Smith & Wesson Model SW1911 Sub Compact – Pro Series Pistol

Smith and Wesson SW1911 subcompact

Smith and Wesson has brought a new subcompact 1911 in .45 ACP to the market in their SW1911 line.  The SW1911 Sub Compact Pro Series is a tiny 1911 with an obvious eye on the concealed carry market.

The SW1911 features a Scandium frame, carbon steel slide, and stainless steel barrel, which all weighs in at only 24 ounces unloaded.  The gun is offered in matte black.

The gun loads 7+1 of the venerable .45 ACP and launches the rounds through a 3″ barrel.  Sights are typical three-dot.

Due to the reliability problems sometimes encountered with shrinking the 1911 platform, S&W installed an oversized external extractor to ensure positive extraction.  Smith and Wesson also equipped with subcompact 1911 with a three-hole trigger and a full-length guide rod.  I personally do not care for the skeletonized-type triggers, but your mileage may vary.

Smith Wesson SW1911 subcompact


  • caliber: .45 ACP
  • standard magazine capacity:  seven rounds
  • barrel length:  3″
  • overall length:  6 7/8″
  • weight (unloaded):  24 ounces
  • frame:  scandium alloy
  • slide:  carbon steel
  • barrel:  stainless steel
  • full-length guide rod
  • oversized external extractor
  • sights:  three-dot

List price on the SW1911 Sub Compact Pro Series is $1264.

Smith & Wesson 1911 Subcompact

2013 SW1911 Update

This SW1911 pistol, introduced at the 2009 SHOT Show, is still in the Smith & Wesson catalog.  The MSRP has dropped to $1,159.  While not “cheap” by many people’s understanding of the term, the price is lower than the introductory price of $1,264.

The gun has gained a lot of respect from even the most traditional of 1911 enthusiasts. These guns look good and run great. For the price, they are actually a very good deal. Sure, more than $1k for a handgun is a little over the top for many people, but for a real 1911 fan the price is not bad at all.

I’ve had a chance to shoot these guns on the range, but I have not had one in my possession long enough for a complete review. If this changes, I will update this article with my observations.

By Richard Johnson

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14 replies on “Smith & Wesson Model SW1911 Sub Compact – Pro Series Pistol”

Good Day!

I am selling my Beretta 92F .9mm and Walther PPK .380 to purchase a compact 1911, for concealed carry.

I want a .45 caliber and have been looking for the Kimber Ultra Carry II (blue), but so far I haven’t found one.

So, could anyone provide some comparisons between the S&W and the Kimber? (Or any other choices in that size range)

Thanks in advance

Tony Ellis
1975 USN 1988

I own a full sized S&W 1911 and I absolutely love it. It has very little recoil. You can fire it over and over without hurting your hands. I am very impressed with the engineering behind the 1911 and I trust the S&W brand so it was only natural that I would buy their version of this historical firearm. My next purchase is going to be their sub compact 1911 for concealed carry. I own a S&W Model 442 revolver that uses .38 and .38 +P. Given the small size and the large bullet, it is just too painful for my hands to fire it repeatedly.

I would like to see some real reviews on this piece.
Can’t find much on the forums and I don’t trust the gun rags.

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