New From Smith & Wesson: SW1911 Performance Center Enhanced Action Bobtail Frame


I like big butts and I cannot lie. OK, well, rounded ones. On a 1911. For concealed carry. Which I’m not gonna do ’cause I get all hinky about that frame-mounted safety thing. And the  3.5 to 4lbs. (in this case) single-action trigger. It’s not that I don’t trust myself to maintain trigger finger control in a defensive gun use. It’s just that I don’t trust myself to maintain trigger finger control during a defensive gun use. If you know what I mean. For those of you paying attention (thanks!), this new gun is virtually same Smith & Wesson Performance Center 1911 as the one we featured Wednesday, only with a shorter barrel (4.25″ vs. 5″), a less catchy grip and a Rolex and class ring in the gun porn glamor shot. Speaking of which, it has to be said: SW1911 Performance Center Enhanced Action Bobtail Frame sounds dirty. In a good way. Your choice, $1539.


  1. avatar Mark N. says:

    Why the heck would anyone get a ported pistol for concealed carry? A preference for shooting blind on a dark night?

    1. avatar DonS says:

      Does porting the slide have any effect on being blind on a dark night?

      1. avatar Aaronvan says:

        Friend of mine (a CO) has a ported glock which he has fired in low light at the range he said he had no issues like everything ymmv

        1. avatar DonS says:

          That’s what I would expect.

          Instead of “Does”, I should’ve said “Why would”.

    2. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      I don’t know if the barrel is ported or only the slide is mangled.

      As for ports/comps on CCW guns:

      There’s a general perception among inexperienced guy owners/buyers that porting and muzzle brakes are “cool,” “tacti-cool,” and useful. The number of instances where porting and brakes are useful on firearms is very small, and on pistols it’s even smaller yet. I say this as a guy who used to shoot IPSC in the 90’s and two of my pistols were comp’ed.

      In the case of a 1911, you have to really work at your loads to get something useful out of a comp or ports – like 185gr pills being shoved downrange at very high speeds with a big load of powder. My other racegun was a boutique caliber that allowed the effective equivalent of a 9mm++P – and it had to be loaded with light pills and a lot of powder to make the comp do what it was supposed to.

      Today, thanks to hearing damage, I rarely shoot either pistol, and then only with doubled hearing protection (plugs and muffs). My preference for handguns now is: no comp, no ports, low-pressure loads. If you ever are in a DGU situation, you’re not going to have time to don ear/eye protection, so your handgun better not be injuring you and your senses as well as it’s injuring whomever is in front of your muzzle. The .45 ACP is a low[er] pressure round, but the porting on the barrel completely eliminates any advantage the .45 ACP might have had over a .357 in DGU for hearing damage.

      Sadly, too many people are drawn in by marketing hucksterism and they don’t think about whether some modification to a firearm is a feature or just marketing drivel.

      As for muzzle bloom in the dark – it’s easy. Just load your rounds with slower burning powder… and you’ll be able to light up the surrounding area quite nicely.

  2. avatar Mark Horning says:

    That is one seriously ugly 1911. The “lightening cuts” on the slide simply server to let in debris. The grips are far more aggressive than I would ever want for a carry gun, but at least those can easily be swapped out to something that won’t rub your side raw.

    1. avatar JZizzle says:

      I guess you would never own or purchase a Beretta 92FS… were the barrel is completely open to the elements to let in debris. Its called “Cleaning your weapon”! Duhhhh …

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