Swiss Arms 1911 Tactical

Swiss Arms 1911 Tactical

The totally tricked out rail gun Part 1 Part 2

By Dennis Adler

This is about as close to a realistically-sized, suppressor-equipped Model 1911 as you can get in a blowback action CO2 pistol. The Swiss Arms Tactical Rail System (TRS) pistol closely resembles the .45 ACP Colt Combat Unit Rail Gun in finish and features. The air pistols threaded barrel also makes it possible to equip it with the JBU faux suppressor. The finishing touch is the Tanfoglio extended capacity 27-round magazine which also works with Swiss Arms models.

When it comes to accessorizing a blowback action Model 1911 CO2 pistol, the Swiss Arms TRS (Tactical Rail System) pistol has the two most desirable add-on features, a JBU threaded faux suppressor and a 27-round extended capacity long magazine. In the “looks” department, a 1911 just doesn’t get any better, and there are actual .45 ACP, 9x19mm, .38 Super and 10mm models in existence that have been similarly equipped, so this CO2 model is not an exaggeration.

Think of this as a “kit” gun. You can buy the TRS by itself or as a Blowback Kit from Pyramyd Air, which includes the JBU threaded faux suppressor. The Tanfoglio extended capacity magazine is sold separately. Put them all together and you have one very remarkable looking CO2 pistol.

The Swiss Arms difference

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The success of dustcover rail-equipped 1911s has become almost standardized as a model variation for U.S. and foreign manufacturers of the Colt M1911 and M1911A1 platform. The Colt 1911A1 Rail Gun, a 21st century tactical version of the most successful semi-auto pistol in history, was first built by Colt for the Marine Corps in 2013, which led to other manufactures (the Colt patent is long expired) to produce similar rail gun designs. Today both full size Government Models and Compact 1911s are available with accessory rails. In 2016, Colt’s introduced the Combat Unit Rail Gun with a blackened stainless steel receiver and frame. The Swiss Arms 1911 TRS is very similar to this model using anodized black all-metal (alloy) construction. The blowback action pistol has the Colt Combat Unit Rail Gun-style integral dustcover rail and uses correctly sized, self-contained CO2 BB magazines. The extended capacity magazine shown is actually made by Tanfoglio for their 1911 CO2 models, but is completely interchangeable with the Swiss Arms semi-autos.

Suppressors come in different lengths depending upon the gun they are being fitted to, the level of noise reduction desired and the caliber. Suppressors of average size tend to have a larger circumference than the slide and frame, like the very accurately-designed JBU faux suppressor shown on the Swiss Arms TRS. Pistols with threaded barrels often come with “suppressor sights” which are a little taller to allow a clean sight line over the suppressor tube. The sights on the Swiss Arms TRS are Novak-style white dot combat style and have just enough height to work.

The 1911 TRS provides the basic platform for adding the JBU faux suppressor and Tanfoglio extended capacity 27-round magazines. Swiss Arms supplies the rest with Novak-style white dot combat sights, a skeletonized target trigger and Delta-style hammer, flat, finely checkered mainspring housing, extended palm swell and beavertail grip safety, fully functioning ambidextrous thumb safeties, black G10-style grips, the black tactical finish and that all-important threaded barrel. It is a total combination of features you will not find on most blowback action 1911 CO2 models.  

With the extended capacity 27-round CO2 BB magazine the Swiss Arms is a pretty tall package with 2-1/8th inches of magazine protruding below the base of the grips. Note the grooved, skeletonized target trigger and Delta-style hammer. The thumb safety is ambidextrous and fully functional on the TRS.

Silence of the slams

There is no such thing as a totally silenced semiautomatic pistol; quiet, yes, nearly inaudible, sometimes, but totally silent, never. The degree of reduced noise, best described as the decibel (dB) rating of the discharge, varies by the design of the sound suppressor, the type of ammunition being used (subsonic for example), and the caliber of the pistol being “silenced.” That is what can be reduced. Neither the sound of a slide cycling and slamming closed, nor the possibility of ejected brass making noise as it hits the ground can be silenced. I know this because I have fired suppressor-equipped .45 ACP tactical pistols and the sound is reduced to something akin to the spring tension being released when firing a small air rifle. It’s actually close to the dB level of the Swiss Arms CO2 model being discharged.

This is what a real 1911 fitted with a suppressor looks like with the slide locked back. Everything on the Swiss Arms model is accurate and offers the best possible combination of features for a blowback action air pistol from front and rear slide serrations, to the palm swell beavertail grip safety and finely checkered flat mainspring housing.
The Novak-style white dot combat sights are easy to pick up and have enough height to provide a clean line of sight over the suppressor.

