Leading up to the launch of the long awaited Lee Enfield we are doing a series on WWII airsoft guns. To finish off the list, is the pistol that symbolized a nation, the 1911. You will be hard pressed to find another gun, no less a pistol, that is more iconic from that era than the 1911. Not only was it romanticized, it was a symbol of America on the battlefield, even though it actually had relatively low usage compared to other small arms fielded by the United States during the war. In airsoft, what can be said, its probably one of the most produced pistols of all time ranging from entry level pistols all the way to the luxury level Nighthawk Custom 1911s.
The 1911 was designed by legendary designer John Browning who has also brought many other firearms to life, however none were like the 1911. What made the 1911 stand out at the time was it was one of the first truly "modern" pistols for its time. During the period in which this style of "self loading, semi automatic" pistols were being developed the 1911 stood out as a simple and robust system that was practical to be used. Though not the first to deploy semi-automatic functionality it certainly made the cycling slide system a staple for pistols to come. This in conjunction with the ability to reload using a magazine made the 1911 a winner. The service life of the 1911 as the standard issued pistol to the US Armed forces was astonishing, from 1911 - 1986, meaning the 1911 saw action in both World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam with some special forces operators still opting to carrying it as their side arm of choice.
In airsoft, many companies have taken a crack at producing the 1911. From the Japanese manufacturers such as Marushin and Tokyo Marui, they set the bar high for how these airsoft guns were made which then gave rise to the full metal pistols we see today.
Most popularly used in conjunction with Co2 or green gas, these pistols are easy to get your hands on and relatively user friendly. Some of the examples we see are the wide array of pistols from KWC's base 1911s. These base guns are the foundational cornerstones for many 1911s on the market and with a low bar of entry, you can easily get their hands on one to use as a relatively reliable side arm. Among the other pistols that are on par with this are ones from RWA, especially their Covert Ops and Recon.
The RWA Covert Ops and Recon are great pistols for users new or seasoned alike. Being Co2 powered they have an extremely satisfying recoil impulse along with relatively reliable operation. Both pistols are
able to shoot incredibly far and consistent out of the box and now with the help of the Airsoft Surgeon RE Hop Up, you can get even more range and consistency out of your gun. Check out the reviews for the RWA Covert Ops HERE, the Recon HERE, and the RE Hop Up HERE.
Moving up to more sought after pieces are the Inokatsu 1911s. These are full metal Co2 pistols that are built to replicate the venerable M1911a1. The Inokatsus were touted as some of the most realistic airsoft replicas to date with their Colt markings and their box. The weight of the guns are very on point as well as feeling hefty in your hand. Second to the M1911a1 is the Series 70 which was announced several years ago it was essentially a polished steel version of the M1911a1 with a few changes in its furniture. There is a certain amount of romance and prestige when carrying a nicely polished silver pistol and with the 1911, its pairing that prestige with timelessness. You can check out a review of the Inokatsu Series 70 HERE!
At the very top tier are the RWA Nighthawk Custom GRP Steel and Stainless Steel 1911 pistols. The approach that RWA took when it came to crafting these two outstanding examples of craftsmanship was the same as the gunsmiths from Nighthawk Custom: One Gun, One Gunsmith. At Nighthawk, one gunsmith sees each pistol through to its completion and stamps their name on their work as a sign of quality assurance. With RWA the same approach was taken as each gun's internals were custom CNC-ed for its particular fitting it even has certain parts like the beaver tail and controls hand polished as seen on the stainless steel version. Both the GRP Steel and Stainless Steel pistols are powered by Co2 which again ensures fantastic recoil and with its higher pressure is able to drive the heavy slides back. Coupling with a stiff recoil spring and smooth finishing, both guns are incredibly adept performers if you were to take them out on the field to actually use them in game. If you are interested in watching reviews for both the GRP Steel you can click HERE and for the Stainless Steel click HERE.
The 1911 has captured the imagination and fantasies for generations and there's no stopping the platform. Over the years there have been changes and evolutions made to the gun such as double stacks, using 9mm, and its possible spiritual successor the Hudson H9. All in all its easy to see that theres still a lot of gas left in the 1911's tank and with new collaborations and innovations in the firearm world the venerable platform is not going anywhere soon. In airsoft, there will always be a demand for this pistol as many countries around the world does not allow the ownership of firearms and being a pistol featured in so many movies, some times its just nice to have a cool gun to collect.
But as usual I want to know your thoughts, let me know what you all think about this WWII Airsoft guns series and what era would you like to see next. If you want to find all the guns mentioned above, the airsoft versions of course, don't forget to hit us up at www.redwolfairsoft.com.