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Need comments on this 'Remington Rand' 1911A1 please.

Marked: UNITED STATES PROPERTY NO. 1028xxx M 1911 A1 U.S. ARMY on the right side of the frame. There is also a faint marking just forward of the pin from the safety which resembles the Ordnance Mark - but it is weak.

The left side of the frame has the intials FJA below the rear portion of the slide stop. Rear of the magazine release is an initial which could be a D or P - it is weakly stamped.

Here's the kicker. When the slide stop is removed the frame beneath it is stamped HING LONG NAPA, CA.

The slide is marked REMINGTON RAND, INC. SYRACUSE, N Y. U S A. on the left side.

There are no apparent markings on the barrel.

Comments please - has anyone encountered the HING LONG NAPA, CA before?

Thanks,
Jim
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All,

Thanks for the great responses. You answered my primary concern that the gun is not a counterfeit - someone casting frames and putting fake markings/serial numbers, etc. Clearly illegal, but it has probably been done. The stamp under the slide release threw me as I didn't realize importers were required to do that.

I bought the pistol 'just to have' - as a reminder of the years in the 1970s and 80s that I spent as an Army MP carrying the darn things. Always had pretty good luck with them at the range, although I haven't fired this one yet.

The finish is pretty good - even parkarized gray color. Some pitting if a few places, but really it's almost in as good a shape as the ones I use to get out of the armsroom. The barrel is pretty definitely not original - I'll be looking for another one to drop in it.

Probably paid too much for it (675), but I'm tired of looking at gun shows around here where anything out of a case is at least $1000!

Thanks again,
Jim
 

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MrAngry,

Yes, I'm seeing a few show up on GunBroker around the $500 mark which is probably not a bad price. There is one over there right now.

Although it's hard to be certain from the photo the parkarizing on the slide doesn't 'look' right. My experience is that it should be 'smoother' than what the picture shows.

But hey I'm certainly not an expert as this thread demonstrates!

Jim
 

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Yee-haw! Took the Remington to the range last night. It’s been over 15 years since I shot the old 45 ACP. Been doing the 9mm thing. Had forgotten how much fun it is to shoot a ‘real gun’! Almost had to quit shooting as I couldn’t stop grinning in anticipation as I was squeezing the trigger.

No good news to report on accuracy. But I’m convinced that the next time around I’ll be able to concentrate more on the mechanics of shooting and less on the sheer enjoyment of shooting the old 1911A1.

Hooah!
Jim
 

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dsk,

Thanks for the update. Looks like I remain firmly ensconced in 1943 with Serial NO. 1028xxx.

By the way went out for another session on the range. Firing 5-shot groups from a supported position was acceptable at the 7-yard line. I tended to throw out the first shot of each group. I think it is because of the play/slack in the trigger. Once I had that under control the remaining four rounds were very well grouped – usually literally touching each other. Moving on to the 25-yard line was very disappointing – I’m sure an indictment of my shooting ability.

Now it’s time to tune up the trigger group. I realize I won’t have a ‘target’ pistol (and that’s not what I bought it for anyway), but I think with a little trigger work the results at the 25-yard line will improve.

By the way absolutely no mechanical problems at all – i.e. no FTF, FTE, etc. Ran perfect through 100 rounds of American Eagle 230-grain ball ammo.

Regards to all,
Jim
 
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