Thompson Auto-Ordnance 1911 9mm
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Thompson Auto-Ordnance, part of Kahr Arms, has been making 1911A1-style pistols in .45ACP for years. Now they’re expanding the range to include a government-size 9mm model with an affordable MSRP of $673. According to their press release (below) they’ll also be adding a 4.25″ barrel model down the road.

Thompson Auto-Ordnance, maker of the famous “Tommy Gun” and other classic firearms throughout history, is excited to introduce the new 9mm 1911 pistol.

The 1911 pistol is the iconic American Military handgun, serving members of the United States Armed Forces for over 100 years. Its dependability and stopping power are legendary, in no small measure demonstrated by the fact that many shooters today select it as their primary form of self defense. Auto-Ordnance furthers that tradition of excellence by offering GI model guns based on the original military model 1911s. Auto-Ordnance 1911s are manufactured using modern equipment to exacting engineering standards, and are equipped with the best barrels available to ensure both superb reliability and accuracy. These pistols provide shooters with an opportunity to own and shoot one of the most legendary firearms of America’s military history!

For the first time, Auto-Ordnance is now offering the 1911 in 9mm. In response to growing interest and customer demands, Auto-Ordnance developed the new product and first introduced it at the 2018 SHOT Show. The 9mm 1911 features the classic GI Model 1911 look. It has brown checkered plastic grips, a 5″ barrel and 9-round magazine. MSRP for the 9mm 1911 (1911BK09) is $673. Auto-Ordnance also has plans to explore a compact model in the future with a 4.25″ barrel. Continue following Auto-Ordnance on social media for more news and updates.

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  1. I’ll go with the Commander or even Officer’s model frame in 9mm. A full size 1911 always seemed to be a little much for a 9.

  2. Anybody reviewed/owned one of these in .45? Do they follow the Auto-Ordinance profile of sup-par performance? If so, I would be really worried abut a 9 mm version.

    • I had one of these in .45 for awhile, and I also had a Llama .45. The Llama was a hundred times better than the Auto-Ordnance, if that gives you any idea.

      • Just curious. It is actually legal here in California. But I agree that there are much better 1911s for under a grand. I just happen to be a fan of the arched mainspring housing. I assume that Springfiled’s version of this pistol is made in Brazil and imported, but the versions I’ve handled were all solidly built. And I really like my Kahr (which has been flawless); I just have to wonder why their other brands make such poorly performing products.

        • The old GI model was but that is gone. The Milspec is the bottom level now. There is some ambiguity where some of the components are made but it is assembled in the US.

      • Some of Colt’s line are still under a grand too, if you can find one–and I’ve always had good luck with the Colts I’ve owned.

    • Hmmmmm…. I bought an Auto Ordnance .45 about 30 years ago. I had some minor gunsmithing done to it right out of the box (added adj. sights and a little trigger work) It ain’t pretty, but it goes bang every time I pull the trigger. Now I haven’t shot the crap out of this, maybe 500-600 FMJ rounds total with no broken parts, decent accuracy, and I enjoy shooting it. Even with the gunsmith work, it cost me less than a Colt at the time and this was just before everyone and their granny was making 1911’s, so affordable choices were not like today. But I don’t regret the purchase.

  3. I picked up the .45 version in 2010,the ww2 parkerized version,and i didnt even get through 100 rounds of rem/umc 230 ball before the extractor lost its hook along with several ftf..I called AO and they sent me a new extractor and a hat.great customer service but the broken extractor and the replacement are crap,looks like mim junk,so i ordered a wilson extractor,tensioned it and the gun still ran like crap.i think the metalform magazine with the round follower and parallel feed lips that came with it were causing my malfunctions and popping the round ahead of the extractor hook because when i switched to some old usgi checkmates the damn thing ran and continues to run without any ftf/ 2 cents.

  4. I wish someone would start making quality 1911’s chambered in 9×23 Winchester. It would be the answer to lots of issues – specifically, power WITH high capacity.

    Basically, you’d have the full equivalent of a .357 in a quality semi-auto.

    • Interesting.
      “The 9×23mm Winchester is a pistol cartridge developed as a joint venture by Winchester Ammunition and Colt’s Manufacturing Company.[3] The 9×23mm Winchester has a convoluted development history, but was commercially introduced by Winchester in 1996. Marketed primarily to competition shooters as a replacement for .38 Super for International Practical Shooting Confederation, United States Practical Shooting Association and International Defensive Pistol Association competition, the cartridge failed to find significant market success despite a high-profile introduction.

      The critical design feature of the 9×23mm Winchester is a much-strengthened case that does away with the semi-rimmed case design of the .38 Super which sometimes caused feeding problems. The strengthened case allows the 9×23mm Winchester to operate under a higher internal pressure, 55,000 psi (measured with a piezoelectric transducer), in comparison to the maximum pressure of 36,500 psi for the .38 Super (current SAAMI standards). It has a slightly tapered but nearly parallel case which means that it has greater magazine capacity for the same 9 mm bore diameter relative to the necked down cases of the .357 SIG, 9×25mm Super Auto G, or 9×25mm Dillon. To achieve enough propellant capacity for the power needed the 9×23mm Winchester is longer than the 9×19mm Parabellum or .357 SIG and so requires the extra magazine front to back length of an M1911 style magazine.”

      If it takes a 1911 (.45 auto) magazine, wouldn’t just a barrel swap solve most of the manufacturing issues?

      • At those pressures, I’d want a fully supported barrel (ie, ramped). The canonical .45 ACP barrel in 1911’s isn’t ramped.

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