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Re: Ruger EC9s
« Reply #20 on: May 25, 2020, 12:51:39 PM »
- WW II arms workmanship, England and Germany both, produced fine quality guns until they were under pressure

I'm given to believe that when the reason Singer only built 500 1911s was the War Dept realized Singer was doing too good a job.   This was expensive and a waste of resources.   I believe after that they gave Singer contracts for airborne navigation and bombing systems where tighter tolerances were the order of the day.  This eventually led to Singer spinoffs of  Friden calculator, General Precision Equipment Corporation, Librascope, The Kearfott Company, Inc, and Link Flight Simulation.   I worked on Singer Autopilot components in the 60s and 70s.
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Re: Ruger EC9s
« Reply #21 on: May 25, 2020, 01:25:46 PM »
Alf... I heard a slightly different version... that the War Department wanted to see if a small, non armament oriented company, could produce firearms for the war effort... the contract was for 500, and IIRC all went to the USAAF in the Pacific Theater

I had an opportunity to shoot a "S. Mfg, Co." 1911 very early on in my shooting career... a range officer that had been a pattern maker at Singer had an X serialized 1911... sometime during the 1950s his wife had it BUMPER CHROMED for his birthday  ;D


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Re: Ruger EC9s
« Reply #22 on: May 25, 2020, 02:57:26 PM »
If they can document that, like if they still have the plating receipt that makes it a 1 of a kind , making it the most collectible of the Singer 1911's.
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During World War II, the company suspended sewing machine production to take on government contracts for weapons manufacturing. Factories in the United States supplied the American forces with Norden bomb sights and M1 Carbine rifle receivers, while factories in Germany provided their armed forces with weapons.[15]
In 1939, the company was given a production study by the government to draw plans and develop standard raw material sizes for building M1911A1 pistols. The following April 17, Singer was given an educational order of 500 units with serial numbers S800001 – S800500. The educational order was a program set up by the Ordnance Board in the U.S. to teach companies without gun-making experience to manufacture weapons.
After the 500 units were delivered to the U.S. government, the management decided to produce artillery and bomb sights. The pistol tooling and manufacturing machines were transferred to Remington Rand whilst some went to the Ithaca Gun Company. Approximately 1.75 million 1911A1 pistols were produced during World War II, making original Singer pistols relatively rare and collectable. [16]

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