Interesting question came up on BARFCOM. What company is the most copied by other companies? I judge that by the amount of companies making copies of the most amount of product made by the copied company.
I think there is no doubt its Colt. With the copies of the M1911/1911A1, and all its variants. The AR15 in all its variants, the Single Action Army and its variants and all of the copies made of those over the years by almost endless companies, who else could it be? Even companies that are nearly peers copy Colt’s firearms. S&W and Ruger both now make 1911s and AR15s, All the Italian and Ruger SSAs and other revolvers.. The AR15 and M1911 alone insure this.
If you had to pick one gun designer, it would be hard for me to think of anyone more copied than JMB himself.
Have your own pick? let me know.