How many company’s make 1911 style handguns?

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  1. stevejc

    stevejc New Member

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    I’m doing some research for a sales presentation. Does anyone know how many company’s manufacture 1911 style handguns?
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    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!

    Colt
    Kimber
    Smith & Wesson
    Taurus (Brazil)
    Rock Island (Phillipines)
    Shooters Arms Manufacturing (Phillipines)
    Para-Ordinance (Canada)
    Llama (Spain)
    STI
    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!
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    Mtn, good list, but what about

    Wilson
    Ed Brown
    Heine

    Too numerous to mention! :D :D :D

    Try doing a google search on manufacturer 1911 and see the hundreds of pages you can get!
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    MTNBOOMER, if I'm not mistaken, Armscor and Charles Daly are both manufactured in the same plant, in the Philipines.
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    A whole sh^# load :)
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    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.
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    Imbel, here in Brasil.
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    Don't forget Caspian.

    Yes, I know they sell parts, not finished guns, but technically, the frame *is* the gun.
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    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.
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    RANDALL
    Dan Wesson
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    add SVI to the list.
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    Add Sig and Wesson Arms
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    Auto-ordinance (Kahr)
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    BUL-transmark
    Griffon
    Peter Stahls
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    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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