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thefinger
02-28-2009, 4:05 AM
PRICE CHECK: 1943 Remington Rand 1911

Friend of mine has a Remington Rand 1911. Serial puts production sometime in 1943. He has shown some interest in selling it, so I'm considering making him an offer on it.

It is chromed, but the chrome is chipping off in a few places and its rusted on the exposed spots. It has quite a few scratches on it. According to my friend, his mother-in-law won it in a poker game on a train in 1945 from an officer she had just met. He says it was already chromed when she won it.

Compared to newer 1911s, this one looks to be in kind of rough shape. However, it seems to function nicely and i don't mind the rough look.

How much should I offer him for it?

TheBundo
02-28-2009, 4:31 AM
If you are good at poker, play him for it :)

phil conrad
02-28-2009, 6:14 AM
The chrome plating has ruined any collector value. I would guess about $500 with out seeing the pistol.

Miltiades
02-28-2009, 8:31 AM
If you go to Gunbroker.com and type "Remington Rand" in the search box you will find a couple dozen of these 1911s for sale. Typically, in original parkerized condition with plastic grips, they go for $1400 to $2000. They are considered collector's items. Once they have been altered or modified they go for much less. Here is a picture of one:

http://pics.gunbroker.com/GB/123612000/123612680/pix181342765.jpg

During WW2 the government put several companies in the business of making 1911s to the Colt design, including Remington Rand in Syracuse, NY. Quite a few were produced. After WW2 the government sold them on the US market, with quite a few going through the NRA at a price of $35 each.

In about 1960 I bought one of these for $35 from a guy I worked with in a summer job in high school. I fired maybe 100 rounds through it and it worked fine. When I went to college I left it in my parent's house, and my dad sold it to my uncle without consulting me first. I guess he didn't want a handgun around. I should have put the gun in a safe deposit box, along with as many others as I could buy at $35 each.

ilbob
02-28-2009, 1:13 PM
being chromed kills the collector value.

the poor condition lowers the value even more.

maybe $400-500 if it functions well.