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Old 07-28-2010, 12:05 PM
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List of 1911 Manufacturers, current and former




I'm attempting to list all current and former 1911 manufacturers. It may not even be possible to create a complete and accurate list, given all the variations and cross-branding. However if anyone can think of one that I missed, please add it to this thread and I'll update the main list when possible. I'm leaving out companies that only made 1911-inspired designs, such as Coonan, Llama and Star. I'm also leaving out small "one-man" shops, not because they're not legitimate manufacturers but because if they were included we'd probably have over a thousand manufacturers!

The main qualifier with this list is the question of how to even precisely define a 1911 pistol, given the sheer number of variations produced over the years with numerous design changes. In the end I chose to apply my own definition, which hopefully the majority of you will agree with. It must be based off the original John Browning/Colt design and share a substantial number of interchangeable parts (primarily the slide, frame and barrel), with "interchangeable" allowing for the obvious fact that many new pistols will include modern upgrades such as beavertail grip safeties and improved sights that would not fit on an original US military 1911. But I left a manufacturer off the list if their guns strayed too far from the original design. For example, to me the Colt Series 80 would still be considered a 1911 despite incorporating a firing pin safety system, but the Mexican Obregon would not as the slide, barrel, and many other parts are completely different, even though the lower half is similar and may even share some small parts with a standard 1911. Of course the same logic could be applied to a double-stack pistol like some Para Ordnance models or any of the new breed of .22 caliber 1911 look-alikes. In the end I had to decide on my own where to draw the line.

A.J. Savage (US gov't contract slides only)
American Classic
American Tactical
A&R Sales
AMT
Armi Dallera Custom (ADC)
Armscor
Astra
ATI
Australian Precision Arms
Auto Ordnance
Briley
Brolin Arms
Cabot
Caspian (slides and frames only)
Charles Daly
Christensen Arms
Cimarron
Citadel
CO Arms
Colt (commercial and US/foreign gov't contract)
Chiappa (.22LR 1911 copy)
Crown City
Cylinder & Slide
Dan Wesson
Detonics
Devel
Dlask Arms
D&L Sports
Double Star
Ed Brown
EMF
Essex (slides and frames only)
Federal Ordnance
Falcon
Firestorm
Freedom Arms
Fusion
Gemini Custom
Griffon Combat
GSG (.22LR 1911 copy)
Guncrafter Industries
Gunsite
Hero Guns
High Standard
Imbel
Imperial Defense
Infinity
Interstate Arms (Regent)
Irwindale Arms Industries (IAI)
Israeli Arms Industries (also called IAI)
Ithaca (new business located in Sandusky, OH)
Ithaca (old NY-based company, US gov't contract only)
Iver Johnson
Karl Lippard
Kimber
Kongsberg (M/1914 pistol manufactured in Norway under Colt license)
LAR
Les Baer
Llama
Lone Star
Magnum Research (Bul)
Maximus Custom
Metro Arms
Mitchell
MP Express
Nighthawk
Norinco
North American Arms Co. Ltd.
Nowlin
Para Ordnance
Pistol Dynamics
Olympic Arms
Omega Defense
Peter Stahl
Randall
Ranger
Reeder Custom
Regent
Remington Arms (current business)
Remington Rand (US gov't contract only)
Remington-UMC (US gov't contract only)
Roberts Defense
Rock Island Armory
Rock River Arms
Ruger
Safari Arms
S.A.M
Sarco
Schroeder Bauman
Shooters Arms (Philippines)
Sig Sauer
Singer (US gov't contract only)
Sistema (aka D.G.F.M.-F.M.A.P.) (M1927 pistol manufactured in Argentina under Colt license)
Smith & Wesson
South Fork Arms/Perkins Custom
Springfield Armory (former military arsenal in MA, made 1911s from 1914-1917 under US gov't contract)
Springfield Armory (commercial business established in 1974, not associated with above)
STI
SVI
Tanfoglio
Taurus
Taylor & Co.
TİSAŞ
Turnbull Mfg.
Unertl
Union Switch & Signal (US gov't contract only)
Uselton Arms
USFA
Walther/Umarex (.22LR 1911 copy)
Wilson Combat
Vega (frames only)
Valtro
Victory Arms
Volkman
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Try not to fall into the common trap of wanting to replace everything on your new 1911 just to make it "better". Know what you're changing out, and why. You may spend a lot of money fixing things that weren't broken to begin with. Shoot it for at least 500 rounds, then decide what you don't like and want improved. Vintage 1911's should NEVER be refinished or modified because it ruins any value they had as a collectible firearm.

