Can’t you just hear the conversation? The boys at Arsenal must have been sitting around the conference table for days, wracking their brains, trying to come up with something new to add to their lineup. Totally out of ideas, the only thing the pasty-faced idiot from marketing could manage to contribute was yet another 1911. Which was just about all the dude from engineering could take, “Come on, Poindexter. Another 1911? Seriously? Is that really the best you can do? Who the hell doesn’t make a 1911 these days? Wait! I have an idea. Check it. Let’s take two guns . . . and stick ’em together! No really, I think the boys down in the shop can pull it off. Gimme a few months to work this thing out. The world’s first auto-loading .45 double gun. And look at the calendar! We’ll call it the 2011. Get it? OK, so it’s a couple of months late. Whatever. You won’t regret it. I promise.” . . .
From the Aresenal YouTube vid’s notes:
The AF2011-A1 obviously features a number of very special parts, such as the single slide, the single frame, the single spur double hammer, the single grip safety, the single body double mainspring housing and the single double cavity magazine floor plate, the long and double magazine latch, the special barrel bushings and the hold open lever and side lever safety with long shafts: but the most interesting feature of the new pistol which we strived to keep during the development of the project, is the interchangeability of most internal parts, which come as standard 1911 replacement parts. These include the firing pins, the firing pins plates, the sears groups, the triple springs, the inner parts of the mainspring housings, the recoil springs and recoil springs rods, the magazine bodies and inner parts, the sights (including after market adjustable sights) the grips and grips screws and bushings.
We smell a winner. Ryan Finn’s offered up his first born if he can be the one to review this Siamese double wonder for TTAG. Do I hear any other bids?