Original Poster: Maybe this???
I cannot answer as to why they don't but I can at least back up your question. A lot of people jumped in here to correct you and actually they are incorrect in their statements. (if we just use the word "browning" and not the full proper JMB.)
So I was at the store and in the case they had a "Browning 1911."
Yes. The brand Browning. A MANUFACTURER who's DBA is "Browning"
Don't believe me? Here's your sign:
Notice it is BROWNING dot com not Colt. hmmmmm......
So they DO make a 1911.
The real question should have been
"All I can find with Browning in a 1911 is the 1911-22 and the 1911-380. WHY DOESN'T BROWNING MAKE A 1911-45??"
So I post THAT question to all of the history buffs who chimed in.
Colt doesn't even come into play in this thread if you really took his question at face value.
Incidentally, I held and inspected the 1911-22 pictured in my posted link. It was a GREAT pistol but I have no use for a 22 pistol especially an automatic.
I thought in my head and asked the clerk too exactly what this poster asked.
I said "Do you have this in a .45??" he said "No just the .22 and the .380. Browning doesn't make a .45 version of this pistol."
I then asked "WHY?"
So the challenge stands... WHY DON'T THEY MAKE IT?! They would put all of the other manf. out of business at least for that model. They would have a dominant market share for the 1911-45 (their presumed designation based on the other two)
I know that the M1911 is synonymous with Colt rather than Browning in regards to manf. Typically if Browning was brought into the sentence it would probably be like "The tried model was Browning's Colt 45" or something like that....
Either way a huge amount of info in this thread!!