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Cimarron 1911-A1 45 ACP Semi-Auto Pistol

Cimarron Firearms of Fredericksburg, Texas has just introduced their 1911 A1 45 ACP auto pistol. At almost 100 years old, the 1911 design is more popular than ever, and gun makers are introducing new versions almost every month now. Since John Browning designed that beautiful pistol, many more-modern pistol designs have come and gone, most of them very good, but each new pistol to hit the dealer’s shelves has to compete with the good old slab-sided 1911 for a piece of the market. As good as many new pistols are, none have been invented yet than can best the 1911. It is powerful, yet easily controlled. The 1911 is easy to shoot, and easy o shoot well. The 45 ACP 1911 is as safe as any pistol ever built, and throws America’s favorite centerfire auto pistol cartridge. Eventually, it seems that everyone wants at least one 1911 pistol, but the market is flush with different versions, and today’s shooter just has to decide which one best suits his or her needs.

Cimarron Firearms has been a leader in replica guns of the Old West for many years, selling some very well-finished Italian replicas of Colts. Remingtons, Sharps. and Winchesters that are a cut above the ordinary Italian imports in fit and finish. Now, Cimarron is importing a very good 1911-A1 replica, and it is the subject of this piece. The Cimarron 1911-A1 shown here is a full-sized, all-steel pistol, finished in polished blue with walnut grip panels: the classic 1911.

Upon opening the hard plastic case and wiping away the oil, the first impression of the Cimarron 1911 is very similar to that of handling a vintage commercial Colt. The Cimarron is highly-polished to a mirror

finish, as were the commercial Colt pistols from decades ago. However, unlike an old Colt 1911, the Cimarron functions reliably with every type of modern hollowpoint ammunition. There are touches of both the old and the new on the Cimarron 1911-A1 pistol. There is a lanyard loop on the mainspring housing, yet right in front of that, a modern polymer base pad on the bottom of the eight-shot magazine. The frame, trigger, and slide are of the 1911 style, but the thumb safety is a later version. Like the rest of the pistol, the mainspring housing is highly-polished blued steel, and even the grip screws are highly-polished. The barrel is throated for reliability, and the ejection port opened up for better ejection of the empty cases. The hammer is of the original spur type, and is very easy to thumb-cock. There is no modern firing pin safety as is found on Series 80 Colts and other modernized 1911 pistols. The traditional grip safety is of original style, and functions perfectly. The thumb safety is for right-handed shooters only, but an ambidextrous unit can be easily added, if necessary. The sights are typical old Colt style, with the front staked in, as were the original 1911 sights. The slide wears original-style patent dates, with the Cimarron mounted rider logo. The markings are all very tastefully done. The Philippine manufacture marking is on the bottom of the frame, just ahead of the trigger guard. The checkered walnut grip panels have the classic double-diamond pattern, and while fully checkered, are smoother than most, and not abrasive at all.

Critical specifications are listed in the chart below. Weight is listed in ounces. Linear measurements are listed in inches. Trigger pull is listed as pounds of pressure. Height includes sights and magazine base.

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