Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1634: "Lunch Box Gun" Style Remington-U.M.C. Attributed Model 1911

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Unique "Lunch Box Gun" Style Remington-U.M.C. Attributed Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000

Unique "Lunch Box Gun" Style Remington-U.M.C. Attributed Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: Remington UMC
Model: M1911
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 317
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

This interesting Remington-U.M.C. Model 1911 is an example of what is often called a "lunch box gun". This pistols were so called because many of them were taken out of the factory by employees in their lunch boxes, often one piece at a time, or as complete unfinished guns. This specific example appears to have been assembled from separate parts, all of which pulled from the production line at various stages of finish. The slide is completely unmarked apart from an "S" on the inside, but does feature factory cut serrations. The later production replacement barrel is blued with a polished chamber that is marked "COLT 45 AUTO". The only other visible marking is a heavily struck "15" on the right forward part of the frame. It is fitted with blade and notch sights, long smooth trigger, short grip safety, diamond pattern checkered walnut grips, and an unmarked two-tone magazine. Provenance: The Gus Cargile Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 80% plus of the blue finish which appears to have been applied after it left the factory along with what may be factory blue finish visible on the front strap, with the balance mostly a smooth grey patina, primarily on edges and the grip straps. The grips are also very fine with some scattered light handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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