Inland 1911A1 Clones

Inland 1911

Inland Manufacturing announced the company is now making WW II era 1911A1 clones. This could be a nice compliment to the recent announcement from the company regarding the manufacture of M1 Carbine clones.

The 1911A1 pistols claim to look identical to the original 1911A1 pistol. However, the company states the pistol uses better metals and internal design to make an improved shooter.

From MKS Supply:

NEW   1911A1 Government Model .45ACP Clone

Dayton, OH, November 2014–MKS Supply, LLC announces the return of a faithful copy of the .45ACP caliber 1911A1 Government Model pistol of WWII fame. This new “old” 1911A1 is being produced by Inland Manufacturing, LLC.

“Originals of these guns can get pretty expensive in good-looking, useable form and, in collector quality, just flat painful to buy and then not use,” says Charles Brown of MKS Supply, LLC, “but a real-deal, affordable, high-quality clone you can shoot the heck out of without fear of hurting collector value, now that is fun.”

The new Inland .45 looks identical to the original .45 of WWII fame on the outside. Inside, however, the new pistol incorporates modern advancements in metallurgy and internal design to create stronger components, improved reliability and greatly improved accuracy.

Accurately detailed right down to the vertical slide serrations, exterior finish, fixed combat sights, and lanyard loop, the new 1911A1 even features plastic grips styled and colored like the originals.*


  • Caliber: .45 ACP (of course)
  • Barrel: 5 inches
  • Weight: 39 oz.
  • Grips: Brown checkered plastic
  • Sights: Military style, rear drift adjustable
  • Magazine: One 7-round (will fit other Mil. Spec. magazines)
  • Construction: Modern 4100 series steels
  • Warranty: One year

 MSRP: $749.00

Rumor Control: The original Inland production company was a division of General Motors and did produce more than 2.5 million M1 Carbines for the war effort. Inland did not produce 1911s. However, the current Inland Manufacturing Company is now producing both: in addition to building faithfully-executed copies of the Model 1911A1, it is building three clone versions of the fabled M1 Carbine. The original production of the newer A1model of 1911 began in 1924. For today’s market, hungry to possess a faithful-to-the-original clone of the famed Government Model .45 of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, this new .45ACP will fit the bill.

* Did the grips shrink or did the gun grow? In the years since WWII, owners of the original .45s replaced the plastic grips (also referred to as stocks, grip panels or stock panels) with wood, rubber and other materials. The original plastic grips, however, often shrank if removed from the pistol and left unused for a long time – sometimes to the point that they no longer fit on the screw escutcheons. This makes the rare original plastic grip panels that still fit a rather scarce item. The shrunken grips are available at gun shows and on the Internet (buyer beware). The identical looking grips (minus various internal original markings) on the new Inland .45 clone are made of modern, high-quality plastic (plastic is not a dirty word) and will not shrink over the years if removed. Then again, why would anyone remove them if they want the gun to look original?

Richard Johnson

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  • Zachary marrs

    OOOOoooo, whats next, an ar-15?

    • Anonymoose

      New-production Garands or Thompsons? 😀

      • Zachary marrs

        Id be cool with more Thompson clones, iv never been too impressed with the kahr ones, an m12 trench gun? F*ck yeah

        New m1 garands? Meh, you can still get ~$600 cmp garands

        • itsmefool

          Not any time soon, you can’t…waitlist for the cheapest grade is 3-9 months.

          • Zachary marrs

            Its always been like that, and for 600, i can deal

    • ghost

      Who would want an AR-15?

      • Zachary marrs

        Its called sarcasm

  • FrenchKiss

    California compliant?

    • Zachary marrs

      No loaded chamber indicator or mag safety, no beuno

      • FrenchKiss

        You mean a magazine disconnect?

        And my Kimber has a little cutout on the breech of the barrel so you can see if there is brass in there. Can’t this pistol be made that way too?

        • Zachary marrs

          A mag safety prevents the gun from firing if a mag is no in the gun, a magazine disconnect will prevent rounds from being fed from the mag, magazine disconnects can be found on 1903 Springfields, and early lee Enfield rifles among others.

          This is (from the press release) a semi faithful 1911a1 clone, so I’d doubt they would go through the trouble, not to mention the cost of having it submitted for testing to insure compliance

          • FrenchKiss

            I hate Commiefornia

          • Andy


          • mike

            You are assuming he lives there

          • Andy

            Well, he asked if it was California compliant, and when someone else said “no,” he said he hates California. So yeah, I’m assuming he lives there.

