As part of its new-for-2020 lineup, European American Armory Corp. (EAA Corp.) revealed its newest competition handgun: the Girsan MC1911 Noel. The MC1911 Noel incorporates features favored by USPSA competition shooter and retired Army officer Noel Zarza. As such, the MC1911 Noel is named after Zarza, who will be using a variation of the handgun in upcoming 2020 USPSA competitions.
The MC1911 Noel is made of a fully machined steel frame and slide with a matte-nickel finish. It features an extended beavertail on the grip-safety for improved handling and protection for the hand from the slide. Checkering is added to the front of the frame and back of the grip for improved handling as well. The side grips are made of a textured laminate. Serrations are found at the front and rear of the slide, giving competition shooters more options for getting their gun into battery and press-checking chambers.
The safety is ambidextrous and oversized to allow equal and fast use by left and right handed shooters. The trigger is a skeletonized target type and breaks at around 2.5 lbs. of pull. The target rear sight is fully adjustable for elevation and windage. Each MC1911 Noel is also equipped with a skeletonized hammer, which aids in obtaining faster lock time.
It comes with a 5” barrel and weighs in at 2.55 lbs. with an overall length of 8.75." There are two caliber options available in single-stack configuration: .45 ACP with a 8+1 capacity and 9 mm Luger with a 10+1 capacity. The .45 ACP version has a MSRP of $1,075 and the 9 mm Luger version a MSRP of $901. For More information of the Girsan MC1911 Noel, visit eaacorp.com.