American Rifleman - August 2017 - 46
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Needing A Hand With
My Remington Rand
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I own a Remington Rand .45-cal.
M1911A1 with a stamped serial
number of 195XXXX. According
to Wikipedia, "Remington Rand
produced more M1911A1 pistols in
World War II than any other wartime
manufacturer," yet I cannot seem to
locate this pistol in either the Blue
Book of Gun Values or Gun Digest. On
the other hand, Guns International's
website says this model is a "Very rare
documented World War II issue." Can
you square this away for me? This
Remington is the typewriter manufacturer, not the arms company.
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According to the serial number
you provided, your pistol was
made by Remington Rand
in 1943 and consigned to the U.S.
Army. Additional information can be
found within Blue Book of Gun Values,
Thirty-Seventh Edition on p. 543.
Unless there is some special provenance to this particular pistol, "very
rare" is a vast exaggeration, for the
vintage is among the most commonly
found. For an inexperienced seller,
prices shown in books are usually
a retail value and a dealer will pay
50-75 percent of the published price.
If you have a relationship with a
licensed dealer whom you trust, they
can be very helpful, but sometimes,
especially if you have something
known to be valuable, a professional
appraisal might be a good idea. I use
books as a ballpark guide. Condition is
vital to value and is usually given as a
percentage of the original finish.
-CHARLES E. PETTY, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR