The June 2008 issue of Gun World magazine reviews a 1911 .45 ACP for “less than $350” available in either 5” or 4 ¼” barrels. The pistols are manufactured by Shootings Arms Manufacturing in Quezon City in the Philippines and imported by Century Arms International of Daytona Beach, Florida. The SAM pistols come in two models: Military version, a standard Government-issue 1911; and for $20 extra, the Elite 1911, with a beavertail grip safety and an enlarged, relieved ejection port. Both models are available in full-size 5" barrel or Commodore 4 1/4" barrel for the same price.
Elite 1911 Commodore Blue .45 SAM 4 1/4" BBL Pistol
Gun World reviewer Mike Beliveau tested the full-size SAM Elite 1911 and says “it’s a solid gun that does what it’s supposed to do and it does it at a price point that almost anybody can handle. There’s always talk that the Filipino 1911s have soft frames, but SAM claims to cast them from 4140 steel, which is pretty much what everyone does these days… The barrels and slides are milled from forged 4140 steel billets. That’s all as it should be and with about 1,000 rounds through my specimen, I haven’t seen any frame battering or cracking.”
He said the flat-topped slide is “moderately polished and finished in the modern hot blue process to the usual deep black color… In contrast to the slide, the frame has a true matte-black finish and adding to the Heart of Darkness effect, the grips SAM provides are thin slabs of black plastic.”
One magazine comes with the pistol, but standard 1911 7-round or 8-round magazines work “with very excellent results,” he adds.
“The trigger pull measures 6 pounds and it has a slight bit of creep,” he said. His bench-rest testing yielded 2-inch groups at 25 yards. “With a better trigger the SAM should be capable of better groups from the bench.”
At that price, what’s not to like? :mrgreen:
J&G Sales has the Shooters Arms full-size Military model 1911 for $350.