While not the first firm to produce stainless steel .45s, Randall, for its time, made the finest. It was no empty boast that their box touted, "The only 45 fit for service." The competition in those days consisted of Vega, AMT, and a few other non-descript firms (Kimber, Colt, ParaOrdnance, Springfield Inc. were not making stainless .45s in those days). Unlike its competition, Randall used two different stainless steels for the slide and the frame. This was necessary to prevent galling which is common when two similar stainless steels abrade against one another.
Another Randall boast was that all parts, except the stocks and the sights, were of stainless steel. Nickel components were not used by Randall.
Randall also developed a special follower which was suppose to be extremely reliable. Randall expanded its line to include a shortened (Commander length) gun, a very short (LeMay) gun, some left handed guns. The latter are among the rarest of all Randalls (probably less than 500 produced).
Not all Randalls were shipped in a cardboard box. Some were in a black and tan rug which had a Randall tag sewn into it. They were made in Korea by the owner's girlfriend.
Randall's time was brief (I think from 1980-1984) but what a glorius and fruitful time it was.
You may want to contact the Randall Historian, Rick Kennerknecht at [email protected]
Don't know if it's change since it's been about three months since we've last communicated. For about $25-35 dollars (contact him for the right amount), he'll research your gun and write up a letter of authenticity about it on original Randall letterhead. Since he worked there, he has the records.
By the way, I have my Randall. Welcome to the club.
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