Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 343: Korean War-Era Remington-Rand/Pusan Jin Iron Works 1911A1 Pistol

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Unique and Desirable Korean War-Era Remington-Rand/Pusan Jin Iron Works 1911A1 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,000

Unique and Desirable Korean War-Era Remington-Rand/Pusan Jin Iron Works 1911A1 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: Remington-Rand
Model: 1911A1
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: parkerized
Grip: plastic
Item Views: 442
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 297
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

The frame of this very interesting pistol started life in early 1943, at the height of World War II, and was manufactured by Remington-Rand. There is little doubt that the frame of this pistol and most of the smaller components saw heavy use for the following two years in the war effort against either the Germans or the Japanese. The frame then found its way into the Korean War, either as a complete pistol, or merely a frame transferred to South Korean forces. At some point during its time there the pistol was fitted with a barrel and slide that were manufactured by the Pusan Jin Iron Works, a South Korean factory known for producing copies of 1911/1911A1 pistols, often utilizing American made parts. The Pusan pistols are often noted for being fairly low quality compared to their American counterparts, but are generally fully functioning copies unlike many of the Vietnamese made copies. This example is incredibly rare in that it utilizes a complete American made frame, while most examples usually only show a few scattered small parts of American origin. The left side of the slide on this example shows the standard Pusan Jin marking and is numbered "3/7" internally. The Korean made barrel is also numbered "3/7" on the bottom, and "3/7" has been stamped internally on the frame, indicating that this slide and barrel were specifically fitted to this frame. The left side of the frame has the "FJA" inspection mark and "P" proof, while the right has the standard U.S. property, serial number, and model markings. Apart from the slide and barrel, all components appear to be American made. It is fitted with Keyes Fiber checkered grips and a full blue "L" marked magazine.

Rating Definition:

Very good as arsenal rebuilt/refurbished, both the frame and slide appear to retain their respective finishes, with traces of the original parkerized finish on the frame and on the slide, with the balance of both having mostly thinned to a smooth grey patina with some scattered patches of light surface pitting on the frame. The grips are fine with some mild lower edge wear, a few scattered minor flat spots/scuffs, and some light handling marks in the otherwise well-defined checkering. Mechanically fine.

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