Our family at Republic Forge is proud to bring you a little piece of Texas heritage in every gun we produce. Our pistols are made by Americans, for the Republic.
Johnny Williams was born in Detroit, Michigan. Johnny Williams has over 40 years of military and law enforcement experience. Johnny was in the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1977. In 1975 Johnny earned the coveted “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Identification Badge”, considered one of the highest honors in the Army with fewer than 20% of all volunteers being accepted for training and of those only 20% passing the training and examination. Before joining Republic Forge, for 33 years he was a federal law enforcement employee. He performed various law enforcement duties while working in federal law enforcement. Johnny is a Federal Firearms Instructor.
Jeff Meister was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Jeff Meister’s passion for 1911s spans over three decades. He first started customizing and repairing 1911s in 1983. He has done almost everything possible as far as customizing goes without any mills or high tech machines. Almost all of his repairs and modifications have been done with hand tools only. In 2009, Jeff attended Cylinder and Slide’s Custom 1911 Class, as well as Cylinder and Slide’s Match Grade Barrel Fitting Class. From 2010-2013 he was the sole manufacturer and designer for another custom 1911 manufacturer. He was responsible for all facets of the manufacturing process. Jeff was responsible from the initial consultation with the customer to ordering all the parts, as well as the complete hand assembly of the 1911 handgun assuring all pieces fit as they were meant to. Over the years Jeff has built hundreds of 1911s for satisfied customers throughout the country. His customers include Law Enforcement, Competition Shooters, and Recreational Shooters. Jeff’s philosophy is that the shooter should be confident in the handgun’s dependability, reliability and accuracy.