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Lot 1423: World War II U.S. Union Switch & Signal Model 1911A1 Pistol

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

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Lot 1423: World War II U.S. Union Switch & Signal Model 1911A1 Pistol

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

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

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

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

Manufacturer: Union Switch and Signal
Model: 1911A1
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: parkerized
Grip: plastic
Stock:
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 311
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 "R" marked magazine, and a full blue barrel marked "HS" and "P" on the lug.

Rating Definition:

Very good, retains 30% plus of the much faded parkerized finish with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey or plum-brown patina with a few scattered patches of light pitting concentrated on the left rear of the slide. The replacement grips are also very good with some mild wear and a few scattered minor blemishes in the otherwise crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. Looks like it was in a tropical climate, possibly the Pacific Theater in World War II!



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