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This is a mint condition, possibly unissued, and all original WWII Remington-Rand Model 1911A1 .45 ACP Pistol.

 

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 pistol is serial number 1984941, which falls into Remington Rand's fifth serial number block manufactured in 1944. According to 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 December 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. In April 1943, the serial number prefix was changed from "No" to "NO." Beginning at serial number 1290000, Remington Rand began to use in-house assembly and inspection markings in the form of single letters and numbers on either side of the trigger guard bow.

 

The Receiver (or Frame) on this Pistol is in mint condition. It retains 99% of the original gray/green parkerized finish. There is one small scratch on the left side of the Receiver, which is a very faint slide stop line from disassembly.  The balance of the Receiver shows virtually no wear, to include the magazine well. Both the Slide Lock and Safety Plungers exhibit no wear. The four original Stock Screw Bushings are present and exhibit no wear. The left side of the Receiver has the correct Ordnance Department Inspection Mark, which is "FJA" stamped behind just below the Slide Stop notch in sans serif letters 0.09 inches tall. The initials "FJA" stand for Colonel Frank J. Atwood, who was the commander of the Rochester Ordnance District from June 1942 to March 1946. The Ordnance Department firing Proof Mark "P" is stamped in sans serif, 0.09 inches tall, just below magazine release hole. As noted, Remington began to use their own sub-inspection and assembly numbers and letters after serial number 1,300,000. This Pistol has a “3” stamped on the front, left Trigger Guard Bow.

 

The right rear of the Receiver has the Final Ordnance Department Inspection mark, which is the Ordnance Department Escutcheon, stamped up and to the right of the hammer and disconnector pin holes. The Final Ordnance Inspection mark is still crisply double-stamped and still shows bright bare metal, which is correct and indicative of the original finish since this Final Ordnance Inspection mark was not made until after the Receiver was parkerized. The right side, just to the rear of the slide stop in hole, is the "UNITED STATES PROPERTY" stamp in sans serif letters 0.10 inches tall. The property marking is just above the second type serial number prefix, "NO." followed by the serial number “1984941,” in numbers 0.10 inches tall.

 

Just forward of the slide stop hole on the right side is the model designation "M 1911 A1 U.S. ARMY," in sans serif letters 0.10 inches tall. The serial number, which was stamped after finishing beginning at approximately serial number 955,001, is crisp and clear as compared to the property and nomenclature stampings. There are also “P” and "Z" Remington Rand stamping on the forward and bottom portion of the Trigger Guard Bow. The top rear of the Receiver has a "G" government contract inspection mark. The Ejector is the first type used by Remington Rand for the entirety of its production and it shows no wear at all. The Plunger Tube on the left side of the Receiver shows no wear and retains all of its parkerized finish. As noted, there is virtually no wear noted on the Receiver.  The bullet feed ramp is correctly polished.

 

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 99% of its original gray/green parkerized 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 99% 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 its 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 99% 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 is in very fine condition and it retains 99% 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 very fine condition retaining 99% of its original dark parkerized finish. The Mainspring Housing is the correct Remington Rand Type 3, 2nd Variation, which was manufactured exclusively by Remington Rand and was used from serial number 1,320,000 until the end of production. The Type 3 Mainspring Housing is distinguished from the previous types because it has longitudinal grooves instead of checkering. Remington Rand's variation was further distinguished from the 1st Variation used by Colt and Ithaca by having nine grooves instead of eight grooves as found on the 1st Variation. The Mainspring Housing and Lanyard Ring are both in fine condition and retains 99% of their original dark parkerized finish.  There is one small ding to one of the grooves. 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 and is unmarred. The entire Magazine Catch is in mint condition and retains 99% of its dark parkerized finish.  The catch screw has an unmarred slot.

 

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) and is in mint condition. The only wear is at the plunger detent. The balance of the Slide Stop retains all of its dark parkerized finish. 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 numbers “16” and “18” on the panels. These panels are in mint condition.  All four original Stock Screws are single-slotted and unmarred and they retain all of their original parkerized finish.

 

The original Remington Rand Slide has the correct third style marking on the left side. It is marked in two lines, "REMINGTON RAND INC./SYRACUSE, N.Y. U.S.A." in sans serif letters and the markings are still as crisp as the day they were originally struck. The length of both lines are 1.20 inches. The right side of the Slide is correctly blank. The top of the Slide has the correct "P" proof mark just forward of the Rear Sight and is correctly parallel to the bore and is still crisply struck. The Remington Rand characteristic "G" inspector's stamp is found in the hammer recess at the back of the slide, the same as on the top rear of the Receiver.

 

The Rear Sight is in mint condition and is the correct Type 3, 3rd Variation, which was used by Remington Rand from serial number 1,609,528 until the end of production. It has the wide curved front portion of the sighting notch with the witness mark on the front face. The Rear Sight retains 98% of its original parkerized finish and the witness line on the sight matches the corresponding witness line on the top of the Slide.  The only wear noted is storage wear on the shoulders of the rear sight. The Front Sight is the correct 3rd Type with flat, perpendicular sides, a rounded/oval front slope and a straight, serrated rear slope. The Front Sight has a very small spot of wear at the apex of the sight, but the rest retains all of its parkerized finish.

 

The Slide is in mint condition and retains 99% its original parkerized finish. The internal portions of the Slide are also in fine condition to include the Slide Locking Grooves and the Slide Rails. The Breech Face is in fine condition with minimal wear noted on the hardened bushing.

 

The original Extractor is in fine condition and retains 99% of its original dark parkerized finish. There are no wear marks on any of the wear surfaces, to include the internal or inside edge of the claw.  The Firing Pin is in fine condition. The forward or tip end shows no wear. The rear portion or anvil also shows minimal wear.  The Firing Pin Spring is in the white and is in fine condition. The correct Type 2 Firing Pin Retainer Plate is in mint condition exhibiting wear only on the face above the Firing Pin Hole from the impact of the Hammer.

 

The original and correct Barrel is manufactured by the Flannery Bolt Company.  Most Remington-Rand 1911A1 Pistols used High Standard Barrels and Flannery Bolt Company barrels are not often seen.  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 Flannery Bolt Company "F" stamp, located at the 10 o'clock position to the link pin hole. The Link itself retains all of its original finish. The rearmost face of the Barrel still retains the majority of the original blued finish. There is almost no operational wear on the forward portion of the barrel and there is only minor friction wear over the chamber.  The bore exhibits a mirror finish with rifling that is still very crisp.

 

The Barrel Bushing is the correct Type 1, 2nd Variation that is in mint condition. The Bushing retains 98% of its original parkerized finish. The correct, short leg Recoil Spring Guide is in mint condition and retains virtually all of its original finish.  The recoil spring guide is typically worn from compression of the recoil spring and the fact that this guide has no spring wear leads me to believe this pistol may never have been issued.  The Recoil Spring remains in the white with the correct 30 coils. The Recoil Spring Plug is the correct type with nine, sharp pointed diamonds across the diameter of the face and it retains an elongated, rounded end detent. The Plug retains 98% plus of the original parkerized finish.

 

This pistol comes with a mint and original WWII 7-round blued Magazine manufactured by the Risdon Tool and Machine Company of Naugutuck, Connecticut.  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 99% of the original blued finish and has the sans serif “R” stamp on the top exposed portion of the Plate lip. The Follower retains 98% of its original blued finish and the spring is still strong.

 

This is a truly exceptional and mint condition Remington Rand Model 1911A1 Pistol from WWII. The Pistol functions perfectly and is about as close to how it looked when it rolled off the Remington Rand production line in late 1944 as is possible.