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Having run a number of my AR-15s in 5.56 and 300 BLK with suppressors over the years, I’m no stranger to the unpleasant gas and powder blowback in my eyes that comes along with suppressed experience. So, when I made the decision to go all-in and order an integrally suppressed AR-15 upper in 5.56, I knew I was going to be spending some time figuring out how to reduce that blowback to some extent or another.

To introduce some urgency to the situation, I decided my goal is to make this integrally suppressed AR-15 my go-to rifle. Which means I’m going to practice regularly with it and it’s going to get a lot of use.

If you have never shot a suppressed AR-15 in 5.56, much of the gas and unburnt powder that normally comes out the muzzle when you shoot unsuppressed, gets blown back into the upper receiver.

The problem is that gas has to come out somehow.

Unfortunately, the primary places for the gas to escape are located directly under your eyes and nose; mainly the spaces around the charging handle where it locks into the upper receiver and around the forward assist where it’s inserted into the upper.

The gas isn’t just unpleasant, it actually burns your eyes and forces your eyelids to close. As you would imagine, the quicker and more frequently you pull the trigger, the worse it gets.

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As a 1911 fan and daily carrier, when Browning first introduced the 1911-380 and 1911-22 a few years back I was intrigued. I wasn’t sure if these were practical guns or more of a novelty. I did a little research and read the reviews I could find about them, but the price seemed a little much for something that may be nothing more than a novelty for me.

Browning sells quality firearms, which is why their firearms are generally on the more expensive side compared to similar models from other manufacturers. For the premium you pay for a Browning firearm there is no doubt you can expect to get a gun that is very nicely machined with excellent fit and finish.

Over the last few months I have started to see what I consider very good deals on many of the Browning 1911 variants in both .22LR and .380 Auto. When I saw I could pick up a 1911-22 for around $350, I decided it was finally time to see if one of these mini 1911 pistols were worth adding to my collection. So, I ordered the 1911-.22 pictured below. It’s the compact version of the 1911-22 with the 3.6” barrel.

My 1911-22 originally came with a standard non-threaded barrel.

I contacted Browning’s parts department and found out I could buy a threaded barrel directly from them for around $150 delivered.

While I have many .22LR hosts for my several .22 suppressors, I couldn’t resist being able to see how well the Browning would do with a can.

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I made my trip around the custom world over the years and some time ago I finally settled on the Tucker Gunleather Cover-Up Plus as my IWB holster of choice for all of my carry guns. Why? Most IWB holsters are adjustable for either cant or height, but not both…or not adjustable at all.

The Tucker Cover-Up line of holsters were one of the few IWB holsters that I could find that were adjustable for both cant and ride height. Let’s face it, humans come in as many shapes and sizes as there are people. The more adjustment an IWB holster offers, the better the chance of finding that perfect, comfortable fit for day-long carry.

The Cover-Up line is made of leather. I don’t know about you, but I find Kydex rubbing up against my skin all day long to be very uncomfortable; especially in hot and humid South Florida where I call home. I would much rather have leather, which, after all, is actually skin, rubbing against my hip and buttock all day instead of plastic.

Kydex is also rougher on gun finishes than leather as well.

I don’t mind being rough on the finish of a utilitarian pistol like a GLOCK, but I want to keep the finishes on my Wilson Combat and Dan Wesson carry guns looking as nice as possible; leather is the only way to do that.

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How did we arrive at a Dan Wesson ECP Vs Wilson Combat ULC showdown?

After years of carrying and practicing with a Glock 19, and a couple of other compact polymer double-stack 9mm pistols, I found I wasn’t really getting to where I wanted to be with my CCW pistol training. Specifically, I felt my double-taps and rapid-fire groups should be better. Seeing how well my peers were able to shoot rapid fire drills with the same pistols, I knew there was a lot of room for me to improve. But I had reached a certain point and I was just not getting any better. There were two possible explanations: either my shooting skills had plateaued, or I wasn’t using the right equipment. I decided to explore the latter explanation and look for a 9mm carry pistol I could better control. I figured if I could find a 9mm pistol that was designed for concealed carry that had noticeably less recoil than a Glock 19, that would be a great place to start.


It was just over two years ago that my quest to find 9mm carry pistol with minimal recoil took me headlong into the world of single-stack 9mm 1911 pistols. For those of you who have checked in along the way reading my reviews and discussion forum posts, know it has been quite a trip! To be honest, had I known what an absolute fortune this journey was going to cost me, I probably would have stuck with my Glock 19 and the 6” rapid-fire groups I shot with it! 

I’m not going to recount all the pistols I have shot, compared, bought and then sold; that’s all been well documented in other articles and discussion forum reviews. For this particular review, I’m focusing on a popular segment of the 9mm 1911 world, the 4” Bull-Barrel 1911. In particular, a couple of Bulls with lightweight aluminum-alloy frames. While Bull-Barrel 1911 pistols, can be had with a steel frame, they are heavier, and many find the extra weight makes them unsuitable for daily carry. A Lightweight Bull, on the other hand, with a full 9-round magazine, is comparable in weight to loaded Glock 19. But since 1911 Bull is a single stack, it is thinner and somewhat easier to conceal. So, the Lightweight Bull makes a lot of sense for the EDC crowd. 

