Randall 1911 LeMay – Survivor

A passion for the restoration of Randall 1911s

We do offer restored Randall 1911s from time to time. If we are offering restored Randalls, we’ll post them here and on Gunbroker. Check back or contact us to inquire about restored Randalls.

The Randall Project Randall 1911s for sale:

  • Randall LeMay . This is a unique pistol. The slide was “double roll” stamped at the plant and has original and unique Millett dual crimp system front post.

This pistol was purchased by The Randall Project as a survivor project in hopes to restoring it to near factory condition.

What really caught my attention was the “double roll stamp” on the slide.  This is a factory error and, to my knowledge, this pistol would not have been released from quality control as a market ready pistol.

This Randall 1911 LeMay was missing multiple original parts and was in need of some serious work to bring it back to its near original condition.  It was missing the correct grip safety, pins, slide stop, and it had a military style guide rod and spring.  The over-all condition of the bead blasting and smooth areas showed the years of abuse and the grip panels we seriously weathered.

Upon closer inspection and research, it became clear that this pistol was a “test gun” and highly customized at the factory.  This LeMay came with Millett “double crimp” front sight installed at the factory and the tangs had been cut for a .220 radius grip safety.  We believe these modifications were done at the factory given the difficulty of the installation of the front sight and the condition of the tang modification. 

So, this is truly a “one of a kind” Randall 1911 LeMay.

We provide restoration services of Randall and other stainless steel 1911s. If you’d like to inquire about restoring your Randall 1911 (or other stainless steel 1911s), contact us and we’ll provide you with a quote.

Restoring Randall 1911s is challenge. Depending on the current condition of the pistol, it can take a few weeks to months to find the right parts, re-finish the surfaces, re-fit components, and ensure functionality.

The resurfacing of pistol is a manual process. Each component, slide, and frame is hand re-surfaced and finished to produce the best possible result. This includes bead-blasting components, hand sanding, hand polishing, and then re-fitting the pistol to a near new condition.

But, we’re not miracle workers. There are some parts that are simply not available, some scratches that can’t be fully removed, and other issues with 40 + year old pistols.

The goal is really simple…find authentic parts or find period correct parts (made in the late 70’s through mid-80’s), refinish all surfaces, replace worn springs (when needed), and test the pistol using “dry fire” rounds that are weighted correctly to ensure proper function of the pistol.

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