    • Chase Buchanan

      Neither this, nor ANY new self-loading pistol made after 2013 is California compliant. The state Legislature and Attorney General require that any pistol not already approved for sale in California must incorporate microstamping technology to be approved. Since no one can make that work in a factory production environment, there will not be ANY new pistols in California until Peña vs. Sid (the lawsuit by the Calguns Foundation and SAF against the roster of handguns certified for sale in California, filed in 2009) is won.

      • Don Nelson

        And that is why I love my free state of Arizona. Where I can own whatever I want and as a bonus we have constitutional carry, which includes concealed. .. excuse me while I go now and bask in freedom.

      • FrenchKiss

        I gotta escape this craphole.

  • FrenchKiss

    BTW, I would love this pistol for Wild Bunch activities.

    • Anonymoose

      It’s got an arched mainspring housing, though.

      • FrenchKiss

        Why is that an issue?

        • Anonymoose

          The Wild Bunch was set in 1913. The M1911A1, with its arched mainspring housing and slightly longer grip safety, didn’t come around until 1924, so it’s anachronistic. However, nearly all currently produced “1911s” today have the flat mainspring housing of the original M1911, even though the A1’s arched one was said to be more ergonomic when the M1911A1 was general issue.

          • FrenchKiss

            I like the flat mainspring housing myself, but this one still looks good.

  • Renegade

    I’m pleasantly surprised by the pricing on these after the announcement on the M1 carbines. I’m very curious about the overall quality.

  • Jerome Hennessy

    I wonder if these are series 70 or 80?

  • Manny Fal

    I also read the military 1911s had tolerances that were alot looser so were more reliable. Does this pistol have looser tolerances for greater reliability?

    • allannon

      Those tolerances reflected machining limitations of the time. Some types of machining tended to run “thick”, some “thin”; Browning designed the 1911 to account for those peculiarities. The looseness was part of that.

      It’s no longer required, though to run well the machining has to be tweaked pretty heavily.

    • Wetcoaster

      You’ll also end up with looser tolerances after a few decades of use. I bet the issue Browning Hi-Powers in the Canadian inventory are generally a hell of a lot looser than a new Hi-Power; Same as an 1911A1 that’s been through thirty or forty years of hard use vs. your average gun not owned by a competitive shooter putting the gun’s value in ammo through it every year.

      • Anonymoose

        People who served from Vietnam through the 1980s seem to remember their M1911A1s being “loose” and rattly, but every single M1911A1 in US Government inventory had been in continuous service since 1945 or before. Also, “competitive” shooters are very likely to baby their 1911s and replace parts constantly, not (effectively) torture-test them everyday in warzones with the worst imaginable weather and let them rot.

  • Lance

    Still in use in SOCOM today.

    • Anonymoose

      Heavily customized and newly manufactured though. I bet there’s still huge hidden stockpiles of M1911A1s, Garands, and M14s somewhere in the US.

      • Zachary marrs

        At one point there was the “American reserve”

        Bunch of m1’s (garands and carbines) and a bunch of other ww2 equipment

        IIRC, some, if not all, has been given to the DCM/CMP

  • AussieRogue

    Sorry will pay $750 for it

  • Ken

    I wish they didn’t have those fake Colt style markings on the slide. They should have just done the plain Remington-Rand style markings. If they wanted to mark it up, they could have put markings on the slide.

    The finish also looks a little off (at least in the pictures). They could have gone with a lighter colored parkerization or even Du-Lite bluing. The nice thing about light colored park is that you can rub on linseed oil and it will quickly age to the green that everyone likes.

    I’m sure most shooters won’t have these concerns. I guess I’m a little of a purist.

  • Anonymoose

    I’m from Dayton, and I’m glad someone is making guns there. Dayton’s manufacturing is pretty much dead since Delphi/Delco and the GM truck & bus plant closed and NCR moved away. I know Chiappa is headquartered in Dayton too, but of course they don’t actually make anything in Dayton.

  • Scotty Benedict

    I have never heard of a pair of WW2 grips shrinking I have not seen this with Colt nor Keyes made grips. Not sure where this myth came from.

  • itsmefool

    Cool; now if only Ansaldo STS USA will bring out a US&S throwback!