I love 1911s. They aren’t my end all gun but I still love them. So a few weeks ago when I saw Umarex introduced 2 new models to their Regent 1911 line I got pumped. Because as much as I love a 1911, I love a good budget 1911 too. One that’s made well (albeit this one is made in Turkey), but the price point is a little friendlier to my bank account.
Well today I got to spend some time with Danny Williams from Umarex as he walked me through the all new R350 CR (Regent 350 Compact Rail) Regent 1911. It’s got a matte blue finished, memory pad on the beavertail grip safety, heavy target barrel, captured recoil spring/guide rod assembly, comes standard with Hogue grips, 7 round magazines and an integrated picatinny accessory rail on the bottom side of the frame. The trigger is smooth and crisp and the slide’s lockup to the frame is incredible for a $550 1911. Yesterday at Media Day at the Range for SHOT Show 2012 I got to shoot the new Regent R200S 1911 (stainless upgraded version of the original) and it was incredibly smooth and accurate. The Hogue grips make it a pleasure to fondle in your hand. Skinny but not too skinny and just the right amount of traction.
The New R350 CR Regent 1911 has an extended (means it’s flared out more) ambidextrous safety, commander style hammer and excellent traction on the grip frame. The rear portion has vertical serrations while the from strap has very fine checkering. And it’s smooth, not abrasive at all. The top sights are a three dot ramped style that line up and point very naturally. The overall finish is a matte blue style that is even and while it’s not something I’d consider a collector’s 1911, it’s been paid a fair amount of detail. As I said I’m impressed. I think I might need to add one of these to my own collection and a full handgun review. One can never have too many .45 ACPs lying around. And at just over $500, the price is hard to beat.