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Mint WWII Remington Rand Model 1911A1 c. 1943

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Mint WWII Remington Rand Model 1911A1 Pistol, c. 1943

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This is a very fine condition and correct WWII Remington-Rand Model 1911A1 .45 ACP Pistol that was manufactured in 1943.

The Remington Rand Corporation was formed in the mid-1920s with the merger of the Remington Typewriter Company and the Rand Kardex Company. Before WWII, Remington Rand produced typewriters, adding machines, office equipment and storage containers. The U.S. Ordnance Department approached Remington Rand in March 1942 with a request to produce Model 1911A1 Pistols. Remington Rand and the Ordnance Department eventually entered into six contracts for 1911A1 production during WWII. Depending upon the contracts, the price of the Remington Rand 1911A1s ranged from $23.92 up to $39.93 with two spare magazines.

Remington Rand set up pistol production at its Syracuse, New York plant, which was known as "C" Division. "C" Division had previously manufactured typewriters. Remington Rand received all of the necessary tooling, dies, gauges and mechanical drawings from Springfield Armory, which had been used before WWI for Model 1911 production. Springfield Armory also supplied approximately 65,000 receiver forgings to Remington Rand. Later, additional equipment that had been used by Harrington and Richardson and the Singer Manufacturing Company for their educational 1911A1 contracts were sent to Remington Rand. In October 1943, Union Switch and Signal sent some parts and tooling to Remington Rand.

Remington Rand only manufactured the Receiver, Slide, Grip Safety, Safety Lock, Hammer, Mainspring Housing, Slide Stop, Disconnector and Plunger, all at its Syracuse "C" Division Plant. The Barrel Bushing, Mainspring Cap, Recoil Spring Guide, Barrel Link, Magazine Catch, Magazine Catch Lock, Recoil Plate, Recoil Spring Plug, Safety and Slide Stop Plungers, Stock Screws, Sear, Front and Rear Sights, Firing Pin Stop, Hammer Strut, Extractor, Ejector and all pins were manufactured at one of Remington Rand's subsidiary operations located in either Elmira or Ilion, New York. The Lanyard Loop and all pistol springs were subcontracted to the Humason Manufacturing Company. The Stamped Triggers were subcontracted to the Yawman Metal Products company and the Firing Pin was subcontracted to the Lux Clock Company.

Barrels used during Remington Rand 1911A1 production were furnished by the U.S. Government with the barrel cost being deducted from the sales price of the pistol. Most Remington Rand Pistols were manufactured by the High Standard Manufacturing Company of New Haven, Connecticut. A limited number of barrels used in Remington Rand production were supplied by Springfield Armory and the Flannery Bolt Company. The barrels were all blued during WWII.

Magazines were subcontracted to the M.S. Little Company of New Haven, the Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut and the Risdon Tool and Machine Company of Naugutuck, Connecticut. All of these magazines were fully blued and can be identified by the letter of the manufacturer, L, R, or S on the upper lip of the base plate. Remington Rand used two types of stocks during WWII production, all of which were manufactured under contract with Remington Rand by the Keyes Fibre Company of New York City. . All were made of a brown, checkered diamond plastic material. The first type had no escutcheon ring around the screw holes. The second and final type had a narrow escutcheon ring around the screw holes.

The Ordnance Department assigned seven serial number blocks to Remington Rand during WWII. Three of the blocks were issued in 1943, two in 1944 and the final two in 1945. Remington Rand manufactured 877,751 Model 1911A1 Pistols during WWII. This particular pistols is serial number 1380037, which falls into Remington Rand's second serial number block manufactured in 1943. Edward Scott Meadows' definitive book on US Service Pistols from 1920-1945, indicates that this pistol was shipped from Remington Rand to the U.S. Government in January 1944.

