Smith & Weston
|Country of Origin
1911 Single Action
|Frame & Slide
Matte Blue - Walnut Grips
.45 Colt - 410 Shotshell
Three Dot -
3 lbs 16.4 oz
Included Accessories: Hard Case, 2
gun lock, manual, and
SDF® & PAFCDS®
When asked about applications for this new
fire power, Warren Whippet, S&W's VP of Sales and Markup said, "We
see this as a tactical weapon for those situations where
you want to lay down some serious fire, then get the hell out of
there. Sort of like carpet bombing with a handgun, but without the turbine
engine noise, flight suits or a large carbon foot print. The DT is a
very green weapons system. Yes, very green indeed".
The DT is the first
member of a family of products to be built on S&W's new large Y series
autoloader frame. When asked about the "Y" designation, Patrician
Pedelunker, S&W's VP of Product Names and Employee Parking Space
Assignments told us, "We were eighteen hours into a marathon frame
naming session. Several people had fallen asleep, one guy confessed
to stealing Post-Its and we
discovered a recent hire to the marketing department could speak only French...
which probably explains why she kept blurting out "Où sont les
toilettes?". We finally elected to name the frame based on the
question everyone asked the moment they saw the prototype".
The Double Trouble®
Simultaneous Double Fire®
capability. According to G. Gas Rhonda, S&W's Director of Advanced
Gas Port Logistical Engineering, "The selective single trigger can be set to fire both
barrels or, alternatively, either top of bottom, or bottom and top barrels individually.
With chambers loaded, hammers are positioned cocked and
carried locked. In speaking with S&W personnel, there was the hint
of a decocker version of the DT being released in the very near
A Passive Aggressive Fired Cartridge
Detection System® took a little getting use to as it doesn't display
any obvious signs of status or condition. The system will eject a
fired cartridge, or a misfiring cartridge, however, it also can
silently and arbitrarily undermine the gun's cartridge extraction
system and leave the cartridge in place... or pack up and take the
kids and move in with its mother while the DT is at work... trying
to make a living for its family. The important thing is that all of
the gun's systems have learned to get along harmoniously... for the
sake of the chil...parts.
Preproduction, but still pretty slick...
We thought the dual ejection port
was a stroke of genius. When asked about this feature,
C. Gas Rhonda, Smith and Weston's VP of Gas Logistics Management said, "We fired 100 rounds with the first prototype and
noticed ejection of the lower barrel caused an accelerated unlock
which left an impression on some of our testers... or as is
technically referred to, an unanticipated and joyless ophryonic
metallurgical intersection. We were further concerned that, and I
apologize for the technical jargon, the original system would lead
to the whole gun explodacatin'.
We received lots of double takes at
the range during our test firing session. In some ways the Double
Trouble is very much a traditional 1911, in others,
not so much. The three comments heard the most were, "Why the heck
does it have two hammers?", "Why the heck does it have two ports?"
and "Are you guys almost finished? We've been waiting for a bench
for four hours?" We shot the Double Trouble with fixed
sights, adjustable sights, laser sights, a scope and absolutely none of the
systems resulted in sore eyes.
500 grain gas checked cast bullets, .45 Colt accuracy was
exceptional with groups consistently under an inch at three hundred
yards. Fifty yard yammer jammers were easy to
hit but swinging bobcats at one hundred yards suggested
just a touch of dominant eye cross parallax ventilation.
Moving to the skeet
range and 3" ¾ oz loads, flying vertical birdies were a snap, oscillating rollers
were a challenge... which is almost always the case, but
spinning flams is where the DT really shined where we were able to
shoot a perfect 106¼. Trap shooting,
however, had us hoping there was a pump action DT in S&W's future as
Cheney shots are near impossible with an autoloader.
and all, we burned through 122,000 rounds of 410
gauge bird shot, slugs, 00 buck and hot loaded .45 Colt ammo. There
was no hint of failure or hesitation and the gun maintained a high
level of performance throughout. I only wish the gun had been
supplied with an extra magazine as reloading became somewhat
The DT magazine, show next to a
conventional .45 ACP, reflects the proportions of the gun. Unable to
locate an appropriate holster for the hunting segment of this
evaluation we found that a BABYBJÖRN, and a little duct tape, worked
perfectly with no signs of chafing.
With modified chokes in place, the DT
was fierce for use on grouse and Grand Banks Caiman. With full
chokes in place, Canadian geese were easily within reach. Switching
over to .45 Colt and rifled barrels, we were able to drop red tail,
black tail, white tail, and high tailed deer competently. Next
month we are scheduled to carry the DT to
Namibia where we will be hunting loxodonta africana, syncerus caffer,
delphinus, and assorted peromyscus. Great sport and we'll report!