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Need help from WWII 1911 Collectors

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I have the option of purchasing a 1911 from the WWII era. The serial # is 2436xxx which according to other sites with serial # ranges, this is a Remington frame (has a stamp of FJA on frame near trigger). The slide on the other hand has the familiar Colt patent information and the rampant colt. Both slide and frame appear to be re-blued since the "Property of the United States" is difficult to read. Question, is the Remington frame/Colt Slide a legitimate configuration for a WWII era gun or is this simply a "pieces and parts" gun?
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A lot of guns were disassembled by the armorers and parts tossed into bins. Trigger bins, slide bins, etc.. Then they would take a part from each bin and build a gun on an as needed basis. What you have is considered a "Military Rebuild", but not as valuable as an all original Colt or Remington Rand.
 

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If it's reblued then it's not an authentic arsenal rebuild. Post-war rebuilds were always parkerized. I'd rate the value of such a gun at around $450 or so.

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Does anyone know what the "FJA" is all about? I have a gun that fits that description, however the slide indicates only patent dates, and the frame has been welded. Too bad it doesn't shoot well. Nice little wall hanger though.
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Sendero - the "FJA" stamped on the frame on the left side just refers to the U.S. Ordnance Inspector who inspected that 1911A-1 frame. "FJA" stands for Lt. Col. F.J. Atwood, who inspected Ithaca, Reminton-Rand and Union Switch & Signal 1911A-1's.

Best, NAA.

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Originally posted by NAA:
Sendero - the "FJA" stamped on the frame on the left side just refers to the U.S. Ordnance Inspector who inspected that 1911A-1 frame. "FJA" stands for Lt. Col. F.J. Atwood, who inspected Ithaca, Reminton-Rand and Union Switch & Signal 1911A-1's.

Best, NAA.

Union Switch & Signals were not FJA inspected. The were given the inspection mark of Lt. Col. Robert C. Downie, which was RCD inside a large circle.



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