American Made 1911s

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by JW357, Apr 20, 2014.

  1. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    I wanted to start a thread about American-made 1911s.

    Which ones are only assembled here, using foreign-made parts, and which are genuinely American-made (if such a thing still exists)?

    Please post links to validate your responses when appropriate. Although I tend to be leery of what some manufacturers claim. I usually think of it as marketing.

    Maybe this can be a good resource for those interested.
     
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    subbing in. sounds like an interesting subject to ponder on.

    Colt. as far as i know, they are pretty much made and assembled here in the US.

    Remington. the same as far as i know as well.

    Ruger. the same.

    Springfield Armory. some are made in Brazil and assembled here in the US and some are made in the US from what i have read before. if someone has more information than i do, i would like to hear it.

    STI. some of theirs have the frames and slides made by Armscor in the Phillipine Islands and then assembled here in the US with STI internals.

    Dan Wesson. i believe they too are made right here in the us as well.

    Ed Brown. Wilson Combat. NightHawk Custom. Les Baer. pretty sure all of these are made right here in the US as well.
     

  3. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    Cabot Guns are made in the US.
     
  4. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Thanks Axxe. That jives with what I've heard pretty much.

    I just really wanted a list somewhere for people to find and use when making a purchase decision, if American-made is one of their criteria.
     
  5. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    I believe S&W 1911s are entirely US made.
     
  6. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Assembled here and using foreign parts?

    Some of the Springers.
     
  7. fordracing

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    I assume my S&W was all American. Has anyone ever heard differently?
     
  8. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    unless i'm mistaken the S&W 1911's are made here in the US.
     
  9. qwiksdraw

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    The only STI pistols not made in Texas are the Spartan models. They are manufactured by the STI Division of Armscor on a separate line and built to STI specifications. The internals are made by STI. The pistols are assembled by Armscor and shipped to STI for quality control and distribution. Also, STI takes care of all warranty work.

    For what it's worth, the Philippines were once an American territory and have remained very good and important trading partners in the South Pacific.
     
  10. qwiksdraw

    qwiksdraw New Member

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    Oh and one more: Para USA is located in Pineville, NC.

    'Made by American hands with precision engineered parts'

    http://www.para-usa.com
     
  11. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Fusion is American made. Recent customer service, and long build turn-around times may be a problem though.
     
  12. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Cost. Don't forget about cost.

    :p
     
  13. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Springfield Armory USA 1911s are made on Brazilian (Imbel) forged frames and slides. If more than a certain percentage, (I think it is 70%),of the machining, fitting and finish work is done there it will come with the frame marked "Made in Brazil". If more of the final machining and fitting is done after the parts are in the US, then they are marked as being US made. Springfield's TRP and some of the other semi-and full custom models are fully fitted assembled and finished in the US.
     
  14. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Yes, that too. But most of the guns are built to order. For a built to order 1911, the prices aren't that bad, if you shop around and compare.
     
  15. bigjim

    bigjim New Member

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    Not sure how anyone can prove that they only use American parts?? Taurus makes a lot of 1911 frames and parts that are used by other companies. Ruger I know does it's own MIM parts. It's a lot like the car companies if 60 % is American parts then they can say it is made in America. Some of the GM cars are designed in Germany, parts from Mexico and assembled in Canada but heck it is an American Brand and sold as an American car. So if the barrel and slide is made here and the frame and internal parts are made else wheres, does that make it an American gun if assembled in the US?? If it said Toyota on it, I would tend to think it is a U.S. product.

    Jim
     
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  16. Crazvet

    Crazvet New Member

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    After taking my Smith apart I doubt its all American, some parts are kinda cheap, STI has better internals
     
  17. jakebrake

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    and, was making frame and slide blanks for other manufacturers at one point. may still be.
     
  18. sparky17

    sparky17 New Member

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    I believe all Springfields are now manufactured completely in the US. Even frames and slides are US made.


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  19. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    I love my. Colts. Digging this thread by a now ex member. I have recently been spending time with an RIA Tactical 5" 1911-9MM. It's a very nice Gun for the Price I paid for it( very inexpensive IMO) 200 Rds. through it the Last two weekends.....only 1 FTE and no FTF's...


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  20. 1563621

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    I like the REAL springfields. I can guarantee 100% USA. Made!
     

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