Making Of A S&W Performance Center 1911

A detailed look inside the belly of the beast:

Holy that’s a lot of hands-on work.  I bet at Glock they just show up, hit the big green button then go eat schnitzel and drink awesome beer the rest of the day.

I’ve handled a few of the performance center handguns… they are really nice.  Worth the price though?  I suppose there are different ways you can justify it.

American-FlagI like the idea of all the American jobs this creates.

Thoughts? Does this make you want a 1911 from them more, or are you disappointed that human error can be a factor in the performance of your gun?


15 responses to “Making Of A S&W Performance Center 1911”

  1. SittingDown Avatar

    LOL @ Glock green button. Why complicate perfection? ;)

    1. doyletoo Avatar

      +1! LOL
      Mmmmmmm. Schnitzel!

  2. The first thing they do at glock in the morning is melt down all of yesterdays irregular glocks and add them to todays batch.

    1. Irregular Glocks??!! Impossible. That’s crazy talk right there. Gaston will be paying you a visit to discuss this. Ha.

    2. triggernoob Avatar

      Mmmmm…Yes melt down plastic. It’s recyclable!

  3. I’m a Colt man myself, although S&W makes some fine 1911s.

    The nicer 1911s cost what they cost… There really is no getting around that. If that bothers you, stick to tupperware and don’t whine to me about what I paid for my guns.

  4. 100% this makes me want to buy a SW1911. I can’t afford to get a performance center model, but i hope my next 1911 purchase will be a Smith and Wesson! American made! American jobs! A gun that’s integral to American history.

    1. triggernoob Avatar


  5. I’m actually glad to see human hands and expert craftsmanship.

    1. As an engineer who designs high tolerance machined parts… this is painful to watch.

      90’s of the hand fitting wouldn’t be needed with a single high tolerance CNC machine and a top-notch professional. The last few strokes? sure, hand fit. But take all that fitting, checking, fitting, checking, fitting, checking out of the equation. One man with a good setup could produce more “hand fit” pieces that an old codger who thinks he needs to take the last .025″ down with files.

      I do appreciate the hand built, hand fit idea, and the joy of owning something a man crafted with as little computerization as possible… but shit for production that is stupid.

      1. triggernoob Avatar

        Hand fitted with tears of virgins!

  6. Outside of a competition gun(like the one in the video), I’d prefer a gun with drop-in replacement parts.

  7. Don’t worry man, there are a lot of companies who will use their mill to fuck up your Glock’s slide with speed holes. I’m sure they’ll take a good chunk of money for it too.

  8. Do they eat a lot of schnitzel in Smyrna Georgia?

  9. I own the 4.25″ Commander PC1911 and I have the say, it’s an outstanding piece. It’s my first S&W and one of many 1911’s in my collection.
    Yes, it’s worth the price I paid, IMO ($1245)