Winchester Model 11
Colt 1911A1 (.45
Made in Japan for Daisy,
Winchester Model 11
Replica Of: Colt 1911A1 (.45 ACP)
Made In: Japan
177, steel BBs, 15-shot magazine
CO2, 12 g Powerlet
Recommended Pellet or BB: Daisy Precision Max BBs (5.3 gr)
Weight (lb)/Length (in):
Body Material/Finish/Grips: metal, black,
Barrel Length (in)/Material/Rifled: 5.12, steel, no
Trigger Pull (lbs)/Adjustable: 5.3 (SA), no
Sights (front/rear): front (fixed), rear (fixed)
Velocity (fps): 410
Sound Level (dB): 97
Thickness of Pellet Holder (in):
Manufactured Dates: 2012-present
Condition/Manual/Box: 98%, yes, yes
The Winchester Model 11 is made in
Japan and distributed in the U.S. by Daisy. Although this mostly all metal airgun
carries the licensed trademark for Winchester, it is
actually a very good replica of the Colt 1911A1 (the original
Winchester Model 11 was actually a 12 ga auto-loading shotgun). The fit
and finish of the Winchester Model 11 are very good. Despite being made
from cast metal, there are few visible seams on this gun. Most controls
operate just as they do on the 1911 firearm although the thumb
safety has an interlock button that must be depressed to
disengage the safety. The grip safety can be depressed, but it
is just for show as it does not actually function as a safety.
Except for the slide lock lever, the parts normally associated
with field stripping the gun are molded into the slide and are
therefore non-functional. The blowback action on the Model 11
produces a solid kick
and the slide locks back on the last shot. Even though the
blowback function uses some gas, the Model 11 still posted very
good figures for muzzle velocity (392 fps) as well as the number
of good shots per CO2
cylinder (about 70). The single-action trigger on the Model 11 is
very good. It has a small amount of take-up and then a modest
pull (5.3 lb) and crisp release. The non-adjustable sights
produce a good sight picture.
The Model 11 has a
removable magazine that contains up to 15 BBs. The magazine's
spring follower has a catch to hold it open for loading. The follower must be released after loading in
order for BBs to feed properly. The magazine is made of plastic
and appears to be fairly fragile. The CO2
cylinder piercing mechanism is a variation on the system used in
the Daisy 008. A lever and cam system is used to push the CO2
cylinder up against the piercing pin. While this system has
proven to be reliable, it is often difficult to operate. The
piercing lever folds away into the grip when not in use. It
should be noted that while most manufacturer's cylinders will
work in the Model 11, Crosman CO2
cylinders are a bit too long to fit in the cylinder compartment.
The shot-to-shot variation in muzzle velocity for the Model 11
is very good (s = 6 fps), especially for an airgun with a
blowback function. Unfortunately, this consistency in muzzle velocity
does not translate to good accuracy. The accuracy of the Model
11 is rated as fair to poor, producing shot groups around
1.5" with Daisy and Crosman BBs and groups over 2" or more with RWS
and Avanti BBs. However, the Winchester Model 11 is still a nice
plinker having an authentic look and feel and a definite fun
factor. It is also the first "metal" replica gun that Daisy has
marketed in many years and, at its suggested MSRP, should
attract a lot of buyers.
Owner's Manual for
Winchester Model 11 (.jpg)
Measurements were made on
3/18/2012 at a temperature of 71 ºF and 5000' elevation. A ten
shot string was fired from a bench rest at 15' using Daisy
Precision Max BBs (5.3 gr).
The highest velocity measured was 404 fps, the lowest was 385 fps
(average of the 10-shot string was 392 fps, s = 6). The average
velocity was reasonably close to the advertised value of 410 fps and the
shot-to-shot consistency was very good. A
fired with open sights grouped at 1.45". Click the thumbnail below to see a
here for a description of the measurement methods.
Four different brands of BBs were
tested with the Winchester Model 11. The best accuracy was
obtained using Daisy Precision Max BBs (results shown above). The targets below show the results
for the other three types of BBs tested (5-shot groups at 15'
w/open sights): Crosman Copperhead BBs (1.84"), Daisy Avanti BBs
(2.58"), and RWS Match Grade BBs (2.67").
Right Profile: The Winchester Model 11 has a good kick to the blowback
mechanism. Grip the gun properly to avoid being struck by the
rapidly moving slide as the gun is fired. The grip "safety",
although spring-loaded, is just for show. It does not keep the
gun from firing when it is not depressed.
Front View: The Winchester Model 11 is mostly made from cast
metal parts. The grip panels, rear sight, grip safety, and outer
barrel cover are plastic. The slide lock lever will hold the
slide open when the magazine is empty. The traditional 1911
takedown parts at the muzzle are molded into the slide and are
Left Profile 2: Both the front and rear sights of the Winchester
Model 11 are fixed. The thumb safety has a release button that
must be depressed in order to disengage the safety. This makes
disengaging the thumb safety a two-handed operation. The grip
safety does not actually function as a safety mechanism.
Left Side Markings: The photo of the
Winchester Model 11 on the cover of the box shows the marking
"Air Pistols" just under the large Winchester logo. However, the
actual gun is stamped "Air Rifles" under the logo.
Loading BBs: The Winchester Model 11 uses a removable 15-shot magazine.
The spring-loaded follower in the magazine has a locking
position. Be sure to release the follower after loading BBs.
The Winchester Model 11 has a new cartridge piercing system that
borrows some features from the system used on the Daisy Model
008. The backstrap serves as a lever that operates a cam that
forces the cylinder up against the piercing pin. Before
operating the piercing lever, remove the left grip panel. Quite
a bit of effort is required to push the lever up to pierce the
cylinder. Once the cylinder is pierced, the mechanism folds back
up into the grip.
Note: Crosman CO2
cylinders are a little too long to fit into the chamber.
Cylinders from Daisy, Umarex, Gamo, and FirePower work fine.
Gas Release: Once the CO2
cylinder has been pierced, gas pressure pushes the cylinder
against the piercing cam making it very difficult to open the
lever to expel any unused gas. To expel unused gas, follow these
steps: 1) remove the magazine, 2) disengage the safety, 3) point
the gun in a safe direction, 4) pull the trigger all the way to
the rear and hold it there, 5) push the hammer in toward the
valve to release gas. You may have to repeat the last two steps
several times to completely empty the CO2