Chip McCormick, creator of 1911 pistols and triggers through his company, Chip McCormick Custom, has passed away. McCormick, in partnership with Kimber Mfg. owner and CEO Leslie Edelman also contributed to Kimber’s success in the 1911 market.

McCormick consulted with Edelman in creating the firearm industry’s first mass-produced 1911 pistols that included custom features. His contributions included a beavertail grip safety, an extended slide stop, and manual safety.

“The Kimber family is deeply saddened by the loss of Chip McCormick. He was a great friend and a great business collaborator,” said Kimber owner and CEO, Leslie Edelman. “His impact on this company, as well as the entire firearms industry, is immeasurable. Our condolences go out to Chip’s family and friends. He will be missed greatly.”