The BUL Armory SAS II Tac 5-inch 1911: “Killer Accurate”

Israel’s BUL Armory is quickly gaining a reputation for quality firearms. The SAS II line of 1911s is no exception. Ben, Jon, and Genevieve from TheGunCollective [YouTube channel] recently took out the BUL Armory SAS II Tac 5 1911 and sharde their thoughts on this ultra-cool gun in the video linked below.

Tac 5 1911
The SAS II Tac 5 1911 looks like another winner for Israel’s BUL Armory

Bul Armory SAS II Tac 5 Specifications

Let’s start with the BUL 1911’s specs from the BUL Armory website:

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 5-inch ramped Bull Barrel
  • Stainless Steel frame and slide
  • Optic ready slide
  • Capacity: 19+1
  • Weight: 2 pounds, unloaded
  • Available in black or stainless-steel finish
BUL Armory SAS II Tac 5 1911 cocking serrations and mag well
(L) The stainless-steel slide has front and rear cocking serrations and is cut for an optic. (R) The generously flared mag well allows the 19-round mags to be easily loaded.

Ben is a big fan of the bull barrel, noting how it helps with accuracy. That accuracy is aided by the suppressor height iron sights and the RMR optic, for which the slide is already cut. The gun has a curved trigger shoe, which Ben notes is interchangeable, though we aren’t told what the other option is. Most likely flat.

barrel and grip
(L) The bull barrel contributes to the gun’s accuracy. (R) The textured full-size grip provides good purchase while shooting.

The full-size grip is checkered front and back with a grip tape style texturing on the panels. Ben also likes the generously flared mag well and said it made loading the double-stack 19-round magazines easy. Those mags have aluminum baseplates. The slide is equipped with front and rear cocking serrations. He sums it up with, “This gun is fantastic!” Sweet, but how does it shoot?

BUL Armory II Tac 5

The Bul on the Range

Jon’s first reaction was a big smile as he exclaimed, “This is so good! The shooting experience on this is flat-out fantastic when I can actually do my part. Wow!” I think he likes it. Accuracy was a common theme as Ben says, “This gun is a lot of fun to shoot steel with. It’s incredibly accurate.” Genevieve followed up with “Killer accurate.” Ben: “That’s a bull barrel for you.”

BUL Armory SAS II Tac 5 1911 Jon reaction

So, it seems to shoot straight, which Ben confirms with, “I’m just an average shooter but I thought it was really easy to connect with targets at distance. This gun knows what you want to do, and it just does it.”

BUL Armory SAS II Tac 5 1911 Genevieve reaction
Genevieve is all smiles after shooting the SAS II Tac 5.

Is the Tac 5 Reliable?

“We ran mag after mag through it and it just ran like a sewing machine. Everyone at TGC loves this gun.” Ben says he would knock off half a point because “tactical” implies a threaded barrel, which the Tac 5 does not have. But he puts the half-point back because a suppressor “would taint its rock-solid reliability.”

BUL Armory SAS II Tac 5 1911 Ben reaction
Ben loves the 19-round mags.

Cost and Value of the SAS II Tac 5

Ben points out that the BUL Armory SAS II Tac 5 1911 is not a cheap gun. The MSRP at the time of writing is $1890. He does say, however, that a similar Staccato pistol costs about 500 bucks more. “Having shot both,” he says, “I really don’t see the Staccato as providing an entire Glock’s worth of value more than the BUL. This is a really nice gun and everyone that gets one is going to be extremely happy with it.”

What do you think? Are you up for an Israeli-built 9mm double stack 1911? Let us know in the comments. Happy shooting, y’all.
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William "Bucky" Lawson is a self-described "typical Appalachian-American gun enthusiast". He is a military historian specializing in World War II and has written a few things, as he says, "here and there". A featured contributor for Strategy & Tactics, he likes dogs, range time, and a good cigar - preferably with an Old Fashioned that has an extra orange slice.

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