How many company’s make 1911 style handguns?

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by stevejc, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. stevejc

    stevejc New Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    I’m doing some research for a sales presentation. Does anyone know how many company’s manufacture 1911 style handguns?
  2. While I don't claim to be anything close to an expert on this subject, I will give you a list of those manufacturers I know of - it won't be complete, and I'm sure I'll forget some of the obvious - but here goes!

    Smith & Wesson
    Taurus (Brazil)
    Rock Island (Phillipines)
    Shooters Arms Manufacturing (Phillipines)
    Para-Ordinance (Canada)
    Llama (Spain)
    Springfield Armory
    Norinco (China)
    Armscor (?)
    Guncrafter Industries
    Les Baer
    Chip McCormick

    Used to build 1911's
    Remington-Rand (WWII contract)
    Savage Arms (WWII contract)
    Singer (WWII contract)
    Star (Spain)

    Hope this helps!

  3. inplanotx

    inplanotx Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002

    Mtn, good list, but what about

    Ed Brown

    Too numerous to mention! :D :D :D

    Try doing a google search on manufacturer 1911 and see the hundreds of pages you can get!
  4. AKfan

    AKfan New Member

    Apr 3, 2006
    MTNBOOMER, if I'm not mistaken, Armscor and Charles Daly are both manufactured in the same plant, in the Philipines.
  5. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

    If you inclued both those who currently make 1911 & 1911A1 copies and clones and those that made them at one time or another, I'd guesstimate the number is right up around 45 or 50.

    In addition to those already listed, you also have to add these:

    Remington-UMC (WWI)
    Springfield Armory (WWI - The U.S.Armory at Springfield, MA, not the current commercial company)
    Argentine M1927 (License built copy)
    Norwgian M1914 (License built copy)
    AMT (the first commercial copy)

    .....and probably many others.
  6. AGB

    AGB New Member

    Feb 16, 2005
    Brasilia, DF, Brasil
    Imbel, here in Brasil.
  7. JohnK3

    JohnK3 New Member

    May 5, 2003
    Don't forget Caspian.

    Yes, I know they sell parts, not finished guns, but technically, the frame *is* the gun.
  8. berto64

    berto64 Active Member

    Another Argentine clone was the Ballester Molina. How ever it's parts would not interchange with American Factory 1911's or A1's.

    They are good shooting 45's though.
  9. punchie

    punchie Member

    Apr 27, 2004
    Chesterfield, VA
    Dan Wesson
  10. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2004
    Goodyear, Arizona
    Add Sig and Wesson Arms
  11. ShakyJake

    ShakyJake New Member

    Dec 31, 2005
    Smyrna, Ga.
    Auto-ordinance (Kahr)
  12. punchie

    punchie Member

    Apr 27, 2004
    Chesterfield, VA
    Peter Stahls
  13. 45Smashemflat

    45Smashemflat Active Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    Another WWII contract - Union Switch and Signal. did Rock-o-la make any? I know they made M1 Carbines. Oh, I saw Reminton Rand, did anyone mention Remington Arms? I've got one of those.

    Nighthawk Custom
    Les Baer
    Ed Brown
    Detonics is back in the game again
    There are a slew of shops that build their own on others frames and slides
    Did Essex ever make complete guns?
    AMT, their back in the game again too
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2006
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