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Old May 30th, 2020, 12:36 PM #331
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1943 Remington Rand, looks mostly correct. Obviously refinished but looks good.
That's a beauty! Are you selling that one or is it for your personal collection?
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That's a beauty! Are you selling that one or is it for your personal collection?
It's for sale
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Here is an interesting article from the Army Times; it's over a year old but informative none the less.
https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-...pply-by-a-lot/
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This is my 1917 Field Grade

I went with the field grade on the advice of the rep when I called in after I was picked. Am pretty pleased with what I got. Especially the age. I didn't want a refinished gun. To me, that reduced the originality. It has definitely seen use. Doesn't appear to have ever been re-armored/re-finished but I'm no expert. Has a number 4 in paint and stamped and all parts colt. By SN this was a run of 33,814 manufactured in 1917.
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I went with the field grade on the advice of the rep when I called in after I was picked. Am pretty pleased with what I got. Especially the age. I didn't want a refinished gun. To me, that reduced the originality. It has definitely seen use. Doesn't appear to have ever been re-armored/re-finished but I'm no expert. Has a number 4 in paint and stamped and all parts colt. By SN this was a run of 33,814 manufactured in 1917.
My guess is it has some ww ii era rebuild parts in it. Look at the hammer, doesn't match. Probably has a arsenal rebuild barrel, hammer, grip safety, grips but that doesn't detract from the niceness at all.
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Slide release and trigger are darker like the hammer.

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My guess is it has some ww ii era rebuild parts in it. Look at the hammer, doesn't match. Probably has a arsenal rebuild barrel, hammer, grip safety, grips but that doesn't detract from the niceness at all.
Funny how I didn't even see the hammer color. Slide release darker as well. Added some more pics. Any idea about the stampings?
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Funny how I didn't even see the hammer color. Slide release darker as well. Added some more pics. Any idea about the stampings?
Mine (not CMP) is pretty much the same. I'm not a 1911 expert but I think the RIA is Rock island arsenal rebuild stamp. All those darker parts will likely be ww ii era arsenal rebuild parts. Most likely the barrel too.

Lots of them are like that, got some of the improved parts and those that wear out.

Nice pistol though and congrats.
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I went with the field grade on the advice of the rep when I called in after I was picked. Am pretty pleased with what I got. Especially the age. I didn't want a refinished gun. To me, that reduced the originality. It has definitely seen use. Doesn't appear to have ever been re-armored/re-finished but I'm no expert. Has a number 4 in paint and stamped and all parts colt. By SN this was a run of 33,814 manufactured in 1917.
That does look good. I was wondering if a Field grade was more likely to be an older vintage than a Service grade.
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Mine (not CMP) is pretty much the same. I'm not a 1911 expert but I think the RIA is Rock island arsenal rebuild stamp. All those darker parts will likely be ww ii era arsenal rebuild parts. Most likely the barrel too.

Lots of them are like that, got some of the improved parts and those that wear out.

Nice pistol though and congrats.
You are correct
The parkerized finish is a giveaway too that it has been rebuilt, all WW1 1911's were blued originally.
The FK is the inspector initials at RIA, which also yields a time frame of this overhaul:
"FK: Frank Krack was Assistant Foreman of the Inspection Division at Rock Island Arsenal from September 17, 1941 until he retired on July 19th, 1946. During that period all small arms inspected under his supervision would be stamped with his initials "FK" as well as those of the Rock Island Arsenal "RIA"."
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You are correct
The parkerized finish is a giveaway too that it has been rebuilt, all WW1 1911's were blued originally.
The FK is the inspector initials at RIA, which also yields a time frame of this overhaul:
"FK: Frank Krack was Assistant Foreman of the Inspection Division at Rock Island Arsenal from September 17, 1941 until he retired on July 19th, 1946. During that period all small arms inspected under his supervision would be stamped with his initials "FK" as well as those of the Rock Island Arsenal "RIA"."
Awesome info. Thanks! Any idea about the stamp below the slide release above the mag release?

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