Are new Colt 1911s actually made by Colt? Does Colt really still have a custom shop?

Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by FullySupported, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. FullySupported

    FullySupported Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2019
    I have been told that Colt has gone through bankruptcies and a lot of the guns with the Colt name are made by other companies. Are 1911s made by other companies? Are some of them still made by the actual Colt?

    Also, I heard that there custom shop was pretty much closed down. Do they still have a real custom shop? I must say that I love my new two-tone Colt Special Combat Government in 38 Super with adjustable sites and would love it even if I were to learn it was a *******.

    I am a bit tempted by:

    However, I worry it might not shoot as well as my Les Baer. And then there is the whole galling thing. Do French-made 1911's Gauling issues?
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  2. xerts1191

    xerts1191 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2017
    I can’t remember if it’s this site or “The Other Site” where one of the ex employees of Colt hangs out, hopefully someone will chime in and give you the straight scoop!
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  3. Barstool Aviator

    Barstool Aviator "Select Zone 5 and engage...."

    Feb 25, 2016
    Current Colt 1911's are probably the best ones they have made in years.

    Colt does have a Custom Shop still and they produce some fine custom 1911's and Single Action Army's.

    I love my Colt Special Combat Rail Gun Commander, that's a no bullshit 1911.
  4. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    Where have you heard that BS?
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  5. Greg45acp

    Greg45acp Double Secret Banned Supporting Addict

    Oct 31, 2016
    They are all imported from Uzbekistan and there is a tracking device in the guide rod so the government can drone strike your house.

  6. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2013
    The only thing I am aware of a Colt roll marked gun being made my another company is their lower tier Expanse AR.

    My last Colt purchase was a Custom Shop gun. Test target was late 2016. If I recall correctly.
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  7. mbacker_99

    mbacker_99 Well-Known Member

    Jul 3, 2017
    My last three deliveries from Colt’s Custom Shop

    ANVIII Custom build



    70 series custom build



    Custom Shop build

  8. mbacker_99

    mbacker_99 Well-Known Member

    Jul 3, 2017
    There is nothing better than steel from Hartford....

  9. switchback

    switchback Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2014
    Urban legend, but yeah colt has been mismanaged-- again
    The 1903 copy made under license from colt by US armament. My newer Colts are some of my best ever.
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  10. Busa Dave

    Busa Dave Well-Known Member

    Mar 3, 2018
    All Colts are made in CT. The other company is gone went BR a few years ago nice people met them at a trade show. Yes the CCS is still building and shipping guns every week.

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