The Iver Johnson 1911A1 Carbine is a new rifle that appears to mate a 1911 pistol to a AR-style rifle.
It is chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge and looks like it retains all of the normal 1911 controls, grip safety and more.
The gun has a M4-style stock. Additionally, it looks to have a removable carry handle, removable front sight and a single Picatinny rail on the top of the rifle upper. From the photo, you can see there is a charging handle on the left side of the weapon. The barrel appears to be about 16″ in length. Pricing is already listed as $623.95 on some websites.
The same general thing has been tried before with kits that convert various pistols to carbines. Those kits include the Hera-Arms CPE, SIG Sauer ACP, and the CAA Tactical RONI. The Iver Johnson 1911A1 Carbine looks like it goes a step farther and makes the unit appear more permanently attached. Of course, that may not be accurate.
Iver Johnson did not immediately respond to an e-mail inquiry. When I obtain more information, I will share the details here.
So, what do you think? Is this something you would buy…or burn with fire?
Update: That Guy from the Rock in a Sea of Chaos blog sent us a link to the MechTech site. MechTech sells a carbine conversion unit (CCU) for the Glock and 1911 pistols. The MechTech units look exactly like the new Iver Johnson 1911A1 Carbine. See the photo below.
I am guessing that Iver Johnson is securing a quantity of the MechTech conversion kits and selling them as assembled units with their 1911 frames. For comparison, the MechTech 1911 basic unit (no sights or rails) goes for $359.95. A monorail and M16-style sights will cost you an additional $119.85. Plus add in the cost of the M4-style stock, and a total price of about $625 for the Iver Johnson doesn’t sound bad at all. That’s assuming you would like one of these.