The Story of the Double Barrel 1911 – the Arsenal AF2011

The Arsenal AF2011 double barrel 1911 is quite the unique and interesting pistol. Here is its story.

If you spend much time on the internet amongst the firearms community, you’ve probably seen this double barrel 1911 – the Arsenal AF2011. This double barreled .45acp handgun is obviously quite large, and not very practical.

But dang it is cool.

The AF2011-A1 Double Barrel Pistol comes actually as the very first industrial double barrel semiautomatic pistol of all times. The original idea came about ten years back to Swiss armourer Vivian Mueller, who at the time experienced cutting and welding together multiple parts of the famous Sig P210: the result was a long slide, double barrel 9mm, highly decorated collector piece, which indeed shot very well. Our idea took the challenge further: to commemorate the legendary Colt 1911-A1 in the Centenary by making a true industrial market-ready double barrel .45 caliber pistol. We achieved success in the brief span of 6 months, after intense and round-the-clock 3D designing, stereolithographic modeling and parts machining.

Arsenal AF2011 in Action

Thanks to Jerry Miculek, we have some beautiful slow motion footage of this one of a kind pistol in action. Certainly don’t want to be down range of this gun.

Arsenal AF2011 Specifications

  • Caliber: .45 ACP / .38 Super
  • Weight: 1.85 kg or 4.078 lbs / 2 kg or 4.41 lbs for the Dueller
  • Overall Length: 220 mm or 8.66 in / 260 mm or 10.23 in for the Dueller
  • Barrel Length: 125 mm or 4.92 in / 165 mm or 6.49 in for the Dueller

For comparison, the standard GI model 1911 only weighs 2.44 lbs. This double barrel 1911 is almost twice as heavy as a standard 1911.

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Brian Purkiss is a firearms instructor, competitive shooter, proponent for individual liberty and Second Amendment rights, and a web developer. He enjoys competing in and organizing Run and Gun Competitions, as well as shooting in USPSA, Outlaw matches, and 3 Gun.

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