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Old 11-25-2021, 11:12 AM
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Default How Determine if A WW2 1911A1 Has Been Refinished?

All, I would like to find a WW2 1911A1. When looking at various pistols, what should I look for to evaluate originality of finish / whether it’s been re-parkerized / etc?

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Old 11-25-2021, 11:19 AM
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The first thing I look for is the rear tang crossed cannons. This was applied after the finish, so it should be in the white, look closely. Try to examine or look at photos of others that are original to get a feel for the look.
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Old 11-25-2021, 11:33 AM
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First thing, look for depot rebuild markings
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Old 11-25-2021, 11:44 AM
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The first thing I look for is the rear tang crossed cannons. This was applied after the finish, so it should be in the white, look closely. Try to examine or look at photos of others that are original to get a feel for the look.

So very true if I am looking at a Colt,Ithaca or Remington Rand this is a great place to start

Second look at your serial number on the said pistol as it’s finish originally may not have been Parkerized
You want to look to see if it was blued (Colts 39’-41’)
Dulite Finish ( All Union Switch pistols, Early Remington Rand’s)

This is why you need good Poyer’s Book reasonably priced and if you going after one of these rare birds you might want to look for a Clawson small book

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Old 11-25-2021, 12:03 PM
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Thank you. Clawson’s book is out of reach, but Poyer’s is reasonable.

Where are re-build markings typicall applied? On the frame under the left grips? Right grip?

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Old 11-25-2021, 12:15 PM
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Default Always on the frame

Greg:
Most of the ones I have observed are on the right hand side next to the trigger housing
the most unique seem to be the Aniston stamps as they have the date with their stamp
I have 2 A Ithaca and a Remington Rand With OG just left of the trigger again on the left side
“SA” and RIA seem to be stamped forward portion of the frame






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Thank you. Clawson’s book is out of reach, but Poyer’s is reasonable.

Where are re-build markings typicall applied? On the frame under the left grips? Right grip?

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