Sold For: $2,775
Make: Remington Rand
Serial Number: 938832
Year of Manufacture: 1943 (Pg. 394 of Clawson’s “Colt .45 Service Pistols”)
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.”. The left of the frame below the magazine release and the top of the slide in front of the rear sight are marked with a “P” acceptance proof. The left side of the frame above the magazine release is marked “FJA” (Frank J. Atwood Lt. Col., Sub-Inspector for Ithaca, Remington Rand and Union Switch). The right side of the frame is marked “UNITED STATES PROPERTY / NO. 938832”, “M1911 A1 U.S. ARMY”, “SA”, “ANAD 1 81” and at the rear there is just a little remnant of an Ordnance mark. The top of the frame near the disconnector and the rear face of the slide under the firing pin plate are each marked “G”. The barrel is marked “.45 AUTO / 7791193” on the top, the right link lug is marked “HEC”, the left with “M” and “P”
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a short blade fixed to the slide. The rear sight is a square notch dovetailed into the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered brown plastic with reinforcement rings around the screws and reinforcement ribs on the inside. The grips have light handling wear with a few scattered minor nicks, scuffs, scratches, some smoothed checkers in front of the left panel’s top screw, and tool marks in the reinforcement rings. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is generally well defined. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Arsenal Refurbished
Bore Condition: The chrome-lined bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 93% of its current metal finish. There are some scattered minor nicks, scratches and scuffs. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings range from clear to nearly worn away, most are legible. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good-plus condition (tag hanging from lanyard loop identifies it as “Service Grade”).
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger pull is crisp. There is very light play between the slide and frame. This pistol has manual and grip safeties. 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 in a tan plastic CMP branded Flambeau hard case with foam-lined interior, CMP certificate of authenticity, one Mec-Gar 7-round magazine, cable lock with instructions, CMP chamber flag, Technical Manual for the 1911A1 pistol and CMP/De Santis holster brochure. The magazine is in Excellent condition. The case shows minor storage wear, in about Fine-plus 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 example remained in US inventory until at least 1981, when it was arsenal refurbished at the Anniston Army Depot. It made its way to the CMP where it appears it was sold as a Service Grade, in issuable condition. It has a chrome-lined bore, not something you see on every 1911, intact grips and an arsenal applied parkerized finish. It comes in a tan plastic CMP case with a single magazine. This would make a nice addition for a collector, but it should also prove to be a great shooter, considered issueable by the CMP and not appearing to have seen much, if any use since being refurbished in 1981. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R Pistol CAN be sold as a dealer sale in California but CANNOT be transferred as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) as our Simi Valley location. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.