|Maker:||Union Switch & Signal|
5/25/17 - This is a very nice example of a M1911A1 from World War II. It is a United States Property marked 1911 made by Union Switch & Signal. The pistol has about 97-98% of its original finish, with some thinning along the high edges of the slide. All parts are original, though the barrel bushing does not have the trademark concentric circles found on the Union Switch & Signal manufactured part. Many of these pistols were shipped using the Colt barrel bushing, but it is impossible to prove the part is original to the pistol in this case. It has the RCD inspection mark in a circle, and the P proof mark on the frame and slide, which is proper. The barrel is "HS" marked and correct. Bore is very nice, with only very minor frosting on some of the grooves. Magazine is marked 'G' on the lip.
The Union Switch & Signal company of Swissvale Pennsylvania, primarily made railroad signaling equipment but received a contract on May 5, 1942 for the manufacture of M1911A1 pistols. The first pistols were accepted by Ordnance inspectors in January 1943, but the company received word that their contract would be canceled. Within a month U.S.&S. had signed a contract to supply carbine parts. On March 8, 1943 the company was officially notified that their contract had been cut back from 200,000 pistols to 30,000 pistols. However on June 26th, when the contract was nearly complete, and many of the workers had been transferred to Carbine operations, the company received a letter of intent to purchase an additional 25,000 pistols. The last of the pistols was shipped on November 27, 1943. 55,000 Union Switch and Signal pistols were delivered serial numbered from 1041405 to 1096404. U.S.&S. pistols are the second rarest of the M1911A1s (55,000 produced), only the Singer is rarer (500 produced). None of the Union Switch & Signal 1911A1s have the crossed cannons ordnance stamp. We are told these were issued to the Army Air Corps during the war.
|Maker||Union Switch & Signal|