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Hello. A friend of mine is looking at this 43 rem rand a guy has for sale.

I pointed out a few things i saw with it but more eyes and opinions would be of help.

The slide looks to have the blanchard mill marks like my 1945. Should those be on a 43.

The front grip portion of frame has rough machining ridges.

Right side of frame in front of trigger gurad has something going on. Just some odd edges to the frame.

No lanyard loop. Trigger is light grey

Right side frame markings any thoughts.

He only sent me these pics and not easy to deduct alot without tearing it down and hands on for me to compare it too books.
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Pistol is not remotely correct. Slide, 1945 and frame, early 1943, mismatch, finish wrong, right side United States Property markings suspicious, no lanyard loop and front strap machined. Possible repair work right side of frame forward of the M1911A1 US ARMY markings?
And the price is out of line for the pistol. The machine work on the front strap is irreparable. Your friend should walk away
 

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It is missing the ordnance wheel stamp as well. It may have been a cut frame that was welded and then shaved down and refinished. Looks like someone was going to checker the front strap and stopped short. A dog with fleas.
 

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That pistol is overpriced by at least $1000.
 
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To the untrained eye its the classic, "45 Automatic". But its a parts gun and worth about $900.
 

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Unfortunately it's only a parts pistol, made with assembled parts, not to mention the grooved front sight.
 

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I’m pretty smitten with this one.

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Nice-looking pistola, but of course as you're aware that one has been extensively customized by a gunsmith. Most comments here are directed to original condition guns.
 
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