In the greatest case of “Because we can” manufacturing, Arsenal Firearms introduced the AF2011-A1 pistol. The AF2011-A1 is a double-barrel 1911 pistol complete with dual triggers and dual magazines.
Giving wide body new meaning, this gun spits two .45 bullets down range with each press of the dual triggers. Dual ejection ports sling brass in opposite directions.
Major props to Arsenal for developing the gun. I can’t imagine that working out the physics of this pistol was easy. I’m certain more than just welding two 1911’s together takes place to make this a viable platform.
However, I just don’t know how well a gun like this will sell. Collectors and speculators will jump on this in a heartbeat. But is there a niche large enough to support regular production of the AF2011-A1? I don’t think there is, but I’ll happily admit I’m wrong if this gun becomes the next big thing.
For those not familiar, Arsenal Firearms is a relatively new country that is also making the Strike 1 pistol (a polymer handgun). Arsenal Firearms is a group of companies based mostly in Europe. The AF2011-A1 is being made in Italy.
The AF2011-A1 has many parts that are custom fabricated. These include the slide, frame and grip safety. However, there are many internal parts that are interchangeable with any other Colt 1911-A1 pistol parts. This makes for slightly easier manufacturing, and also means that AF2011 owners can swap out a lot of parts for a custom gun.
New models including a long slide AF2011-A1, .38 Super and a mixed caliber version are all announced and will roll out in 2012 and 2013. This looks like a pretty exciting gun, so stay tuned for all of the new information!