Creating the Multi-Sight™ System for the 1911 & Standing on the shoulders of a Giant – John Browning

Creating the Multi-Sight™ System for the 1911

& Standing on the shoulders of a Giant-  John Browning

 

The Army formally adopted the John Browning designed Model 1911 pistol on March 29, 1911. It is has proven to clearly be one of the greatest firearm inventions of all time.

 

In over 106 years of existence, the 1911 has held true to its original design with few changes or modifications.

 

In 2016 Accuracy X, Inc. changed that with the introduction of our Multi-Sight™ System. This new and revolutionary invention radically expanded the capability and versatility of the 1911 platform. The Multi-Sight™ system eliminated the need to have multiple 1911 pistols in order to have different configurations. Before the Multi-Sight™ system, if someone wanted a pistol with metallic target sights, fiber optic sights, tritium sights, red dot sights, reflex sights, co-witness sights, etc., they typically needed to have a 1911 for each sight set up they wanted. Or they could change the sights out by drifting them out and then installing a different sight.

 

If they wanted a red dot or reflex sight mounted on their 1911, a scope rail of some kind needed to be mounted on the 1911, either attached to the frame or to the slide itself. This required drilling and tapping the holes for the scope mount to attach to. Once attached these rails were secured by high strength thread fastener and screws. Of course, these rails were installed as a semi-permanent option.

 

Basically, you had to build a 1911 for each sight set up. So if you wanted night sights, that is one 1911. If you wanted fiber optics, that is a second 1911. Add a metallic target sight rig to your list, and now you have a third 1911. Add a fourth 1911 if you want to shoot optics, and so on.

 

Or you could constantly be drifting in sights and attaching and removing rail systems by screws and Loctite thread locker every time you wanted to use different sights. Or you could choose to have different slides built with the different sights set-ups and field strip your slide and change out slides to get the sighting preference you desired for that day’s shooting or mission.

 

It is common for serious competitive shooters to own several 1911s. For instance, many competitors own an EIC 1911 for leg match competitions. They also own one or two wad guns for the centerfire and .45 portions of the 2700 agg in bullseye or precision pistol shooting. They often also own a defensive 1911. A tactical 1911 and or a co-witnessed 1911 with an RMR or other reflex sight. That is a lot of money and expense tied up in 1911s just so you can have all of your shooting needs covered.

 

Now I completely understand the mindset of “so many guns, so little time”.  If owning one 1911 is good then owning a dozen of them is better right! Well, that is fine if money’s no object, but that is not the case for most folks.

 

 

A few years ago at Camp Perry we had a customer come to our Commercial Row space. He was very complimentary of our work. He loved our X Series™ and PRO Series™ custom 1911s. He looked at me and said “Steve, I love your all’s work.” “You make the finest custom 1911s, but I can’t afford two or three of them.” I would need one to shoot Leg Matches, another one to shoot Bullseye and a third one as a defense or carry gun.

 

Then he said something that really stuck with me. “Steve, why can’t someone come up with a way to make one 1911 do whatever job you want?”

 

I remember I chuckled and said “Dude, people have been trying to figure that out for over 100 years. If a person ever does figure that out, it will be a game changer.”

 

Camp Perry is a very hectic place for us at Accuracy X, Inc. and I was so busy talking to and taking care of customers that week, I didn’t think any more about it.

 

But apparently, that guy planted a seed in my mind that would begin to grow. The mind is a funny thing. Over the following year I don’t believe I gave that conversation another thought. But the next year while I was working our vendor space on Commercial Row again, the initial concept for what would later become the Multi-Sight™ System popped into my mind like a bolt of lighting seemingly right out of the blue. In an instant I saw the solution as clear as could be.

 

I remember turning to my wife who always helps me with our vendor space and I told her I thought I may have just come up with an idea that may really be something big. She gave me a scrap piece of paper and I quickly jotted down the idea and asked her to hold onto it so we could look at it later.

