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Lot 300: World War II U.S. Union Switch & Signal Model 1911A1 Pistol

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

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Lot 300: World War II U.S. Union Switch & Signal Model 1911A1 Pistol

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

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,500
Price Realized:

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

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: 275
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 unmarked magazine, and a full blue barrel marked "HS" and "P" on the lug. Includes a "US" marked "1917" dated Hoyt leather holster. Provenance: The Mel Raucher Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 90% plus of the original Dulite finish with the balance having thinned to a smooth grey patina, most noticeably on the grip straps and edges. The replacement grips are excellent with only the slightest handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. The holster is very fine with some mild wear and some verdigris on the brass components.



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