Remington Rand used three different dies to roll mark their Slides. This pistol contains the third type marking, which has the two-line "REMINGTON RAND INC./SYRACUSE, N.Y. U.S.A." with slightly smaller letters than previously used and the length of the marking reduced from 1 3/8 inches to 1 1/8 inches. The top of the slide has the correct sans serif “P” proof mark, stamped perpendicular to the barrel just forward of the rear sight. The Rear Sight is the correct Third Type, Third Variation with the curved ledge at the front. The witness mark on the rear sight aligns perfectly with the witness mark on the top of the slide. The Front Sight is the correct Third Type with oval front slope and flat, serrated rear slope. There is almost no wear noted on the front slope of the front sight or on the front edges of the slide. The breech face retains all of its original parkerized finish with slight wear from chambering. The left side of the slide clearly exhibits the two tone finish above the slide lock notch and the front end of the slide from the additional heat treatment to the slide during production. The rear face of the slide has the correct serif “G” inspection stamp below the firing pin hole and a sans serif “C” assembly stamp above the firing pin hole. The slide retains 98% of the original parkerized finish.

The right side of the Receiver, also known as the Frame, has the latter style Remington Rand serial number format, with prefix sans serif “NO” followed by serial number “1380037.” Above the serial number is the “UNITED STATES PROPERTY” stamp. To the right of the slide lock hole is the nomenclature “M 1911 A1 U.S. ARMY.” The U.S. Property and nomenclature stamps were done prior to Parkerizing and will always show a dull appearance. The serial number, after Remington Rand changed to the “NO” serial number prefix, stamped the serial number after Parkerizing, so the serial number on pistols with original finish will be much more crisp. This serial number exhibits that crispness, which shows that this pistol still retains its original Remington Rand factory parkerized finish.

On the upper right side of the Frame, to the left of the right grip panel, is the Ordnance Escutcheon, which has crisply struck edges. The Ordnance Final Inspection mark was also stamped after Parkerizing, which is yet another indication that this pistol still wears its original finish. The left side of the Frame, just below the slide lock and above the trigger finger cutout, is the Ordnance Department Inspection mark “FJA,” which is the stamp for Army Colonel Frank J. Atwood. Colonel Atwood was the commander of the Rochester Ordnance District, which included the Remington Rand plant at Syracuse, New York.

Just below the magazine release hole on the left side of the Frame is the sans serif “P” proof mark. On the upper left of the trigger guard is a “3” inspection stamp. The recoil spring housing recess has a sans serif “A” inspection stamp. The top of the Frame, adjacent to the disconnector hole, has a “G” inspector’s stamp. On the right side top of the trigger guard is a sans serif “P” inspection stamp and on the lower portion is a serif “X” stamp. The Frame retains 98% of its original factory parkerized finish. The left side of the Frame has the characteristic slide lock “scratch.” There is no handling wear on the front grip strap and on the bottom, rounded edge of the trigger guard, all of which retain all of the original parkerized finish. The interior portions of the Frame retain virtually all of the original parkerized finish. The bullet ramp is correctly polished to the white. This polishing was done after the frame was parkerized to facilitate smooth feeding.

The Hammer is the 6th Type, 2nd Variation, which was used by Remington Rand for the entirety of its production. The diamonds in the knurling on the thumb piece have the characteristic flat tops and the more pronounced line on the forward edge of the checkering. The Hammer retains 98% of its original dark finish with the only wear noted on the front face that impacts the firing pin and firing pin retaining plate. The Hammer Strut retains virtually all of its parkerized finish. The Sear is in mint condition and retains 98% of its original parkerized finish. The Disconnector is also in mint condition and retains 99% of its parkerized finish. The original Type 2 Sear Spring is in fine condition and retains 98% of what appears to be a blued finish. The Trigger is the correct Remington Rand Type 2, 2nd Variation stamped and brazed type that is in mint condition and it retains 98% of its original parkerized finish.

The Safety Lock or Thumb Safety is the correct Type 3 with contoured edges of the thumb piece. The Safety Lock retains 95% of its dark parkerized finish. The Grip Safety is the 4th Type, which was used by Remington Rand for the duration of their production. The Grip Safety shows minimal wear and is in fine condition retaining 95% of its original dark parkerized finish. The Mainspring Housing is the correct Remington Rand 3rd Type with longitudinal grooves. This type housing was incorporated into Remington Rand pistols at around serial number 1,320,000. The Mainspring Housing and Lanyard Ring are both in fine condition and retain 95% of their original dark parkerized finish. The Mainspring Cap is in mint condition and retains its original case hardened colors. The Second Type Mainspring Housing Pin retains all of its original finish.

