Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1599: World War II U.S. Union Switch & Signal Model 1911A1 Pistol

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Excellent World War II U.S. Union Switch & Signal Model 1911A1 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Holster

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $6,500

Excellent World War II U.S. Union Switch & Signal Model 1911A1 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Holster

Manufacturer: Union Switch and Signal
Model: 1911A1
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: du lite
Grip: plastic
Stock:
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 306
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

In May of 1942 the U.S. government initially placed an order with Union Switch & Signal Co. for 200,000 Model 1911A1 pistols, an order which was later revised to 55,000 pistols. This pistol was likely manufactured early to mid-1943. The slide is marked with the "USS" monogram and "U.S. & S. Co./SWISSVALE, PA. U.S.A." on the left side, with a Robert Downie "R.C.D." on the left of the frame, and standard U.S. government nomenclature on the right. It is fitted with blade and notch sights, thin checkered hammer, short stamped trigger, long grip safety, arched checkered mainspring housing with lanyard loop, reinforced checkered grips, full blue "L" marked magazine and a full blue High Standard contract barrel marked "HS" and "P" on the barrel lug. Includes a "Sears 1942" marked U.S. holster. Provenance: The Gus Cargile Collection

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retains 95% plus of the original du lite finish with slightly thin grip strap, scattered light handling marks and some light edge/cycling wear. The grips are also excellent with only the slightest handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. The holster is fine.



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