by B.B. Pelletier

The 1911 Colt semiautomatic pistol is a handful! I used to swear it couldn’t hit a barn wall if the shooter was on the inside, but then I met a member of the 2600 club (NRA High Master rating) who taught me how to shoot the .45. After that, I knew what millions of shooters have learned – the M1911A1 Colt is one of the all-time best handguns ever made.

What’s good about it?
Many of the reasons for the firearm’s greatness do not transfer to a pellet pistol. The .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) is one of the top manstoppers in military history; the 1911 action is virtually unstoppable in the field and maintenance is a breeze. But the accuracy, the grip and the training value of the Colt M1911A1 Tactical pistol are worthy reasons for buying one.

What makes it different?
All the pistols Umarex makes have similar features and performance. Most use the 8-shot circular magazines, all are powered by 12-gram CO2 cartridges, and all have similar accuracy, velocity and the ability to mount accessories. What makes the Colt M1911A1 different is that the design of the gun copies the original Colt pattern so faithfully. A shooter can actually derive training value from this pellet pistol because it mimics the weight, the sights and the special hold required for the firearm. It has a real functioning grip safety that I tested. It works! Unlike the firearm, the hammer falls on the pellet pistol when the trigger is pulled without the grip safety being depressed, but the gun does not discharge CO2.

This is an 8-shot repeater that fires with each pull of the double-action trigger. The firearm has a single-action trigger, and the recoiling slide cocks the hammer for each new shot besides loading the chamber with a fresh round. The pellet pistol has no recoiling slide, so a double-action trigger is required for rapid fire capability. The trigger-pull is very light and smooth – especially after you get used to it. It makes the rapid engagement of targets such as Daisy’s Shatterblast as fun as a practical pistol match. That’s where Walther’s Multi Dot Sight really shines.

Walther Multi Dot Sight (MDS)
The MDS is different than other dot sights, in that you can adjust the SIZE of the dot as well as the brightness – that’s the “multi” in Multi Dot. Shooters find that different lighting situations call for flexibility in the illumination of the dot, and the MDS is one of the most flexible sights in its price range. It comes already mounted on the pistol, so everything is ready to shoot when you get it. I found this sight very useful on the different ranges where I tested the Colt. Even in bright afternoon summer sun, the dot was always visible outside. As an acid test, I sighted on yellow flowers and bright clouds in a sunny sky and, with the largest dot set on the brightest intensity, I could still see it easily. This sight is part of what makes this a tactical gun.

There is the adjustment for dot size under the MDS module. It’s a feature not often found in this price range.

It really doesn’t silence the gun, but the tactical silencer spins on the muzzle, just like the real thing. It’s quite light and does not change the balance much. The foam-lined hard case is cut to house the silenced gun with dot sight mounted without any disassembly.

Tomorrow, I’ll give you some performance data and discuss shooting.