The Magazine Catch Housing is the correct Type 4 that was used by Remington Rand from serial number 1,041,405 until the end of production. It has the correct six full diamonds across the face of the release button. The Magazine Catch Lock face is single-slotted. The entire Magazine Catch is in fine condition and retains 98% of its dark parkerized finish. The Slide Stop is the correct Type 3 used by Remington Rand from serial number 975,001 until the end of production. It has the correct five parallel grooves (which replaced the checkering at around serial number 975,000).

Both Plastic Stock Panels are the original Remington Rand Type 3 Stocks manufactured by Keyes Fibre Company. The backs of both panels have the cross-shaped reinforcing ribs. These particular stocks are the correct 2nd Variation Keyes Fibre stocks with reinforcing rings around the screw holes and have the Keyes Fibre "K" without serif inside a five-pointed star and the mold number “10” on the left panel and mold number “13” on the right panel. These panels are in very fine condition on both the front and back sides. All four original Stock Screws are single-slotted and retain the majority of their original parkerized finish with unmarred slots.

The original Extractor is in fine condition and retains 95% of its original dark parkerized finish. There are normal wear marks on the friction surfaces. The Firing Pin remains in the white. The Firing Pin Spring is in the white and is in fine condition. The correct Type 2 Firing Pin Retainer Plate is in fine plus condition exhibiting wear on the face above the Firing Pin Hole from the impact of the Hammer and at the radius curve at the front, bottom of the Plate where it rides over the Hammer during recoil.

The mint condition, original and correct Barrel is manufactured by the High Standard Manufacturing Company of New Haven, Connecticut. High Standard was awarded the contract to produce barrels for Remington Rand, Ithaca and Union Switch and Signal. High Standard was awarded its initial Barrel subcontract in March 1942 and by July 1943, High Standard was producing most of the barrels used by Remington Rand, Ithaca and Union Switch and Signal until the end of the war. The exterior of this Barrel is in mint condition retaining 95% of the original blued finish. The sans serif "P" stamp is present on the left side of the lug at the 2 o'clock position to the link pin hole. The right side of the lug has the sans serif High Standard "HS" stamp, located at the 10 o'clock position to the link pin hole. The Link itself retains the majority of its original finish. The rearmost face of the Barrel exhibits almost no wear. The crown is in mint condition retaining all of its original blued finish. The bore is in fine condition with sharp rifling and a mirror finish along its entire length.

The Barrel Bushing is the correct Type 1, 2nd Variation that is in mint condition. The Bushing retains 95% of its original parkerized finish. The correct, short leg Recoil Spring Guide retains considerable original blued finish and the Recoil Spring remains in the white with the correct 30 coils. The Recoil Spring Plug is the correct type with ten, sharp pointed diamonds across the diameter of the face and it retains an elongated, rounded end detent. The Plug retains 95% plus of the original parkerized finish with wear on the lower three rows of diamonds.

This pistol comes with an original and correct WWII 7-round blued Magazine manufactured by the Scovill Manufacturing Company. As noted previously, Scovill was one of the principal subcontractor for magazines for Remington Rand during WWII. The spine is the "no seam" type and the Floor Plate is spot welded to the sides. The body of the Magazine is in fine condition and retains 95% plus of the original blued finish. The Floor Plate also retains 95% of the original blued finish and has the sans serif "S" stamp on the top exposed portion of the Plate lip. The Follower retains 95% of its original blued finish and the spring is still strong.

This is a mint and all correct WWII Remington Rand Model 1911A1 Pistol that functions perfectly.

This pistol is C&R eligible and will come shipped in a new Plano pistol hard case. This pistol will also come with an historic writeup and a CD containing all of the photos in the listing. I accept Visa and MasterCard and charge NO FEES. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like additional photos posted.

 

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