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Old 05-27-2007, 11:24 AM
m-g willy m-g willy is offline
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WHO MADE 1911's WW1--WWII ?

I know Colt ,RemingtonUMC and Springfield made them for THE GREAT WAR but were there others making them before WWII?
And who all made 1911s for the WWII troops?

And one more question---How close to the org. 1911 used in WWI, is the Colt WWI reproduction thier selling now?

thanks for any info

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Old 05-27-2007, 11:33 AM
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A.J. Savage managed to produce a few slides, but WW1 ended before they could make complete pistols so their contract was dropped in 1919. The slides did find their way onto rebuilt pistols after the war, however. The three main contractors in WW2 besides Colt were Remington Rand, Ithaca, and Union Switch & Signal. Singer Sewing Machine Co. also made 500 pistols as part of a pilot program just before the war, and while those were accepted and issued Singer moved on to bigger and better things once hostilities began.

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Avoid the temptation to replace everything on your brand-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 at least 500 rounds through it first, then decide what you don't like and want to improve. Regarding vintage 1911s, pre-1946 pistols are highly collectible in original, unaltered condition and should NEVER be refinished or modified as it completely ruins their monetary value.
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Old 05-27-2007, 05:42 PM
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North American Arms in Canada made about 104 1911s. Apparently none made it to the US Military for acceptance.
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Old 05-28-2007, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by vette
North American Arms in Canada made about 104 1911s. Apparently none made it to the US Military for acceptance.
As I understand it.... they were scheduled for inspection by the US, but the war ended, and the contract cancelled. It has been said that Maj. G.H. Stewart did handle a couple of examples, and initially liked what he saw.

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