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Sprinfield Armory manufactures a range of custom pistols that are handmade to exacting standards and are sold under the "Sprinfield Custom" marquee.
The locations are the bottom side of the dustcover and underneath the right grip panel on the frame.
If you find a NM serial number prefix, those markings are usually always absent and the "GENESEO IL USA" rollmark still appears above the serial number on the frame.
In the mid 1980s, the US military began the process of retiring their old warhorse.
In 1985, Springfield Armory® in Geneseo, Illinois first offered newly manufactured 1911s to the gun buying public.
That is where the "MADE IN BRAZIL" rollmarks come from... That is one variety of markings that will show up on Springfield's G. Another is the "Geneseo IL USA" found just above the serial number. for example, in the Mil-Spec line, if it has a N serial number prefix, you will find "IMBEL BRAZIL" or "FI BRAZIL" laser etched in two places.They did not have the benefit of cheap, off the shelf, mass produced batteries. Bronze is a relatively hard alloy of copper and tin, better suited for the purpose than the much softer copper enabling improved durability of the weapons and the ability to hold a cutting edge.For many years the telegraph, and later the telephone, industries were the only consumers of batteries in modest volumes and it wasn't until the twentieth century that new applications created the demand that made the battery a commodity item. The use of bronze for tools and weapons gradually spread to the rest of the World until it was eventually superceded by the much harder iron.Understand this part- ALL Springfield Armory 1911A1 pistols start their life in the forge presses of IMBEL in Brazil. regardless of what markings are later applied or where the majority of the work is done.on the Springfield Armory website, "Brazil" does not appear on the image they have of the pistol.