The Standard Manufacturing 1911 A1 is the pinnacle of the gunmaking art. With its deep Royal Blue finish, this model is like no other 1911 available anywhere and at any price. To obtain this finish, all metal surfaces are meticulously prepared by expert craftsman with many hours of labor-intensive hand polishing and stoning. No other manufacturer produces this level of finish. In fact, this Royal Blue finish is only encountered on the very best guns manufactured many decades ago when time and labor was not a major factor, but craftsmanship was.