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, replacement Keyes Fiber checkered grips, full blue "L" marked magazine, and a full blue barrel marked "HS" and "P" on the lug.
Very fine, retains 75% of the original Dulite blue finish with the balance having thinned to a smooth grey patina, with a minor takedown mark on the left of the frame. The grips are also very fine with a few scattered minor handling marks and otherwise crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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