Taurus has gone back to the basics with some of its 2018 introductions by fleshing out its M1911 family of pistols to include Commander and Officer models. As one might expect, the Commander has a shortened slide assembly paired with a full-size frame. The slide features broad cocking serrations fore and aft, is topped by Novak drift-adjustable sights and accommodates the gun’s 4.2" barrel. Smaller still, the Taurus 1911 Officer is built around a 3.5" barrel and a shortened grip frame, and is the company’s smallest and lightest M1911 rendition. Both guns are chambered for .45 ACP, utilize left-side-only manual safeties and are possessed of a very business-like appearance due to their matte-black finish and black checkered stocks. taurususa.com
Editors’ Picks 2018: Taurus 1911 Officer Pistol
Founded in 1848 by inventor Samuel Colt, Colt’s Manufacturing Company is one of the oldest names in the American Firearms market, with a rich history spanning over a century. Today, Colt is still in operation under the ownership of the CZ Group.