In the world of oftentimes too mundane air pistols, the Springfield Armory 1911 Mil-Spec CO2 .177 BB Gun, available from Pyramyd AIR, stands out as a noteworthy contender for your consumer dollar. This review dives into its features, performance, and overall value, especially for enthusiasts seeking a realistic training air or simply a reliable backyard plinker.

Chances are, if you are any kind of firearms enthusiast, you’ve fired a 1911 pistol. It is one of the most iconic handguns ever made.

I’m old enough that the 1911 was the first sidearm issued to me as a young officer. Little did I realize at the time that it pre-dated penicillin and sliced bread. Yes, folks, it is quite tried and true.

Design and Build Quality

This air pistol is officially licensed by Springfield Armory, a name synonymous with quality and reliability, and this 1911 Mil-Spec replica doesn’t disappoint. The weight and feel of the gun are remarkably similar to its live-fire counterpart (2 lbs). This authenticity in design is crucial for training purposes, allowing for a seamless transition between the BB gun and a real 1911. The attention to detail in replicating the classic 1911 design is evident, from the checkered grips to the iconic lines of the frame.

I use mine to practice a draw from a holster before firing on a target in my suburban backyard.  Had I been firing the real deal, my buddies in the local PD would have been rolling up on me before long. The alternative from Pyramyd AIR is almost totally silent, and you can’t beat the ammo cost when compared to .45 caliber rounds.

1911 porch
This is mine, photographed above a blurred-out map of Saudi Arabia circa 1991. Photo by the author.


Powered by a standard 12-gram CO2 cartridge, the 1911 Mil-Spec BB gun delivers a consistent shooting experience. The blowback action is smooth, contributing to a realistic cycling of the slide with each shot. It fires .177 caliber steel BBs, which are adequate for target practice and casual shooting.

The velocity of this air pistol is approximately 320 feet per second. While not on the higher end for air pistols, it’s sufficient for its intended use, providing a balance between power and safety for backyard shooting.

Accuracy and Sights

The fixed sights on the Springfield Armory 1911 are true to the military specification, offering a familiar sight picture for those accustomed to the classic 1911. Accuracy is acceptable, considering the fact that you are spitting a BB out of an unrifled tube. Let’s just say that it is accurate enough once you get the hang of how it shoots. You’re not buying this thing to shoot the eye out of a gnat at 100 meters. What the pistol excels at is being a helpful aid in fundamental marksmanship training, particularly for those looking to improve their handling and aiming with a 1911.

Sig Target
Instead of soda cans, I fire mine at this SIG SAUER target/catch trap. The targets are knocked down when they are hit, and if you can put a round onto the word “SIG,” it pops them back up again. I must admit this is a lot of fun. Photo by the author.

Trigger and Handling

The trigger on this CO2 BB gun mirrors the crispness found in many real 1911s. It’s neither too light nor too heavy, providing a clean break that aids in accurate shooting. The ergonomic design of the 1911 is well-replicated, making the gun comfortable to hold and shoot for extended periods. This aspect is particularly beneficial for training sessions, where muscle memory and comfort with the firearm are paramount.

Maintenance and Durability

Springfield Armory’s reputation for durability extends to this BB gun. The construction is robust and capable of withstanding regular use without significant wear. Maintenance is straightforward, primarily involving regular cleaning and proper storage. The CO2 mechanism is reliable, with no issues reported in terms of gas leakage or valve problems.

Training and Recreational Use

For training purposes, the Springfield Armory 1911 Mil-Spec CO2 BB Gun is an excellent tool. It allows shooters to practice drawing, aiming, and firing in a cost-effective and safe manner. The realistic blowback action and weight contribute to a training experience that closely mirrors that of a live firearm.

Recreational shooters will find this air pistol enjoyable for target shooting and plinking. Its accuracy and ease of use make it suitable for shooters of all skill levels, whether they are practicing shooting fundamentals or simply enjoying some backyard fun.

Comparisons with Competitors

In comparison to other CO2 BB guns in the market, the Springfield Armory 1911 stands out for its realism and build quality. While there are cheaper options available, they often compromise on the authenticity and durability that this model offers.

Price and Value

Priced reasonably (you can pick one up for $119.99 at Pyramyd AIR, as of this writing) considering its quality and features, the Springfield Armory 1911 Mil-Spec CO2 .177 BB Gun offers good value for money. It’s an investment for serious enthusiasts who appreciate the blend of realism, performance, and quality.

And Finally…

The Springfield Armory 1911 Mil-Spec CO2 .177 BB Gun is a well-rounded air pistol that excels in both training and recreational roles. Its realistic design, solid performance, and durability make it a top choice for those seeking a 1911-style air pistol. Whether for honing shooting skills or for backyard shooting sessions, this air pistol from Pyramyd AIR is a worthy addition to any airgun enthusiast’s collection.