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Thread: WWII Union Switch & Signal Production Of GI 1911-A1 Pistols Historic Video!

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    WWII Union Switch & Signal Production Of GI 1911-A1 Pistols Historic Video!

    I ran across this 16min silent film on a Facebook group, and it is the COOLEST video I have ever seen on the famed 1911-A1 pistol. No CNC machines here folks, this is wartime production at it's most historically accurate presentation. Enjoy! I certainly did!

    Got a .22 .32 .357 .38 .40 .41 .44 .45 .480 or .500 S&W cylinder that needs throat reaming? 9mm, 10mm/40S&W, 45 ACP pistol barrel that won't "plunk" your handloads? Shoot me a PM! Also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cylinderhone-756429174391912/

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    Awesome!! Thanks for posting this.

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    How cool is that? Would be awesome with sound!

    Both my parents were machinists ar Mare Island Naval Shipyard during the war. My brothers and I would KILL to have some footage like that of either of them working.

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    Found it very interesting. Thanks for posting the video. Frank

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    Very cool!!
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    THANK YOU!!! Very cool to see film of a thing you collect being made, and the inspection stamp being applied.

    Also cool seeing the same Cincinatti milling maching (or one very nearly) in that video that my gunsmith friend was over the moon over when he scored it.
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    Very cool film. History nerd comment here. When Albert Speer was minister of armament for the third Reich he went to Hitler and said he would like to employ German women in the arms industry. Speer brought copies of foreign magazines showing women factory workers. Hitler said no. German women were not to do factory work. British, American, and Russian women worked in war factories. Germany used POW's and slave labor. Guess we all know haw that turned out for them.
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    Very Well Done! Thanks, Dale

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    Nice find Doug.

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    Excellent video. I'd love to "hear" it though. My grandfather died a year before I was born. He was a machinist at Singer. Like the sewing machine and the 1911A1.....
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    A friend of mine inherited a Union Switch and Signal 1911. Since we are Buckeyes he took interest
    in the company and has a small collection of other guns they made. One is a little automatic
    revolver, 32 I think. They made a few different guns. Buddy has tried to get one of each but is
    still one short.

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    IIRC the mil spec replacement slides that only have a number on the left side and no other markings, were made by US&S.
    Got a .22 .32 .357 .38 .40 .41 .44 .45 .480 or .500 S&W cylinder that needs throat reaming? 9mm, 10mm/40S&W, 45 ACP pistol barrel that won't "plunk" your handloads? Shoot me a PM! Also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cylinderhone-756429174391912/

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    Thank You for posting this film !

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    Fantastic video, thanks! Gotta love "Rosie the Riveter"!!

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    Way to cool. Used to pass that building daily, before they relocated. Never knew they did that.

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    thanks that was Awesome
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    I really loved that fork lift loading the crates on to the train.

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