Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1755: Singer 1911A1 Pistol 45 ACP

Auction Date: April 14, 2018

Exceptional and Rare World War II Singer Manufacturing Co. U.S. Model 1911A1 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $85,000 - $130,000

Exceptional and Rare World War II Singer Manufacturing Co. U.S. Model 1911A1 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: Singer
Model: 1911A1
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 5 inch
Finish: blue
Grip: brown plastic checkered
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 334
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

This excellent U.S. Model 1911A1 semi-automatic pistol was manufactured by the Singer Manufacturing Co., of Elizabeth, New Jersey, as part of a 500 gun educational order c. November 1941. The pistol has the commercial quality blue finish on all components including the barrel, stock screws and magazine. The brown checkered, hollow-back, stocks have no reinforcement rings around the screw holes. The receiver has the fine checkered mainspring housing, short, milled, trigger with knurled face, checkered safety lock, slide stop and short, wide-spur, hammer. The slide has a rear sight with U-shaped aperture. The only mark on the barrel is a large, block, "P" proofmark stamped on the left side of the lug. The right side of the receiver is roll-stamped: "UNITED STATES PROPERTY/No S800111" to the rear of the slide stop hole and "M 1911 A1 U.S.ARMY" ahead of it. The left side of the receiver is stamped with the initials of the Chief of the New York Ordnance District, Col. John K. Clement ("JKC"), beneath the slide stop notch and a block "P" proof mark just above the magazine release. The left side of the slide is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: "S. MFG. CO./ELIZABETH, N.J.,U.S.A." in two un-equal lines located between the slide-stop notch and the grip serrations. A "P" proofmark is stamped on the center-line of the slide with the top facing the rear sight and the right side facing the left grip serration. The replacement magazine is "S" marked on the top of the floor plate with a full, brush blue finish and prominent floor plate pins. Produced in the smallest quantities of any U.S. issue Model 1911 or Model 1911A1 pistol and finished with a distinctive, commercial quality, Du-Lite blue, the Singer Model 1911A1 pistols are probably the most desirable of all U.S. martial arms.

Rating Definition:

Excellent. This pistol retains 90% plus of the original factory finish overall. The edges of the side and top of the front sight blade show light holster wear with the heaviest wear on the front sight blade and sides of the slide at the muzzle. There is cycling wear on the recoil-spring housing, primarily on the right side of the slide. The frame has light handling wear on high points with slightly more wear on the grip strap and mainspring housing. The finish on the edges of the mainspring housing shows the most wear and has faded to a blue-brown patina. The barrel retains 60% plus of the original finish with cycling wear on the top of the chamber. The markings are crisp. The grips remain in excellent condition. The replacement magazine is in excellent condition and retains at least 95% of the finish. This is a truly exceptional example of a rare and highly desirable Singer Manufacturing Co., Model 1911A1 pistol. This pistol would be the center-piece in the most advanced collection of U.S. military firearms and is the essential piece in any comprehensive collection of Model 1911 and Model 1911A1 semi-automatic pistols.

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