At 85% the size of a standard 1911, Browning’s 1911-380 is aimed at that Goldilocks zone: small and light enough to conceal easily, but big and heavy enough for its caliber to shoot easily.
Thanks to advancements in projectile and powder technologies, .380 ACP can be a legitimate self-defense choice, too. While painfully peppy in the particularly popular pocket pistol paradigm, in this piece it’s a practical palm pampering pussycat. Promise.
Apparently the market agrees, and Browning is responding by expanding the product line. Press release follows . . .
Browning Adds Five New Pistols to the Black Label 1911-380 Line
Since the introduction of the Black Label 1911-380, Browning has continued to add new offerings to this popular line of handy pistols. For 2017 Browning will offer five new models of the Black Label 1911-380 pistol.
The new Black Label 1911-380 Medallion Pro will be available in Full Size and Compact versions. These new pistols will feature an aluminum-reinforced composite frame and slide with a handsome blackened stainless steel finish with silver brush polished flats. Grips on this new model are checkered rosewood with a gold Buckmark logo. The pistol comes with two magazines. The Full Size model barrel length is 4-1/4” and the Compact barrel length is 3-5/8”. Both the Full Size and Compact versions are available with steel 3-dot sights or steel night sights. Suggested retail price with the 3-dot sights for both models is $799.99, and the suggested retail price with night sights is $879.99.
Browning is also adding three Compact models to the 1911-380 line in 2017.
The Black Label 1911-380 Compact has the same features as the Black Label 1911-380 Full Size but with a shorter, 3-5/8 inch barrel. This model has composite black grips and includes fixed combat sights. The suggested retail price is $669.99.
Browning is also adding Compact models to both the Black Label Pro and the Black Label Pro with Rail. Both of these models have 3-5/8” barrels and are available with either steel 3-dot sights or steel night sights. The Black Label Pro Compact has a suggested retail price of $799.99 for the 3-dot model and $879.99 for the night sight model. The Black Label Pro Compact with Rail with 3-dot sight has a suggested retail price of $829.99 and the railed night sight model has a suggested retail price of $909.99.
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