Object Title

Centrefire self-loading military pistol - Colt 1911 A1

Centrefire self-loading military pistol - Colt 1911 A1

Object Number

XII.3661

Provenance

Transferred from Sussex Police, 1968.

Physical Description

Slide with low-profile blade foresight at the muzzle. Tilting barrel with separate bushing at the muzzle retained by a spring button. Ejection port on the upper right side, and backsight is a notch dovetailed into the back of the slide. Exposed single-action hammer with knurled spur. Slide hold-open and manual safety levers on the left of the frame, acted upon by a single double-ended spring retained in a cylinder. Chequered plastic grip plates. Magazine release is a knurled button on the left of the frame. The frame on the back side of the trigger guard has been scalloped. Backstrap has a grip safety which also forms part of the beaver tail. Lower part of the backstrap is textured and slightly bellied. Lanyard loop on the heel, and there is another loop on the magazine floor plate. Parkerised finish.

Techniques

Manufactured

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength4.88 in
BarrelLength124 mm
OverallLength8.62 in
OverallLength219 mm
OverallWeight1.125 kg
OverallWeight2.48 lbs

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 1973050

Calibre

.45 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Inspection mark
FJA
Left side of frame, below hold-open lever
Stamped
Proof mark
P
Left side of frame, by magazine release
Stamped
Manufacturer
REMINGTON RAND INC. SYRACUSE, N.Y. U.S.A.
Left side of slide
Stamped

Notes

The Second World War saw the mobilisation of large swathes of nations' industries, shifting their manufacturing to war materiel. The US was no different. In this case Remington Rand was a producer of typewriters in Syracuse NY, which changed to manufacture of M1911A1 pistols during the war.