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Which 1911's are made in the US?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 0to60, Feb 23, 2011.

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  1. Jolly Rogers

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    Are you referring to this post from January?
    Old Ragtop hasn't been back since and I think he might have fit the blueprint for a Troll.
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  2. rellascout

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    I do remember that post but I have seen it in other places as well. We all know that the parts are done in Brazil at Imbel. Some are sent here where they do 51% of the final assembly and call them US made. The reality is if you are nit picky about it no SAs are made 100% here in the US.

    This has been confirmed many times on various 1911 forums and this info comes directly from Cindy at SA.
     
  3. Jolly Rogers

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    I'm with you completely WRT the Brazil/Imbel source for Springfields 1911 hard parts. I had never heard someone claim that Springfield had production(assembly) assets in Mexico until Ragtop posted it.
    Have you heard this from another source besides him?
    This would be big news in the Springfield forums.
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  4. God Guns American Cars

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    Find an older Kimber NIB. Probably not possible I know but that would be your best bet for dead nuts reliable out of the box. The newer ones are OK.

    You get what you pay for eventually though... If you can get over that they aren't American made, RIA tactical = great 1911 cheap. I wouldn't buy a Taurus.
     
  5. TonyT

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    If you are loking to buy a NIB 1911 with a USA made frame and slide etc for $700 then you had better have a time warp machine and go back a few decades. You can purchase some excellent 1911's which are assembled in the USA with parts fwom USA and foreign suppliers. If you want and all USA pitol you maywant toconsider one of the used earlier Colt's.
     
  6. rellascout

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    Colts can be had for $700 NIB... Look around and you can find them. Be ready to purchase when they come up. They do not last long.

    That would be my recommendation to the OP.
     
  7. 9mmepiphany

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    I've trimmed a few post

    If you want to talk about the comparison between different models please start a different thread.

    This one is about which 1911s are manufactures in the USA
     
  8. ekgandj

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    Actually it is made by Taurus in Brazil and assembled in America. There are several mfgs having Taurus produce the components and assembling else where.


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  9. 9mmepiphany

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    Please tell me you have a citable source for that
     
  10. rocinante

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    plus one on the auto ordinance. Mine is about 3 years old and afaict a very well made arm. Even the ardent 1911 snob I got to slick it up gave it grudging ok. I like that is U.S. made and it doesn't have a huge garish billboard on the slide like ROCK ISLAND. If I am going to shoot inexpensive I like to keep them guessing.
     
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    Springfield Armory makes really nice frames and slides.
    Imbel makes top notch FN FAL's in brazil also
     
  12. HKGuns

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    This is all great, what is your definition of made in the USA?
     
  13. Smoovbiscuit

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    I have a similar question. Some day I would like to buy a 1911, but I want one made in USA by a USA based company.

    What would be on the cheaper end of my options? just colt and S&W?
     
  14. 9mmepiphany

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    That is the key to the discussion isn't it?

    If you go by the legal definition...being able to mark the product "Made in the USA"...the parts can be from anywhere, but 51% of the final machining/fitting has to be completed domestically. It is like the AK rifles that can be imported when a certain number of parts are replaced to make them 922r compliant.

    The other factor is that very few manufacturers don't use outsourced parts...who knows where those parts are produced?

    I've long ago given up worrying about this issue, but if pressed for a recommendation in the lower price range for a 1911 produced domestically, I would think the Auto Ordnance would be my first thought
     
  15. 0to60

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    Yeah, good question. I wasn't taking into account the complexities of today's global marketplace. I think the question has largely been answered, though. I'll settle for "assembled in the USA". I'm leaning toward an SA mil spec.
     
  16. Ske1etor

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    Play couple good hands at the poker table with that $700 and get a DW. :)
     
  17. rellascout

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    Why not get a Colt? What is a Mil Spec going for these days? IIRC at least $600. For another $100 you get a Colt.

    Also if you are being flexible with definitions of "made in the US" You have to consider the STI Spartan. Small parts made in the US in TX which are sent to the Philippines assembled and then sent back to the US for inspection. The $$$ flows back to STI a US company.

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