Sold For: $3,602.77
Make: Remington Rand frame, Colt slide, Springfield Armory re-worked.
Model: M1911A1 National Match
Serial Number: 2017247
Year of Manufacture: 1944
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol fed by Detachable Magazine
Markings: The right of the slide is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”. The left of the trigger guard is marked “6”. The left of the frame is marked “FJA” below the slide stop with a fairly clear “P” below and behind the magazine release. There is a more faint and larger “P” above the magazine release next to a punch mark. There is what appears to be a remnant of a small “P” on the top of the slide in front of the rear sight. The right of the frame is marked “UNITED STATES PROPERTY”, “M1911 A1 U.S. ARMY” with the serial number “2017247”, “S A”, “T” and behind the grip with an Ordnance wheel with crossed cannons. The right of the trigger guard is marked “N M / H” and “Z”. The left of the slide is marked “NM7791435”. The rear face of the slide is marked “72 / 47” beneath the firing pin plate. The barrel is marked “45 AUTO / NM 7791414 / 2017247” at the chamber, the right link-lug is marked “C” in box, the left is marked “M” and “P”. The front face of the bushing is marked “7267718 / N M”, the outside of the barrel bushing is hand-scribed “7247”. The top of the rear sight is marked “ELLIASON” in front of the notch, the left of the base is marked “U.S.”
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a patridge blade with integral serrated, ramped base fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is an Elliason square-notch adjustable for windage and elevation in a base dovetailed to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered brown plastic with reinforcement rings around the grip screws and reinforcement ribs on the inside. The frontstrap is checkered. The grips have light handling wear but no notable damage. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Arsenal Refurbished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore but there is some minor surface oxidation at the feed ramp on the barrel and frame.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 90% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at most edges. There is scattered light handling wear and a few spots of minor discoloration from oxidation. The action has light operational wear. A hole has been drilled in the front of the trigger guard in-line with the trigger’s over-travel adjustment screw. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings range from clear and crisp to worn and shallow (see Our Assessment). Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide to frame fit has very little play. The trigger is crisp. We did not fire this firearm. As with all used firearms, it may need a thorough cleaning to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a single 7-round magazine. The magazine shows light-moderate operational wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Good-Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: Developed from the standard-issue 1911 sidearm, the National Match pistols were accurized and fitted with adjustable target sights for use by U.S. military competition shooters. This example has proper markings and matching serialized parts, including its Colt slide being matched to the Remington Rand frame, the barrel serial-marked and the last four digits scribed on the bushing. This pistol appears to have been rebuilt as a National Match at Springfield Armory and also been back for another rebuild afterward, with some markings quite clear and others showing evidence of refurbishment. The features of the National Match pistols included upgraded sights, hand-fitting of parts (hence the serial-markings), as well as other improvements such as alloy triggers with over-travel adjustment. It is not clear if the hole in the trigger guard was added to this pistol by Springfield, but it certainly will make it easier to adjust with a long allen key! While this should make for a great target pistol for another lifetime, USGI National Match pistols are also sought-after collectors’ items. With its matching numbered parts and condition, this pistol will certainly interest the collectors. 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 and CAN 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.