Remington Rand 1911 from WWII


Sniper X
July 15, 2009, 10:53 AM
Here's the information my buddy gave me off the pistol

On the mag release side:
Remington Rand, Inc.
Syracuse, N.Y. U.S.A.

"FJA" stamped just below the slide release.

Other side:
United States Property
M1911 A1 U.S. Army
No. 999963

What is the possible worth of this pistil in generally good perfectly working condition? He says there is light surface rust on a few places he thinks he can get off with a cloth and oil, and the pistol shoots perfectly at least for the three shots he put thru it after cleaning the gun.



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July 15, 2009, 11:03 AM
Here is a link to one for sale at Cabela's $1699.99, nomention of surface rust though. I have one just like it, but don't care how much it's worth, I'll never part with it. I inherited it from my great-grandfather. Family lore says it was his actual side arm in WW-II.

July 15, 2009, 11:09 AM
500-1000 maybe... need pics man... and on a 1911 platform just about everything can be fixed except for the frames feed ramp- once a bubba takes that metal off there is no putting it back

July 15, 2009, 11:13 AM

July 17, 2009, 10:10 AM shows that pistol as having been manufactured 1942~1943

The 'FJA' inspectors mark would be Frank J. Atwood, Lt. Col. He was a US Military small arms inspector from 1942~1944

Remington Rand only produced 125,000 of those for the military, so they are not too common. Value will depend upon condition, and whether the parts are all original or some have been replaced.

Jim Watson
July 17, 2009, 10:32 AM
Remington Rand only produced 125,000

That was only their first order. They made a total of 875,000+ guns, more than Colt did during WW II, and are actually the most common variant. They are still well respected and worth a good deal if in original configuration. Back when you could actually shoot and modify a surplus pistol without offending a collector or speculator, a friend who was deep into them said he thought the RR was a better shooter than a wartime Colt.

Sniper X
July 17, 2009, 02:51 PM
Lotsa great information! Glad I came here to ask!

thanks all for the great stuff and keep it coming if you hear more!!!!

thanks again!


March 2, 2010, 04:36 PM
I am new to this Forum so bear with me if I don't do things correctly. One of my 2 1911's is a RR from Syracuse. S/N 931457 FJA initials just below slide release lever. P or D just behind mag release button. Lanyard loop. Grips are plastic with external reinforcing ring around screws. Letter P is on top of slide just in front of the rear site. With this gun I also what I was told is the factory shipping box stamped with the same S/N and various Govt. information. In the box are several sheet of brown wax paper. One magazine that I do not see any markings. The other magazine is still wrapped in a soft brown paper (like heavy tissue paper).

I am not a judge on rating condition but there is no rust or pitting anywhere, inside our out. The finish is slightly worn off that the fron of the frame, slide probably from being put into and removed from a holster.

If I am reading everything correctly Clawson shows this is a later 1943.

Questions: 1. What else do I look at to determing authanticity? 2. What are opinions on value? 3. How do I attach pictures in this forum?

Finally see my seperate posting about my Remington UMC.

Thanks and a salute to all Vet from a Vet.

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