Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 342: North Vietnamese/Viet Cong Copy of a Model 1911A1 Pistol

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Unique and Very Scarce North Vietnamese/Viet Cong Copy of a Model 1911A1 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,500

Unique and Very Scarce North Vietnamese/Viet Cong Copy of a Model 1911A1 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: Vietnam
Model: 1911
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45
Barrel: 5 1/4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: plastic
Item Views: 398
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 297
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

Manufactured by an unknown party, this pistol bears a strong resemblance to known "underground" pistols from the Indochina/Vietnam region. Such weapons were pressed into service for the First Indochina War against the French, and would continue to be used by factions on both sides of the North/South split after the French left; such weapons are often associated with the Viet Cong, and a very similar weapon pictured on page 837 of "Small Arms of the World" by Ezell is identified to the "Cao Dai" religious sect from the South. Made mainly by hand in crude workshops, Ezell notes that these weapons have been seen with finish "surprisingly good considering the circumstances under which they were made". Made in direct emulation of the 1911A1, and is completely devoid of markings apart from "1966" on the right of the frame, which may be either a manufacture date or intended as a serial number. Fitted with a blade front sight and notch rear sight, hand-filed slide serrations, checkered wide hammer, functioning grip and thumb safeties, checkered hardwood grips, serrated mainspring housing with lanyard loop, and an ill-fitting American made "S" marked magazine.

Rating Definition:

Very good, retains 25% of the original blue finish with the balance primarily a smooth grey patina with some scattered patches of light pitting. The grips are fine with some mild corrosion around the screws and some grime buildup. Mechanically fine. A scarce complimentary piece for even the most complete U.S. military or Colt auto collections!

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