Sold For: $1,255.00
Make: Randall Firearms of Sun Valley, CA
Model: Raider Compact A211
Serial Number: RF0002990 C
Year of Manufacture: 1984 (http://www.sightm1911.com/lib/history/randall_history.htm)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic, Removable Magazine Fed Pistol
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “STAINLESS / STEEL / RAIDER / CALIBER / 45 AUTO”, the right is marked “RAIDER”. THe right fo the frame is marked “RANDALL F.A. MFG. CORP SUN VALLEY CA U.S.A.” with the serial number, seen again on the factory box.
Barrel Length: 4 1/4”
Sights / Optics: The pistol has Millett Model 100 sights, the front sight is a ramp blade with a rear “T” shaped orange face. The rear sight is a square notched leaf with a “Y” white outline, on a base that is adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are Pachmayr Signature model black rubber stocks, with flank checkers. The stocks show a few light rubbing areas, there are no major damages. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Brushed & Matte Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 89% of its metal finish. The pistol has a few scratch and scuff marks, all are light and do not perturb the metal. The matte areas have slight darkening. The slide and frame have marks from the slide stop, a couple incomplete circle marks are seen around the left side magazine release. The screw heads are lightly tooled. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The pistol functions just like Colt’s original 1911 design. There is no take up for the short, smooth trigger, the slide has very light play to the frame. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is the pistol’s original factory cardboard box, which has a clear tape coating throughout, there are rub and compression marks on the material, the inside has compression and rubbing from storage, the box is in Good Plus condition. Also included is an unmarked 4 1/2″ barrel, metal guide rod, spring, two un-marked 7-round magazines, an owner’s manual and a Randall magazine, all in Fine to Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: From http://www.sightm1911.com/lib/history/randall_history.htm “By August of 1983, Randall expanded its line of pistols to include the Service Model-C configuration. The “C” stood for compact. Initially, these handguns were even roll-marked “Service Model-C.” However, in the beginning of 1984, the company decided to give the guns a new identity, and dubbed this configuration as the “Raider,” so-named for General Randall’s unit which had been known as Randall’s Raiders. Introduced August 31, 1983, the first in the Service Model-C series was the A211, which featured a round-top slide and fixed sights. Barrel length was 4.25-inches, making the over-all length .75-inch less than the standard A111. Magazine capacity (7) and height remained the same. Weight of the A211 was 36 ounces, compared to 38 ounces for the full-sized Model A111. After 992 of the Model A211 pistols were made, production of that model ceased on September 6, 1984. The serial number range went from RF02001C through RF05808C.” This is a scarce Randall Raider in .45 ACP, in brushed and matte stainless steel. The pistol mimics Colt’s compact 1911 configuration, with Millett Model 100 sights and one of the SMOOTHEST triggers we’ve seen from a factory. Sun Valley, CA no longer produces firearms, it was once a mecca of industry, hopefully in times to come will see production like this again but unless you bought a Raider in the 1980’s, you’d have to try hard to find a better example than this, especially with the factory box and magazine. Please see our pictures and good luck.