I always wanted a real GI .45, and I picked this up today. Who can tell me what all to look for to make sure the parts are what they are supposed to be? What's E.E.C.? It is also stamped RIA - which I assume it was rebuitl at Rock Island.. Thanks
It is a Remington UMC M1911 made in 1919. The EEC initials are for Major Edmund E. Chapman, whose inspector intials went on Remington UMC pistols. The RIA stands for Rock Island Arsenal. The parkerized finish tells me your gun was a post-WW2 arsenal rebuild. The grips are plain checkered wood, which probably was added later by a civilian owner. Most rebuilds ended up with WW2-vintage plastic grips. You're lucky that the rest of the parts appear correct, and not grossly mismatched. Check the barrel. An original Remington UMC barrel should be marked only with a P on either the top of the chamber hood or on the lower lug.
I'm not nearly as "up" on the WW1 guns as the WW2, but Remington UMC guns are fairly rare in original shape. Even one such as this that is refinished may be worth collector's prices eventually, since it sounds like it has all its original parts except for the grips.
I'm moving this topic to USGI, where it really belongs. Maybe there Ben or Scott will have something to say about it.
The only thing I might add is that the parkerized finish was used on rebuilt 1911s right after WWI also. Parkerizing was the standard finish on rebuilds from that time all the way up to the last ones redone. Ao, the wood grips could be correct and indicate a pre-WWII rebuild.