Re: tracing my 1944 remington rand 1911 a1
Military 1911-A1's are not my field of strong expertise. I have learned little more than the bare basics. I am really not able to give an informed opinion about your pistol from the limited info supplied.
From the very limited info and clear photo segments you have supplied, this looks like RR frame to me. However, looks are often deceiving, and limited looks can be even more so. It may have been commercially reparkerized and the US PROPERTY mark removed before doing so. I am not saying that such is the case; but such is a possibility. Anyone who actually worked making these guns is in their late 80's, at the youngest, today. Thus, it is not easy to get reliable info from those who worked at RR making 1911-A1's, today. It is known that the "NO.", with "UNITED STATES PROPERTY" above it, was applied in one roll marking operation, and the serial number applied at a later time.
You were requested to put a tiny piece of something like masking tape that had been blackened over the last 2 or 3 digits of the serial number and supply a clear detailed photo of that area which should include the place where the "NO." serial # pre-mark and "UNITED STATES PROPERTY" mark should be. If either variation of the RR serial number pre-mark ("NO." or "N with small "o" and a line under the "o") is present; then it is likely that the "UNITED STATES PROPERTY" was applied and subsequently removed by someone for some reason.
As previously stated, this (the many variations of the military 1911 & 1911-A1 Pistol) is not my strong field of expertise; but the pictures requested (lots more of the whole frame and slide) would help in forming an opinion as to what you likely have.
Postscript: I misspoke. There is enough detail in your next top last picture (which more than fills my computer screen) to see that the "UNITED STATES PROPERTY" mark was ground off and the gun reparkerized. The grinding marks are clearly visible and do not belong there.
Someone simply unnecessarily devalued an "old war horse".
Last edited by Hammerslagger; 07-16-2012 at 06:26 PM..
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