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Thread: Can anyone clue me in on this 1911A1?

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    Can anyone clue me in on this 1911A1?

    A friend of mine has this 1911A1. He's out of state so I haven't put my hands on it, but he sent me these two photos. Any idea on what's up with 'British released' on the slide?? This is supposedly a Rand. Any help will be appreciated. Trying to place a value on it. Thanks!
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    Lend lease.
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    On a good day, can hit the broad side of a barn ... from the inside

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    The Lend Lease Act provided a way for the US Govt to supply Britain with WWII war material; some number of 1911 pistols included in that effort. Britain didn't use many of the 1911s, salvaged/released them after the war and sold them.

    The frame you show produced in 1944 by Ithaca.

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    +1 Doran's "Lend Lease" answer.

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    I agree with the previous posts, it is a pity not to have other photos with the "proofs" properly highlighted.
    Many of these guns remained unused, so today sometimes we can still find "lend leases" in excellent conditions.
    Buy the gun not the story and don't be drawn to an example that is not original, originality isn't something that can be restored. I've never seen a 1911 I didn't like.

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