Handgun Roundup: 1911s Chambered in .22 LR

By - Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 2 Comments

At last count, roughly 25 manufacturers are producing nearly 400 different 1911 models. They are available in a wide variety of calibers, including .45 ACP, 9mm, .38 Super, .40 SW and even .357 Magnum.

Oh, and one really small cartridge: .22 LR.

Why build the combat-oriented 1911 in diminutive .22 LR? Cost, for one thing. .22 LR ammo costs much less than .45 ACP ammo, so shooters can send a lot of them downrange without breaking the bank. Thus a .22 LR 1911 can provide plinking fun, and you can also use one as a wallet-friendly training gun. Finally, .22 LR produces very little recoil, so young shooters can enjoy and learn on a .22-caliber 1911 more easily than they can a big-bore 1911.

This article pulls together info on the nine .22 LR 1911s in production today into one place. Each pistol’s listing is an excerpt from its main-info page, which contains the full description, specs, more photos, pricing info, user ratings, editor ratings (when available) and links to online stores selling the pistol. To go to that pistol’s page, click on the link included in the excerpt (i.e., the word “here” in blue text). (Note: These listings feature complete guns and don’t touch on .22 LR conversion kits, of which a number exist.)

The actual retail prices and price ranges listed below reflect prices seen recently in online gun stores. Those numbers certainly aren’t absolute—you might be able to find better deals at other online stores or brick-and-mortar gun shops.

I’ve organized these pistols alphabetically by manufacturer. If I’ve failed to include a model, please let me know via the Contact form at this link, or via the Comment form at the bottom of this article.

Finally, I’ve added a table at the bottom of this article showing the user ratings each pistol has accumulated so far. Note that some of them have few votes so far, which renders their ratings statistically insignificant. Feel free to visit each gun’s page and rate them as you see fit! I’ll update the table periodically to reflect changing ratings and vote numbers.

Browning


Model: 1911-22

MSRP: $599.99

Actual retail: $509–$549 (approx.)

Click here to visit this gun’s info page.

Chiappa Firearms


Model: 1911-22

MSRP: $299–$325

Actual retail: $258–$280 (approx.)

Click here to visit this gun’s info page.

Chiappa Firearms

Chiappa Firearms 1911-22 Compact left side
Model: 1911-22 Compact

MSRP: $309

Actual retail: $284 (approx.)

Click here to visit this gun’s info page.

Colt


Model: Government 1911 .22 LR

MSRP: $399–$450

Actual retail: $353–$420 (approx.)

Click here to visit this gun’s info page.

German Sport Guns


Model: Government 1911 .22 LR

MSRP: $364.95–$399.95

Actual retail: $305–$342 (approx.)

Click here to visit this gun’s info page.

Kimber


Model: Rimfire Super

MSRP: $1,172

Actual retail: $1,103–$1,150

Click here to visit this gun’s info page.

Kimber


Model: Rimfire Target

MSRP: $834

Actual retail: $699–$735 (approx.)

Click here to visit this gun’s info page.

Rock Island Armory


Model: XT22

MSRP: $585.94

Actual retail: $450–$466 (approx.)

Click here to visit this gun’s info page.

SIG Sauer


Model: 1911-22

MSRP: $399–$420

Actual retail: $360–$399 (approx.)

Click here to visit this gun’s info page.

Gun Ratings Table

Pistol
User Rating # of Votes
SIG Sauer 1911-22 6.2 318 votes
Colt Govt. 1911 .22 LR 6.1 25 votes
GSG 1911 5.8 32 votes
Chiappa 1911-22 5.1 19 votes
Chiappa 1911-22 Compact 4.5 43 votes
Kimber Rimfire Target 4.0 8 votes
Browning 1911-22 3.9 38 votes
Rock Island XT22 3.5 248 votes
Kimber Rimfire Super 3.3 31 votes

Jed Henson is the president of GunsGunsGuns.net.

2 thoughts on “Handgun Roundup: 1911s Chambered in .22 LR

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  2. Bobby Garfunden

    I was looking on a neat little website that showed a combination 1911 in .45ACP and .22LR

    It was made by American Tactical Imports, which I know makes some good quality products. Many of their firearms are made in Germany, as is this one in particular.

    You can view the product here: http://lockstockbarrelny.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_6&products_id=264

    I really want to purchase one of these, as it’s nice to have the flexibility between the two calibers.

    I’ve done business with the guys at http://www.lockstockbarrelny.com and their price on this item, like many of their products, as well as their customer service, is quite good.

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