Using a conservative figure, fully ninety-eight
percent of those who own and carry handguns, carry a handgun that is
several years old, not a state-of-the-art, current generation handgun as
produced by the plethora of firearms manufactures today, both commercial
And given the statistics, it is in all likelihood, a
tried and true 1911 Government Model that the owner has come
to love and trust.
Missing from the
less-than-new but still highly functional handgun is the ability to
directly mount a high intensity tactical light for home defense or if
the handgun is used in a tactical mode, for assaults into darkened areas
of buildings, unless one is fortunate enough to own an early generation
SureFire Tactical Light (which is greatly outdated). The feature that
permits the mounting of a tactical light, a full-length rail system
incorporated into the dust cover of the handgun, is limited to current
model Glocks, and a few limited production model 1911’s, as well s the
assorted other dogs and cats we won’t discuss. Now there is a product
to change that. Urban Advantage of Lynden, Washington, has
developed a prototype Strike Plate & Rail System (S.P.R.S.) that will
mount to any 1911 Government Model, Beretta 92 and 92 centurion.
This is a quick attaching assembly that provides a lightweight
rail system ready to mount any of the current tactical lights available
today. The ability to quickly mount a tactical light via a full length
rail integral to the frame of the handgun has only been available for
the most current generation of handguns or for those 1911 and Beretta owners who
possess an early design SureFire610R Tactical Light-until now.
That’s where the S.P.R.S. comes in. Three
separate but simple features highlight this system’s versatility. One, for
those tactically oriented individuals, the system incorporates a Strike
Plate that ensures an assailant will not knock your handgun out of battery
and thus neutralizing your ability to deliver rounds on your target, namely
him. In addition, because of the “abrasive surface” of the Strike Plate, the
Strike Plate portion of the S.P.R.S. can be used to incapacitate an assailant
who ventures within arms reach of the user.
Next the Unique opening in the strike plate allows for pressure to be
taken off the oncoming bullet through the bore thus increasing velocity and
with the slight weight and lessened pressure reduces recoil by nearly 50%.
Third, and perhaps more important to the majority of users, is a full
length rail system which will allow a tactical operator or a home owner to
directly attach a tactical light directly to his or her handgun, thus
eliminating the need to resort to the Rogers Technique with a flashlight and
handgun during a room-to-room search in either a tactical operation or a
potential home intrusion situation.
This lightweight (under 4 ounces) aluminum system attaches directly to
virtually any 1911 Government Model handgun through the use of an extra long slide
lock pin and a small set-screw, which prevents any unnecessary movement.
The profile is that of a 1911 with a thickened, full-length dust cover. The
balance of the handgun in the hand appears to improve with the few extra ounces
added to the lower of the handgun. When firing the handgun, one notice’s
immediately that the added weight aids in reducing felt recoil and muzzle
rise, allowing for faster follow-up shots. And lastly the Strike Plate
portion of the S.P.R.S., situated directly in front of and around the muzzle of
the 1911, actually increases the velocity of any round fired.
The S.P.R.S. for 1911 Government Model handguns full size Beretta’s, and
Sig’s, will accommodate any of the SureFire Streamlight or Insight Tactical
Light Systems now on the market.