Springfield Armory is just one of very many companies that manufacture 1911 and 2011 pistols. Some built to a price, some partially built off shore and others in Croatia, others build to quality standards that you pay for. Many manufacturers are in Germany, Czech Republic, Austria and so many other countries, even Canada. The only criteria i look for is quality at a reasonable price. They are exactly lice Cars, you pay for what you get. The 1911 from SA are good value and good quality.