Winchester Model 11 (Daisy)


Colt 1911A1 (.45 ACP)

Made in Japan for Daisy, Winchester Model 11
Replica Of:
Colt 1911A1 (.45 ACP)
Made In:

177, steel BBs, 15-shot magazine
Air Source: CO2, 12 g Powerlet
Recommended Pellet or BB:
Daisy Precision Max BBs (5.3 gr)
Weight (lb)/Length (in):
1.88, 8.50
Body Material/Finish/Grips:
, black, plastic
Barrel Length (in)/Material/Rifled:
5.12, steel, no
Trigger Action:
SA only
Trigger Pull (lbs)/Adjustable:
5.3 (SA), no
Sights (front/rear):
front (fixed), rear (fixed)

Velocity (fps):
Sound Level (dB): 97
Thickness of Pellet Holder (in): N/A
Manufactured Dates:
98%, yes, yes
Serial Number:




Comments: The Winchester Model 11 is made in Japan and distributed in the U.S. by Daisy. Although this mostly all metal airgun carries the licensed trademark for Winchester, it is actually a very good replica of the Colt 1911A1 (the original Winchester Model 11 was actually a 12 ga auto-loading shotgun). The fit and finish of the Winchester Model 11 are very good. Despite being made from cast metal, there are few visible seams on this gun. Most controls operate just as they do on the 1911 firearm although the thumb safety has an interlock button that must be depressed to disengage the safety. The grip safety can be depressed, but it is just for show as it does not actually function as a safety. Except for the slide lock lever, the parts normally associated with field stripping the gun are molded into the slide and are therefore non-functional. The blowback action on the Model 11 produces a solid kick and the slide locks back on the last shot. Even though the blowback function uses some gas, the Model 11 still posted very good figures for muzzle velocity (392 fps) as well as the number of good shots per CO2 cylinder (about 70). The single-action trigger on the Model 11 is very good. It has a small amount of take-up and then a modest pull (5.3 lb) and crisp release. The non-adjustable sights produce a good sight picture.

The Model 11 has a removable magazine that contains up to 15 BBs. The magazine's spring follower has a catch to hold it open for loading. The follower must be released after loading in order for BBs to feed properly. The magazine is made of plastic and appears to be fairly fragile. The CO
2 cylinder piercing mechanism is a variation on the system used in the Daisy 008. A lever and cam system is used to push the CO2 cylinder up against the piercing pin. While this system has proven to be reliable, it is often difficult to operate. The piercing lever folds away into the grip when not in use. It should be noted that while most manufacturer's cylinders will work in the Model 11, Crosman CO2 cylinders are a bit too long to fit in the cylinder compartment. The shot-to-shot variation in muzzle velocity for the Model 11 is very good (s = 6 fps), especially for an airgun with a blowback function. Unfortunately, this consistency in muzzle velocity does not translate to good accuracy. The accuracy of the Model 11 is rated as fair to poor, producing shot groups around 1.5" with Daisy and Crosman BBs and groups over 2" or more with RWS and Avanti BBs. However, the Winchester Model 11 is still a nice plinker having an authentic look and feel and a definite fun factor. It is also the first "metal" replica gun that Daisy has marketed in many years and, at its suggested MSRP, should attract a lot of buyers.

Owner's Manual for Winchester Model 11 (.jpg)

Performance: Measurements were made on 3/18/2012 at a temperature of 71 F and 5000' elevation. A ten shot string was fired from a bench rest at 15' using Daisy Precision Max BBs (5.3 gr). The highest velocity measured was 404 fps, the lowest was 385 fps (average of the 10-shot string was 392 fps, s = 6). The average velocity was reasonably close to the advertised value of 410 fps and the shot-to-shot consistency was very good. A five-shot string fired with open sights grouped at 1.45". Click the thumbnail below to see a larger image. Click here for a description of the measurement methods.

Four different brands of BBs were tested with the Winchester Model 11. The best accuracy was obtained using Daisy Precision Max BBs (results shown above). The targets below show the results for the other three types of BBs tested (5-shot groups at 15' w/open sights): Crosman Copperhead BBs (1.84"), Daisy Avanti BBs (2.58"), and RWS Match Grade BBs (2.67").


Right Profile: The Winchester Model 11 has a good kick to the blowback mechanism. Grip the gun properly to avoid being struck by the rapidly moving slide as the gun is fired. The grip "safety", although spring-loaded, is just for show. It does not keep the gun from firing when it is not depressed.

Front View: The Winchester Model 11 is mostly made from cast metal parts. The grip panels, rear sight, grip safety, and outer barrel cover are plastic. The slide lock lever will hold the slide open when the magazine is empty. The traditional 1911 takedown parts at the muzzle are molded into the slide and are non-functional.

Left Profile 2: Both the front and rear sights of the Winchester Model 11 are fixed. The thumb safety has a release button that must be depressed in order to disengage the safety. This makes disengaging the thumb safety a two-handed operation. The grip safety does not actually function as a safety mechanism.


Right Side Markings:



Left Side Markings: The photo of the Winchester Model 11 on the cover of the box shows the marking "Air Pistols" just under the large Winchester logo. However, the actual gun is stamped "Air Rifles" under the logo.


Loading BBs: The Winchester Model 11 uses a removable 15-shot magazine. The spring-loaded follower in the magazine has a locking position. Be sure to release the follower after loading BBs.

Loading CO2: The Winchester Model 11 has a new cartridge piercing system that borrows some features from the system used on the Daisy Model 008. The backstrap serves as a lever that operates a cam that forces the cylinder up against the piercing pin. Before operating the piercing lever, remove the left grip panel. Quite a bit of effort is required to push the lever up to pierce the cylinder. Once the cylinder is pierced, the mechanism folds back up into the grip.

Note: Crosman CO2 cylinders are a little too long to fit into the chamber. Cylinders from Daisy, Umarex, Gamo, and FirePower work fine.

Gas Release: Once the CO2 cylinder has been pierced, gas pressure pushes the cylinder against the piercing cam making it very difficult to open the lever to expel any unused gas. To expel unused gas, follow these steps: 1) remove the magazine, 2) disengage the safety, 3) point the gun in a safe direction, 4) pull the trigger all the way to the rear and hold it there, 5) push the hammer in toward the valve to release gas. You may have to repeat the last two steps several times to completely empty the CO2 cylinder.


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