Atticus: Umarex “Colt 1911” .22LR Review


I took this pistol out for review along with the HPR ammo review and when I got home and plugged the camera into my computer it formatted the camera and I lost all of the pictures from both reviews.

Technical Specs
.22 L.R.
Capacity:12-Round Magazine
Mode of Fire: Semi-Auto
Barrel Length: 5 in (127 mm)
Method of Operation: Blowback Action
Front Sight: Drift Adjustable Front Sight
Rear Sight: Drift Adjustable Rear Sight
Overall Length: 8.6 in (220 mm)
Overall Width: 2.6 in (65 mm)
Safety Type: Manual Thumb Safety, Grip Safety
Principal of Operation: Blowback
Weight w/out Mag: 2.25 lbs (1020 g)
Extractor: Internal + Pinned Ejector
Features: Full metal body

A few months back I got in contact with Umarex USA who distributes licensed (by original manufacturers) versions of different firearms like the Colt Government 1911 chambered in .22 Long Rifle or the H&K MP5SD Chambered in .22LR.

Umarex  sent out the Colt Government 1911 .22lr for test and evaluation. We shot over 525 .22 rounds through this pistol without a single failure or problem.

I shot Remington Golden Bullet 22LR 525 Round Value Pack and a few strays from some other brands that were all mixed in a box in my range bag.

The Colt 1911’s history is long and this pistol has proven to be one of the best pistols ever produced which is why you can find so many variants of this pistol in the market place. As of late .45 ACP has sky rocketed in price which makes going to the range and shooting hundreds of rounds in one sitting rather painful to the pocketbook.

The Colt 1911 .22lr from Umarex as a full weight 1911 chambered in the .22 Long rifle, this lets the shooter practice with .22s to help with muscle memory. Muscle memory of that firearm allows the body to perform the task of firing the gun without conscious effort. This is helpful in conceal carry because when your brain clicks and says “Hey I need to draw my firearm” you body just completes the task without having to think which may save a life.

The Colt 1911 is not just for muscle memory, in fact one of my favorite rounds is the .22lr because I enjoy shooting and the .22 lets me shoot as long as I want for a fraction of the cost if I was using .45ACP.

The take down of this pistol is very similar to that of the .45ACP 1911s and I will link a video at the bottom to shows you the take down.

They make three versions of this pistol the standard Colt Government (the one I shot) the Colt 1911 Rail gun which has a rail under the barrel and the Colt 1911 Gold Cup.

The Colt Government

Rail Gun

Gold Cup

Pros/ Cons


The weight of the gun is about the same as a .45ACP 1911 which is a comfortable weight for shooting.

Sights were stock but held nice groupings

The trigger weight was  5.5lbs which gave a crisp trigger pull

Easy to clean and maintain


The magazine has a spring relief nub on the side to help quickly load the rounds and the only thing I found is with how slim the nub is it tore up my thumb after loading 100 or so rounds. This problem is not that bad since the magazine is still easy to load without the relief.


This is one pistol I plan on adding to my collection because of how much fun it is to shoot as well as nice for practice.

The ammo used for testing was (all ammo used was Hyper Velocity)
1.Remington Golden Bullet .22lr
2.American Eagle (Federal) .22lr
3.CCI .22long HV
4.Winchester white box 550 copperplated 40gr
5. Remington HV 22

MSRP: $405.00

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