As a CNC sales engineer I personally saw the facility from the inside. Either they were very good at camoflage or they did indeed assemble and do final machining, to at least some of their models, in Norwich when they were on Rte 12 south of the village. I recall it as a widely spread rumor at the time but I suppose it could have been true for some models. They were model "crazy" at the time and were trying to decide what to bring to market. They sold many of the "experimental" units right from the plant and they have some strange serial numbers. The Patriot came along after the attack on the twin towers and tried to capitalize on the "patriotic" fervor in the country at that time. It's probably one of the few models of 1911 that you will see with a Christian Cross in its logo. If parts came from S&W, final fitting, proofing and assembly were done in Norwich, NY. Thanks for your interest. Bob
Unfortunately, their facility burnt to the ground a few months ago. They are supposed to be back up and running in Norwich in a month or two. They have quite an enthusiastic following over on 1911forum.com. I bought my first Dan Wesson this past summer and they are a great value and great shooters. Eyeing my next one now, but the recent craziness and the lack of product due to the fire are making them tough to find.
If anyone is interested, the following link will take you to a 1911 Forum three part review of this model. The pistol in the review was Proofed on 10/23/02, just 18 days after my pistol, in the auction, was proofed on 10/5/02. They should be very similar.