Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1440: U.S. Springfield Model 1911 N.R.A. Pistol

Auction Date: December 5, 2020

U.S. Springfield Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Scarce 'N.R.A.' Sales Markings

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,500

U.S. Springfield Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Scarce 'N.R.A.' Sales Markings

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1911
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 955
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 313
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Bore Condition: -

Manufactured in 1915, this pistol was one of 25,748 total M1911's produced by Springfield Armory, with few of those marked NRA. This example was later released to the public through the Civilian Marksmanship Program which supplied quality military style firearms to the American public primarily through National Rifle Association-affiliated shooting clubs. Such weapons would be stamped "N.R.A." to prevent possible confusion by the authorities on how U.S. Property-marked weaponry wound up in civilian hands. Fitted with integral blade front and flat-top notch rear sights, the three-line patent dates and "SPRINGFIELD ARMORY/U.S.A." on the left side of the slide, "flaming bomb" proofs on the slide and frame, and "N.R.A." on the right side of the frame below the serial number. Fitted with a long smooth trigger, wide knurled hammer, short grip safety, flat mainspring housing with lanyard loop, correct two-tone folded base magazine, diamond pattern checkered grips, and a later production replacement full blue barrel marked "HS" on the right lug, and "P" on the left.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 75% plus original military blue finish with the balance thinned to a smooth grey patina, primarily on edges, high spots, and the grip straps. There are a few scattered patches of very light surface pitting. The grips are fine with some scattered minor dings and scratches, some mild wear, and mostly well-defined checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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