Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 581: World War I U.S. Contract Remington-U.M.C. Model 1911 Pistol

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

World War I U.S. Contract Remington-U.M.C. Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $5,000

World War I U.S. Contract Remington-U.M.C. 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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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 348
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

In late 1917 or early 1918, Colt was ordered by the U.S. government to provide Remington-UMC with production drawings, sample pistols, and master gauges to produce the 150,000 Model 1911 pistols the government had ordered from them to support the war effort. In March of 1918 the initial order was increased to 500,000. By June of 1919, and the cancellation of the contract, Remington had produced 21,676 Model 1911 pistols. Because they had been made using a different set of technical drawings than Colt and Springfield, the Remington 1911 was purged from the inventory after the war to ensure parts compatibility. Fixed sights, with the two-block, three-line patent and address markings around the "REMINGTON/UMC" logo on the left side of the slide, "MODEL OF 1911/U.S. ARMY CALIBER .45" on the right, and the "E.E.C." and "eagle head/E28" proofs on the left side of the fame. Fitted with a "P" proofed full blue barrel, unmarked two-tone magazine, and diamond pattern checkered grips.

Rating Definition:

Fine, retains 40% plus of the original blue finish, primarily on the frame, with the balance a smooth grey patina. The grips are very good with some scattered minor dings and otherwise crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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