Test: RBF 1911 Pro Shooter MK V Mod. HS, a noble 1911 in 9mm

The test model is the 1911 Pro Shooter MK V Mod. HS. From a purely functional standpoint, it follows the principles which the US company Colt introduced for the M1911 pistol, based on the designs of John M. Browning : a single-action, semi-automatic pistol with a tilting barrel controlled by a chain link, while locking is via two lugs that engage from below inside the slide recesses.

RBF 1911's special features in detail

Because this model features a heavy cone-shaped Bull Barrel, the 1911 usual bushing was omitted . A variation of the classic Browning design is the recoil spring with its long guide rod and associated bushing. The standard caliber of the Colt 1911 and its countless variants is .45 ACP. However, even in the USA, the 9mm Luger (9 Para) caliber has been increasingly used for several years in this original American handgun design – as in this RBF 1911 Pro Shooter MK V Mod. HS. It comes as a pure-bred sports pistol, as confirmed by the ramped barrel and the fully elevation and windage-adjustable rear sight featuring a ribbed target leaf, which RBF purchased from the Italian sights specialist LPA. While the drift-adjustable front sight sports a fiber optic insert, of course. Sports shooters will also appreciate details such as the long dust cover reaching up to the muzzle, as well as the increase in weight associated with the thick barrel, which means that the gun is more docile when firing. This is referred to by the abbreviation HS, which stands for "Heavy Slide and Frame". The trigger unit with a skeletonized trigger and integrated, adjustable trigger stop screw is specially designed for the athlete . The Beavertail Highgrip spur at the back of the 1911-style grip safety, the two black-brown G10 grips with a very pronounced checkering, the front strap checkering and the front slide cocking serrations (like the ones at the rear, which are very easy to grip) provide comfort for firing and manipulation. And the pistol's new silver-colored hard chrome coating pleases the eye as well as protecting against weather and other environmental influences.

RBF 1911 Pro Shooter MK V Mod. HS: the hard facts


RBF 1911Pro Shooter MK V Mod. HS
Price: 1698 euro (price may vary in your country due to VAT and custom duties)
Caliber:  9 mm Luger
Magazine capacity: 10 + 1 cartridges
Barrel length: 5” / 127 mm
Dimensions (L x B x H): 8.74 x 1.5 x 5.78 in (222 x 38 x 147 mm)
Trigger pull weight: 56.43 oz / 1600 g
Weight: 46.27 oz / 1312 g
Notes: semi-automatic, single action pistol, Colt-Browning locking system, all steel construction, fully adjustable rear sight, ramped barrel.

How the RBF 1911 Pro Shooter MK V performed in the test

There was not much to criticize , because the gun testers did not deduct any points for the outstandingly adjusted trigger (-0 points), the fully adjustable, eye-friendly sights (-0 P.) and the overall first-class workmanship (-0 P.). There was a point deduction in the "cycling" part of the evaluation, as some of the hollow point bullets got stuck in the feed ramp during firing (-1 P.), two more for "controls" (-2 P.), since neither the magazine release button nor the slide stop could be operated from the left side – a problem inherent in the design, sure, but just as disadvantageous as the great 1911 grip which, however, does not match modern designs (-2 P.). In terms of accuracy, the Pro Shooter came off great: 41 mm (-4 p.).

RBF 1911Pro Shooter MK V Mod. HS test review

Accuracy (max. 50 points) 
46 points
Cycling/safety (max. 10 p.)                                                                                     
9 points
Trigger characteristics (max. 10 p.)
10 points
Grip design (max. 5 p.)                                                                                     
3 points
Controls (max. 10 P.)                                                                                     
8 points
Sights (max. 5 P.)                                                                                     
5 points
Fit and finish (max. 10 p.)                                                                                     
10 points
Total points (max. 100 p.) 
91 points
Test result
6 out of 6

Fischlein's 1911 in 9mm: wrap-up

The bottom line is that the RBF 1911 Pro Shooter MK V can be judged this way: it's designed for sports, very good performance and accuracy from the point of view of target sports marksman clientele, featuring clean workmanship with A+ fits and a top-quality trigger, in addition to a fully justified price-performance ratio . The gun also comes with a lockable hard-shell case, a multi-tool and two ten-round magazines by Mec-Gar brand from Gussago, Italy.

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