1944 Remington Rand M1911A1
This Remington Rand made M1911A1 pistol serial
#1981453 was shipped late in 1944 to the Transportation Officer,
Springfield Armory. It is in
completely original and “near new” condition. The
slide shows the
characteristic dark area at the muzzle end that is due to the selective
hardening process applied to the slides of all wartime pistols. This
1911A1 pistol is shown with a Kraft paper over cardboard shipping box and
The images you see on this page should help you evaluate a Remington Rand M1911A1 produced in 1944 (early or late). Click on image for larger version.
Notice the sight and checkered hammer
Stamped trigger and checkered mag. release
(Owned by RR)
Notice seam-RR shipped mostly "G" stamped magazines.
Serrated mainspring housing
Checkered thumb safety
Serrated slide stop
Blued High Standard barrel
Proof stamp on opposite lug
Feed ramp should not be parkerized
Keys WWII stocks
Remington Rand Story:
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 (Remington Rand "C"
Division) to take charge of building the pistols.
Remington Rand "C" Division converted a vacant plant into a
modern pistol manufacturing facility. The
plant was located on Dickerson street in Syracuse, N.Y and was once used for
building typewriters, initially some manufacturing equipment was not
available. This caused Remington Rand to acquire parts from other sources to
complete the early pistols. They purchased barrels from High Standard, Colt,
and Springfield Armory; Disconnectors from
US&S; Grips safeties from Colt; and Slide stops from Colt and Springfield
Armory (2,865 left over from WWI). Remington Rand "C" Division
inherited much of the documentation, tooling, and machinery that originally
was used by The Singer Manufacturing Co. in their Educational Order.
some of the parts of the early pistols were made using Singer supplied tooling
and fixtures. Careful examination of Early Remington Rand pistols will
reveal striking similarities in some of the parts to Singer made parts such as
the triggers and mainspring housings. The
first 255 production pistols where accepted by ordinance inspectors in
November of 1942. Initial
shipments appeared to perform satisfactorily, but subsequent tests performed
by Ordnance Inspectors revealed serious problems with parts
interchangeability. In March 1943
James Rand Jr., stopped
production due to a high rate of Parts Interchangeability Test failures.
Only after a change in management and a thorough review of the
inspection and manufacturing operations was production finally resumed in May
of 1943. Throughout production Remington Rand aggressively attempted to
innovate and improve the production of 1911A1 pistols.
March of 1945 they where 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 as many as Colt (628,808) and Ithaca (335,467) combined.
Reference Charles Clawsons “Colt .45
From the T. Moore collection