New Beginnings

Bob Maw purchased Republic Forge December 28, 2017 from the previous owner. He saw an opportunity to make the best damn 1911 money could buy, for people who actually shoot — and made by shooters. He wanted to build guns with museum quality beauty and world-class accuracy.

Tough standards indeed, but with a crew of skilled gunsmiths and artisans, I think Bob Maw is well on his way to making 1911’s in a class all by themselves, labeled as “working art.”

A lifelong 1911 aficionado and collector, the former chopper pilot, businessman and current judge has an impressive collection of 1911’s, including a few of John Moses Browning’s original tool room prototypes. How cool is that?