The Live Free Armory Apollo 11 pistol is a shining testament to innovation, precision, and commemorative craftsmanship, acknowledging the awe-inspiring human achievement of the Apollo 11 mission. It is available in 9mm double stack configuration, and will be offered in several sizes, with the initial launch in full size available in July 2023.
Upon first glance, the Apollo 11 pistol demonstrates exceptional attention to detail. The first thing you will notice is the visually stunning slide with the Apollo 11 logo boldly engraved on the side, making this handgun a handsome keepsake. The slide is constructed from solid stainless steel, promising durability and longevity.
We had a chance to shoot a prototype at a recent conference range day event, and the Apollo 11 showed a balanced mix of heft and agility. With a weight of around 1.5 pounds, it’s neither too heavy to compromise maneuverability nor too light to affect stability. The meticulously engineered grip, with dragon scale embossing allows for a firm hold and offers a tactile sense of control and comfort even during extended usage.
As for the functional aspects, the Apollo 11 pistol does not compromise performance for aesthetic appeal. The 5-inch barrel chambered in 9mm, a staple in many combat and self-defense scenarios, contributes to its excellent accuracy. During my testing, the Apollo 11 consistently displayed commendable precision, with tight groupings at both short and mid-range distances.
Moreover, the pistol features a crisp, responsive trigger. With a pull weight just under 5 pounds, the trigger mechanism provides a clean break, minimal overtravel, and a short, audible reset. This blend of features significantly improves the shooter’s control over shot placement, fostering a smooth, efficient shooting experience.
One of the standout features is the pistol’s reliability. After running hundreds of rounds during a test session at the POMA conference range day, the Apollo 11 showed no signs of wear or fatigue and exhibited zero malfunctions. The enhanced reliability of this firearm, I believe, is a testament to the top-tier machining and assembly protocols of Live Free Armory.
A noteworthy point about this pistol is its compatibility. The Apollo 11 comes optics-ready and features an integrated under-slide rail system, allowing for easy customization with a range of sights, lasers, or flashlights. The slide is cut to accept dot optics with a RMSC footprint. Such adaptability enables users to tailor their Apollo 11 pistol according to their specific needs and preferences.
Regarding recoil management, I found the Apollo 11 pleasantly manageable. The well-constructed grip and balanced weight distribution ensured that the recoil was controlled and allowed for quick target re-acquisition.
Due to its unique design, the Apollo 11 might not appeal to users who prefer a more classic or understated look of a 1911 version pistol. However, the price point (suggested retail is $979) makes this a must have for any collection. The combination of a very reasonable price point with easy shootability, plus a blend of high-performance functionality, durable materials, and a unique design, makes the decision to acquire this pistol an easy one. It is available in 3 colors, Black, Dark Earth, and Grey.
The Live Free Armory Apollo 11 pistol is an impressive blend of commemorative art and practical weapon design. Its combination of aesthetics, functionality, and accuracy makes it not only a worthwhile collector’s item but also a capable and reliable firearm for self-defense and sport shooting. If you appreciate craftsmanship and seek a reliable, high-performing firearm, the Apollo 11 pistol will be a stellar addition to your collection.