1944 US Army WWII Ithaca 1911-A1 .45 ACP 5″ Semi-Auto Pistol C&R Rare Old

SOLD FOR: $2,425

WOA#: WY240224CC056

Make: Ithaca

Model: 1911-A1

Serial Number: 1832739

Year of Manufacture: 1944 (https://www.coolgunsite.com/pistols/colt%20production.htm)

Caliber: .45 ACP

Action Type: Removable Magazine Fed Single Action SA Semi-Automatic Pistol.

Markings: This pistol has “UNITED STATES PROPERTY / No. 1832739/ M1911A1 U.S. ARMY” along with the ordnance dept. logo on the right side of the frame, and a “2” on the right side trigger guard. The left side of the slide is marked “ITHACA GUN CO. INC. ITHACA N.Y.”, and there is “FJA / P” on the left side of the frame.

Barrel Length: 5”

Sights/Optics: The front sight is a small blade with a serrated rear face that is fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a flat top U-notch that is dovetailed to the slide.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood grips. The grips show no wear. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The back strap is serrated. The grips are in Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Phosphate

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is well defined. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates at 8/10.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are minor nicks and scratches, there is light finish wear on this pistol and some of the finish on the sharp edges are worn. Overall this pistol rates at about Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: 1x 7 Round Magazine

Our Assessment: The Ithaca M1911A1 served as a standard-issue sidearm for American soldiers during World War II, complementing Colt’s production of the M1911A1. Known for its reliability, durability, and stopping power, it became a trusted companion for infantrymen, officers, and other personnel in combat.

After World War II, the Ithaca M1911A1 continued to see service with the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies for several more decades. While it may not have been as prolific as the Colt-produced M1911A1, the Ithaca variant still made significant contributions to American military history.

Today, the Ithaca M1911A1 is highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts for its historical significance and connection to World War II. Well-preserved examples of these pistols are prized for their craftsmanship, reliability, and role in shaping firearms history. -R.E.

1944 US Army WWII Ithaca 1911-A1 .45 ACP 5" Semi-Auto Pistol C&R Rare Old
1944 US Army WWII Ithaca 1911-A1 .45 ACP 5″ Semi-Auto Pistol C&R Rare Old