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I've had my sights on a SA 1911 Loaded SS 45 for my very first 1911 purchase. I would prefer an American made 1911. It's my understanding that some of the SA's are made/assembled in Brazil. Does anyone know if all SA 1911's have the Brazilian connection? I'm open to other 1911's if anyone has any suggestions.
 

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1. Springfield steel and stainless steel frames and slides are forged in Brazil. The Custom Shop receives them as ingots.

2. All the GI models, most of the Mil-Spec models and most of the Loaded models are made completely in Brazil by Imbel. They are currently marked "Made in Brazil-Imbel" Older models have different markings, but somewhere in the gun it says "made in Brazil" (usually under the right grip) and Imbel (usually under the dust cover). The Mil-Spec and Loaded models made in Brazil also have an "N" prefix in their serial numbers. The GI models have a "WW" prefix in their serial numbers.

3. Those Mil-Spec and Loaded models that are not completely made in Brazil have serial numbers with an "NM" prefix in the serial numbers. They are forged and rough machined in Brazil and finished in the United States. The United States Government sets the percentage of work that must be done in the United States to qualify as "Made in USA" and not marked Made in Brazil.

4. I do not know if the aluminum frames start in Brazil or not, but they are marked with "LW" prefix serial numbers and do not have Imbel/Made in Brazil markings. Dito for the EMP.

R.

Going to Sticky this to see if we can't avoid several of these a week in the future.
 
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