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I'm attempting to list all current and former 1911 manufacturers. It may not even be possible to create a complete and accurate list, given all the variations and cross-branding. However if anyone can think of one that I missed, please add it to this thread and I'll update the main list when possible. I'm confining this to volume manufacturers and leaving out the small "one-man" shops, not because they're not legitimate 1911 makers but because if they were included we'd probably have at least a couple thousand different manufacturers!

The biggest problem with compiling a list like this is determining how to even precisely define a 1911 pistol, given the sheer number of variations produced over the years with numerous design changes. In the end I had to choose to apply my own definition, which hopefully the majority of you will agree with. It must be based off the original John Browning/Colt design and share a substantial number of interchangeable parts (primarily the slide, frame and barrel), with "interchangeable" allowing for the obvious fact that many new pistols will include modern upgrades (such as beavertail grip safeties and improved sights) that would not fit on an original US military 1911. But I left a manufacturer off the list if their guns strayed too far from the original design. For example, to me the Colt Series 80 would still be considered a 1911 despite incorporating a firing pin safety system, but the Mexican Obregon would not as the slide, barrel, and many other parts are completely different, even though the lower half is similar and may even share magazines or other small parts with a standard 1911. Of course the same logic could be applied to a double-stack pistol like some Para Ordnance models or any of the new breed of .22 caliber 1911 look-alikes. In the end I had to make decisions on where to draw the line.

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Accuracy X
A.J. Savage (US gov't contract 1919, made slides only)
Alchemy Custom Weaponry
American Classic
American Tactical
AMT
Armi Dallera Custom (ADC)
Armscor
Arsenal Firearms (maker of a unique double-barreled 1911)
Astra
ATI
Australian Precision Arms
Auto Ordnance
Briley
Brixia
Brolin Arms
Brownells
Browning (reduced-size .22 and .380 copies)
Bunker Arms
Cabot
Carolina Arms
Caspian (slides and frames only)
Charles Daly
Christensen Arms
Cimarron
Citadel
CO Arms
Colt (commercial and US/foreign gov't contract from 1911 to present day)
Coonan (loose copy of the 1911 mostly chambered in .357 Magnum)
Cosaint Arms
Chiappa (.22LR 1911 copy)
Crown City
Cylinder & Slide
CZ USA
Dan Wesson
Day Arms (frames only)
Detonics
Devel
Devil Dog Arms
Dlask Arms
D&L Sports
Double Star
Ed Brown
EMF
Essex (slides and frames only)
Federal Ordnance
Falcon
Firestorm
Freedom Arms
Fusion Firearms
Gemini Custom
Girsan
Griffon Combat
GSG (.22LR 1911 copy)
Guncrafter Industries
Gunsite
Hero Guns
High Standard
Imbel
Imperial Defense
Infinity
Inland Manufacturing
Interstate Arms (Regent)
Interarms
Irwindale Arms Industries (IAI)
Israeli Arms Industries (also called IAI)
Ithaca (new business located in Sandusky, OH)
Ithaca (old NY-based company, made pistols under US gov't contract 1943-1945)
Iver Johnson
Karl Lippard
Karl Prommersberger/STP
Kimber
Kongsberg (M/1914 pistol manufactured in Norway under Colt license)
Korth Arms
LAR
Les Baer
Llama (Spanish manufacturer making loose copies of the 1911)
Lone Star
Magnum Research (Bul)
Maximus Custom
Metro Arms
Michigan Armament
Mitchell
MP Express
National Ordnance
Nighthawk
Norinco
North American Arms Co. Ltd. (US gov't contract in 1918, ~100 pistols assembled but not delivered)
Nowlin
Palmetto State Armory
Para Ordnance/Para USA
Pistol Dynamics
Olympic Arms
Omega Defense
Oriskany Arms
Peter Stahl
Randall
Ranger
Reeder Custom
Regent
Remington Arms (current business)
Remington Rand (made pistols under US gov't contract 1942-1945, not affiliated with Remington Arms or Remington-UMC)
Remington-UMC (US gov't contract 1918-1919) NOTE: ~1000 replicas were made by Remington Arms and Turnbull in 2014)
Republic Forge
Roberts Defense
Rock Island Armory
Rock River Arms
Ruger
Safari Arms
S.A.M
Salient Arms
Sarco
Sbardella Arms
Schroeder Bauman
Shooters Arms (Philippines)
Sig Sauer
Singer (US gov't contract, 500 pistols produced in 1941)
Sistema (aka D.G.F.M.-F.M.A.P.) (M1927 pistol manufactured in Argentina under Colt license)
Smith & Wesson
South Fork Arms/Perkins Custom
Springfield Armory (former military arsenal in MA, made M1911s from 1914-1917 under US gov't contract)
Springfield Armory (commercial business established in 1974, not associated with above)
Standard Manufacturing
Star (Spanish manufacturer making loose copies of the 1911)
STI/Staccato
SVI/Strayer Voigt
Tanfoglio
Taurus
Taylor & Co.
TİSAŞ
TRIARC Systems
Turnbull Mfg.
Ultimate Arms
Unertl
Union Switch & Signal (US gov't contract, 1943)
Uselton/Ultimate Arms
USFA
Walther/Umarex (.22LR 1911 copy)
Wilson Combat
Vega (frames only)
Valtro
Victory Arms
Volkman
 

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Omega Defense Industries (ODI)
Vega
Lumping together STI and SVI would be like doing so for Les Baer/Rock River, or Wilson Combat/Nighthawk.
 

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For this list I wanted to separate them by company. Too many of them share the same vendors for parts (or even complete pistols) to keep them all straight based on that fact alone. And then there is the quandary caused by manufacturers that have risen from the dead more than once, such as Detonics and Ithaca.
 

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Discussion Starter · #19 · (Edited)
Updated to include these and others I just thought of and/or discovered.

Another problem is defining exactly what constitutes a 1911. I omitted the Llama, Ballister-Molina, Obregon, Coonan, LAR and others simply because I don't think they're close enough to be called 1911s. The judgement call was purely mine.
 
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