Nifty 1911 Conversions

by
posted on June 9, 2014
sinews.jpg (73)

Besides amping up the wow-factor on onlookers at the range, the ability to fire more than one chambering through a handgun offers greater versatility to shooters, which also potentially translates to more range time.

While the concept of a 1911 conversions are more popular among custom 1911 manufacturers, today there was a time in the not-so-distant past when 1911 conversions was readily available on the commercial market. They offered revolutionary modifications to the venerable M1911 Government Model design, and they were often used as a vehicle to launch new—and in some cases proprietary cartridges—on the market. Best of all, one only has glimpse inside the many vaults chock-full blued steel and gunmetal that line the walls of the Boyd Bunker to find some cool examples.

Case in point: The Omega, a 1911 designed by Joe Peters of Peters Stahl of Germany and sold by Springfield. If my editorially taxed brain serves me well, it arrived on the scene following the arrival of Colt's Delta Elite and was also chambered for the same heavy-hitting cartridge. But, unlike the amped-up Colt, the Springfield Omega, which was also available in either 5- or 6-inch models, was available with a wide variety of caliber-conversion kits.

And that's not all it had to offer. Two of its more unique features included dual extractors, which fostered enhanced reliability across multiple chamberings—something to this date no other commercial or custom manufacturer has offered—and factory barrel porting: something Springfield later continued offering with its V-10 compact and V-16 long-slide 1911s after the Omega was discontinued. The latter of which was offered in such proprietary wildcats as .45 Super and .450 SMC. STI eventually joined the band wagon and sold its Trojan 5.0 1911 chambered in .45 ACP with a second .40 Super barrel.

Latest

handgun with bullets and magazine
handgun with bullets and magazine

Review: Tisas PX-9 Gen 2 Pistol

The Wonder Nine gets reimagined with a new 9 mm from SDS Imports.

Why We Need to Encourage New Shooters to Get Training

When we can, we need to tell the new shooter that they really need to learn to walk before they can run. And then we need to help them find the kind of training that will give them the basics of safe gun handling and marksmanship.

First Look: BulletSafe Vital Protection 3 Vest

The BulletSafe Vital Protection 3 (VP3) Vest is a new and significant addition to BulletSafe’s impressive collection of life-saving products.

AAC Suppressor Brand Relaunches

Advanced Armament Company (AAC), known as “The Silent Authority” and pioneering leader in firearm sound suppression since 1994, has restructured and relaunched.

Is the .357 Magnum the Best Option for Personal Defense?

Time and data have also unquestionably revealed that when compared to these semi-auto-pistol cartridges, the .357 Magnum does a better job at stopping bad guys.

First Look: Viridian Weapon Technologies HS1 Hand Stop Laser

Viridian Weapon Technologies is rolling out a game-changing hand stop laser, the HS1, which is now available with an infrared beam.

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.