North American Arms M1911


North American Arms received a contract to produce 500,000 M1911 pistols. Only 104 were ever produced from the parts . Making them the rarest 1911s to ever enter production. Number 66 above will be up for auction by RIA this September .


    • I was going to leave a comment here about gun finishing in general, and then the specific cause of the degraded finish you see above, but I’ll just address the point.

      The finish you see above isn’t the result of rust or lack of care. The manufacture used a solution that contained some sort of copper-based chemical for their blueing, and it has flaked off over the years. The appearance of this gun is the result of taking shortcuts in the metal finishing step of making a gun, not because they stored it in a boat’s bilge. The pistol has not been mis-treated – look at the thumb safety on the pistol: it’s nicely blued and is still completely blue. It stands out like a sore thumb on that pistol – showing how incompetently the rest of the gun was finished.

      Now you start to understand why I bang on about metal finishing and the quality of same all the time. I’m something of a bore on the topic – always ranting about how no one wants to do a good job any more. Well, here you see why: Do a fast & shoddy job that fools uninformed people at the time of manufacture, and in 90 years, it won’t fool anyone. Colt guns that are as old as that 1911 above (which dates from WWI) still have their blueing on them and some of them look marvelous. The process they used above looks like crap after 50+ years.


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