SOLD FOR: $3201
Make: L.A.R. Manufacturing Inc.
Model: Mark I
Serial Number: A008360
Year of Manufacture: 1984-1999
Caliber: .45 Winchester Magnum
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol fed by Detachable Magazine
Markings: The right side of the slide is marked ”MARK I” and with a Grizzly logo. The left side of the slide is marked with the LAR logo and “GRIZZLY WIN MAG”. The right side of the frame is marked “L.A.R. MFG. INC., WEST JORDAN, UT. 84084 U.S.A. / A008360”. The top of the chamber is marked “L.A.R. MFG. INC. / 45 WIN MAG”.
Barrel Length: 6 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a ramped blade with a red “T”-shaped insert fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a Millett white outlined square notch in a base adjustable for windage and elevation which is dovetailed into the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a one-piece checkered black rubber L.A.R. branded Pachmayr grip. There are some scattered light marks. There is some light rub wear. There are no rips or tears. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Matte Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion but there is some stubborn fouling, mostly in the grooves toward the throat. In my opinion, this bore is a 9 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are a few little scuffs on the slide toward the front. There is standard operational wear. There are some scattered handling marks. The grip screws are sharp. The pins are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger breaks crisply. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a 7-round magazine.
Our Assessment: Essentially an over-sized 1911, the LAR Mark I is a large-framed single-action semi-automatic pistol chambered in the powerful .45 Winchester Magnum cartridge. The prototype for the LAR Grizzly was actually made from two 1911 frames cut and welded together to accommodate the longer .45 Win. Mag. and with steel plates added to the flats of the slide to add mass and strengthen the slide structurally. Production LAR pistols are another matter. All were hand-fit, which should combine with the adjustable target sights for a very accurate pistol. While perhaps uncomfortably large for those with smaller hands, the frame becomes comfortable quickly with a little handling and the trigger is crisp. This would be great for target shooting, hunting sidearm or as a hunting primary. It is able to push a 230gr projectile up to about 1,600 fps, making it capable of taking just about any game you could want. That said, this example is in Excellent condition and is well-suited to adding to a collection. Please see our photos and good luck!
Some are hot, some are not, but thankfully most can be shot!