What is a 1944 Remington Rand 1911A1 Value?

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by jmbtwo, Jan 12, 2012.

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  1. jmbtwo

    jmbtwo New Member

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    Jan 12, 2012
    Arlington, TX
    I am asking this to anyone who knows what the value of a 1944 Remington Rand 1911A1 is. It was used as a service pistol in WWII, in the Vietnam War a Major had it nickel plated. I know this because the 1911A1 was handed down to a family member and then given to me. Everything is original, I will post pictures to show that it is not a rebuild. I have taken it to the range and had no issues with accuracy, misfires or misfeeds. I would appreciate your help, thanks.
     
  2. jmbtwo

    jmbtwo New Member

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    Jan 12, 2012
    Arlington, TX
    Here are pictures of the 1911A1, it has a Hogue grip on it as well.
     

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  3. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2006
    It's now a shooter. The bumper-shop nickel plating job destroyed all collector value.
     
  4. berto64

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  5. TheGunClinger

    TheGunClinger Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    I believe, its a 1945. 2031600-2075103
     
  6. deadin

    deadin Well-Known Member

    May 16, 2006
    The two most important original parts, (i.e. the finish and the grips) are gone, so just another shooter. Value?? You can buy one of the "modern" knock-offs" for under $400 and they are also just shooters.......(No collector value.)
     
  7. silicosys4

    silicosys4 Former Guest

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    Apr 6, 2011
    Well, If the OP had some providence showing that the pistol did indeed belong to a prominent Major, and that the Major himself had the pistol refinished, it might still retain some margin of collectability.
     
  8. Lanrezac

    Lanrezac Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI
    Grips are one of the two most important parts? Dang - I would have said "magazine", since they are just as readily interchangeable, and originals are often harder to find.
     
  9. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    The word is provenance, and no family story is enough to establish it. Real provenance requires unimpeachable documentary proof of a chain of ownership of something from day one, and "somebody got it from some major" doesn't do it. Besides, that gun is not exactly a lost Rembrandt - it is not worth getting even a notarized statement.

    Jim
     
  10. deadin

    deadin Well-Known Member

    May 16, 2006
    You're right! :eek::eek: Don't know what I was thinking. I would guess that it was because I had a hard time finding some originals for my 1911. (not A1).
     
  11. Lanrezac

    Lanrezac Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI
    I know what you mean. I just spent about $80 for a pair of original grips for a Webley Mark V 455 revolver. I found them on the Internet by pure chance - since the gun is nearly 100 years old, it had not even occurred to me to look for original grips, just reproductions. But a magazine for a Webley 455 automatic would probably run over $200, and I don't think it has ever been reproduced. (I would not count Triple-K, even if they had one.)
     
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