Colt Model M 1903

Discussion in 'Collector's Corner' started by dprobert1, Dec 16, 2018.

  1. dprobert1

    dprobert1 Member

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    Oct 30, 2018
    Here is an old Colt Model M 1903 Pocket Type 111, .32 caliber, 8 shot.
    Manufactured 1910 to 1926, total production 363,045, Circa 1917
    NRA Grading: Excellent condition

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  2. blockislander

    blockislander Active Member

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    Feb 23, 2016

  3. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    What a real beauty & it's a Colt :)
     
  4. pcso13

    pcso13 Happiness is a range in your backyard

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    Nov 25, 2018
    That's sweet! :thumbs:
     
  5. joerockhead

    joerockhead "BOURBON" It's not just for Breakfast anymore ! Supporting Addict

    Oct 12, 2011
    That's sweet …. Nice Grab !!
    I saw one at my LGS not to long ago... I talked myself out of getting it right then...
    I still kick myself for not grabbing it... of course it was gone when I went back a few days later...

    Congradts on a nice new old toy !!!!!
     
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  6. Cop_Out

    Cop_Out Pearl Pimp Supporting Addict

    Feb 3, 2017
    I've owned a couple of those. Do what you will with this, I wouldn't detail strip it.
     
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  7. 22ConversionUnut

    22ConversionUnut Well-Known Member

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    Oct 25, 2018
    I shoot one on a regular basis. They make very soft shooters and are surprisingly accurate.
    Don't be afraid to shoot that one as they are very robust pistols.

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  8. Colorado Sonny

    Colorado Sonny Deo Volente Supporting Addict

    Sep 25, 2015
    Now that is a beautiful pistol! :D:D:D
     
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  9. Lakeman45

    Lakeman45 Active Member

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    May 15, 2017
    Confusing bit of production information. What does the 363,045 figure represent?
     
  10. 22ConversionUnut

    22ConversionUnut Well-Known Member

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    Oct 25, 2018
    Yes, he should have explained it better. He is referring to his pistol, and mine (above) which falls into the same group of pistols. Both are Type III versions without the barrel bushing. The Type III was produced from 1910-1926. Approx 350,000 produced in this version? not sure myself. I don't posses the book on these pistols that detail actual production numbers.
     
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  11. Lakeman45

    Lakeman45 Active Member

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    May 15, 2017
    There were several changes made to the .32 pistols over their lifetime, with the major change being the elimination of the barrel bushing. Some pistols without the barrel bushing were shipped as low at the 91,000 serial number range, but the old type was still being shipped up to the 105,000 serial number range.

    Other changes were made at different serial number ranges, so what was the reason for posting the random production number of 363,045. What other major change was made after the barrel bushing was removed until the end of production around 569,000?
     
  12. Karl Beining

    Karl Beining Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2015
    This little guy happened thru the shop this past week. . . wish I could keep them all

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  13. Colorado Sonny

    Colorado Sonny Deo Volente Supporting Addict

    Sep 25, 2015
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  14. dprobert1

    dprobert1 Member

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    Oct 30, 2018
    Sorry for the confusion around the total production number on the original post. I had the gun appraised in the early 1990's and I copied the appraiser's description when I posted the gun. The appraisal sheet listed total production at 363,045. I thought it was a bit strange to have such an odd number for total production but I assumed the appraiser had completed adequate research on the history of the firearm.
     
  15. Lakeman45

    Lakeman45 Active Member

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    May 15, 2017
    There were large serial number overlaps in production changes, and it still wouldn't account for the last 100,000 or so produced.
     
  16. john_anch_ak

    john_anch_ak Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 7, 2017
    That is one mighty fine pistol you have there.
     
  17. july19

    july19 Womb? Weary? He rests. He has travelled. Supporting Addict

    Sep 16, 2013
    I’m intrigued by the design but prefer the blued versions. I saw one in a LGS and was ready to buy but, as I got closer to it saw that it had been re-blued - it wasn’t pretty.
     
  18. FrankG

    FrankG Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Jun 24, 2018
    speaking of this model Colt..anyone else experience the grip safety sort of biting the web of your shooting hand? First and only time I took mine out, seemed to snag my shooting hand...btw,, here's my example of the 1903..shipped Dec of 1914..
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  19. Karl Beining

    Karl Beining Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2015
    Some more 'old junk' landed today :cool::cool::cool:

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  20. FrankG

    FrankG Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Jun 24, 2018
    Hate when that “old junk” just shows up. At least that’s what I tell the Mrs hahaha.
     
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