By: Friedrich Seiltgen

Copyright © 2023

Oracle Arms has taken John Browning’s M1911, one of the most popular handguns in the U.S., and turned it into a modern-era pistol for duty or self-defense. Oracle Arms says their Combat Elite 2311 is the ultimate combination of race gun DNA with duty gun reliability. It represents the pinnacle of what can be achieved by combining a time-tested operating system with modern engineering and manufacturing processes.

The 2311 is based on the 2011 double-stack frame design previously reserved for high-end race guns. It uses a hybrid frame design that combines a polymer grip frame that houses a double-stack magazine with an alloy main frame section.

The 2311 is produced in 5 different models: The Compact, Compact Elite, Combat, Combat Elite, and the Competition model.

“Our primary objective when designing the 2311 was to combine the fit, finish, speed, and trigger pull of a purpose-built, single-action match pistol with the versatility and reliability of a striker-fired polymer duty pistol. Not only did we accomplish that, but we did so while wrapping the platform around a magazine that is roughly 1/3rd of the cost of the competition that doesn’t suffer from any of the common issues that current ‘double-stack 1911’ magazines are notorious for. To make the barrier to entry even lower, we priced the 2311 in a range that makes it approachable for the average enthusiast and recreational competition shooters.” – Oracle Arms


  • A hybrid frame utilizing 7075 Aluminum and polymer.
  • SIG P320 magazine compatibility allows the use of readily available, reliable, low-cost magazines. Oracle will also be producing magazines in the future.
  • Optics ready with four different optics slide plates included for RMR, iron sights, EPP, and RMSc optics.
  • Modular grip and magwell allows for several configurations for adaptability.
  • Linkless barrel and bushing-free design allow for tool-free disassembly.
  • Patented debris clearance channels placed on the barrel block, slide, and barrel channel in the frame to ensure peak performance in austere environments and allow for tighter tolerances.
  • Bilateral thumb safeties and right-side slide stop make the 2311 a genuinely ambidextrous double-stack 1911-style platform.
  • The magazine release can be installed on either side.
  • An external extractor that eliminates the need for fine-tuning, improving reliability.
  • Large, flared magwell for fast magazine changes.


Type: Single-action, hammer-fired

Caliber: 9mm

Magazine Capacity: 15, 17, or 21. Uses SIG P320 magazines with Oracle-produced magazines on the way.

Sights: High-visibility night sights

Barrel Length: 5 inches

MSRP: $2,599



The Oracle Arms 2311 is set to debut in late spring 2023, so keep your eyes open for it at your local dealer.

That’s all for now, folks! Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas. And as always – “Let’s Be Careful Out There.”

Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism Counterstrategies, Firearms, and Active Shooter Response. His writing has appeared in RECOIL, Soldier of Fortune, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, Off Grid, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International.

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