“M1911” Made From Stampings


Above is something you may have never seen before. It is one of about 20 prototype pistols made during WW2. This was thought up to save time and cost on producing 1911s for the war effort.

Springfield Arsenal stamped the slide and frame and some other parts. The gun used the same barrel and magazines as a standard M1911/M1911A1. The result was not very handsome. Probably resulting in the suicides of everyone involved after they saw the finished product and thus explaining why it was never put into production.


  1. I wouldn’t call it ugly. the real question is does it work well. There are many AKs out there and they will fire anything anytime…

    • it’s as a ugly as 7 miles of bad road. saying something is ugly has nothing to do with its reliability of practicality and I made no comment on that. go back and read it…..

  2. Light weight, cheap’n easy to produce.


    Accurate enough for military service?

    Life cycle of at least 1000 rounds?

    Saying yes to these questions would qualify it for military service.

    Ugly offers nothing in regards to the purpose of producing it. Dead enemy troops would care not in any capacity….

    Betting there was a higher Profit margine for Colt to continue producing ths firearm using all steel.
    Betting there was some Arm Twisting keeping this project behind closed doors.

    MONEY drives all military conflict!

    ….be it from the corporate or political position

    • you don’t know much about colt’s 1911 production during WW2 if you think it shelved because of colt’s profit margin. During WW2 Colt was mostly a producers of machineguns for the military, and made a small amount of pistols compared to the other makers of 1911s for the war effort and lost money the entire time, even running 3 shifts a day 7 days a week. Colt also was not the only maker of the M1911A1 during the war.

  3. I know plenty about Colt’s manufacturing numbers, types of weapons, and yes – the fact others were also manufacturing the 1911 for the war effort.

    Would you agree if a weapon could meet the requirements of the mission ahead, and still be manufactured at a much lesser cost to the tax payers paying for these weapons, it would be prudent to go in such a direction?

    Considering the individual unit production cost to manufacture a single 1911, the multiple manufacturing processes involved, and the quantity of people involved to birth a single unit onto the battlefield vs the cheap, yet effective stamped sheet metal version – would it stand to reason the “Walk Away” profit to manufacture the steel version would be the way to go?

    A company, ANY MANUFACTURING COMPANY that is not focused on making maximum amounts of money for their efforts, will not be a company for long unless $Money$ is at the spear tip point of their existence.

    Stock Holders demand this, contracted individual component vendors and suppliers demand this also.

    Hey, I’m not demonizing anyone here, but I’m only stating an obvious poo poo economic fact that can’t be denied.

    When the day comes when war is primarily based on the security of a nation, it’s people, and it’s way of life, this will be the day most all wars and conflict ceases!

    Sadly, war remains an excuse for TPTB to tip and shape the world into the finished product their agenda dictates, all the while using the common pesants to build it, finance it, and support it via ideals that appeal more to emotions, than actual logical reality.

    …..quietly, War Machine sponsors ( The Military Complex and their vast manufacturing network of corporations) skip and hop all the way to the bank!

    I love the old Slab Side 1911 steel frame and all. It’s a helluva battlefield implement, but as far as achieving a purpose driven and economically effective weapon system for combat, if the cheap stamped steel prototype version could have sufficed, why not use it?

    I think we know why!
    The same reason a modern fighter aircraft cost $30B a copy these days,,,,

    (opinions of a 22 year retired USAF vet)

  4. Please post links referring to Colt’s economic loss indicated in your post. I can’t imagine a manufacture producing a product at near loss conditions, especially while supporting the war effort.

    Expert lol. Not hardly, but I do have a handle on the exonomic reality of Corporate America – then and now.


    • No. this is my website. so YOU post links showing us how much profit colt made on each 1911 they made during the war. You’re the expert on colt’s war time pistol production profit margins since you sounded off about it. show is all how you know.

  5. Lol.

    At ease soldier!

    Didn’t come here to argue with anyone, just trying to contribute an “Opinion” same as you.

    Only difference is – my opinion is logical! Your opinion is full of raging emotions and wishful thinking.

    Carry on.

    • no you’re just acting like an jackass from 4chan or twitter. My “opinion” is fact based on reference books I have on colt’s war time production and how they operated . you talked out of your ass like you know something you didn’t. Now you’re trying to play the “oh calm down little fella. who hurt your feelings”? game because I put you on the spot. you made the claim now you prove it.

  6. The 1911 played a huge part my adult life. In uniform and out, I’ve carried one for 50 years. I just love that old gun. I have a modest collection and they are all COLTS! And yes, that sheet metal 1911, IN MY OPINION, is an ugly abomination.


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