WWII US Ithaca Gun Co. 1911A1 .45 ACP Semi-Automatic Pistol, MFD 1943 C&R

SOLD FOR: $3011

LSB#: 230913JD013

Make: Ithaca

Model: 1911-A1

Serial Number: 1445658

Year of Manufacture: 1943

Caliber: .45 A.C.P.

Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto fed by Removable Magazine

Barrel Length: 5”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated, ramped blade fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch dovetailed to the rear of the slide.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered brown Keyes Fibre plastic panels without reinforcement rings around the screw heads and with reinforcement ribs on the interior. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Parkerized

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright. The rifling is sharp. There is infrequent minor erosion and some stubborn fouling in the bore, mostly at the muzzle-end. In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates 8 out of 10.

Many military and C&R eligible weapons have bores that will show erosion. This is not only due to age but to the fact that corrosive primers were commonly used in ammunition worldwide.

Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 95% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at some edges, mostly the leading edges. There are some scattered minor nicks and scuffs. There is a light “idiot mark” under the slide stop on the left of the frame. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is light play between the slide and frame. The trigger is crisp. 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 with a single 7-round magazine. The magazine shows wear and appears to have been cold-blued in the past.

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. The design was the end-result of a series of developments by famous gun designer John Browning, starting with the Model 1900. The advances made by Browning were revolutionary at the time, and were so successful that they are considered commonplace today. Browning not only developed first a pivoting and then a tilting barrel to allow for a locked system, he developed the concept of “the slide”, which is now synonymous with semi-automatic handguns.

During the inter-war years, the design was further refined with an arched mainspring housing, relief-cuts behind the shortened trigger and some minor changes to other small parts, resulting in the 1911A1. This new model would be the US sidearm during WWII, and saw production by a few different companies. As in the previous World War, Colt and American Arsenals were not able to produce everything that would be required for this war, and production would be contracted to a typewriter company, Remington Rand, a company which made switches and signals for railroads, Union Switch & Signal, and one firearms manufacturer, Ithaca Gun Co.

This example was made by Ithaca in 1943 and is a nice specimen. The pistol is in about Fine condition, retaining much of its original parkerizing. It has a nice bore and strong mechanics as well as proper features and markings for 1943 Ithaca production. This Ithaca M1911A1 would make a neat addition to any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!

Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud

WWII US Ithaca Gun Co. 1911A1 .45 ACP Semi-Automatic Pistol, MFD 1943 C&R
WWII US Ithaca Gun Co. 1911A1 .45 ACP Semi-Automatic Pistol, MFD 1943 C&R