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Magazine release (top), slide lock (bottom).
Detachable Picatinny accessory rail.
Ambidextrous target-style oversized wood grips.
Ambidextrous safety levers.
Beavertail grip safety.
Excellent set of adjustable / interchangeable sights.
American Tactical Imports has been importing
and selling their dandy 1911-22 pistols for a while now, and in
my experience, they function really well, and exhibit very good
accuracy. The latest variation of their 1911-22 is shown here;
the GSG Target 1911. The GSG Target has a solid heft and feel to it, pretty much
replicating the weight of a centerfire 1911. The GSG Target
pistol wears a nominal five inch barrel, and has a removable
barrel bushing. The barrel does not tilt during cycling as does
a centerfire 1911, but it is contained by a slide stop and an
additional cross-pin, to solidly hold it in place. The GSG
Target pistol wears a removable Picatinny rail forward of the
trigger guard, for the easy attachment of accessories.
Thankfully, the pistol has ambidextrous safety levers, as well
as a very comfortable beavertail grip safety. There is also a
magazine disconnect safety, to prevent the weapon from firing
with the magazine removed. The slide and frame are made of
non-ferrous metal, finished in a matte black, with a
satin-chrome hammer. The wood grips are of the oversized target
type, well checkered, and feel really good in my hand. The grips
are also ambidextrous.
The barrel is threaded to accommodate a sound
suppressor, if desired. The slide lock functions as on a
standard 1911, and locks the slide in the open position on an
The ten-round magazine furnished with the GSG
is very heavy-duty, made of a non-ferrous metal, with an
extended base plate. The trigger is skeletonized, and has an
adjustable trigger stop screw.
specifications for the GSG Target 1911 pistol are listed in the
chart below. The weight is listed in ounces, and linear
measurements in inches. Weight includes an empty magazine. The
grip and frame widths were measured at their widest parts. The
maximum width is measured across the grips, at the bottom. The
height includes the sights and magazine base. The trigger pull
on the 1911-22 is single action, with a crisp release. The
trigger pull is listed as pounds of resistance, as measured on
my Lyman digital trigger scale.
|Maximum Grip Width
|MSRP as of 12-10-13
tested the GSG Target 1911 pistol with several brands of 22 Long
Rifle ammunition for velocity and function. The velocity results
with each brand and type of ammunition are listed in the chart
below. HP is a lead hollowpoint bullet. Solid is a lead
roundnose bullet. Velocity readings were taken at an elevation
of 541 feet above sea level, with an air temperature of 26
degrees Fahrenheit, with humidity in the seventy-three percent
range. Velocities are listed in feet-per-second (FPS), and were
recorded ten feet from the muzzle of the 1911-22 pistol. Bullet
weights are listed in grains.
Yellow Jacket HP
Accuracy was very good with every type of 22
Long Rifle ammunition tested. I fired for accuracy from a solid
bench, with the pistol hand-held rested over a Target
Shooting, Inc. Pistol Rest, with the target set at
twenty-five yards. The first groups fired were a bit low and to
the right, so I adjusted the rear sight slightly left, and
installed a lower front sight. The GSG Target comes with five
interchangeable front sights of varying heights, to adjust for
elevation correction. The sights are of the white-dot pattern,
and the front post presents a good sight picture for target
work. The crisp trigger pull contributed to the pistolís
excellent practical accuracy, making it very easy for the
shooter to place the shots on target.
Accuracy varied from superb to very good, with the
accuracy in the pictures shown representative of the types of
ammo noted in each picture.
Functioning was excellent with most every
type of ammo tested. Some of the standard-velocity ammo would
not fully cycle the slide one hundred percent of the time, but
all of the high-velocity ammunition ran the pistol perfectly,
after the first two magazines of ammo were expended. In those
first two mags, three failures to fully cycle were noted. After
that, the GSG 1911 ran flawlessly, even with the inexpensive
The GSG 1911 Target 22 pistol is an excellent
handgun, offering a lot of accuracy, reliability, and quality at
a very affordable price.
Check out the GSG Target 1911 and other
weapons from American Tactical Imports online at www.americantactical.us.
To order the GSG 1911 Target pistol online,
go to www.galleryofguns.com.
the location of an ATI dealer near you, click on the DEALER
LOCATOR at www.lipseys.com.
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Target Shooting, Inc. handgun rest.
Twenty-five yard accuracy was superb.