Tanfoglio Witness 1911 (Cybergun)


Colt 1911A1 (.45 ACP)

Made in Taiwan by KWC for Cybergun, Tanfoglio Witness 1911
Replica Of:
Colt 1911A1 (.45 ACP)
Made In:

177, steel BBs, 18-shot magazine
Air Source: CO2, 12 g Powerlet
hex key for turning piercing screw
Recommended Pellet or BB:
Crosman Copperhead BBs (5.1 gr)
Weight (lb)/Length (in):
1.99, 8.44
Body Material/Finish/Grips:
, dark gray, plastic
Barrel Length (in)/Material/Rifled:
4.38, brass, no
Trigger Action:
SA only
Trigger Pull (lbs)/Adjustable:
2.5 (SA), no
Sights (front/rear):
front (fixed), rear (fixed)

Velocity (fps):
Sound Level (dB): 99
Thickness of Pellet Holder (in): N/A
Manufactured Dates:
98%, yes, yes
Serial Number:



Comments: The Cybergun Tanfoglio Witness 1911 is made in Taiwan by KWC. Although this all metal airgun carries the licensed trademarks for the Tanfoglio Witness, it is actually an excellent replica of the Colt 1911A1. Since Cybergun also has a license to use Colt trademarks, it seems strange that this gun was not marketed under the Colt name. Interestingly, Cybergun also markets an all plastic air pistol by the same name that is made in Taiwan by Wingun. The fit and finish of the Witness 1911 are superb. Despite being made from cast metal, there are no visible seams on this gun. Among steel BB shooting airguns, the Cybergun Witness 1911 is the most faithful replica of a Colt 1911A1 produced to date (right down to the lanyard loop and Parkerized-looking finish). All controls function just as they do on the firearm and takedown is nearly the same. The blowback action on the Witness 1911 is impressive and the slide locks back on the last shot. The trade-off for this blowback performance is a comparatively low muzzle velocity. However, the Witness 1911 manages more than 60 good shots from each CO2 cylinder. The single-action trigger on the Witness 1911 is excellent. It has a small amount of take-up in the first stage and a light (2.5 lb) and crisp second stage. The non-adjustable sights produce a good sight picture but the gun shoots high (POI about 3/4" above POA).

The Tanfoglio Witness 1911 has a removable magazine that contains the BB magazine, the CO
2 cartridge, and the gas valve. BBs are loaded through the opening just above the tip of the spring follower when it is held all the way down. The follower must be released after loading in order for BBs to feed properly. The piercing screw for the CO2 cylinder requires the use of a 1/4" hex key (supplied). Although the muzzle velocity of the Witness 1911 is only 308 fps, the shot-to-shot variation in velocity is impressively low. Unfortunately, this excellent consistency in muzzle velocity does not translate to good accuracy. The accuracy of the Witness 1911 is rated as only fair, producing shot groups a little under 1" with Daisy and Crosman BBs and groups of 2" or more with RWS and Avanti BBs.

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Performance: Measurements were made on 10/13/2011 at a temperature of 74 F and 5000' elevation. A ten shot string was fired from a bench rest at 15' using Crosman Copperhead BBs (5.1 gr). The highest velocity measured was 310 fps, the lowest was 302 fps (average of the 10-shot string was 308 fps, s = 3). The average velocity was close to the advertised value of 320 fps and the shot-to-shot consistency was excellent. A five-shot string fired with open sights grouped at 0.81". 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 Tanfoglio Witness 1911. The targets below show the results for firing five-shot groups from 15' using a bench and open sights with Crosman Copperhead BBs (0.81"), Daisy Avanti BBs (2.02"), Daisy Precision Max BBs (0.88"), and RWS Match Grade BBs (2.00"). Crosman Copperhead BBs produced the best results. All measurements are center-to-center.


Right Profile: The Witness 1911 has a powerful blowback mechanism. Grip the gun properly to avoid being struck by the rapidly moving slide as the gun is fired.

Front View:

Left Profile 2: Both the front and rear sights of the Witness 1911 are fixed.


Right Side Markings:



Left Side Markings:


Takedown: The Tanfoglio Witness 1911 breaks down in a similar fashion to the firearm. To break down the 1911, first remove the magazine. Push the slide back until the slide stop is aligned with the takedown notch on the slide. Push the slide stop all the way out. The slide can now be taken off the frame.

Loading BBs: The Witness 1911 uses a removable 18-shot magazine. Even though the spring-loaded follower in the magazine has a locking position, it still must be held down in order to feed BBs into the loading port. Be sure to release the follower after loading BBs.

Loading CO2: The removable magazine holds the CO2 cylinder, BBs, and the gas valve for the airgun. Loading the CO2 cylinder is straightforward. Place the CO2 cylinder in the CO2 compartment and make sure the head of the cylinder is properly seated against the piercing pin and gasket. Using the supplied 1/4" hex key, tighten the piercing screw until the cylinder is punctured. Do not overtighten.


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