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The vision for Detonics is to continue its handgun design heritage, supporting the operational community with a premier weapon system of extraordinary quality and reliability, while moving toward the creation of the next generation of semi-automatic handgun; a platform from which to engineer a product line based upon 27 years of human factors research and training.

Detonics is historically recognized as the innovator of the compact 1911 as a new design and not a cut down version of a full size handgun. The original architecture for the Detonics Combat Master began in the 1960s with an Explosives Corporation of America (EXCOA) engineer named Pat Yates. Through this association, Yates met with a number of other gun enthusiasts in the early 70s, including Sid Woodcock.

These meetings led to the development of the original prototypes for the Combat Master. In the middle of the decade, Mike Maes, a manager with EXCOA and Sid Woodcock formalized their collaborative work and began what is the 30 years history of Detonics.