c1944 mfr. U.S. Model 1911A1 REMINGTON-RAND .45 ACP Pistol C&R World War II
Very Nice WWII Sidearm!
Here we present a C&R Remington-Rand Model of 1911A1 U.S. Army Pistol, made in 1944 in Syracuse, New York. John Moses Browning’s famous pistol was adopted by the U.S. government in 1911 and attained iconic status throughout both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam and beyond. This one was made in the middle of World War II. The Model 1911 series of pistols is one of the most successful small arms designs of the 20th century, and in all of modern warfare history, for that matter. The handgun has been produced in quantity in the United States, Argentina, and Norway (the latter two under license production as the M1914 and the M1927 respectively) and was fielded in both World Wars and many of the major and minor conflicts of the century, eventually becoming a commercial success. The Model 1911 continues service in many forms today and is still a favorite among sporting, security, and casual gun lovers all over the world.
When World War II broke out, Remington-Rand had been a typewriter company for 55 years. Nevertheless, the United States needed war material and many manufacturers were pressed into service building things that they had never built before for the war effort. But why didn’t Uncle Sam get Remington Arms to build the pistols? The answer is really pretty simple. The War Department needed Remington Arms to do what it did best and that was to produce ammunition. Other folks could crank out the pistols.
Remington Rand was awarded its first order on March 16th, 1942, for a total of 125,000 1911A1 pistols. The company had no experience building pistols at the time it was awarded the contract. Remington Rand formed a new division to take charge of building the pistols. The division formed was designated Remington Rand “C” Division. After winning the contract, they converted a vacant plant once used for building typewriters to the production of M1911A1 pistols. The old plant was located on Dickerson Street in Syracuse, N.Y. By March of 1945 they were building the lowest price pistol in the war effort and quality was considered second to none. By the end of the war Remington Rand had produced over 875,000 pistols, almost twice as many as Colt and Ithaca combined.
From the mid-1920s to the mid-1950s thousands of 1911s and 1911A1s were refurbished at U.S. Arsenals and Service depots. These refurbishes could be minor inspections to major overhauls. Pistols that were refurbished at Government arsenals will usually be marked on the frame with the arsenal’s initials. This example is marked “RIA”, for Rock Island Arsenal just under the “UNITED STATES PROPERTY” marking and serial number.
The overall condition is near fine. Refurbished with nearly complete finish. The action is excellent. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. The grips are in very nice condition.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 5 inches.
Caliber: .45 ACP
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
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