Armscor M-1911

     Notes: Armscor began making an M-1911A1 clone in 1995; this version is essentially identical to the Colt M-1911A1 (which the Filipino military had already been using for decades), and itís operation, features, and appearance are virtually identical to those of the  Colt M-1911A1.  (The Filipinos have actually been license-producing the M-1911A1 for some time, though I donít know if it is Armscor or its predecessor company (Squibman), or some other company that was doing it.)

     The Armscor M-1911A1 does, however, have some differences from the standard Colt M-1911A1.  Some of these are due to local manufacturing methods, but other changes include a skeletonized trigger and hammer, elongated beavertail and grip safety, and enlarged manual safety and slide catch.  The Armscor variant is almost invariably blued, though the M-1911A1P is Parkerized instead of simply blued, and a very rare stainless steel variant is available.

     A third variant, the M-1911A2, was also produced, though it was not available in its standard form in the US until after the sunset of the Gun Control Act of 1994.  During the Gun Control Actís tenure, versions sold in the US were essentially identical to the M-1911A1P, but were available in blued, Parkerized, or stainless steel finishes; overseas (in most countries) and in the US post-Gun Control Act, it was available with its original 13-round double-column magazine.  The weight remained the same in either case.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

M-1911A1

.45 ACP

1.11 kg

7, 8

$407

M-1911A1P

.45 ACP

1.11 kg

7, 8, 10

$409

M-1911A2

.45 ACP

1.22 kg

7, 8, 10, 13

$412

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

M-1911A1/A1P/A2

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

14

 

MAC-3011 SSD

     Notes: MAC (Metro Arms Corporation) primarily sells its wares through about half a dozen import companies, such as Eagle Imports and American Classic Imports amongst others.  The pistol is for the most part similar to other hi-cap 1911s, but is primarily built for competition shooters, and made with them in mind.  This means a match-quality stainless steel barrel, a match trigger and (loop) hammer, and some hand-fitting. This also means goodies like a beveled and flared magazine well, an oversized ambidextrous manual safety, an extra-large beavertail and grip safety (with palm swell), and front cocking grooves.  The MAC-3011 has adjustable sights, including a fiberoptic front sight that is dovetailed in and is drift-adjustable, and a fully-adjustable Bomar rear sight.  Construction is largely steel, except for things like aluminum grips and an alloy skeletonized trigger.  Finish is uniformly black. The trigger itself is flat-faced; some say that this makes for easier trigger pulling under stress.  The barrel is 5 inches, with an integral feed ramp.  The ejection port is flared and lowered, something considered essential in a competition pistol (and many police and military pistols).  The cocking grooves have large serrations, thought to be easier on the fingers when used several times in the space of a few minutes.

     There are two variants of the SSD, though vary only in one minor (though important) detail.  The standard SSD has a bare dust cover, while the SSD-T has a tactical Picatinny-type rail attached to the dust cover.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

MAC-3011 SSD

.45 ACP

1.3 kg

14

$409

MAC-3011 SSD-T

.45 ACP

1.33 kg

14

$414

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

MAC-3011 SSD

SA

2

1-Nil

1

2

Nil

15

 

Rock Island Armory Pro Match Ultra

     Notes: This pistol is actually built by Armscor of the Philippines, but imported primarily to the US, Mexico, and Central America.  It is a target-grade 1911-based pistol, with a target-style LPA MP51adjustable rear sight and a fiberoptic front sight; the sights are of the 3-dot sight. The manual safety is ambidextrous and enlarged.  The trigger breaks at four pounds and is adjustable for overtravel. The hammer is match-grade and a loop-type shape. The beavertail and grip safety are enlarged, and has a palm bump.  The magazine well is not beveled or funneled, but the standard magazines sold for it by Armscor have a bottom bump to aid in reloading and handling.  The 5-inch barrel is not special, but the Pro Match Ultra has a fully supported feed ramp. The entire gun has a Parkerized finish, with G10 grips on the .40 model and checkered wood grips on the .45 model.  The .40 version uses a double-stack magazine and has a wider grip, while the .45 version uses a single-stack magazine and has a narrower grip. The Pro Match Ultra is basically a budget version of a match pistol, and is very customizable.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Pro Match Ultra

.40 Smith & Wesson

1.32 kg

16

$322

Pro Match Ultra

.45 ACP

1.13 kg

8

$408

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Pro Match Ultra (.40)

SA

2

1-Nil

1

2

Nil

16

Pro Match Ultra (.45)

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

14