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Old 05-11-2021, 03:49 PM
Hartinarmz Hartinarmz is offline
 
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Default Took a Chance on a Rack Grade

I was contacted on 5/7/21 (RGN 20975) and my heart was set on a Rack Grade. My FFL received the pistol today and was kind enough to send two photos as I will be out of state for a while longer. The finish is exactly what I wanted, original and worn. It's a Colt slide on what I'm fairly positive is an Ithaca frame. I'm not a big 1911 guy, I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on it! Without seeing it in person, I am thoroughly pleased. Thank you CMP!



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Old 05-11-2021, 04:38 PM
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the more pictures I see the more I like all the grades!
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Old 05-11-2021, 04:53 PM
Jakeroub Jakeroub is offline
 
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I think I’m liking the look of the rack and field grades over the service grades. Service grades may generally make better shooters though.
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Old 05-11-2021, 07:32 PM
G36shooter G36shooter is offline
 
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This is why having choices is a good thing. You chose a rack grade because that is what you wanted. You are pleased with your decision and that is what counts. The pistol looks great, has that, been there, done that look, enjoy!
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Old 05-11-2021, 07:56 PM
thielenjp thielenjp is offline
 
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I'll say it again,
Nice Rack !

Fun sayin' that without getting slapped !

Very nice pistol, enjoy.
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Old 05-11-2021, 09:36 PM
Deppizzymo Deppizzymo is offline
 
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Every rack grade I have seen has been beautiful
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Old 05-11-2021, 09:57 PM
Hartinarmz Hartinarmz is offline
 
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Definitely cannot wait to see it in person. The photographs lost some clarity in transferring from one source to another. The markings on the frame that I can see are as follows: faint crossed canons ordnance mark, "FJA" inspection initials, a "P" next to the magazine release, "No" with line underneath prior to the six digit serial number (hard to tell the first two digits from what I received), and "FK" with accompanying flaming bomb near the serial number indicative of a WWII/post-war RIA rebuild.

I feel like a kid waiting to get it in hand, check all the fine details, and do a thorough cleaning!
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Old 05-11-2021, 10:01 PM
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Nice looking pistol. Love the look.
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Old 05-12-2021, 06:01 PM
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All I can add at this point is the FK is a '50's RIA rebuild.
Poyer's book reverse's the EB (Elmer Burkje) earlier, with FK Frank Krank (later) dates at RIA.
Enjoy, nice pistol I would love to receive!
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Old 05-13-2021, 11:00 AM
Hartinarmz Hartinarmz is offline
 
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All I can add at this point is the FK is a '50's RIA rebuild.
Poyer's book reverse's the EB (Elmer Burkje) earlier, with FK Frank Krank (later) dates at RIA.
Enjoy, nice pistol I would love to receive!
Awesome! Thank you for the updated info, I was using coolgunsite.com. I'm just happy it's an early rebuild.

The flaming bomb symbol immediately underneath the serial number looks exactly like the US Army Ordnance Corp collar brass if that helps. I'll take better, more detailed photos once I have it in hand.

Upon further inspection, I may have to retract my statement about it being an Ithaca frame. It now appears to be a Remington Rand if I'm reading the serial number correctly. It appears to be "918709", which would make it the 2,304th 1911a1 Remington Rand produced, so that is kind of cool!
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