Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1425: World War II U.S. Union Switch & Signal Model 1911A1 Pistol

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

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

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

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: Dulite
Grip: plastic
Stock:
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 312
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, replacement Keyes Fiber checkered grips, full blue "L" marked magazine, and a full blue barrel marked "HS" and "P" on the lug.

Rating Definition:

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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