The new guns are still in a prototype form, but I have been able to get some of the information about what the new guns will be like when they ship later this year. Here’s what I know…
The new ATI pistols use polymer throughout to make the guns very light. Where many compact 1911 pistols weigh in the neighborhood of 26-28 ounces, this gun feels closer to 22-24 ounces. As you can see in the photos, there are many relief cuts in the slide that help lighten the weight also.
ATI claims the new guns will be able to swap calibers easily between 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. I was not shown the process, but was told the change was very quick once the gun was field stripped.
I was not provided a MSRP, but I suspect that the guns will be affordable. ATI sells a wide range of firearms, and the guns tend to be more affordable than what is offered by some of the competition.
Obviously, this gun would need to be rigorously tested for durability and reliability before I could recommend it as anything more than a novelty. However, I spoke with one of the ATI design engineers at NASGW who seemed to be intent on making sure this gun would exceed a shooter’s expectations.
When the gun is released, I will obtain one for review and let you know how it does.