Coming to the Range: Browning 1911-380

The new Browning 1911-380 pistol.

When John M. Browning designed the 1911 pistol, he might have had some idea that the gun would be popular. But it's hard to imagine that anything from that time period would survive, and even thrive, in the 21st century, given the advancement of technology. But the 1911 has, and many companies have come up with their own version of the now-iconic pistol over the years.

Today, Browning the manufacturer is giving a nod to John Browning's creation, and adding a modern touch, with the Browning 1911-380. The composite-framed 18-ounce gun is scaled down to 85 percent of the size of the original Government 1911 in .45 ACP, making it easier to conceal and for smaller hands to hold and shoot, pointed out Paul Thompson, Browning's Media Relations Manager, at the 2016 SHOT Show.

It's available in several different styles, including with an integrated accessory rail and night sights. Suggested retail prices start at $669.99.