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Old 11-08-2014, 13:52   #1
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Hereís one for all you 1911 fans...my latest :):)

Iíve had this one set aside at my local shop for a few weeks and decided to pick it up last night. Its a Randall A111 Service Model. I generally donít buy 1911s these days and this is only the second one Iíve picked up over the better part of the last four years. However, this is one Iíve been wanting to sort of finish off my 1911 collection for quite some time. There was no way I was going to pay the Gunbroker prices, so this all original example in near mint condition with the box for under $1400 out the door was not something I was going to pass up.

Randall Firearms was in business a very short time (less than two years) from mid 1983 to early 1985. During that time, they produced less than 10,000 pistols including all models. Back then, stainless steel was in its infancy for use in semi auto pistols. Randall was the first manufacturer to build a good quality all stainless 1911. Of course, the AMT Hardballer was the first stainless 1911, but quality was not close to what Randall was building. Randall 1911s came in different sizes, but were all pretty much bare bones models based on the 1911A1 military pistol. Back in 1983, that was pretty much the norm anyway. The typical ďenhancedĒ 1911, as we know it today, hadnít really come to fruition yet, other than perhaps the Colt Gold Cup and aftermarket work by the early custom 1911 smiths.

The A111 Service Model was bascially Randallís standard Government 1911. The slightly taller sights and two piece guide rod are really the only thing different over a 1911A1 replica. Of course, its also stainless steel with wood grips, as opposed to the A1's carbon steel with plastic grips. The two piece guide rod is a little baffling to me and it was definitely not the norm back then. However, thatís the way these pistols came and Iím not going to change it out.

As mentioned, this pistol is in near mint condition. I know the previous owner who traded it to the shop. He said he bought it new and put maybe a couple magazines through it. There are a couple very light handling marks on the gun, but matte stainless pretty much shows everything that touches it. As typical, the flats on this 1911 are brushed while the rest is left with a very matte look. The walnut grips are in perfect condition. It came with the original box, but the owner could not find the papers, unfortunately.

While I always prefer carbon steel, Iím a sucker for the older stainless pistols and revolvers. I know the metallurgy was not as good then as it is today, but I like these guns for their history. Unlike my AMT Hardballer, Iím not afraid to shoot this one.

Does anyone here have a Randall? If so, what do you think? They really arenít overly rare, as there are always several on Gunbroker (at ridiculous prices). Still, less than 10,000 was not a huge production and considering they were built 30 years ago, Iím sure there are a good deal fewer still around today. They arenít something you see often, especially locally, and they have become quite collectible over the years.

As always, please enjoy the pics and share your thoughts on my latest.

Thanks!


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Old 11-08-2014, 13:53   #2
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Old 11-08-2014, 14:03   #3
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Now you need the left hand version. Just in case you want to do the movie two gun thing.

I swear, you could photograph a battlefield pickup 1855 horse pistol and make it look good.
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Old 11-08-2014, 14:07   #4
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Hereís one for all you 1911 fans...my latest :):)

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Now you need the left hand version. Just in case you want to do the movie two gun thing.


Those lefty models are really going for big bucks.





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I swear, you could photograph a battlefield pickup 1855 horse pistol and make it look good.






Thanks, but the Randall actually looks pretty good without my help.
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Old 11-08-2014, 14:43   #5
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Cool history lesson and beautiful pistol.
Congrats BAC.
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Old 11-08-2014, 14:48   #6
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Very nice Brian, congrats.

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Old 11-08-2014, 15:12   #7
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Thanks, I learned something about a 1911 I had never heard of.
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Old 11-08-2014, 15:23   #8
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Nice lesson , great pics. Never heard of Randall before. Give you lots of credit on your finds. I love the older models myself but it's a rarity to find someone with them in my neck of the woods.
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Old 11-08-2014, 15:25   #9
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You weren't kidding when you said near mint. Very nice pistol bac.
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Old 11-08-2014, 15:33   #10
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Very nice, good luck!!
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Old 11-08-2014, 15:39   #11
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Beautiful 1911. Congrats and thanks for sharing
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Cool history lesson and beautiful pistol.
Congrats BAC.
Thanks

Its been a while since I took pics of a 1911 and I forgot how photogenic they are.
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Old 11-08-2014, 16:03   #15
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Nice. Learned something new today.
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Really nice pistol and write up. Is there any relation to the Randall knife company?
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Really nice pistol and write up. Is there any relation to the Randall knife company?
That's a good question, SC. I really don't think so, but I may be wrong. I'll have to look into it.
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Very nice no frills 1911. I also have never heard of Randall. Thanks for the lesson and congratulations.
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Very nice!

There can't be that many around and the really really really rare one is the left hand model.

You should add one so I and all the other left hand GT's can visit you someday and shoot it for you.
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