The Doublestar 1911 has been my sidearm for the past several years. I obtained mine from a store in Arizona, and it has served me well ever since. As shown here on AirsoftGI, my 1911 is the basic model Doublestar. Notice that it lacks a threaded outer barrel, with a smooth, rounded plastic tip. The tip is Blaze Orange, as required by most states. It should be noted that other versions of the Doublestar, advertised by SOCOM Gear, are released with custom grips, and a threaded barrrel to accept a packaged compensator (see the Madbull "Punisher" compensator for the 1911, also sold on this website). I can't say i've ever chrono'd this firearm, but it has always performed reliably, with any failures to feed and fire being easily assessed, diagnosed, and rectified mid-engagement. The only negative aspect that I am STILL trying to workaround is the fact that there is no threading on the barrel for a compensator.
*Dependable and easy to maintain - malfunctions are simple to assess and rectify, even during a skirmish.
*Magazines are easy to order, especially through this site.
*Front and Rear slide serrations for easy of manipulation.
*Underbarrel accessory rail - available on all 3 production models advertised by SOCOM Gear,
*Beaver-tail hammer guard and grip safety.
*Standard Novak grips are comfortable and combine with the above hammer guard and grip safety prevent the weapon from slipping in your hands due to sweat, rain, or other factors.
*Realistic blowback and slide motion.
*Barrel is not threaded - Anyone like myself looking to add a compensator is out of luck unless they change the barrel out (I myself can't seem to find a threaded outer barrel for this sidearm) OR purchase one of the two variants advertised by SOCOM Gear instead.
*Green gas in magazines are affected by weather, causing some concerns during the winter rime or during Arizona's monsoon season. You could always risk it though, and rectify the matter by exposing the magazine to, say, a lighter - just dont blame me when the magazine explodes in your hand.
*Three-dot sights do not feature tritium, making them less useful during night time operations. The sights are removable, but I myself don't like the thought of having to purchase, install, and calibrate handgun sights. This is still partially mitigated by the underbarrel rail, as you can just attach a flashlight or laser aiming module.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]