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Old 10-26-2011, 04:09 PM   #1
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i am new to the pistol, i have always been a revolver guy but times have changed, i recently came across a bareetta bobcat 22 and a colt/older 1911. my question is what is meant when you see the wording on the 1911 models "with rails?

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Old 10-26-2011, 04:38 PM   #2
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Could have a couple of meanings. The term "Picatinny Rail" decribes a multiple use mounting system where various sight, lights, lasers, bell and whistles may be attached to a firearm.

With a 1911, the slide also fits onto potions of the frame known as rails.

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I dont think any of the older colt 1911s have a rail..do they?
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Originally Posted by MrWray View Post
I dont think any of the older colt 1911s have a rail..do they?
Not unless the previous owner put em there. Factory Railed 1911s have been around 6 or 7 years now i think.
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When referring to a 1911, "with rails" almost always (in my experience) means a tactical rail under the barrel/slide to allow you to mount a light or laser. For example, see the Kimber Tactical Entry II (see pix). You won't find these on any older 1911s, they are a fairly recent addition to this genre (maybe last 10 years or so?) I have 4 1911s, 1 with rails (the Kimber pix) the others without (Kimber, Dan Wesson, S&W). The rails are nice if you want optics, and another option is a laser integral with the grip (I have one of those in a 1911, Kimber Classic Royal, and another in a S&W M&P40).

All other things being equal, in a new model 1911 the tactical rail will add $100 to $200 to the retail price.
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