I saw a article on the net about "the dark days of S&W" where they actually copied the 1911 to make their auto
as well as many other of their guns................
The auther also stated that this gun had a lot of problems and their workmanship was poor and it took a long time to make it
where it might sell to the public.
Even their revolvers were copies and so poor was their work on one, that they had to make it a 5 shot instead of six, to be
able to keep it working and breaking down.
I do know that Colt had several six shot 38 specials.............................
Anyway back on line. The 1911 has come a long way in 100 years. I can't get over all the new gun makers and all the add ons
and custom jobs out there for the buyers. Just saw a tv show (guns & ammo) where it had one of the new xtra super target 45's
that was a tack driver !