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"Union Switch & Signal Experimental 1911"

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Glockdude1, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. Greyhoundman

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    Ouch that is damn expensive.
     

  2. bac1023

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  3. Fedor

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    Never heard of them. That's an insane price. :wow:
     
  4. MajorD

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    when the various ww2 contractors for guns started up they need to run a few test guns to prove settings on machines and such. usually these guns were given to visiting dignitaries, shop supervisors or engineers and corporate officials. They also did this at the end of production runs. In remington rands the serial numbers started with ERRS (engineering remington rand sample) these will be very rare as at most only a couple hundred or so from each company existed. These are not to be confused with what are called lunchbox specials which were guns smuggled out of factories in various stages of completion by factory workers for personal use.
     
  5. double wow. pretty sure that one's never gonna be in my collection.
     
  6. glock2740

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  7. mrt949

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    That's true about the lunch box guns .I lived in the next town over from SWISSVALE PA.where the factory was .A few fo my friends parents worked there.
     
  8. Fedor

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    And the trigger looks a little boogered up. :shocked:
     
  9. Glockdude1

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    :rofl:
     
  10. glock2740

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    I was gonna mention that as well. I guess it would make for a decent base gun.

    :rofl:
     
  11. Jason D

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    I would hope that base gun comment was in jest.
     
  12. glock2740

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    Yeah it was. I don't know if I could trust a US&SE to hold up to a good cutom build as well as a Colt or Springfield. They don't have much of a track record for custom builds. :upeyes: I would hope your comment was in jest. I mean, seriously? Really? :upeyes:
     
  13. :animlol:
     
  14. Rimcrew

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    Interesting piece of history, but I doubt it has $9500 of value in it. It's identical to the production guns, save for the S/N, so... I would guess a collector might pay up to 2x what a production gun in the same condition would go for.

    I'm usually wrong about these things, and overestimate peoples ability to manage their vast fortunes.
     
  15. MajorD

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    a couple more comments- in these trial run/end of run guns they often used reject or test parts that would have shown extra machining marks or wear since they were essentially built up from left over parts or parts that were test runs.
    to the last poster considering that an all correct union switch goes for the 4 grand range the near 10 k price on this is not terribly out of line. US&S was second only to singer as the company producing the fewest ww2 era 1911a1's (I recall they made about 55K)
     
  16. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

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    You never can tell.
    I have see the aftermath of guns that someone chopped to pieces, because they didn't know better.
     
  17. glock2740

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    It was a total joke. Trust me. :cool: I realize there are some morons out there, but fortunately for me, I'm not one of them. Even though, some would say that was debatable. :rofl:
     
  18. Jason D

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    :cool: