Correct, the serial number is on the right side beneath SA made in USA.
The prefix NM means that the final assembly of the gun was done in the U.S., as opposed to Brazil. Whether this is a good or bad thing has never been determined. Both the best and worst finished SA 1911's I've seen were NM's.
I admit to being prejudiced against the guns that say "Made In Brazil". It conjures up all sorts of horrific images in my mind:
I might have to put this 1 up for sale I was really quite excited initially when I noticed the tag saying made in america on the trigger guard however this lease me much room for concern and disappointment
The ONLY off-the-shelf 1911's made entirely in the U.S.A. are the Les Baer's and Coonan's, as far as I know. Les Baer has their own factory and they CNC machine all their own slides and frames. Coonan does the same, and makes all his other parts (or many of them) as well. This may be true of Nighthawk Custom as well. EGW and Cylinder & Slide parts are all U.S. made.
There are other very high end custom 1911 shops that do their own frame and slide CNC work, and shop their small parts out from EGW and The Cop Shop. $5K and up. All well worth the price.
If you want to be 100% dead certain that nobody not born-and-raised 3+ generations 'Murcan has ever had a hand on your gun, you will have to get an FA. Coincidentally the finest handgun you can buy for any price. $2500 base price, and the sky's the limit.
But, honestly, I'm sorry you feel the way you do about the SA frame and slide being forged in Brazil. God knows those poor kids need to be able to find some gainful employment, and need to be able to steal enough guns to keep their veins fed.
Lol your killing me... I'm a very sensitive hearted person and now my heart bleeds for those poor children heck with it I may as well let him keep my 900... They sure as hell did a fine job I just wonder how they put that together with such small hands
truth is I'm being facetious I'm absolutely infatuated with my 1911 the barrel to frame the slide everything about it is top notch I have to say I would have never known and really what does it matter where it is made all that matters is that it has the reputable name because apparently Springfield does something right so whether they're doing it through other countries or doing it through our own country they have the science behind it to prove a good product... And then I hear that Springfield warrants my pistol for my entire life time which is another exciting factor behind my spending so much on my first 1911 rather than just buying a cheap $400 version
do I think the Taurus and Rock Island will function and work properly... Absolutely I think they're probably just fine guns and I would still love to one day acquire one just to throw in the back of my truck in the toolbox but there's something about a Springfield it does say USA on the side so I'm just going to pretend to be ignorant... All American lol but it does seem to be a very quality handgun it's definitely not a Glock