Springfield Armory Model of 1911 U.S. Army NRA .45 Pistol #187


Original Springfield Armory Model of 1911 U.S. Army NRA stamped .45 Pistol serial number 107504. This pistol is shown for historical reference and is not currently available for sale.

On April 24, 1911, the Army placed an initial order with Colt for 31,344 pistols, and by early 1917, more than 100,000 had been manufactured both by Colt and by Springfield Armory under a license agreement. Most of these were issued to commissioned and noncommissioned officers, cavalrymen, and members of machine gun, artillery, and other crew-served weapons units. In addition, about 18,000 were procured by the Navy and Marine Corps. Thousands more were purchased by various foreign governments, while others were sold to U.S. military officers, government officials, or on commercial markets.

Among the M1911s sold during the prewar years was a group of approximately 100 pistols purchased through Springfield Armory by National Rifle Association Life Members and members of N.R.A.-affiliated clubs. Both Colt- and Springfield Armory-produced examples were included in this program. These pistols carried a purchase price of $16 each, and were stamped with the letters, “N.R.A.” on the right side of the frame below the serial number. Earlier government purchases had been sufficient for a peacetime army, but were woefully inadequate for a world at war.

Link to NRA National Firearms Museum article: http://www.nramuseum.com/the-museum/the-galleries/america-ascending/case-57-world-war-i-allies-the-world-at-war,-1914-1918/rare-nra-springfield-armory-1911-pistol.aspx

(Springfield Armory Model of 1911 U.S. Army NRA .45 Pistol)

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