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Old 07-28-2010, 12:21 PM
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Double Star?

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Old 07-28-2010, 12:53 PM
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How about this?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kongsberg_Colt
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:56 PM
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And this?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballester-Molina
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:28 PM
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Or Sistema in Argentina?
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:29 PM
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Is Llama one?
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:54 PM
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You should probably distinguish between brands and actual manufacturers which can get complicated.
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Old 07-28-2010, 02:59 PM
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You should probably distinguish between brands and actual manufacturers which can get complicated.
No way to know.

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Old 07-28-2010, 03:06 PM
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No way to know.

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Where-as Rock Island Arms is a brand, Armscor the manufacturer.
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Old 07-28-2010, 04:00 PM
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Falcon
Omega Defense Industries (ODI)
Vega
Lumping together STI and SVI would be like doing so for Les Baer/Rock River, or Wilson Combat/Nighthawk.
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:57 PM
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:53 PM
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A 1911 in any condition except loaded and cocked & locked is a nice paperweight.
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:50 PM
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Brolin Arms? Not sure if they made their own frames.
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:22 AM
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For this list I wanted to separate them by company. Too many of them share the same vendors for parts (or even complete pistols) to keep them all straight based on that fact alone. And then there is the quandary caused by manufacturers that have risen from the dead more than once, such as Detonics and Ithaca.
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Old 07-30-2010, 06:58 PM
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Olympic Arms.
Dlask Arms.
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Old 07-31-2010, 05:42 AM
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Dlask? What I think of as trigger folk. I think the frame and slide are Caspian.
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Old 07-31-2010, 10:44 AM
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CO Arms http://www.coarmsusa.com/
Imperial Defense http://www.imperialdefence.co.uk/pistols.php

Since you stated "1911", I don't suppose you want to include the almost-1911s like the LAR and Coonan guns.

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Old 08-05-2010, 06:33 PM
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Hey thanks for sharing
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:37 PM
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Updated to include these and others I just thought of and/or discovered.

Another problem is defining exactly what constitutes a 1911. I omitted the Llama, Ballister-Molina, Obregon, Coonan, LAR and others simply because I don't think they're close enough to be called 1911s. The judgement call was purely mine.
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Try not to fall into the common trap of wanting to replace everything on your new 1911 just to make it "better". Know what you're changing out, and why. You may spend a lot of money fixing things that weren't broken to begin with. Shoot it for at least 500 rounds, then decide what you don't like and want improved. Vintage 1911's should NEVER be refinished or modified because it ruins any value they had as a collectible firearm.

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Thete was talk at one time of h&k building one anyone have any intel on that?
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Old 08-10-2010, 11:52 PM
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Just added. Thanks.
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Try not to fall into the common trap of wanting to replace everything on your new 1911 just to make it "better". Know what you're changing out, and why. You may spend a lot of money fixing things that weren't broken to begin with. Shoot it for at least 500 rounds, then decide what you don't like and want improved. Vintage 1911's should NEVER be refinished or modified because it ruins any value they had as a collectible firearm.
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Old 08-11-2010, 12:05 AM
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Coonan? True, .357 caliber, but they were 1911 clones, right?

What about Cylinder and Slide?

Shouldn't Foster be included with Caspian?

Chip McCormick? They made frames.

Remsports? They make frames for themselves, guns as well and frames for others.
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Old 08-11-2010, 12:11 AM
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I think you can see just how complicated this is getting. We have companies that made complete pistols and those that made only frames and/or slides. However, in the case of a few companies like Essex and Caspian so many pistols have been built using their components over the years that many people believe they made the complete weapons themselves.
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Try not to fall into the common trap of wanting to replace everything on your new 1911 just to make it "better". Know what you're changing out, and why. You may spend a lot of money fixing things that weren't broken to begin with. Shoot it for at least 500 rounds, then decide what you don't like and want improved. Vintage 1911's should NEVER be refinished or modified because it ruins any value they had as a collectible firearm.
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:39 AM
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Coonan? True, .357 caliber, but they were 1911 clones, right?
Short answer for you...
The first style (now called the Model A) was very similar to the classic JMB design.
The unlocking system utilizes the link and pin just like the original 1911 design.
Quite a number of parts interchange.

Just different enough to miss the cut.

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