Inland 1911A1-10

Inland 1911 .45 Auto, plain Jane slab sides.

You can’t swing a keyboard commando by his 511 pants without hitting a manufacture that is building a “1911”. Some may see this as a market saturation, but can you really have too much of a good thing? The fact that the 1911 is so popular makes it a buyers market that allows the consumer to get what they want, or damn close, straight from the factory with options on price point. Traditional 1911s and 1911A1s have become pretty popular over the past ten years or so, and while that is great for the market, it has driven up the costs original pistols. That being the fact original 1911s and 1911A1s can be too valuable to shoot much, if any, as most are seen as investments and the metallurgy from the early 1900s is not what it is today . For those of us who do like the cool factor of the original 1911A1s but would like a modern shooter there are a few options. The one we are looking at now is made by Inland Manufacturing. Though having the same name, the new Inland is no longer associated with General Motors. It was last year when I reviewed their new M1 Carbine, and that review can be found by following this link.

Though the original Inland never manufactured a 1911 or 1911A1, think of this as a “what if”. Externally it is very close to a traditional 1911A1, but made of more modern steel.

Inland 1911A1-8

One thing I need to point out is this pistol is equipped with a Colt style Series 80 firing pin safety. For me this is really not an issue, truthfully. As far as a firing pin safety in a 1911, I can take it or leave it but I know for some this is a big deal, so there you go.

Inland 1911A1-9

The trigger broke at 6 pounds with a bit of take up and overtravel , which is a bit heavy for me but it is not as bad as others I have tried.

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Standard GI sights, though traditional they are minimal but proved good enough for accuracy testing.

Inland 1911A1-4

The barrel bushing was a snug fit but it did not require tools to remove.

Inland 1911A1

The Inland field/detail strips as any other 1911. After somewhere between 1600-2000 rounds, the innards were all holding up just fine.

Initial Range Trip 


Right out of the box, I ran a few magazines through the pistol and went right to accuracy testing. A couple of friends stopped by and we all took a turn with the pistol.

Inland 1911 A1 .45 auto accuracy

Click the chart for a larger version of the accuracy at 25 yards from a rest.

Second Range Trip 


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Due to the popularity of the older 1911/1911A1s pistols it makes sense for a manufacture to build one for the people who either cannot afford to spend thousands on the original, or have the originals but want to keep the miles off of them. If you find yourself in either category but feel the pull of the traditional pistols, the Inland version is worth a look.  Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate the newer pistols but there is no denying the romance of the GI 1911 pistol. When that pistol was designed, the Wright Brothers were still running a bicycle shop.  So much has changed in the world but this one thing, this piece of history and Americana, is still viable, unchanged over the decades. I know that having the firing pin safety is a step away from tradition, but truthfully, for me anyhow, this is a non issue. As far as firing pin safeties, for range guns I don’t really care but as for a pistol I intend to carry, they are a must. This is all about personal preference.  Like was said in the video, this pistol was sent from MKS Supply to Shawn of Looserounds for review and he sent it directly to me. Between he and I we logged somewhere between 1600-2000 trouble free rounds through the pistol during his and my review. Though that is not even the beginning of the service life of a pistol, after those rounds the gun showed so signs or premature wear or breakage. All in all I am satisfied with the Inland 1911 A1 and how it preformed.


Caliber: 45 Automatic

Magazine capacity: 7+1 rounds

Barrel length: 5″

Total length: 8.5″

Width of slide : .915″

Twist rate: 1 turn in 16″

Weight: 39 oz.

Finish: Parkerized

MSRP: $749


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By Hunter Elliott

I spent much of my youth involved with firearms and felt the call early on to the United States Marine Corps, following in my father's and his brother's footsteps. Just after high school I enlisted and felt most at home on the rifle range, where I qualified expert with several firearms and spent some time as a rifle coach to my fellow Marines. After being honorably discharged I continued teaching firearm safety, rifle and pistol marksmanship, and began teaching metallic cartridge reloading. In the late 1990s I became a life member to the National Rifle Association and worked with the Friends of the NRA. Around that time my father and I became involved with IDPA and competed together up until he passed away. I began reviewing firearms for publications in the mid 2000s and have been fortunate to make many friends in the industry. Continuing to improve my firearms skills and knowledge is a never ending journey in which we should all be committed. I am also credited as weapons master on a few independent films.

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