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Couple of years ago, Springfield discontinued all they N models and production of it. I believe now the case is that most lowers are forged in brasil then sent back north for finishing and assembly. edit: my mc operator is a "NM" and tbh it does not suprise me that i have NEVER had a misfeed or FTF with my firearm.They are also keeping quiet about where they currently source their frames (they used to be open about this). These are firearms which were made in relatively smaller batches compared to what can be pumped out downsouth. With that being said though, ive shot a BRASIL MADE TRP and it was perfect.
One thing unique about the older ones are the carbon steel barrel and bushing, as Springfield changed them both to a stainless finish on all their production 1911's currently. NM @ the beginning of serial means its born in American . 7) Colt M1911 Norwegian: Colt S/N C18501 to C18850 and Norway S/N 1 to 5000 = June 1915 to WW II (400 Colt 1911’s .45 caliber purchased and issued to Norwegian Navy. 45) Union Switch & Signal: S/N 1,041,405 to 1,060,000 = 1943 46) Union Switch & Signal: S/N 1,060,000 to 1,096,404 = 1943 (S/N’s 1,088,726 to 1,092,896 were duplicated by Colt. S.) Regular commercial model Colt except has “English Order” mark in Russian on left side of frame.The designation changed to Pistol, Caliber .45, Automatic, M1911A1 in the Vietnam War era. The M1911 was replaced by the 9mm Beretta M9 pistol as the standard U. sidearm in October 1986, but due to its popularity among users, it has not been completely phased out. The next decade would see a similar pace, including the adoption of several more revolvers and an intensive search for a self-loading pistol that would culminate in official adoption of the M1911 after the turn of the decade. Maxim had designed a self-loading rifle in the 1880s, but was preoccupied with machine guns.Modernized derivative variants of the M1911 are still in use by some units of the U. Nevertheless, the application of his principle of using cartridge energy to reload led to several self-loading pistols in 1896.