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Review: Elite Force 1911 TAC

Blowback that will blow your mind

By: Jimmy Beckett Photos: Walter Sidas

WHO MAKES IT: Elite Force
GUN NAME: 1911 Tac
CLASS: Co2 Blow Back
TYPE: Pistol
WHO IT’S FOR: Mid-Level Gamer
HOW MUCH: $118.95 (average)
FPS: 300 w/.25g

After working for a number of years behind the counter at an airsoft shop and heading up a CQB field, you make a lot of recommendations to enthusiasts on the equipment they are looking to purchase. Not a day goes by at either venue without an airsofter coming in looking for a pistol to either carry on the field or plink around their backyard. Elite Force’s line of pistols often commands attention at the shop and is a brand I’ve confidently recommended numerous times. A relatively new addition to their offerings is the Elite Force 1911 Tac pistol. The Tac is a more modern take on the old 1911 frame, featuring welcome adjustments to the pistol’s design to make it a bit more user-friendly. A tan finish makes this gun more unique than others, but what really sets the Tac apart is the overall performance; so let’s get to it!

FRAME/SLIDE
The Elite Force 1911 Tac model has been updated with a nice two-tone tan finish on the lower frame and a black slide. Under this two-tone durable coating is a full metal gun so you can rest easy knowing durability will not be an issue. The Tac has all the same controls as the classic 1911; functioning slide catch, mag release and ambidextrous safety. It has also been given a new set of high visibility sights and a railed frame to accept tactical lights and lasers. The ability to have a 1911-style pistol with a light is great for indoor and night games. Having a threaded barrel for a mock suppressor is a nice touch, too.

Review: Elite Force 1911 TAC

INTERNALS
The hop-up on this gun works very well, giving you the added distance needed to shoot someone down range. The unfortunate part about it is the location. It requires you to take the slide off the frame in order to adjust rather than simply using an adjustment key. However it is still easy enough to just pull the slide back a bit and slide the catch out in order to separate the two pieces. The barrel on the gun is a standard brass 6.08mm smooth barrel that will offer consistent firing.

TRIGGER/GRIP
A skeleton cut hammer and enhanced beaver tail safety finish it off. Plastic grips, a stippled back strap and a competition-like trigger give this pistol an excellent feel in just about anyone’s hands.

MAGAZINE
The drop-free 14-round magazine loads up in a single stack look. The CO2 cartridge protrudes out to either side of the magazine but it can still fit in most pistol magazine pouches. Since the Tac runs on easy-to-find 12-gram CO2 cartridges, you don’t need to get green gas separately at a local or online retailer. The gun comes with the Allen wrench required to put the CO2 in and get the gun ready for action.

Review: Elite Force 1911 TAC

BREAKDOWN

EXTERNAL
Slide: Full Metal Black Finish
Frame: Full Metal Tan Finish
Grips: Plastic
Muzzle: 14 Round CO2
Magwell: Standard
Hammer: Skeleton
Slide Release: Standard Left Side Only
Safety: Ambidextrous

INTERNAL
Trigger: Non-Adjustable Race Style
Barrel: Standard Brass
Hop Up: Adjustable

CHRONO
.20g – 320-330 FPS
.25g – 280-300 FPS

ITEMS USED
• CO2 cartridges
• Umarex 12-gram
• BBs Elite Force .25g

Pros & Cons
+ CO2 Power
+ Railed lower for lights
+ Solid metal construction
+ Durable tan/black finish
+ New front and rear sights
+ Threaded outer barrel for mock suppressors

– A second magazine would have been nice

PERFORMANCE
So far the Elite Force 1911 Tac looks professional on the workbench, now let’s see how it performs in the field. First, newbies checking out this 1911 Tac need to know this is a single action pistol so you cannot take the pistol from the hip and simply pull the trigger. First the slide needs to be “racked” or pulled to the rear to allow one BB to enter the chamber. You will notice this also brings the hammer back and re-sets the trigger so it’s ready to fire. A double action pistol allows the user to simply pull the trigger in order to get the gun to operate. However the trigger pull is much further than the single and personally I prefer single action.

