"The American commercial market for M1911 semi-automatic pistols is lively and growing despite being full to the brim with manufacturers. Populated by virtually every major gunmaker and a dozen, or more, smaller operations, it can be tough to stand out from the crowd. It’s harder still to target the narrow, and well-serviced, high-end/custom segment. But if you want to get noticed, offering guns proudly “Made in America” and wearing mammoth ivory stocks is sure to turn some heads. A case in point is Republic Forge, a relatively new builder of custom-grade M1911s out of Perryton, Texas."