Make: L. A. R. Manufacturing Inc.
Model: Mark IV
Serial Number: F000573
Year of Manufacture: 1991-1999
Caliber: .44 Magnum
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol fed by Detachable Magazine
Markings: The right side of the slide is marked ”MARK IV” and with a Grizzly logo. The left side of the slide is marked with the LAR logo and “GRIZZLY 44 MAG”. The right side of the frame is marked “L.A.R. MFG. INC., WEST JORDAN, UT. 84084 U.S.A. / F000573”.
Barrel Length: 5 1/4” Ported Barrel
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 white outlined square notch in a base adjustable for windage and elevation which is dovetailed into the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered black plastic scales with smooth diamonds around the grip screws. The grips appear to have been gently used with no notable wear or damage. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: 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 90% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges, the barrel has light operational wear, the frontsrap has bands of mottled wear consistent with handling and the grip safety has lost much of the finish on its back face. The grip screws are sharp. The pins are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger breaks crisply after short, smooth creep. 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: This pistol coms with a faux-wood cardboard sleeve with serial matching label and two-piece styrofoam insert with a total of two 6-round magazines, manual and a replacement Pachmayr wraparound grip. The sleeve has wear at edges and corners and a couple of tears which have been repaired with tape, in about Fair condition. The styrofoam insert has wear as from making room for a longer barrel and light oil staining, in about Very Good condition. The magazines show light use wear on one, in about Fine-plus condition and moderate use wear on the other, in about Very Good-plus condition. The Pachmayr grips have highly defined checkering and lettering with little wear on the exterior. The interior has metal reinforcing ribs which appear to have pushed their way through the rubber and may cause wear on the frame when installed.
Our Assessment: Essentially an over-sized 1911, the LAR Mark IV is a large-framed single-action semi-automatic pistol chambered in the powerful .44 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 become comfortable quickly with a little handling and the trigger is crisp. This would be great for target shooting, hunting sidearm or just hunting as the .44 Magnum cartridge is suitable for many game animals. It’s ported barrel also means it would be great to just go out into the desert and have fun watching it spit fire. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This handgun CANNOT be transferred as a dealer sale in California. This handgun CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R’s and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS’d. This section does not apply to out of state residents.