 

Later that night after we had finished up our day I continued to think about my idea and gave it some more thought. It was clear to me that the idea had merit and had the possibility of really turning into something special. In fact, I don’t think I slept at all that night, I was too focused on working through the problem. Truthfully it was all I could think about.

 

Those who know me well, know that I tend to focus on things very intently once I become interested in something. Others may say that I become obsessed with things, but I prefer to call it a “disciplined application of focus” (I think that sounds a lot better than being obsessed with something 😉

 

After returning from Camp Perry I spent the next several days thinking through the problem and trying to optimize my initial concept. I would go over it and over it in my mind looking for flaws, and ways to improve on my first idea.

 

I started formalizing my concept and doing detailed drawings. Things came together quickly and it wasn’t long before I was ready to begin 3D modeling.

I will never forget the feeling I had when I took the first 3D printed parts and put the assembly together. I knew immediately at that moment that my idea and concept was going to change how the 1911 would be used from that moment on. It absolutely was going to work. To be honest it was a thrilling realization. I mean how often does someone come up with a truly original and game changing idea? It was a very satisfying thing to experience.

The next step was to immediately file for a patent on the invention which I did. In fact, I went to the Copyright and Patent Office in Washington D.C. in person to help facilitate that process.

 

Next was to start cutting some metal and making chips. It wasn’t long before we had made our first working prototype 1911 slide and built a test gun with it.  (by the way, I just used that  prototype/test gun to help win the EIC Team Match at the CMP Creedmoor Games at Camp Butner N.C.).

 

I couldn’t wait to fire the first round through that prototype. All kinds of things were running through my mind. Was the design going to hold up under the kinetic energy produced during the firing cycle? Was the patent pending and unique “indexing and recoil lug” going to perform as planned? Would my idea prove to have the longevity and durability needed to be a viable and bullet proof design.

 

I started with the adjustable sight module installed. I shot the first magazine and checked the prototype module and the screws to see if they were still secure. They were. A good start. I shot another magazine, then another, and another. After 500 rounds the prototype Multi-Sight™ module was still holding strong.

 

Now for the next test. I removed the module and reinstalled it to see if the zero would shift or hold after being removed. After several more rounds it was clear the zero was solid. Another hurdle cleared. Next was to test out the prototype picatinney module. I installed the picatinney module and mounted an Aimpoint H1 red dot on it and began the next test. Again, after firing several magazines I checked to see if everything was still holding tight, and it was. After a few boxes of ammo everything stayed right where it was supposed to be. I removed the picatinney module and reinstalled it, tightened everything down again and starting sending rounds down range. Shot after shot went into the same group as before the picatinney module was removed. Success! The zero was rock solid and had not shifted one iota from the module being removed and reinstalled. The Multi-Sight™ System was now a proven concept.

Over the course of the next several months, we did an intense and thorough testing program doing our best to break or make the Multi-Sight™ System fail. It passed every test with flying colors.

 

It was at this time we knew we were ready to begin our first production run and release our innovative design to the market.

 

Now over a year later, almost all of our customers order their new PRO and X Series™ 1911s with our Multi-Sight™ System. It has proven to be an overwhelming success and unanimously well received. Many of our customers have told us they have ended up selling many of their other 1911 pistols because now they really only need their one Multi-Sight™equipped custom 1911 from Accuracy X, Inc.

We have continued to innovate and improve our Multi-Sight™ System. We now offer Multi-Sight™ replacement slides so our customers who want to upgrade a 1911 they already own can do so without having to buy a whole new pistol We will soon have several other modules and sights available. We have also introduced our new Slot Sight™ feature which now allows the front sights to easily be changed out to match whichever Multi-Sight™ is being used. The Multi-Sight™ and Slot Sight™ systems truly do allow one 1911 to be configured to do any job or competition discipline.

 

The days of owning multiple 1911s just because you need different configurations for different applications is over. The Multi-Sight™ System from Accuracy X, Inc. allows you to own one 1911 and configure it to do any job- The Multi-Sight™ System allows you to choose!