Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3334: World War I U.S. Contract Remington-UMC Model 1911 Pistol

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

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

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

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

Manufacturer: Remington UMC
Model: M1911
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 493
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 222
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/E1" proofs on the left side of the fame. Fitted with a "P" proofed full blue barrel, two-tone pinned base magazine marked "B", and diamond pattern checkered grips. Provenance: The Mel Raucher Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 90% of the professionally restored blue finish with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina, a few scattered light handling marks, and crisp recut markings. The grips are also very fine with a few scattered minor blemishes and otherwise crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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