This summer has been one of the best I have had when it comes to airsoft. It kicked off with a trip to Oklahoma to play in American MilSim’s Operation Broken Home 2
where I met and hung out with some of the coolest guys in the industry and made memories that will last a lifetime. Including rule #1, don’t be the first guy to pass out at the campfire (sorry Conroy). It also marked my switch in side arm to the Elite Force 1911 Tac.
I had heard about it and seen it around, but never really gave it much thought and dismissed it as just another 1911. I realize now in retrospect that was a mistake. I think part of the turn off was that it was CO2 powered. I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks, “Oh it’s CO2, it’s going to shoot way too hot for me to use in CQB, I won’t be able to use it”. Right or wrong, that’s kinda the wrap CO2 has gotten from a lot of people. So naturally one of the first things I did was run it over a chrono. Using .20g bb’s I shot an entire magazine through the chrono and all of them were 320fps (+/-2fps). Wow, that certainly wasn’t what I expected. Instead, I was thinking to myself “how far over 400fps is this going to be?”
Armed with the knowledge that I had a proper sidearm for use in CQB, I set out to put the Elite Force 1911 Tac to the test. As I said earlier, this has been a great summer for airsoft and I have played at least once a week all summer and will continue to do so until it’s time to head back to school. My local field, which I have been playing at on Wednesday nights, has a great CQB area that I have gotten quite a bit of playing time on using the 1911 Tac. So far this summer I would estimate I have put about 100 magazines worth of work through the Elite Force 1911 Tac. I can honestly tell you that it has performed like a dream without a single hiccup. It has also allowed me to get some righteous kills as you can see in the video linked below.
Now if I am going to be fair I must give the good with the bad. One of the things that I wasn’t thrilled about was the magazine capacity. The mags are 16 rounds, which I will admit is more on the realistic side and if I could get 16 rounds into a real 1911 I would be stoked (especially living in CA), but in airsoft I find that more is usually better. It’s certainly not a deal breaker, but if you’re lazy and/or don’t like to do mag changes on the fly, you may have issue with it. If you’re a “high-speed op3rator”, you probably welcome the challenge of multiple mag changes. One other thing, and I know I am being nit-picky on this one, but I would like to see the trigger be adjustable to make it a little shorter pull. I know, I know, but I would *shrug*.
At the end of the day the positives with this sidearm far outweigh the negatives. The Elite Force 1911 Tac gives you a smooth, consistent, reliable gun at a price that is below many of the other big name brands. Pair this up with a Blade-Tech WRS Level II holster and you’re golden. If you’re looking for a new side arm, I would certainly take a look at this during your selection process.
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