1942 Remington Rand
Model 1911 A1

S/N 918910

This is one of the first Remington Rands produced ,some of the unique characteristics include the Du-Lite blue finish, the early grips with no reinforcing rings, Type 1 slide stamp (referred to as the New York slide, as it is spelled out unlike the T2 and T3 stampings which are "NY"). Notice also the machined trigger and the very early production stubby Remington Rand hammer. Barrel is a early Colt with the "G" stamp underneath. Springfield barrels are also found in this range. The 1942 production is the rarest of the Remington Rand series production years with only approximately 5,000 manufactured (SN 916405 to 921700).

Some collectors refer to the 1942 Remington Rands as the poor mans Singer. The manufacturing equipment Remington received from Springfield Armory to start production was the actual equipment used by Singer to complete its educational order of 500 pistols. Since there were only a few thousand of these produced they are very rare and highly desired by 1911 collectors today and the value is twice that of the standard Remington Rand pistol.

Most of the pistols in this serial number range where shipped to the U.S. Navy. This pistol was acquired from the collection of Karl Karash, well known and respected Military Firearms collector and editor of the 1911s section of the Krause Military Firearms Price Guide.


Left Profile

Right Profile

Type 1 legend

Serial Number and
Property mark

"G" inspectors/assemblers mark

Early stubby hammer
 

Thumb-safety
and hammer

Early RR Checkered
mainspring housing

Stamp of Col. Frank J. Atwood
and "P" proof mark

Milled trigger

Rockwell Hardness test marks

Rockwell Hardness test marks
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Early Keys grips
Images courtesy the
T. Moore collection