SOLD FOR: $1949
Make: Remington Rand
Serial Number: 1436388
Year of Manufacture: 1943 (Pg. 394 of Clawson’s “Colt .45 Service Pistols”)
Caliber: .45 A.C.P.
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto fed by 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 behind 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. 1436388”, “M1911 A1 U.S. ARMY”, and at the rear there is just 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 interior of the dust cover is marked “P”. The barrel is marked “P” on the left link lug and “HS” on the right. The right front bow of the trigger guard is marked “A” and the rear is marked “D”. The left front bow of the trigger guard is marked “2”. The right side of the frame is marked with British commercial proofs crown over “BNP” and crossed scepters. The slide behind the ejection port is marked with a crown over “BNP” commercial proof. The chamber is marked with a crown over “BNP” and “.45″ .900″ / 7 TONS PER” followed by a square.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a short blade with a serrated, ramped rear face 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 minor handling wear. There are a few light tool marks on the reinforcement rings. There are a couple of light marks on the bottoms. The checkering is strong. There are a few light marks to the checkers, the most noticeable are on the left panel at the top. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is generally sharp. Overall, the grips are in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 85% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at the edges, most noticeable on the slide at the front. There are scattered little spots of discoloration from previous oxidation and oil staining, most noticeable on the sides of the slide. There is some faint scabbing on the top of the slide at the front. The mainspring housing has thinning and there is mottled thinning on the front strap. There is an “idiot mark” below the slide stop. There are a few other scattered light marks. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are generally clear, but the Ordnance wheel is incomplete (as is common). Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is 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: Included is a 7-round magazine marked “C-R” on the baseplate.
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 was made by Remington Rand in 1943. It is in Very Good condition, retaining about 85% of its new parkerized finish, a good bore and strong mechanics. This would make a nice addition for a collector, but it should also prove to be a great shooter. Please see our photos and good luck!