Para Ordnance

December 11, 2010

Para Ordnance. I always wondered how they operated in Canada. Now with a plant in the US, manufacturing must be a lot easier.



November 13, 2010


Nighthawk is  relatively new to 1911 scene but has made a big impact in the short time it has been around.  They have partnered with Richard Heinie to build 1911s under his supervision.

Pictured above is a 10mm long slide.

Llama 1911

November 6, 2010

Spanish made. A low cost model. Not all parts are interchangeable with the standard 1911.

Kimber 1911 – Grand Raptor

October 30, 2010

Kimber does not have the desirous legacy name of Colt but they have surpassed in their short existence what Colt has done with the 1911 in the past century.

Kimber poses an interesting option for this blog in that Kimber has probably made more models of the 1911 than there have been manufacturers of 1911. If they haven’t done it yet, they probably are close to having a complete alphabet of 1911s. Does anyone know every single model name they have made? This may be the next or a concurrent project here.

Ithaca 1911

October 23, 2010

The Ithaca name is more closely associated with the Ithaca Model 37 shotgun than it is the 1911.  Ithaca 1911s were made and used during WWII.

There are stories of a new Ithaca being made by a newly formed Ithaca Gun Company. It will not be a WWII reproduction  but a high end modern 1911 with a MSRP of an eye popping $3500!


High Standard 1911

October 16, 2010

With a legacy name of  High Standard, I would have expected this 1911 to have stayed around longer.

Guncrafter Industries

October 9, 2010

Guncrafter is renowned for its 1911 in its monstrous .50 GI caliber offering. This 1911 is also sold at MSRP shy of a monstrous $3000.

Does anybody know if a .50 GI has been used in defense and how it faired? At that price, any person in the know wouldn’t use this 1911 for self defense. The gun would be taken in as evidence…