1943 WWII Ithaca 1911A1 U.S. Army 45 ACP War Iron
5" High Standard 1911 Barrel "FJA" Proofed No Res
Used Condition
FFL is required
Current Bid
Starting Bid
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25 Bids Bid History
Time Left 15 min rule
Item has Ended
7/30/2017 8:55 PM
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Item 669042555
Location Rio Rico, AZ 85648
Priority Mail$35.00
No international shipments
Payment Personal Check, Visa / MasterCard, American Express, Discover, USPS Money Order, Money Order, Certified Check
Checkout Yes
Sales Tax
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AZ 6.6%   
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Auction Item

Storied 1943 WWII Production - Ithaca - M1911 A1 U.S. Army - .45 ACP - 5" “HS” Barrel - Semi Automatic - Parkerized Re-Finished - Crossed Cannons Stamped - FJA Stamped (Frank J. Atwood, Inspector Of Ordnance) - "P" Proofed - "HS" Barrel - Slide Adjustable Rear Sight - Low Profile Fixed Front Blade - 39 Oz - Correct Cut Checkered Side Plates Made by Keyes Fibre Co. – 7+1 Round “Risdon” Detachable Box Magazine - Historic American Made Semi Automatic Pistol – War Iron

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Up for auction is a Ithaca M1911A1 pistol manufactured by the Ithaca Gun Company in 1943. The Ithaca Gun Company produced approximately 335,467 M1911A1 pistols...doing their part to arm the fight. This pistol is stamped "UNITED STATES PROPERTY, U.S. Army". The serial number on this WWII military issue is 1236690. Ithaca delivered a few blocks to the U.S. Arsenal in 1943. This example was part of a 70,999 block that saw serial numbers 1,208,674 to 1,279,673 delivered in that year. Bore is bright / sharp and all mechanical actions crisp. Military proof marks and stamps are present and crisp.

  • Back Right Frame: Cross Cannon - UNITED STATES PROPERTY / M 1911 A1 U.S. ARMY / NO. 1236690
  • Right Replacement Slide: M 1911 A1 U.S. ARMY
  • Left Slide: ITHACA GUN CO. INC. / ITHACA, N.Y.
  • Left Frame: FJA (Frank J Atwood) / "P"
  • Left Trigger Guard: "Ithaca Geometric Shape Proof"
  • Right Forward Trigger Guard: "4"
  • Top of Slide: "P"
  • Left Barrel Foot : "P"
  • Right Barrel Foot: "HS" Hi-Standard
  • Magazine Proofs: Top of Foot: "R" - Bottom Foot: “C-R” - Risdon

This example has the correct ordnance crossed cannon final inspection mark and the correct (stamped after finish) Army Inspector of Ordnance mark "FJA" for Frank J. Atwood and matching “P” proof marks. Cross Cannons and the "P" proof stamp signifying that it has passed the high pressure ballistics test firing are clear. The replacement slide is period correct and the firearm has been refinished at some point during her early history. All mechanical actions are clean and the bore on the High Standard barrel is bright and sharp. A very nice example of the famed WWII Ithaca M1911-A1 U.S. ARMY. The grips are proud with good checkering. These variants were manufactured by Keyes Fibre Co. We have attached multiple Hi-Definition photographs in various lighting conditions for your review and consideration. She comes as photographed. Enjoy the auction.

Ithaca M1911A1 History

When the United States found itself immersed in WWII, fighting a monstrous enemy to freedom in Europe and another well-equipped and determined force from the rising sun in the Pacific, it needed to procure a lot of weapons, quickly. Other than some M1911 models procured during WWI from Springfield Armory (the original, government Springfield Armory) and from Remington UMC, Colt had been the sole source for M1911s and M1911A1s. As production ramped up quickly to support the war effort, it became evident that Colt alone could not supply enough M1911A1 pistols to meet the need. The government responded by issuing contracts to several other companies to manufacture the M1911A1 pistol. Among the companies asked to produce the venerable M1911A1 was the equally venerable Ithaca Gun Company. In fact, the Ithaca Gun Company was founded in 1883 and significantly pre-dated the design and adoption of the M1911 pistol. Further, although the Ithaca Gun Company was a maker of sporting shotguns rather than military handguns, they were unique among the several additional M1911A1 contractors recruited by the United States in that they were the only company among new manufacturers with any experience whatsoever manufacturing firearms. An interesting historical footnote is that Ithaca had its own relationship with John M. Browning, who had designed for them a pump-action shotgun adopted in 1937 as the Model 37.

Between 1943 and 1945 the Ithaca Gun Company produced approximately 335,467 M1911A1 pistols. When the war ended, Ithaca reverted to producing high quality sporting shotguns and never ventured into the commercial handgun market until recently.

Ithaca M1911A1 General Specifications

  • Make: Ithaca
  • Model: M1911-A1 U.S. ARMY
  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • Safety Lock: Standard
  • Trigger: Short Steel
  • Sights: Low Profile
  • Ejection Port: Standard
  • Hammer: Spur
  • Action: Short Recoil
  • Safety: Standard Grip
  • Loaded Weight: 1,105gr
  • Muzzle Velocity: 251m/s
  • Muzzle Energy: 548 Joule
  • Finish: Parkerized
  • Barrel Length: 5" “HS” High Standard
  • Capacity: 7 +1 Round Detachable Magazine
  • Weight: 1,105gr
  • Condition: Classic WWII Example
  • Grips: Original Keyes Fibre Company Sides
  • Rear Sights: Slide Adjustable Notch
  • Front Sights: Low Profile Ramp
  • Action: Double Action / Single Action
  • Serial number: 1236690
  • Manufactured: 1943 - Ithaca, NY
  • Please review the attached photos for an accurate visual representation of this 1945 Ithaca M1911A1 U.S. ARMY. We know everyone would prefer to put hands on a gun they are about to bid on, knowing that, we've attached multiple photo angles of the gun in various lighting conditions, our apologies for slowing down your load time. We have the honor of listing quite a few high end firearms in outstanding condition this week. Feel free to check out our other auctions @ diamond1210. If you like the product, bookmark us. More fine iron every week.Thank you for bidding on another Diamond Firearms product. After you win this auction, call us @ 520-398-2955.Give us the chance to perfect your firearm requirements. From tactical to collectible and all the ballistics in between...


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M1911A1 U.S. Army
.45 ACP
Barrel Length
5 inch
Frame Finish
Slide Finish
Keyes Fibre
Mfg Part Number