Man, that pistol is really awesome. I've always wanted a vintage WWII 1911. I hope you're going to take that sweet piece out to the range a time or two!
My cousin's best friend, who was an Marine infantry LT in Vietnam, has his father's USMC 1911 from WWII. His dad carried that pistol throughout the Pacific campaign until he was wounded and transferred home. The lockup is still tight and it's easy to hit a steel silhouette at 35 yards. It's the one pistol I always request my cousin's buddy brings when we have range days in Arizona. What a pistol!
Once I get myself educated on the ins and outs of WWII era 1911s, I'm going to buy a nice collectors piece. Until then, I'll just keep coming back to this thread and drooling at yours.
Is this a commercial version? I'm thinking the military versions were parkerized.
That's awesome! I have a very similar one that belonged to my granddad. Where did you find the mags, and how much were they, if you don't mind me asking?
That is a very nice pistol! I love the patina on the holster!
As for the magazines, Remington Rand pistols were shipped from the factory with two 7 round magazines manufactured by some contractor companies, namely Risdon, Scovill, Little and General Shaver. You can identify them by a letter on the top of the front lip of the magazine plate. R (Risdon), S (Scovill), L (Little) and G (General Shaver).
There are plenty of these magazines on ebay, they usually run about 30 bucks each in good condition. At least all my three mags are Risdon.
Thanks for the info! I think mine is also a 1943, but mine has a grooved mainspring housing rather than a checkered. One thing I am not clear on is the barrel.
The only markings are on the hood, not near the lug like most seem to be, and I think it may have been chrome plated at some point. There is a "P" and another faint stamp that appears to be an "H" or some thing similar..
Here's a few more pics, sorry for the poor quality.
You can find a bit more information about barrels here:
It is possible that the marks on the lugs are very faint. Is the P on the lugs?
On the website you can also findthe year of manufacture by the serial number, there you can see if all the parts are still correct. I can't see clearly if its a grooved slide stop, but I think that Remington Rand started using grooved mainspring housings and slide stops in late 1943-early 1944. I might be wrong. They were still using checkered parts in early-mid 1943.
Just took another look at the site, and it appears to be a refinished Colt barrel from serial # range 120,000-400,000. I think that's the only non matching part.
Now that I know it's not the original barrel, I'll probably try and get a correct one. The rifling and rest of the interior of the barrel is not in very good shape anyways, it's got some pitting and the chrome plating is flaking off on some parts.
Doesn't shoot too bad though! I've only shot 50 rounds through it. Groups were relatively tight, but low and to the right.