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The traditional thumb safety, magazine release, and slide stop lever are all positioned for right-hand shooters. The Baby Rock has a traditional grip safety and trigger as well. There are the standard rear slide serrations, but the Baby Rock also has slide serrations at the front of the slide. Those serrations are also at the same angle as the pistol grip, as opposed to the originals that were vertical.
Richard and I were able to shoot the Baby Rock at the Industry Day at the Range. The Baby Rock felt good, if not surprisingly long for a [easyazon_link identifier=”B00LCJT7L6″ locale=”US” tag=”bluesheecom-20″]CCW pistol[/easyazon_link] in my medium-sized hands. The trigger was smooth and had a nice, crisp break when firing. Recoil was very manageable, and the gun can shoot. We were able to easily put our hits into a fist-sized grouping from about 25 feet away.
Baby Rock Specifications
- Overall Length – 6.5″
- Barrel Length – 4.0″
- Height – 5.5″
- Width – Unavailable (I would estimate at just slightly over 1.0″)
- Weight – 1.47 lbs. (unloaded; 1.62″ loaded)
- Caliber – .380 ACP
- Capacity – 7+1
- Grips – Rubberized
- Finish – Parkerized
- Sights – Front post, Novak-style rear sight (notched only, no white dots)
- Magazine – (1) single stack, steel
- MSRP – $459.00
- Available – Mid 2015.
Rock Island Arms has not only made a name for themselves in producing high quality [easyazon_link identifier=”B00KMDO4YI” locale=”US” tag=”bluesheecom-20″]1911[/easyazon_link] pistols, but they are also known for their unique and promising .22 TCM cartridge and pistols. The new Baby Rock .380 1911 looks to be another winning concept and design by Rock Island Armory. For those who are die-hard [easyazon_link identifier=”B0002INNYU” locale=”US” tag=”bluesheecom-20″]1911[/easyazon_link] fans, this could be a great CCW, off-duty, or even back-up pistol.