When fielding the gun in the first round of testing I noticed the power both in the range and FPS of the pistol. The incredibly hard blow-back action was more than satisfying and the loud bang as the gun fired was pretty sweet, too. Using it in an enclosed environment was great. With the short trigger pull, getting a few shots off and dispatching my opponent to re-spawn was a breeze. Having space for my Tac light was great! It was easy to see in the darker areas of the field and to illuminate the BBs as I was firing to create a tracer-like affect. Being limited to only 14 rounds wasn’t so bad but an additional magazine for this pistol would have been nice so I highly recommend tacking another one on to your purchase. This gun is very gas efficient and being able to go through several mags without changing the CO2 cartridge was great.

As playing progressed through the day, I really enjoyed using the gun. The CO2 ran very well and lasted for some time.

The one downfall I did notice with using CO2 over green gas is that I couldn’t just top a mag off between games. Normally I put green gas in my other guns to just top them off. However with the CO2 cartridges I had to remove them and sometimes that meant wasting gas. However this gives you the peace of mind knowing that your pistol is fully loaded and ready to go.

After a day of playing at our local indoor field I took it outdoors for some testing. Now I had the space to fire and test the range. The gun shot respectably considering the hop-up had not been adjusted. Luckily it’s pretty easy to adjust it. First, I took the magazine out from the gun and then I removed the slide-lock pin and took the slide off. This exposes the hop-up in the slide. I simply adjusted the dial a bit and reassembled it and fired a few rounds. It was right on the money! The gun fired great and the range was impressive. I enjoyed further testing and didn’t run into any issues. I can certainly see myself using the Elite Force 1911 Tac on the field often.

Jimmy Bones Beckett
SHOOTERS OPINION

The 1911 Tac CO2 blow-back pistol is a great performing weapon with classic roots. It’s a great full-metal pistol that fires hard right from the box with a crisp blow-back function. Shooting at a high FPS and with great trigger response, this CO2 blow-back pistol is a gun to be reckoned with.

Reviewer Stars

WRAP UP
Since I’m engulfed in airsoft 24/7/365, I’ve had a lot of time with Elite Force’s offerings and I’m amped to be the one to put their 1911 Tac pistol through the testing paces for a few weeks at the field. This is one of the best performing CO2 blowback pistols I have used in a long time and it feels great to use. The weight and build give it a solid feel and the slightly unique styling makes this a great pistol for any variant of airsoft. Having a rail for a light and a threaded outer barrel for a suppressor are just icing on the cake!

LINKS
Elite Force, eliteforceguns.com, 479-646-4210

7 comments

  1. Thank you for this review. It was really thorough. My question would be if, in harsher conditions, the CO2 would not perform as well due to the temperature and increase/decrease in temperature. Also, what would you recommend as a cheaper version of this gun?

    • Sorry for the delay. I am still actively using this pistol and its running great. In lower temperatures its performing well. You do not get the same shot count as in the warmer months but I can usually get about 2 mags of BBS through it in 20 degree weather.

  2. Would you recommend to get more mags? not only that but dont you want to let the mag you just shot return to room temp. before using that mag?

  3. I have had this gun for 2 yours, no problems, i have 3 mage for it 1 is a 25 round extended mag, i love this gun. I dropped it multiple times in dirt and after cleaning and oiling it its better than ever!! I can truly recommend this co2 pistol to any serious airsofter

  4. How does the Elite Force Tactical compare to the KJW KP07 MEU?

    Is it necessary to use the second recoil spring that wraps around the outer barrel or could you use a heavier recoil spring where you usually find it on a standard 1911 (under the outer barrel)?

    Are having continued good luck with the Elite Force 1911 Tactical after prolonged use? I generally field TM or KJW pistols due to availability of spare parts, magazines and upgrades and have had very good results. However, I’ve just purchased 2 of the VFC (Umarex) PPQ M2 pistols and they are excellent, so I’m willing to give a differently designed 1911 a try as long as it has been dependable.

    By the way, I enjoyed the review. Informative without too much flash.

  5. So I’ve come across a problem with my slide catch, its just not working. I expend the ammo in my magazine but the slide catch won’t spring up to catch the slide! Anyone know a diagnosis to this problem?

    • Never mind I fixed it! The problem was the magazine not the gun. On another note, the gun is great! Reliable, accurate, and feels great overall! Highly reccomend

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