Smith and Wesson?
I am looking for a 1911 pistol and would like to have something made here. As I understand Springfield & Dan Wesson and who knows what else is not made in the USA. The local gun shop recommended Kimber but I have been reading several posts about problems with them. I am looking for a mid level with adjustable sights etc.. so I will have something to improve upon. It seems that this can be had for under 1K. Any suggestions on American made pistols? Thanks.
IIRC Dan Wessons are made in NY I don't recall if the frames are made here. S&W, Fusion, Les Baer, Wilson Combat, Nighthawk and Ed Brown are all US made.
Originally I was looking at Kimber then I compaired it with DW. The Dan Wesson was the Bobtailed version in 10mm. Very nice gun! The slide had no play (other higher priced brands in the case did) the feed ramp and other parts were polished. It just seemed really well made and the price was $999.... Of course that is just my opinion.... You should do what I have been doing over the last couple months and go pick up every gun you think you may want so you get a first hand comparision. In the end I ordered a Fusion. (the former owner/founder or something like that of DW owns Fusion) Good Luck!
Interesting topic (subscribed). I'm no 1911 knowledge-base, but one thing came to mind..
There's "made" as in from raw material to final product in-box.
Then there's "made" as in some or most parts and final assembly.
Then there's "made" as in final assembly from sourced parts from various 1911 part-makers or locations domestic and abroad under the same or few companies.
... Just like cars, I'd be willing to bet there some seriously nice 1911's assembled in the states, but you'd need to research the parts as well if you're concerned on all the components location of build.
Dan Wesson is owned by CZ, but the Dan Wesson pistols are still made in the US, I believe in NY state. but I do not know where all their parts are sourced from.
Sig Sauer also has a U.S. plant. Again though never looked into where the parts come from. All that research would give me a headache I'll stick with my Springfield, Colt, and Para Ord
STI in Georgetown, Texas. They make some of the finest 1911s out there today. More expensive than typical production guns, but worth every penny. Hand fitted, great trigger, wickedly accurate, and smoother than a marble floor covered in warm butter. Great guns from a little town in Texas.
STI Does make a damn good pistol no denying that. They are probably the most overlooked maker in the country.
A marble floor covered in warm butter.... interesting thought