some people prefer the age-old engineering of a traditional 1911, especially with the grip safety that means it’s always ready to go.
Compact Handgun With Lightweight Feel
You get a 4.25-inch barrel, so this is an accurate weapon and you also get 8+1 rounds, which is enough for most situations.
There’s an accessory rail underneath the barrel for a light or a laser, but this is also a minimalist gun that comes with reasonable night sights on board.
So you can run it as it is, and it is just about small enough to go for concealed carry. It’s a slimline design with a single-stack mag, so if you can find the right place for it to sit against your body then you could really bond with this gun.
Skeleton Parts Look Light And Cruel
It gets a lightweight hammer and drilled out trigger and the skeleton parts look the part. This is the special edition Black Rail that comes with a polished slide, matte black finish and custom grips.
It’s an imposing gun that comes with serious psychological impact, which means it’s a viable everyday carry gun. It gets self-defense points, as it’s one of those guns that will make anybody think twice when it’s pointed in their general direction.
The .380 ammunition provides some sort of muzzle energy and down range kick, but it’s also potent enough as a self-defense round if you buy the good 380 ammo. At close quarters, this gun loaded with top end hollowpoints would be more than enough 95 times out of 100.