European American Armory came to SHOT Show with a polymer-framed double-stack 2011-style pistol that hits the catalog at just $999. 

EAA's new 2311 Witness series is made with a top half produced by Turkey's Girsan, a company that has been in the 1911 biz for years, while the frame is made here in the U.S. by Cosaint Arms of East Flat Rock, North Carolina. EAA told us they plan to make the series in 9mm (17+1 round capacity), 45 ACP (11+1 round capacity) and 10mm Auto (15+1 round capacity) and in 3.5-inch barreled Officer, 4.25-inch Commander, 5-inch Government, and 6-inch Longslide Hunter configurations.

Further, there will be optics-ready models with a Holosun K/Shield RMSc footprint.


 EAA 2311 Witness polymer framed 2011 pistol
The parts and magazines are all 1911/2011-compatible so Staccato and STI mags will work. Here is the light-recoiling longslide pistol, which is sure to be a hit with hog hunters. (Photo: Chris Eger/
 EAA 2311 Witness polymer framed 2011 pistol
EAA told us that, as an optional service, Cosaint Arms can 3D print a fully-custom grip for the user based on a scan of their hand. (Photo: Chris Eger/
 EAA 2311 Witness polymer framed 2011 pistol
All the EAA 2311 Witness variants include a detachable competition-style flared magwell, adjustable sights, accessory rail, and ambi controls. (Photo: Chris Eger/


MSRP on the new EAA 2311 Witness series is expected to start at $999 with the first guns shipping to dealers in April. At that, it will be the most affordable 2011-style pistol on the market. 

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