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Old 10-01-2012, 10:14 PM   #1
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Are all of their 1911s made in Brazil or just certain models? I'm just not believing that the TRP comes from Brazil. I know as SA lovers its not something we like to discuss but I need answers! Thanks.
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:19 PM   #2
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Are all of their 1911s made in Brazil or just certain models? I'm just not believing that the TRP comes from Brazil. I know as SA lovers its not something we like to discuss but I need answers! Thanks.
If the serial number begins NM (or MN can't remember for sure) it was made in the US. If the serial number begins with a single letter, M (I think), the gun was made in Brazil.

Nothing wrong with Springers made in Brazil, they are great pistols.
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Yeah my G.I. Champ was made in Imbel, Brazil. I just prefer American made.
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I've got a couple of them--so I just looked.

#1. Stainless target loaded .45. Has a NM serial prefix.
NICE tight gun. I've been flogging it in USPSA for at least
3 years, still as tight and smooth as new. Not a TRP, but
right up toward the top of the Springfield line.

#2. 2012 vintage Mil-Spec Parkerized. About as low as you
can go on the Springfield line. Won this one at a match, haven't
even shot it. If there ever was a candidate for "made in Brazil",
this one should be it.

Kind of surprised---NM prefix on this one too. Both marked
Springfield, Geneseo IL USA.

What I heard was that the low end guns were made and assembled
in Brazil, and the high end ones (loaded, TRP etc.) were hand assembled
in the USA from parts made in Brazil.

Now I don't know WHAT to think!
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I've got a couple of them--so I just looked.

#1. Stainless target loaded .45. Has a NM serial prefix.
NICE tight gun. I've been flogging it in USPSA for at least
3 years, still as tight and smooth as new. Not a TRP, but
right up toward the top of the Springfield line.

#2. 2012 vintage Mil-Spec Parkerized. About as low as you
can go on the Springfield line. Won this one at a match, haven't
even shot it. If there ever was a candidate for "made in Brazil",
this one should be it.

Kind of surprised---NM prefix on this one too. Both marked
Springfield, Geneseo IL USA.

What I heard was that the low end guns were made and assembled
in Brazil, and the high end ones (loaded, TRP etc.) were hand assembled
in the USA from parts made in Brazil.

Now I don't know WHAT to think!
Thanks for checking, man. I appreciate that. I wish Springfield would be more upfront about it.
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It is what Gatoragn says above....
It has less to do with the model of gun. It has more to do with the serial number on the frame.

Imbel makes and or manufactures and or forges many of the components for SA 1911's.
The NM serial numbered guns take those components and assemble them completely in the US for the finished product.
N serial numbered guns are also completely assembled in Brazil.

It is true, however, that TRP's are all NM framed guns and US assembled. Loaded model guns can be both N or NM serial numbered (and these are not lower end in their product line).

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Mine has Uberti on it.
(Purchased on a US military base in Germany a loooooooong time ago, and that was the supplier.)
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Mine has Uberti on it.
(Purchased on a US military base in Germany a loooooooong time ago, and that was the supplier.)
Wow, that's pretty cool.
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