SOLD FOR: $1,328.00
Make: Remington Rand
Serial Number: 1561772
Year of Manufacture: 1944 (“U.S. Pistols & Revolvers 1909-1945”, J.C. Harrison, P179)
Caliber: .45 A.C.P.
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “REMINGTON RAND INC. / SYRACUSE, N.Y. U.S.A.”, on the top of the slide, forward of the rear sight, there appears to be an incomplete “P” stamping. The right of the frame has a faint Ordnance wheel mark behind the top of the grip, “UNITED STATES PROPERTY / NO. 1561772” above and in front of the grip and “M 1911 A1 U.S. ARMY” on the right above the front of the trigger guard. The right of the frame is marked “FJA” above the trigger and “P” behind the magazine release. The left of the trigger guard is marked “0”, the right of the trigger guard is marked “T” and “1”. The top of the frame is marked “G” behind the disconnector. The left of the barrel lug is marked “P” and the right of the lug is marked “HS”. The inside of the left grip panel has mold mark number “11” and a five-pointed star with “K” in its center, the right has “12” and the same star.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a short blade with the rear face serrated. The rear sight is a square notch dovetailed into the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered drab brown plastic panels with reinforcement rings at the grip screws and internal reinforcement ribs. The left panel has a few compressed checkeres at the bottom-front, the right has a couple below center toward the rear and there are a few other scattered light marks. The checkering is sharp where not damaged. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished. We suspected it was an arsenal refinish, but there are no rearsenal markings.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright, the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 85% of its current metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. The slide has scattered light marks and finish wear and operational wear on the left forward of the dust cover with a few other scattered light marks. The frame has a lighter gray coloring than the slide with similar scattered light marks, handling wear on the trigger guard and fronstrap and light marks around the slidestop. The barrel has light-moderate operational wear. The controls show light operational and handling wear. The screw heads have some finish loss and range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. Most markings are clear, the Ordnance wheel is almost completely gone, “FJA” is shallow with soft edges, and the first two digits of the serial number are shallow and faint. Overall, this pistol rates in about Very Good condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The trigger pull is crisp. There is a very slight side-side play between the slide and the frame. This pistol has manual and grip safeties. The action functions correctly. We have not fired this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a total of one 7-round magazine. The magazine has light-moderate operational wear with intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: The 1911 and 1911-A1 pistols served the military of the United States from 1911 to 1985, through two World Wars and the Korean and Vietnam wars. They gained a reputation as a reliable handgun with plenty of stopping power, and are held in high regard by those who have used them. This is a 1911-A1 pistol made by Remington Rand in 1944 during WWII. The pistol has a new parkerized finish, proper markings and small parts for a 1944 vintage Remington and the serial number is from the proper serial range for a Remington Rand, all of which combine to make this a great pistol to add to a collection. It has a great bore and strong mechanics, so it should also prove to be a good shooter. For the shooter or WWII firearms collector, this is a wonderful find. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible handgun CAN be transferred as a dealer sale in California and CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R’s and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS’d at a California Firearms Dealer. This section does not apply to out of state residents.