There are, of course, quite a few airguns with functioning sound suppressors like the Gamo Whisper Fusion PRO spring piston air rifle, Talon SS PCP models, the superb Air Arms S510 TXTRA Ultimate Sporter FAC PCP air rifle, and the spring piston-powered Remington Express XP, to name a few, all of which use suppressors to significantly reduce dB levels. Unlike the Swiss Arms pistol, suppressor equipped air rifles do not have a hollow tube hanging off the end of the barrel. There are no suppressors for .177 caliber and 4.5mm semi-auto CO2 air pistols. Even the Hatsan Riptor with its QE (Quiet Energy) internal suppressor is far from silent, and in the realm of CO2 semi-autos, nothing with a purposeful, removable threaded suppressor is even allowed by law (because it could be adapted to an actual cartridge pistol, theoretically).

From muzzle to hammer the Swiss Arms has every feature you expect in a modern 1911-style Rail Gun. The TRS weighs in at 32.1 ounces empty (2.1 pounds), has an overall length of 8.6 inches without the JBU faux suppressor, a height from the base of the standard magazine to the top of the rear sight of 5.25 inches, and a width of 1.26 inches. Overall length and height as pictured is 14.5 inches and 7.25 inches, respectively. Slide width is 0.875 inches and width including the ambidextrous thumb safeties is 1.26 inches; in other words, almost 1:1 in every detail with a Colt Rail Gun. With the addition of the JBU faux suppresser and 27-round extended capacity magazine you have one of the finest CO2 blowback action air pistols there is. This Saturday we will find out how well this all works in the field.

However, for something that looks as realistic as possible, the Swiss Arms Tactical kit, with it’s very close to actual suppressor dimensions is almost in a class by itself. When I say “close to actual,” I am referring to the circumference of the faux suppressor. The JBU is pretty near to the dimensions of an actual short pistol suppressor in overall size.

Now that we know what it looks like and all of the basic features offered with the Swiss Arms Tactical Blowback kit and extended capacity magazine, we are ready to put it to the test in Part 2.

A Word About Safety

Given the attention to detail that goes into blowback action 1911 air pistols they should be treated with the same respect as any cartridge firing 1911 handgun with concerns to their carry, use, and public display. Even from a modest distance, these adult airguns are difficult to distinguish from their cartridge-firing counterparts.

7 thoughts on “Swiss Arms 1911 Tactical”

  1. Cool! I was hoping a faux suppressor accessory for the Swiss Arms TRS pistol would come along. This suppressor should also work well on the Swiss Arms SA92 pistol. The link to Pyramyd Air for the JBU faux suppressor says it is an airsoft suppressor. Is no one yet making a 0.177 caliber faux suppressor for these Swiss Arms pistols?

    What is the inner dimension of the suppressor tube? Does it have a 6 mm inner liner tube as a barrel extension? Or is the inner dimension the full width of the suppressor?

    • As would be expected for a 1911, the JBU has a .45 ACP muzzle opening. The inner tube is the same diameter all the way back to the threaded adapter used to step the threads down to fit the barrel on the Swiss Arms 1911 TRS. The rear diameter opening for the threaded barrel adapter is roughly .32 caliber, so there is no effective extension of the barrel that will improve velocity or accuracy with .177 caliber, 4.5mm or 6mm; just a nice anodized aluminum tube for the BBs to travel through. But it looks good!

      • There are actually three steel BB pistols this JBU faux suppressor should be useable on. The Swiss Arms 1911 TRS discussed in the blog, the Swiss Arms SA92, and finally the Sig Sauer Silver P226 X-Five. All three pistols have the same size threaded muzzle.

        • Check out Saturday’s article, and here’s a head’s up, don’t mount the JBU on the Sig Sauer Silver P226 X-Five. It fits but it will not allow the gun to work and can damage the barrel, guide rod and JBU faux suppressor. I’m not sure about the Swiss Arms P92, mine does not have a 14mm threaded barrel.

          • Thanks for the head’s up warning about the JBU faux suppressor and the Sig Sauer Silver P226 X-Five. I haven’t ordered the suppressor yet, but I may just start with one of them instead of three.

            You are right about the black Swiss Arms P92 not having the threaded barrel. However the silver Swiss Arms 92 does have the threaded barrel. The JBU suppressor should fit, but I don’t know if it will be like the silver P226 X-Five. That will have to be tested.

  2. Interesting look . Too bad a barrel can’t be incorporated into the fake suppressor to increase velocity . Would be interesting if they could do that and also incorporate a functioning suppressor . With a 177 barrel inside , you could make the case it could not be adapted to a pistol and maybe get atf approval.

  3. Looking at this pistol reminds me why I have so few big grip double stack pistols . Only a High Power and a CZ83. Both purchased for their design rather than magazine capacity. The single stack1911 is , for me, the definitive go to semi-auto full size pistol . Flat, compact , accurate , reliable and truly does hit like a brick through a windshield. If you need more rounds aextended10 rounder, that looks like the featured pistol, will work . Personally I just like theColt/ McCormick 8 rounders. If you need more than nine 45 rounds to stop a fight, you should call for a helicopter gunship.

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