What is a 1944 Remington Rand 1911A1 Value?

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  1. jmbtwo

    jmbtwo New Member

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    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.
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    Here are pictures of the 1911A1, it has a Hogue grip on it as well.

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  3. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Active Member

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    It's now a shooter. The bumper-shop nickel plating job destroyed all collector value.
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    TheGunClinger Active Member Supporting Member

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

    deadin Well-Known Member

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    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.)
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    silicosys4 Former Guest

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    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

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    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

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    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
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    deadin Well-Known Member

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    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).
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    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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