What? A Double Barrel Pistol! The AF2011-A1

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What? A Double Barrel Pistol! The AF2011-A1

Posted on 30 April 2014 by David Allred

AF2011-A1 Double Barrel PistolThe AF2011-A1 Double Barrel Pistol is the very first industrial double barrel pistol of all time. For those of you who love shooting the Colt 1911-A1, the AF2011-A1 was designed in commemoration of its legend. This bad boy packs a punch as a double barrel .45 caliber pistol and is extremely accurate. According to Arsenal Firearms, it will group all 16 bullets, held in a dual, single column magazine, in a target the size of an orange at 15 yards and in a watermelon at 15 yards. In around 3 seconds, with only 8 trigger pulls, you can fire 16 rounds into a target.

Man, if only Chuck Norris could get his hands on this collectors item. Then again, Chuck doesn’t need a gun!

The AF2011-A1 double barrel pistol has some pretty cool features.

  • Many of it’s parts are interchangeable with the 1911-A1, which makes repair and replacement parts cheaper, and more available. Interchangeable parts include the firing pins, recoil springs and rods, magazine bodies and inner parts, grips, sites, etc…
  • It has a single slide, single grip safety, single hammer and instead of two magazines, it’s a single column with dual magazines. So instead of having to load two single magazines, drop one and load one!
  • I read somewhere that it comes with the option to have the ability to fire each trigger separately as well as simultaneously. I didn’t see that option anywhere on the Arsenal Firearms website, so I’m just chalking that up to be a rumor.

AF2011-A1 Double Barrel PistolsMy first thoughts about a double barrel pistol were:

I’ve tried to pull the triggers of two pistols while holding them side by side. It’s not an easy thing to do. One trigger always gets pulled before the other. So I doubted even wanting to have the option to fire each trigger separately. However, by including two triggers, two barrels and one slide into this double barrel pistol, it automatically eliminates the struggle of holding two pistols side by side. However, if you want separate firing triggers, why not just use two pistols, which can each be pointed at their own targets? Sure, if the AF2011-A1 did come with the option to fire each barrel separately, you could probably pull the left trigger with your left hand and the right with your right hand.

This takes a whole new meaning to the term, “Dual Wielding!”

I think I’d rather have them fire at the same time, delivering twice the impact of a regular .45.

AF2011-A1 Double Barrel Pistol with HolstersDo the barrels fire straight or are the slightly angled in, toward each other? Maybe this proves my lack of engineering knowledge, but it was one of my first thoughts. If you think about hitting a target, you want to hit it dead center. With the double barrel pistol, you’ll always miss dead center and hit one round a little left and one a little right.

But then I realized, would you rather have two rounds enter an assailant through the same hole, or hit them twice…one on each side of his chest?

Answered my own question.

PLUS, think about the diversity here when choosing your rounds. You can load one side of the magazine with hollow point rounds while loading the other side with armor piercing rounds. It’ll get the job done one way or the other!

AF2011-A1 Double Barrel Pistol with MagazineIn closing, too many guns to buy and so little time! The AF2011-A1 double barrel pistol is definitely one to add to the collection.

Before you click away, you must, and I say MUST watch the video below. The first minute is sort of boring, but right around 1:05 when he starts firing the pistol, it’s just plain awesome!

If you can picture the last movie you watched where someone fires a pistol in slow motion…the movement of the slide, the explosion of the bullet from the barrel with the shell being ejected and the lingering puff of smoke! Just picture double of all that, and that’s what’s in the video.

Here’s a link to the double barrel pistol on Arsenal Firearms.

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