In 90% combat salty condition, we have an important example of one of the very last Union Switch & Signal 1911a1 Pistols to have ever been manufactured, being just a few hundred away from the final serial number produced (1096404). It certainly was produced during the final week of production when they were using up the last of the parts that they had to complete the contract. As such, this is a highly significant specimen and will be desired by any serious collector of these pistols. Realistically, this is the most sought after 1911 Pistol by collectors and is the one rare 1911 that is obtainable by any serious collector. Because of the du-lite finish, they have a very distinctive bluish look. These pistols were made in Swissvale, PA which is a suburb of Pittsburgh and they made the smallest number of pistols of the main 4 WW2 contractors at only around 55,000. This is minuscule compared to the other contractors, even Ithaca made 400,000. Finding a Switch made this late is a big deal.