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Lot 3457: World War II U.S. Union Switch & Signal Model 1911A1 Pistol

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

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

Lot 3457: World War II U.S. Union Switch & Signal Model 1911A1 Pistol

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

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500
Price Realized:

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: parkerized
Grip: plastic
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 246
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. The full blue barrel is marked "HS" and "P" on the lug. It is fitted with blade and notch sights, thin checkered hammer, short stamped trigger, long grip safety, arched checkered mainspring housing with lanyard loop, 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 90% plus of the original parkerized finish with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina, primarily on edges, and some scattered plum colored spotting on the slide. The grips are excellent with a few scattered light blemishes in the otherwise crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.



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