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Grand Power P11
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or decades, double-action semiautomatic pistols have fallen into
two distinct categories: traditional double-action/single-action
(DA/SA) and double-action-only
(DAO). The virtues of each design are
unique, as are their shortcomings. A
recent entry that affords shooters the
capabilities of both systems in one
handy package is the Grand Power P11
in 9 mm Luger-a compact handgun
whose method of operation can be
selected with the sweep of a lever.
At first glance, the P11 appears
to be just another polymer-frame,
double-stack 9 mm, but a closer look
reveals some unique and interesting
features. The design has two elements that set it apart from other
handguns in its class: a rotatingbarrel locking system and the aforementioned safety lever. The bilateral
levers, situated on the frame where
the shooter's thumb can easily reach
them, perform several functions.
In its top-most position, the lever
serves as a manual safety, locking the
hammer to the rear when the handgun

is in Condition One (i.e., when the
hammer is cocked). When the lever
is placed in the center position, the
P11 functions just like any traditional DA/SA, exhibiting a long and
relatively heavy double-action trigger
pull that both cocks and releases
the hammer, firing the handgun. The
reciprocation of the slide then re-cocks
the hammer, and subsequent singleaction trigger pulls are both shorter
and lighter. In its lowest position, the
lever will de-cock the hammer if it is
locked to the rear, and also places the
pistol into double-action-only mode,
where every shot requires a long-butconsistent pull of the trigger.
The P11 uses a polymer frame,
built around a steel insert that interfaces with the working parts of the
handgun. The slide's rails are part of
the steel insert. The recoil spring is

The P11's bilateral safety levers place the pistol
in three distinct modes depending on position.
They are (l. to r.): on safe, traditional DA/SA
firing, and decocked/double-action-only.

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flat and rides on a full-length guide
rod that is captive to the frame.
Beyond the multi-function safety
lever, the P11 has bilateral magazine
release buttons just behind the trigger guard, as well as bilateral slide
locks-a shooter with average hands
can reach all of the controls without
shifting his or her grip on the pistol.
The grip area of the frame is textured
to enhance the gripping surface, and,
though it is compact in length, it
allows room for a full-fingered grip.
An accessory rail on the dustcover
provides a mounting point for lights,
lasers or other accessories.
The slide is milled from a single
steel block and has cocking serrations
at both the front and rear. The vast
majority of semi-automatic pistols on
the market today use either a blowback
or Browning-type locking mechanism,
but the P11 uses neither. Instead, the
3.3" barrel is machined with an integral radial camming surface that causes
the barrel to rotate clockwise in order
to unlock the breech. When a round
is fired, a ledge on the slide engages
with the barrel cam, rotating the barrel
as the slide moves to the rear. When
the recoil spring forces the slide back
forward, the barrel rotates back into
battery. It is an innovative system
that works well, but it is not completely novel; John Browning received
a patent for a rotating-barrel design
way back in 1897, and the idea has
been used in other modern handguns,
including the Beretta Px4.
Disassembly of the P11 is relatively simple as there are a minimal number of parts that are to be
removed by the user. To fieldstrip the
unloaded pistol, the takedown tab
on the frame is pulled downward and
the slide is drawn fully to the rear.



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