SOLD FOR: $2,625.00
Make: L. A. R. Manufacturing Inc.
Model: Mark I
Serial Number: A003279
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. / A003279”. The top of the chamber is marked “L.A.R. MFG. INC. / 45 WIN MAG”.
Barrel Length: 5 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 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 wraparound checkered black rubber of Pachmayr-style but LAR Grizzly marked. The grip has no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no rips or tears. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Chrome
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 96% of its metal finish. The slide has a few spots of light wear at the bottom of the right side serrations and a few scattered very small, light marks at edges. The frame has a light mark under the slide stop, a couple more on the right side near the slide stop shank and light handling marks. There is light operational wear on the barrel, slide, hammer, thumb safety and grip safety. The slide, trigger and hammer serrations are sharp. 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. 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 7-round magazines, and a manual. The sleeve and styrofoam insert show light wear, in about Fine condition. The magazines show light operational wear with strong springs and intact feed lips, in about Very Good-Fine condition.
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 Fine-plus condition and comes with its original box, meaning there may also be some collector interest. 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.