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S&W 1911PD with TacSol 2211 Conversion

Model: SW1911PD, retrofitted with a Tactical Solutions 2211 .22LR Conversion Kit

Used for:

Steel Challenge Optic Rimfire


For Steel Challenge, a lightweight gun is extremely important, since you have to make so many target transitions. The faster you can start and stop the gun, the more accurately you can shoot, since the gun won’t wobble as much.  That’s why I use a Tactical Solutions 2211 Conversion on a S&W Scandium alloy frame. The conversion kit also has a special edition aluminum barrel that saves even more weight.  In the realm of 22 LR 1911 conversions, there are quite few out there, but only a couple that work, mostly due to the magazines that are poor quality molded plastic. TacSol uses an all aluminum CNC milled magazine that holds up better than anything else on the market.  I also use Aimpoint red-dots on all of my optic-sighted guns. With mechnical, click adjustments, my Micro H-1 scope holds zero practically forever, and the battery lasts just about as long.



  1. BJ,

    What do you run for a mainspring weight in your TacSol?

    Comment by Steve | June 18, 2009 | Reply

    • Steve,

      It’s either a 21 or 22 lb spring. It seemed like it would be too heavy as first, but it really shoots good with it, and it’ll set any .22 LR on this planet off without any problems. It runs fine as long as you keep your thumb off of the slide, however YMMV with a normal steel frame and barrel.

      Comment by bjnorris | June 23, 2009 | Reply

      • Thanks!

        Comment by Steve | June 24, 2009

  2. Tell me about that compensator…does it work on a rimfire?

    Comment by RM | August 13, 2009 | Reply

  3. Hi,
    how are you liking that scandium 1911 frame in combination with that tac solutions .22 top end. seemslike that gun combo is real light, light barrel also. does tac solutions sell that barrel?


    Comment by al | February 13, 2010 | Reply

  4. Where can I purchase this .22 setup?


    Comment by al | February 13, 2010 | Reply

  5. Did the conversion have to be fitted ?? I have a 1911 PD and just ordered the kit but see depending on the make/model some fitting may be needed

    Comment by brian | April 29, 2012 | Reply

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