first published on March 11, 2020 by Josh
When it comes to 1911’s, I’ll be the first to admit that I am no expert. Generally speaking, I go to Jake from 1911 Syndicate when I have questions about the 1911 platform. Outside of that, I have dabbled in the space a little bit, but find myself often preferring striker-fired pistols. That said, if BUL Armory keeps producing pistols like the 1911 TAC Commander SC, and letting me get my hands on them, my opinion on carry pistols may change.
All in all, I spent about a month with the 1911 TAC Commander SC. In that time, I got to know the pistol pretty well. We also spent quite a bit of time with it out on the range. Here’s everything you need to know about the BUL Armory 911 TAC Commander SC before you make the decision to pull the trigger on one.
First and foremost, if you don’t know who BUL Armory is yet, we need to educate you. They are an Israeli weapons manufacturing company that were founded in 1990. Their first noteworthy firearm was the revolutionary BUL M5 pistol. What was noteworthy about the M5 was the fact that it was one of the first high capacity polymer framed 1911 pistols to hit the market. Using an innovative and proprietary plastic injection molding technique they were able to produce a 1911 variant that changed the game forever.
Later down the line, they also produced two more revolutionary pistols known as the BUL Cherokee, and the BUL Storm. From there, the rest is sort of history. With BUL, what we’re looking at is an innovative Israeli handgun manufacturer that has been in the industry for three decades. In that thirty years, they have made a reputation for themselves as one of the best 1911 manufacturers in their already well respected vertical.
If you’re looking for a solid 1911 style pistol, you can buy in good faith with BUL Armory. We guarantee that their firearms will not let you down.
The 1911 TAC Commander SC from BUL Armory is a standout pistol in their lineup. It has all of the features and reliability that you would expect from a 1911, but comes with a whole bunch of performance upgrades. For starters, you’ll notice that this firearm has a single port compensator. This is done to assist with recoil, and to allow the shooter to get faster follow-up shots. BUL calls it the Street Comp, and several of their pistols feature this.
On top of this, it also boasts an ambidextrous safety mechanism, an aluminum match grade trigger with over-travel, and a full-length stainless steel guide-rod. Did we mention that this thing is also an absolutely gorgeous firearm? Because it is. If you don’t believe us, look at the media portions of this review.
Couldn’t resist putting this 1911 next to the Desert Eagle.
So, as I stated earlier in the review, I am no expert with 1911 style of handguns. That said, I did get out on the range with someone who is very familiar with the 1911 platform, and between the two of us we came up with a pretty good performance report. The only type of ammunition we had any trouble with through this pistol was the SimX ammunition we tested with it. This was something we were expecting though, as SimX is a pre-compensated ammunition type (and also still in its beta form), which when combined with the compensation from the street comp on the 1911 TAC Commander SC caused there to not be enough pressure to fully cycle the weapon. You won’t have this issue as a normal consumer however, because you won’t be running beta test ammo through yours.
The grips on the firearm are the first true stand-out feature. While you will notice in our images that there is no checkering on the front strap, I’ve been informed that all current models of the 1911 TAC Commander SC do have front strap checkering. Even without that front strap checkering however, the grip on this thing was fantastic. The safety system is also incredibly intuitive. It’s worth noting that I am very familiar with the trigger style safety that comes standard on Glock style handguns. Bearing that in mind, my first trip out to the range with 1911 TAC Commander SC had me operating the weapon like it was an extension of my hand. Even with my limited training, the safety mechanism was incredibly intuitive.
But wait, there’s more.
I decided to give these three things their own sub-section of the review, because honestly this is three of the most standout features of the firearm. If you were ever going to buy a handgun specifically because of these three things, you can stop looking now and make your purchase. Seriously, it’s that good.
First and foremost, the trigger pull on the 1911 TAC Commander SC is an absolute dream come true. In fact, the trigger on this handgun is so smooth that it has me questioning my allegiance to Glock. The trigger is crisp and smooth. When you reach the break-point, it just feels satisfying. It had me wanting to load up magazine after magazine just to feel it.
Felt Recoil is another huge bonus in this firearm’s hat of tricks. Since it has the BUL Armory Street Comp on it, felt recoil is drastically reduced. To be absolutely honest, at the time it was difficult to tell if I was actually shooting .45 ACP through the handgun. As a result, all of my follow-on shots with this pistol were dramatically improved. This is one of the few times I will say that a feature actually improved my shooting by a noticeable margin.
Now, onto the ergonomics of this firearm. For every individual person this is going to be purely subjective. I have bear paws for hands, and for me this firearm just fit. It was an incredibly impressive display of comfort from BUL Armory, and because of that I’m looking forward to shooting more of their handguns in the future.
At the end of the month I’ve spent with this pistol, I find myself wanting to keep it. I’ve never been much into the 1911 scene, and I think the 1911 TAC Commander SC may have just opened up my eyes a little bit. Ergonomically speaking, this thing fits my hands well, and I absolutely loved firing every round that I got to put through it. If you’re in the market for a new 1911, we highly recommend giving BUL Armory a look. You won’t be disappointed with your purchase.
At the end of the day though, I’m just one firearm reviewer. If you have experience with BUL Armory, and the handguns they put out into the world, we want to hear from you. Let us know down in the comments what you think of the BUL Armory line of pistols. If you’ve shot the 1911 TAC Commander SC in particular, we definitely want to hear your opinion as well. Together as a community we can share information and help each other make better informed purchase decision. We’ll catch you in the next review!