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It’s funny, there is no way I could afford or justify buying a new $4000 pistol. But somehow, I was able to afford and justify buying three used $4000 pistols all in one month.

Right now I’m just going to tell you which ones I bought and show you some pics from shooting them at the range. After I get to spend some real quality time with them, which will include some time outdoors shooting steel and running some timed drills, I’ll write more in-depth about the individual guns.

I also plan on doing some comparisons to some of the other 1911 pistols I own, including my beloved Dan Wesson 9mm pistols. Before going any further, I should warn you all of my 1911 pistols are chambered in 9mm, and the WC pistols below are no exception.

I have been on a quest to find a 9mm carry pistol that mitigates recoil better than the double stack 9mm polymer wonder guns that have become the standard go-to guns for so many of us over the last few decades. After years of carrying a GLOCK 19, then a CZ P-10C, I grew tired of not being able to better my rapid-fire groups with these guns.

After all, what’s the point of a carry gun in the first place?

To neutralize a threat. What’s the best way to do that with a handgun in a very stressful and possibly poorly lit situation? The goal is to be able to get as many accurate/well-placed shots on your target as quickly as possible.

The less felt recoil your pistol produces, the more you maximize your chances of placing both accurate and fast fire on your target(s). If I could carry a 22LR for personal defense I would. Alas, 22LR is just not a great defensive caliber for reasons we don’t need to get into here.

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I tend to gravitate toward firearms that exhibit excellent recoil-control and promote quick and accurate follow-up shots. After many years of shooting, buying and selling semi-auto pistols, a few years ago I settled the pistol caliber debate for myself.

I decided with developments in modern bonded hollow-point ammo, that 9mm offers the best balance of terminal performance and recoil moderation. Any decent 9mm bonded hollow-point will give you virtually the same performance as a similar 45 ACP hollow-point, with considerably less recoil.

The milder recoil of the 9mm round enables the shooter to not only put more shots on target quicker, but also deliver those shots more accurately.

After all, what’s the purpose of a defensive handgun?

It’s a tool you use to stop a threat/attacker. As I understand it, the best way to stop a threat/attacker is to put as many well-placed shots on target as quickly as you can. For me, 9mm is the caliber I choose to achieve that end if need be.

Not only is 9mm an excellent choice for a typical carry pistol, but if you want to move up to large format pistol with a brace rather than a stock* for home defense, or a pistol caliber carbine, you get more than a trivial increase in velocity, and the extra weight of the larger platform further dampens recoil. Boosts in performance aside, LFPs with a brace or stock and PCCs are just a lot of fun to shoot.

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I was given the opportunity to spend some time with a brand new Vigil Commander in 9mm, Dan Wesson’s new entry-level 1911 pistol. The Vigil is currently available in both 9mm and 45 ACP in four configurations; full-size government with a 5” barrel, a full-size government with a 5” threaded barrel, a commander with a 4.25” barrel, and a CCO (the commander 4.25” barrel on a shorter officers frame).

All Vigil pistols have an aluminum frame with a hard black anodized finish, and a stainless steel slide finished with Dan Wesson’s “duty finish” (black nitride).

The Vigil Commander 9mm I tested was unfired and brand new in the box when I got it.

The preservative/oil that is normally on all new Dan Wesson pistols had already been wiped off. Upon disassembly before firing the Vigil, I noticed the rails and barrel had already been properly lubricated.

The normal break-in procedure as outlined in the manual instructs the owner to clean and lube the pistol every 50 rounds for the first 500 rounds. My plan was to run 350 rounds through the new Vigil, but I wasn’t going to be able to break it down and clean it every 50 rounds.

Instead I added a little extra lube to the rails and the hood of the barrel before I started shooting. I also decided that during the course of shooting the 350 rounds, I would lock back the slide every 50 rounds or so and reach in through the ejection port to wipe off the feed ramp and whatever else I could reach with a cotton patch, and also put a drop of oil on the hood of the barrel.

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I’m originally from New York City, but spent 12 years of my adulthood in Colorado where I amassed a significant gun collection. Northern Colorado, though, was no great haven for gun owners, and in the county where I lived, residents weren’t going to come by a CCW permit or any NFA goodies with any ease. To make matters worse, in 2001 I had to move back to very gun unfriendly NYC. I was forced to leave my gun collection behind to be retrieved at a later date when I could plot my next move. When the time came, I chose a state that was not only warm year round, but had friendly gun laws — Florida . . .

When I moved down to South Florida, the first three things I did when I got here were, 1) apply for my CCW permit, 2) buy a SBR, and buy a 22LR suppressor. No joke, within the first three days in my newly adopted state of Florida, I accomplished these three things. I was so excited to finally live in a free state I couldn’t retrain myself.

My first carry gun was a super lightweight .357 Magnum titanium J-Frame, a S&W 360PD. Turns out the lightweight 357 J-Frames are not very pleasant to train with, even with 38+P ammo. Plus I felt a little undergunned with only five rounds on tap and a slow reload to follow if necessary. It didn’t last very long as my primary CCW.

From there I moved on to a S&W Shield.

It’s an excellent, super-reliable and very accurate slim nine. But after seeing horror story after horror story in the media, I again felt a little undergunned with it. “What if…” well, you get the point.

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