Originally Posted By wgungho:
It may be made by Umarex/Walther, but the one I bought certainly isn't pot metal. Colt screwed the pooch when it cancelled the Colt .40 (made by the under-rated company CZ), abut I don't think it hurt its name with this little pistol. Shall we slander Walther, also. I also thought they were a quality firearms maker? I can't speak to the type of steel, but it IS steel. And again, damn accurate and, after several hundred rounds, hasn't missed a lick. I've shot several conversions, and not one of them was dependable, and none locked back after the last round, like my little junker.. My gunsmith says it's got a pretty good trigger, too, and he's going to smooth it out a little, from the factory 6 pounds to about 4 pounds. Yep, my mags have a 12 round capacity. I've spent good money on worse things.
After examining the pistol more closely, it is made in Germany by Walther, imported by Umarex, under Cot's name.
Have you slapped a magnet on it yet? I don't know for sure, but I'd be willing to bet a couple of bucks that it ain't steel. It is at least a Zamak (zinc/aluminum alloy, commonly referred to "pot metal" or "white metal") frame and probably slide too. Kimber Target Rimfire ($800) and Brownings new 80% sized offering ($550-600 if you can find one) are both aluminum. Of course I could be wrong about the new Colt .22.
Here's a decent write-up on it. http://ezine.m1911.org/showthread.php?t=86